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December 11, 2019

How Speech Pathology Can Help People With Dementia

According to the World Health Organization, it’s estimated that 50 million people worldwide live with dementia – a number expected to triple by 2050. However, progress is being made in dementia care, and one increasingly popular form of rehabilitation – speech pathology – comes highly recommended by Princeton Health Care Center.   What Is Speech […]

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December 11, 2019

Supporting a Loved One With Dementia

In simple terms, the word “dementia” applies to certain brain diseases that cause a progressive loss of a person’s mental faculties. But if you or someone close to you has ever helped with dementia care for a friend or loved one, you know there’s nothing simple about this affliction. Complexities exist at every turn, and […]

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December 11, 2019

Occupational Therapy, and Why It’s Important Not To Rush Your Recovery

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the period 2018 – 2028 will see an 18% increase in the number of occupational therapists. This rate is much faster than average, and it illustrates how vital occupational therapy has become, and how much wellness providers like Princeton Health Care Center have come to value this unique service. […]

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November 18, 2019

Types of Physiotherapy Most Common for Seniors

Injuries and chronic pain can affect our ability to physically function on a daily basis. If you’ve ever recovered from a back injury, or coped with the sometimes-debilitating pain of arthritis, then you know first hand how pain and lack of mobility can impact quality of life. Medication alone often isn’t enough to help the […]

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November 18, 2019

5 Benefits of Respiratory Therapy for Breathing Disorders

The ability to take a deep breath is something most of us take for granted. Respiratory illnesses, which can range from a minor respiratory infection to more serious respiratory conditions, like COPD, diminish respiratory function and can have an impact on a person’s quality of life. Respiratory care is a treatment option that helps to […]

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November 18, 2019

5 Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Seniors

The signs of physical illness are usually easy to spot. When it comes to mental health, the signs that something is wrong aren’t always so obvious. As our loved ones age, we tend to keep a closer eye on their health – making sure they make all their doctor’s appointments, take their medications, and get […]

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October 22, 2019

3 Benefits of Physiotherapy for Chronic and Acute Pain

Multiple studies prove that physiotherapy is an effective way to relieve pain symptoms in patients suffering from arthritis, acute lower back pain and knee pain, and chronic pain caused by injuries. Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, covers a range of scientific, evidence-based treatments, including kinesiology (the study of the body’s movements), exercise prescription, massage […]

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October 22, 2019

Understanding the Different Stages of Dementia

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around 50 million people suffering from dementia around the world. Among older people, dementia is also one of the leading causes of disability and dependency.   How to Tell If Someone Has Dementia   Unfortunately, there is no single specific test to determine if someone has […]

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October 22, 2019

Respiratory Therapy 101 – What Is Respiratory Therapy?

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty focused on the care and management of a patient’s respiration (i.e. breathing).   Respiratory therapy can make a world of difference when it comes to improving outcomes for patients suffering from lung diseases, which killed more than 4.6 million Americans between 1980 and 2014. These diseases include asthma, […]

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September 26, 2019

4 Ways to Support Healthy Mental Activity for Seniors

As we grow older, many of us begin to realize that we’re not as sharp mentally as we once were. A lot of this gets laughed off as “senior moments”, and while it might be common to occasionally misplace your keys or forget the name of new acquaintance, a slip in cognitive ability isn’t something […]

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September 26, 2019

When Is Occupational Therapy a Good Choice for Senior Care?

Occupational therapy is a specialized plan of treatment that helps individuals lead more productive, independent lives. For seniors, occupational therapy can help them recover from injury or illness and maintain their quality of life. The question many seniors have, especially if they’ve recently experienced a physical setback, is whether their condition makes them a good […]

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September 26, 2019

Key Approaches to Successful Pain Management Care

Pain, no matter what its source, can be difficult to get under control. Chronic or debilitating pain can severely limit a person’s ability to function on a daily basis and can quickly lead to feelings of depression and anxiety if it’s not appropriately managed. Pain might come from an injury, surgery, chronic disease, or even […]

