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Summer Break – it’s not just for students

June 20, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Summer Break – it’s not just for students

Summer is here and the time for family celebrations, afternoons at the pool and backyard barbecues. Seniors who live in assisted living or nursing facilities benefit from family and social interaction, so here’s what you need to know if you want to bring them to your home for a visit. We talked to Aly Hamilton, Director of Marketing for Heritage Hall – Tazewell about family visits. “Visits are a great way for families to reconnect with their loved ones, especially if it’s a gathering with extended family the patient may not have visited with for awhile,” she said. “We encourage... View Article


Why you should consider a skilled nursing facility for your rehabilitation

June 13, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Why you should consider a skilled nursing facility for your rehabilitation

After a hospital stay, patients may find they need short-term rehabilitation or extended recovery time after an illness, surgery or accident. Rehabilitation or “rehab” refers to the rehabilitation of a body that has been weakened or disabled by illness or injury. It is prescribed after a major hospitalization in an acute-care hospital. Because a period of rehab generally follows a hospitalization, you will often hear a rehab facility described as a post-acute facility. The term rehab is also often used interchangeably with the term “therapy” because physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy are the tools most often employed to... View Article


Staff Profile – Miranda Phillips, Heritage Hall – Tazewell

June 8, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Staff Profile – Miranda Phillips, Heritage Hall – Tazewell

Full name? Miranda Dawn Phillips In what city were you born? Richlands How long have you worked for Heritage Hall? 7 Years What’s your work day like at Heritage Hall? I really enjoy my days working at Heritage Hall. They are very pleasant. Tell us about your family? I have 2 wonderful children. A daughter named Madelyn that is 14 and a son named Kyle that is 11. We have a lot of fun together! What do you like most about working at Heritage Hall? I love helping people, I love my work family, and I love having fun with... View Article


Sun Safety Tips for Senior Skin

June 6, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Sun Safety Tips for Senior Skin

Now that warm weather is here, many of us are spending more time outdoors. Whether spending the day outside, or just taking care of a few chores, it’s important to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Depending on your skin tone, even just a few minutes can cause damage to your skin. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Always use Sunscreen. This may seem obvious, but over and over again, people get sunburned because they intend to spend just a few minutes outside, and a few hours later, return to the indoors with... View Article


Nurses week at Heritage Hall – Blackstone

May 25, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Nurses week at Heritage Hall – Blackstone

In celebration of Nurse’s Week, Heritage Hall in Blackstone was full of fun activities, games, prize drawings and…drinking. That’s right, our nurses were treated to “faux’ritas” as they cared for their residents. Administrator Diane Barksdale, director of nursing Betty Pomfrey and assistant director of nursing Susan Worsham wheeled the bar around the halls serving mock Margaritas to the nurses. There was a great reaction to the unexpected refreshing treat! Administrator,Diane Barksdale said “Our dedicated nurses are appreciated each and every day, but we try to show them a little extra love during Nurses Week each year.” This year they had... View Article


Medication Safety for Seniors

May 23, 2017 3:28 pm Published by Comments Off on Medication Safety for Seniors

As we age, we are often affected with more health conditions that we have to treat on a regular basis, and often these conditions are improved by prescription or over the counter medications or both. Medication safety is important for everyone, but especially for seniors, who frequently take more medication and have normal body changes caused by aging that increase the chance of harmful drug interactions. Being well informed about your medications and frequent medication checkup with health care professionals, can make it easier to avoid problems with medicines. According to CDC estimates, each year 177,000 senior citizens (65+) visit... View Article


Heritage Hall in the Community – Continuing the Keep America Beautiful Campaign

May 19, 2017 1:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall in the Community – Continuing the Keep America Beautiful Campaign

The Heritage Hall-Blackstone family wanted to stress the importance of community and remembrance and felt that hand delivering these plants that represent steadfastness, remembrance, love, faith and hope would send a message that will hopefully be felt each time these flowers bloom. Ms. Beale’s smile was one of many that warmed the hearts of our Residents, and the hugs and well wishes that were offered are still being talked about. Thank you to all of our neighbors for your acceptance of these plants and the spirit in which they were given. Remember – Keep America Beautiful by doing the small... View Article


Identifying heat-related illnesses in seniors

May 16, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Identifying heat-related illnesses in seniors

Last spring, we wrote about how seniors can stay cool in the upcoming hot summer months. Once again, the hot & humid months of summer are soon upon us. Hot weather brings its own special set of challenges – sunburns, biting insects, heatstroke and dehydration to name a few. For senior citizens, it’s important to be especially mindful of health issues in these upcoming months. As we grow older, our body doesn’t respond to external changes in temperature as quickly as it once did, and becomes less efficient at regulating our body temperature. In addition, some medications can interfere with... View Article


Heritage Hall – Blackstone Continues Their Keep America Beautiful Campaign

May 11, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall – Blackstone Continues Their Keep America Beautiful Campaign

The next phase of Heritage Hall – Blackstone’s “Keep America Beautiful” project is well underway. The forget-me-not plants are being prepared for delivery. The residents will be hand delivering a forget-me-not plant that has been dressed in some beautiful blue tulle material. A message card from the residents at Heritage Hall-Blackstone is being inserted. The message is one of remembrance. Remembering to care for each other and our community; to care for our ‘greatest generation’ and to remember that it is the small things in life that mean the most. So as the Heritage Hall bus makes its many stops... View Article


Adaptive tools make everyday life easier for seniors

May 9, 2017 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Adaptive tools make everyday life easier for seniors

Maintaining independence as long as possible is important to the mental and emotional health of seniors. Once the sense of being able to care for oneself is lost, seniors may suffer from depression and negative feelings. One of the best ways to stay independent is to have tools on hand to assist in taking care of daily living activities such as being able to get dressed, rising and lowering from a chair, bed or toilet seat and remaining mobile. As we age, we often lose manual dexterity, ease of movement, balance, overall strength and the freedom that comes with being... View Article