Posted on: April 25, 2017
It’s certainly not uncommon to hear about patients—particularly older individuals— who leave the hospital and return later after a bad fall. Did you know that the more prepared you are to return home after a hospital stay, the less likely you are to return to the hospital? Here, I’ll tell you about a recent study showing that Occupational Therapy decreases hospital readmissions and how it can better prepare you for a safe return home. By Elizabeth Pruyne, Occupational Therapist at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Posted on: June 29, 2016
Battling Chronic Office Fatigue from Your Work Environment
Monday through Friday, your shoulders are tight and your neck aches. By Sunday afternoon you start to feel a bit better, but the pain returns on your first day back to work. If that sounds familiar, your workplace ergonomics are probably out of whack. Easing your pains may be simpler than you realize, though.
Posted on: January 21, 2013
Sure-footed Advice for Keeping Your Balance
By Adam Cohen, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation at Northern Westchester Hospital
When you’re in your 20s, tripping over a curb usually means a scraped knee and flush of embarrassment. But that changes with age, unfortunately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC), one in three people over 65 will take a tumble this year, and about two million will need to seek emergency treatment as a result. For the elderly, falls can mean a fracture, and the consequences can be dire.
How dire? One in four people who suffer a hip fracture end up in a nursing home, and one in five hip fracture patients die within a year. Considering those grim numbers, preventing falls has to be a priority for the elderly and their caretakers.