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April is National Occupational Therapy Month: “Living life to its fullest potential”

Helping him return home....
April is Occupational Therapy month. Pictured at left is Tami Gebel, OT, and at right is Melissa Clarke, OT, both occupational therapists at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. They are pictured with Danny Schlitter of Waukon, who experienced a stroke this past winter. He spent over a month at Veterans Memorial Hospital recovering in swing bed care and continually made huge progress. He was able to return home and now comes into the hospital as an outpatient, where he continues to make great gains to living his life to the fullest potential. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel,
Occupational Therapist

Living life to its fullest potential, that is what most people desire. How each person lives their life to the fullest is different.
For some people, their job or profession brings confidence and self-reliance. For other people, leisure activities, such as golfing, painting or gardening, provides hours of enjoyment. Still others find spending time with family brings the greatest joy.  However a person defines “living life to its fullest,” most people worry that after a family member experiences a stroke the “living life to its fullest” no longer exists.

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20
Apr

Grief Support Group to meet May 11 at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room of the hospital, which is located on the lower level. This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Those attending should feel free to bring a friend. This grief support group meets the second Wednesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
 

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20
Apr

Blood in special demand during the summer; Blood drive set for May 5

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, May 5 from 12-5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every other month in Waukon, falling on the odd months, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Blood centers across the United States see a decrease in blood donations during the busy summer months.  During the summer, people become more active, have busier schedules, spend more time outdoors and take vacations. While donations decline, hospitals see an increase in the need for blood.  More driving can mean more automobile accidents. A person who has suffered severe injuries from an automobile accident can need up to 50 units of blood.

Wed
13
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: How to prevent strains and inflammatory or over-use injuries while at work

April is National Occupational Therapy Month...
April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists work in outpatient clinics to assist people in recovery from work-related injuries so that they are able to return to their job requirements and reduce further risk of re-injuring the body. Pictured above is occupational therapy patient Larry Lamborn of Luana receiving hand therapy from occupational therapist Tami Gebel, O.T. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel,
Occupational Therapist

 
April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists work in outpatient clinics to assist people in recovery from work-related injuries. Many times careless mistakes lead to injuries, other times injuries occur due to an obscure accident.

When an injury occurs, it often leads to pain, inability to complete all activities (even non-work related activities), time off from work or change in work duties.  Employers do not like work-related injuries because they cause a loss in wages, production and manpower.

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13
Apr

April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day; Learn how to make Advance Medical Directives

It is the right of the patient to choose the medical care they wish in any situation, even when the patient is too sick or hurt to tell their family members or their physician. The way to ensure the correct healthcare wishes are carried out is to complete an Advance Directive. Advance Directives include: Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or a Living will.

1. In order to have an Advance Directive the patient will need to discuss their wishes with their family and physician. An Advance Directive should be done by discussing your wishes with your family and physician and then complete our Power of Attorney for Healthcare form.  

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13
Apr

AICR Health Talk

by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

Q: Does a lactose-free diet play a role in reducing cancer risk?

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30
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: Satisfy your sweet tooth naturally

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital

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30
Mar

AICR Health Talk

by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

Q: I’m well over 65, do I need to be doing strength-type training exercises?

Wed
30
Mar

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Colonoscopies offered locally at VMH

Colorectal cancer can be easily detected, yet it remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society Fact and Figures, 2014-2016, one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. In 2010, only 5.9% of people age 50 or older underwent screening for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screening tests identify suspicious or pre-cancerous polyps, which can be removed before they develop into a serious health problem.
There are different options available for detecting colorectal cancer: stool testing, such as fecal occult blood tests or stool DNA testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema and colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are performed routinely in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surgical suite, and typically take approximately three hours from start to finish.

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23
Mar

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar at Veterans Memorial Hospital April 12

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors. This program will be held Tuesday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
“We’re excited to offer this free seminar to the community,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “Medicare is such an important program, and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”
“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

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