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August 15, 2019

Great Activities to Share with Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the most difficult aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is watching the person you care so much about withdraw from everyday life. Often, family and friends view this as a normal progression of the disease, but it shouldn’t be that way. Individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s benefit greatly from social interaction and activities that […]

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August 15, 2019

4 Signs That Can Indicate a Mental Health Issue in the Elderly

As we age, society often views it as normal to experience certain changes to mental health. What many people don’t realize is that cognitive decline and mental health issues are always a natural part of aging. In fact, in many cases the decline we view as normal can actually signal significant issues with mental health […]

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August 15, 2019

4 Things to Keep In Mind When Talking to Children about Hospice Care

Moving your loved one into hospice care is one of the most difficult transitions you’ll face. This move involves a great amount of stress and emotions for everyone involved. The purpose is to provide your loved one with the comfort they need, but it can also be incredibly painful for friends and family. Adults can […]

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July 16, 2019

How to Talk to a Loved One that Doesn’t Understand They Have Alzheimer’s

There are an estimated 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease. In the 65 and above population, this number represents about one out of every 10 aging individuals. The health-related consequences of Alzheimer’s Disease are significant, but before you can even begin looking down the road ahead, there’s the monumental task of helping your loved […]

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July 16, 2019

Easing Your Loved One’s Transition Into an Assisted Living Facility

Change can be challenging for everyone, even when those changes involve positive life experiences – like welcoming a new grandchild to the family or moving to the retirement community of your dreams. However, when life changes are associated with a decline in health or a loss of independence, the transitions become even more difficult.   […]

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July 16, 2019

Understanding Speech Changes in Your Aging Loved One

Our bodies change in ways that often surprise us as we age. We expect to maybe slow down physically as we age, or that our hearing and eyesight might not be as sharp as it once was, however there are other changes that you might not be aware of. One example of an age-related change […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Wound Management Is So Important for Seniors

As we age, our skin slowly loses its ability to regenerate itself. This is why a 5-year-old can scrape their knee without a trace of the injury a week later, but it may take an older person weeks, if not months, to recover completely from an injury just as minor. Properly caring for a wound […]

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June 19, 2019

What You Need to Know About IV Antibiotics and Intravenous Therapy

Millions of people are prescribed medications to treat a range of illnesses and ailments every day. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of the people in the United States have used at least one prescription medication in the last 30 days. Depending on the type of medication that is prescribed, […]

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June 19, 2019

Is It Necessary to Give Up Certain Foods As We Age?

It’s no secret that with aging comes many changes to our bodies, including an increased risk of certain diseases which can result from the cumulative effect of years of lifestyle choices. As we age, one of the most important things we need to look at is our diet and how eating habits might be affecting […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Hospice Care Is a Beneficial, Compassionate Option for Your Loved One

When a loved one is ill or has become frail, the mention of hospice can fill you with fear and sadness. For many, hospice care signals that the fight is over, and all hope is lost. Because of this, people are often hesitant to even talk about hospice care, especially with their loved ones. The […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Occupational Therapy Is an Effective Supplement to Physical Therapy Services

Physical therapy is often prescribed after an injury, surgery or illness as part of a course of treatment designed to help the patient regain mobility, strength and enhance their quality of life. For most people, physical therapy is a short-term care option and once desired results are achieved, treatment is stopped. The issue is that […]

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June 19, 2019

Understanding and Recovering from Speech Disorders After a Stroke

When a person has suffered a stroke, they’ve essentially endured an injury to the brain. A stroke occurs when blood flow and oxygen to the brain are halted by either a blood clot or a blood vessel that bursts. When this happens, the area of the brain in which the stroke occurred will be affected, […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Physical Therapy Becomes More Important As We Age

Thanks to better access to healthcare and information on how to be proactive in supporting our own health, we’re living longer than ever before – with the number of people living to the age of 90 or older being triple what it was three decades ago. This is the kind of news we like to […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Respiratory Care Is Important for Minimizing the Long Term Effects of Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory diseases are among one of the biggest health concerns in the United States. We’ve all had the occasional cough and many people suffer with seasonal allergies that can affect their breathing capacity. Still, the scope of respiratory diseases and the impact that they have on the lives of people who are inflicted are often […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Pain Management Is Important for Reducing the Physiological Effects of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain isn’t a condition that affects just one part of the body. In fact, many health care professionals have come to the point where they’ve begun treating pain as its own separate disease, in addition to treating the underlying cause. Any person who has suffered with pain for even a short amount of time […]

