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It’s Never Too Late to Express Yourself

April 24, 2019

An interview with Debra Block, NCCAP (National Council for Certification of Activities Professionals), Life Enhancement Coordinator, 6W Berenson, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Debra Block recently joined HSL as the Life Enhancement Coordinator on the newly renovated sixth floor west of the Berenson Allen building on Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s (HRC) Roslindale campus. She has introduced an interactive theater and film program for patients at HRC. I sat down with her recently to learn more about her work with patients and the therapeutic value of theater arts.

JD: What brought you to HRC?

New Year. New Goals. Helping Seniors Stick to Them.

January 3, 2019

New Year. New Goals. Helping Seniors Stick to Them.

Every year, around January 1, most of us make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Seems like it’s human nature to be introspective at this time and take a look at what we’d like to improve. At Hebrew SeniorLife, our seniors have many New Year’s resolutions, including many that may be on your list.

At Jack Satter House, in Revere, the residents’ list of resolutions include:

Winter Safety for Older Adults

Fall prevention tips to help older adults enjoy outdoor winter activities

December 19, 2018

Winter Safety for Older Adults

One out of every three adults 65 and older will fall. The majority of those falls occurs outside the home and start with a slip or a trip. If you’re a senior, don’t let your fear of falling keep you home-bound. If you prepare and stay aware, you can continue to enjoy being out and about even during the cold Boston winters.

Why do we fall?

Sensory input from vision, joints, and sense of touch—especially the bottom of the feet—provides information to the brain about the location and position of our body. Muscles and nerves react to provide movements that help us adjust for any change in position that could cause us to lose our balance.

How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Rehospitalization

January 4, 2018

Avoiding rehospitalization with home care

For patients returning home from a hospital stay, the last thing they or their families want is a return visit to the hospital or the emergency room.

At Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care, our goal is to keep seniors from returning to the hospital by providing the in-home medical treatment, therapy, and help with the essential activities they need to recover. Whether an individual is diagnosed with a new illness, recovering from surgery, or chronically or terminally ill, home health care services can be invaluable.

6 Exercise Plan Tips for Seniors

February 10, 2017

6 Exercise Plan Tips for Seniors

By this time every year many of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions, which all too often include a promise to take fitness seriously by maintaining an exercise or wellness regimen.

While many adults flounder in their efforts to change long-held behaviors, particularly those centered around wellness, it seems like adults age 65+ are enthusiastically embracing change and dedicated themselves to maintaining a healthy lifestyle all year long.  

The Life of a Post-Acute Care Rehabilitation Patient

The firsthand testimonial from a former RSU patient

February 8, 2017

A patient on the Rehabilitative Services Unit at HRC during a rehabilitation session with staff.

Post-op is a difficult time. The body is adjusting to new limitations and trying to heal. It’s not uncommon for patients recovering away from home at rehabilitation centers to feel additional sadness brought on by being without familiar comforts. It comes as no surprise that the care a patient receives in post-acute care can make all the difference between a difficult recovery and quickly meeting the necessary goals to regain independence.

Kayaking for Seniors at NewBridge on the Charles

NewBridge CCRC provides new launch for paddlesports

June 16, 2016

NewBridge residents take to the Charles River in their kayaks

On a gentle spring morning, the Charles River winds and flows its way through the 100-acre nature preserve on the NewBridge on the Charles campus, quiet but for frogs on the shore and birds in the air at this time of year. Then the sounds of chatter from an adventurous group of NewBridge residents and friends rise over the river as, along with their guide from the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School, they help each other don water safety vests as they prepare for a morning kayak trip on the river.

Innovative Vitalize360 Wellness Program Infuses Orchard Cove Residents with Sense of Purpose and Expands to Community at Large

April 29, 2016

Orchard Cove resident Natalie Linden

While many may perceive senior living communities as places where older people go to put their feet up and watch the world go by, Hebrew SeniorLife believes that seniors have far more potential to accomplish exciting things in their later years. The residents of Hebrew SeniorLife communities are people who are learning, growing and achieving full, healthy and vibrant lives. One major reason for this is Vitalize360 TM, an award-winning, innovative, centered wellness coaching and assessment system that originated at Orchard Cove in 2003.

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

“Everyone is Equal in the Gym”

February 17, 2016

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

When you think of therapies and supports for a senior living with dementia, your first question may not be “how often can she get to the gym?” But the latest research shows that physical exercise may be an effective treatment – not only for risk reduction – but also to help those already suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia live better lives.

Getting Ready to Return Home After Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation

Helping patients maintain their gains

January 29, 2015

Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation

Following a hospital stay, it’s not uncommon to need additional care before going home. A stay in a rehabilitation facility is often recommended for patients recovering from a range of medical and surgical conditions, including joint replacement and stroke.

Whatever the reason for rehabilitation, the main goal of treatment is the same: Preparing the patient to return home and live as independently and safely as possible. Our approach is patient-centered and driven by each patient's goals. His or her impairments, prior level of function, and home and social environments all play a critical role in determining the treatment plan.

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