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Complete Physical Therapy as Instructed at Home

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After an illness, injury, or surgery, you might work with a physical therapist to restore physical movement. Of course, all the work isn't done in the clinic: chances are, your therapist will give you instructions on how to do certain exercises and therapies at home. Your recovery rate and ability depend upon your commitment to following your therapist's instructions. Unfortunately, this isn't always easy though. Sometimes the demands of home and life distract us from sticking to the rehabilitation schedule. Here are a few tips to help you complete your at-home physical therapy as instructed.

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Handling Incontinence Care for People with Dementia

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Dementia is a debilitating condition that can affect just about anyone. As dementia progress in a person, they begin to lose their ability to react quickly. Their memory declines, and they begin to have problems with communication, mobility, and recognizing things that were once familiar. People with the condition also begin to have incontinence problems. With the deterioration of the mind, they sometimes do not realize when their bladder or bowel is full, nor do they have complete control to empty them. Also, those with dementia sometimes even do not remember the purpose or recognize a bathroom. People with dementia can experience mild leaking to full urine or fecal incontinence.

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Plan Ahead for a Smooth Transition from Hospital to Home

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Family members and caregivers play an important role in facilitating healing when a patient is discharged from the hospital and can go home. This task can be daunting, as it often requires specialized equipment and some modifications to the home to help the patient live comfortably and heal safely. Make a list of the things you'll need before you leave the hospital, and prepare your home with the right equipment and supplies.

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Prevent Pressure Sores to Expedite Patient Recovery

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Bedridden or immobile patients are at risk of developing many different complications, including highly dreaded pressure sores. If developed, they can severely diminish the quality of life of the affected patient. The development of pressure sores also leads to an increase in patient care needed, as well as an increase in medical costs. It is estimated that the cost of treating pressure ulcers range from $9 billion to $12 billion annually.

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Essential Home Safety Tips for Dressing Wounds

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Proper in-home care with safe treatment procedures and dressing wounds are essential to ensure that wounds heal better and infections do not occur. Proper wound dressing is a serious matter; precautions must be made to reduce risks of further health complications.

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Benefits of Bed Accessories in Home-Based Patient Care

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Home-based patient care is markedly different than hospital-based or healthcare facility-based medical care. In a healthcare facility, there are usually extra personnel on hand to assist patients and other staff, making it easy to offer optimal care. Furthermore, there are plenty of specialized equipment in hospitals that help caregivers assist patients.

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The Importance of Compression in your Healing Process

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When your body is healing, it is important that your muscular movements have the pressure strength to pump fluids in a constructive, rehabilitating manner. When your body stores excess fluid, it can slow down the healing process. In contrast, it is still important to retain blood flow and movement for steady circulation to the injured area. Compression therapy with aids like wraps, sleeves, stockings, and slippers can help the injured area function properly and improve your recovery rate in the following ways:

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