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June 19, 2019

Why a Respiratory Care Plan Is Important for Common Respiratory Conditions

Respiratory conditions are relatively common across all age groups – something that cold and flu season comes along and reminds us of every year. Unfortunately, there are other factors that can contribute to respiratory issues, making disorders that affect breathing among the most commonly diagnosed medical problems. Respiratory conditions and diseases can range in severity […]

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June 19, 2019

Easing the Stress of the Transition into Long Term Care

Change is rarely easy for anyone, no matter what the circumstances. Change signals the end of a situation or a stage of life and the process can be filled with uncertainty. Even a young person going off to college for the first time can find changes difficult to navigate, so it makes sense that as […]

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June 19, 2019

When to Make the Switch from Physical Therapy to Occupational Therapy

There is no substitute for independence. Often times, seniors suffer an injury or illness that impacts their mobility, and all of a sudden they lose a good measure of that independence. Physical therapy and occupational therapy offer a means to regain that independence. But how do they differ? And how do you know which one […]

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June 19, 2019

Diseases That Can Affect Speech

As we or our loved ones age, there are things we may expect, such as a loss in strength or stamina, increased difficulty moving, and even issues with memory. But few of us consider losing the ability to speak and communicate; it’s so intrinsic to who we are that it’s difficult to imagine ourselves without […]

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June 19, 2019

How Physical Therapy Can Help You Mentally

If you’ve suffered a setback with your mobility, be it from an injury, an illness, or some other ailment, physical therapy can help you regain your strength, your range of motion, and your flexibility. In fact, it can leave you better off physically than you were before the ailment sidetracked you. But the benefits of […]

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June 19, 2019

Why Hospice Care Can Make the Toughest Times Easier

End-of-life is an immensely challenging time, both for patients and their loved ones. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to ease the burden and create a space for families to come together and greet the end of life with a sense of comfort and dignity. Hospice care can make all this possible. The benefits […]

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June 19, 2019

How to Recognize the Five Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

As friends and loved ones age, the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia becomes greater. The prospect of seeing someone we love lose their sense of self is a frightening one. And it can lead us to scrutinize every interaction and instance of “It’s on the tip of my tongue but I just can’t […]

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June 19, 2019

The Psychological Effects That Can Come from Pain

Physical pain can also have a psychological impact. Find out more about the mental aspects of pain, and how to work through the symptoms with pain management treatment. Insomnia One of the first areas of life that pain interferes with is sleep. Both pain and the medications prescribed to treat pain can interfere with sleep. […]

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June 19, 2019

How to Mentally Prepare for a Loved One Going into Hospice Care

When you’re preparing a loved one to go into hospice care, your focus is on getting them to their new home so they can receive the support they need. But it’s just as important to create a support system for yourself. Caregiver burnout is something we see a lot here at Princeton Health Care Center. […]

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June 19, 2019

Intravenous Therapy

Intravenous (IV) fluids are those administered directly into a vein via injection. This differs from medication administered via other methods, such as orally or via injection into muscle tissue (such as a flu shot). In the case of intravenous therapy, the amount of fluid the patient receives and the rate at which they receive it […]

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June 19, 2019

Find Out the Ways Occupational Therapy Can Change Your Life

Occupational therapy is all about improving quality of life, and that improvement can have a profound effect. While physical therapy and short-term rehab are typically focused on recovering from a specific malady or setback, occupational therapy takes a holistic look at everyday life, and provides seniors with the tools and skills needed to get more […]

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June 19, 2019

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When is Short-Term Rehab Care Necessary for Seniors?

When people think of a senior care facility like Princeton Health Care Center here in Princeton, WV, they tend to think of it solely as a place for long-term care. But in many cases, limited, focused care is just what the doctor ordered to get seniors back on their feet. That’s why short-term rehab is […]

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October 10, 2018

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What You Need to Know About Modern Nursing Home Options

There are some things you should know about modern nursing homes since separating myth from fact won’t just put your mind at ease. It can also help you considerably when the time comes to transition yourself or a loved one to long-term care at a skilled nursing facility like Princeton Health Care Center. Is it […]

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June 7, 2018

Nutrition Tips for Seniors

Staying Healthy as We Age: Nutrition Tips for Seniors

Malnutrition weakens the body and mind, and leaves many people vulnerable to a wide range of health issues. The problem is especially acute for older Americans since several factors make it harder to eat right. We don’t have as much of an appetite as we used to, we don’t always feel up to cooking (or […]

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June 7, 2018

Preparing Your Loved One to Move to Long Term Care

Preparing your Loved One to Move into Long-Term Care

The challenges of transitioning a loved one to a long-term care facility in WV aren’t over simply because you’ve had the conversation and made a hard but loving choice. You’ll also need to prepare your loved one to move from their current home to their new one, which poses a new set of questions. Princeton […]

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June 7, 2018

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Understanding Respiratory Therapy and Its Potential Benefits

Respiratory illnesses and disorders can occur at any age and take many forms. Sometimes these issues are from a minor upper respiratory infection during allergy season, other times it could be the case of pneumonia setting in after a long illness, or even lung cancer brought on by a lifetime of smoking. These respiratory issues […]

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May 10, 2018

Heart Health Tips for Seniors

Five Heart Health Tips for Seniors

Cardiovascular disease is America’s leading cause of death. One in three adults — that’s one person every 38 seconds —  dies of causes related to heart disease. The risks go up as we grow older, so if you’re concerned about you or your loved one’s heart health, it’s always a good idea to see how […]

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May 10, 2018

Healthy Activities for Seniors

The Best Hobbies and Activities for Seniors

If some of the shine has gone off your golden years, it’s time to change your routine. Getting active, or taking up a hobby, doesn’t just get you out of the house. It helps keep you from dwelling on your own thoughts, put your cares aside, and get back to enjoying your time like you […]

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May 10, 2018

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Reasons to Consider Long-Term Care for Your Loved One

Any number of health conditions, from serious injury to dementia and Alzheimer’s, can rob older adults of their ability to perform many routine tasks they would earlier have taken for granted. Activities like home maintenance, financial management, and even simpler tasks like eating, bathing, and dressing pose seemingly insurmountable challenges. If your loved one is […]

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April 5, 2018

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Speech Therapy Options at Princeton Health

Many caregivers with young children are already familiar with the work done by speech-language pathologists. What many don’t realize is that these professionals can be a big help to their aging parents and loved ones. The aftermath of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, certain cancers, or conditions like achalasia can lead to difficulties not only […]

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April 5, 2018

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What is Occupational Therapy?

“Mobility is essential for getting through the day, whether you need to walk across a room to the bathroom or kitchen, get out of bed or a chair, or walk through a grocery store,” says Heidi Godman of the Harvard Health Letter. It’s an obvious enough thing to say, but it underscores an important point: […]

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April 5, 2018

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy

A lack of exercise and physical activity can have disastrous health consequences. Johns Hopkins lists obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, increased cancer risk, cardiovascular issues, and premature death as having a direct correlation to inactivity, and points out that these risks are compounded by age. Mindful of this connection, Princeton Health Care Center […]

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March 8, 2018

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Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients: Winter Safety Tips

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a full-time job unto itself, but wintertime layers additional challenges on caregivers’ already full routines. Darkness, slippery conditions, and more winter weather factors all seem to conspire to make caring for those with dementia even more fraught than usual. Princeton Health Care Center has some simple advice […]

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March 8, 2018

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Understanding Pain Management Options for Cancer Patients

Cancer treatment in the United States has improved slowly but steadily, thanks to relentless research leading to advanced treatments that prolong life and improve outcomes. The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows a rise in five-year survival rates from 50 percent to 66 percent. Even as treatment evolves, the pain […]

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March 8, 2018

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Steps to Take When Your Loved One Needs Professional Care for Dementia

If you’ve exhausted your options trying to care with a loved one with dementia in the comfort of their home or yours, you may have come to a difficult but necessary decision: to find long-term dementia care. There are a number of key steps that you should take — and a particular order in which […]

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February 9, 2018

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Types of Wounds and Professional Services for Wound Care

Age has its benefits, like wisdom and the ability to pull rank for a larger slice of birthday cake. But it has its drawbacks as well. One of them is the simple fact that we don’t heal as quickly as we did in our youth. That makes wound care more complicated than simply applying a […]

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February 9, 2018

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The Emerging Trends in Pain Assessment and Management

Training is an important part of our approach at Princeton Health Care Center. We take a great deal of pride in the work we do every day, and our continual efforts to stay abreast of the latest developments in our respective fields plays a significant part of the quality we deliver your loved ones. With […]

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February 9, 2018

Skilled Nursing Facility

How to Choose a Skilled Nursing Facility for Your Loved One

It isn’t easy to choose a skilled nursing facility for someone you love. However, families who find their resources, time, or capabilities stretched thin often find themselves faced with this difficult decision, and often worry whether they’re making the right choice. Difficult, but — if you know the right questions to ask, and the right […]

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January 9, 2018

Pain Management

Pain Management: Dealing with the Psychological Effects

It’s a subject of considerable debate in the medical world: what is the pain threshold and pain perception for patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? One school of thought holds that these patients have a higher pain threshold and lower pain perception; another holds that these individuals sense pain no differently than anyone else, […]

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January 9, 2018

Physiological Effects of Alzheimer's or Dementia

Helping A Loved One Deal with Pain: The Physiological Effects

If you have children, you recall how difficult it was to treat illnesses and everyday aches and pains. After all, before they’ve learned to talk, children can’t articulate what’s wrong. The Princeton Health Care Center staff and many caregivers we encounter daily are reminded of this frustration when we help patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. […]

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January 9, 2018

IV Therapy Benefits

Learn the Basics of IV Therapy and Its Potential Benefits

Intravenous therapy, also called infusion therapy, is a process by which drugs and/or fluids are administered directly into the veins. IV therapies are many and varied, used in both hospitals and outpatient settings to treat anything from dehydration or malnutrition to fibromyalgia and pain management. Some IV therapies use a drip, while others — including […]

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December 11, 2017

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Financial Implications of Long-term Care: Medicare Coverage

US News reports that as of the last census in 2010, there were 40.3 million people ages 65 and over. That number jumped 5.3 percent from the prior census in 2000. As the Baby Boomers come of age, an ever-growing percentage of the population is living longer and healthier lives. That’s a good thing, but […]

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December 11, 2017

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Understanding Medicaid Coverage and Long-Term Care

In another part of this series, we examined the impact of Medicare on long-term care. If the legal and financial issues surrounding Medicare are confusing, Medicaid is no less of a briar patch. If you or a loved one need financial assistance covering long-term care at a facility like Princeton Health Care Center, will you […]

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December 11, 2017

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Health Insurance & Financial Implications of Long-Term Care

If you’re concerned with long-term care for yourself or a loved one, you may be in for a bumpy ride when it comes to figuring out payment options. Medicare and Medicaid raise as many challenges as they address, so many of us are considering or already have long-term care insurance. Here are some key considerations […]

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November 10, 2017

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Choosing the Right Assisted Living Facility for Your Loved One

For many seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility is one of the most important decisions they will ever make. Much like a buying a new house, shopping around for a retirement home requires a fair amount of research and reconnaissance to ensure that loved ones end up in a place where they […]

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November 10, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

Many people use Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably, as though the two terms were just synonyms for the same medical condition, but that is not the case. In reality, while both share similarities, there are distinctions that can be made between the two diagnoses. Dementia First and foremost, dementia is technically a syndrome rather than […]

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November 10, 2017

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The Difference Between Skilled Nursing Facilities & Nursing Homes

If you’re the caretaker of an elderly relative, it may be time to consider long-term options, especially if they need medical assistance. While skilled nursing facilities and standard nursing homes both provide seniors with round-the-clock attention and observation, skilled nursing facilities are much more appropriate in situations where a patient may require considerable and constant […]

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