Health Matters

Nutritional Requirements of the Breastfed Newborn

Posted by Carol "C.K." Kristich on Oct 15, 2018 10:42:00 AM

The First Few Days of Feeding

At birth, a baby’s stomach is the size of a pea or small marble and can hold around 1 (5ml) teaspoon. At 2 days of age, a baby’s stomach is about the size of a walnut. Gradually, the stomach increases in size and by the time the baby is 7-10 days old, it is approximately the size of a golf ball and holds anywhere from 1-2 (30-60ml) ounces. 

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Women's Health

Grilled Eggplant "Steaks" (Serves 6)

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Oct 10, 2018 7:33:00 AM

When you’re getting ready for your next cookout, think about making the flip. Sure, the classic beef burger is still on our BBQ list, but chefs are finding exciting new ways to make the flip to innovative veggie burgers. They’re packed with protein, filled with flavor and all-around better for you.

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Topics: Nutrition & Recipes

Tropical Energy Balls: Easy Back to School Breakfast

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Sep 26, 2018 7:44:00 AM

If your typical weekday morning includes rushing the kids to the bus having just managed to find a missing shoe,
backpack and hair tie, try making breakfast ahead of time with this recipe.

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Topics: Nutrition & Recipes

6 Things You Can do to Prevent Breast Cancer

Posted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz on Sep 24, 2018 10:11:00 AM

A More Healthful Lifestyle Can Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. It might seem simple, but the truth is that living a more healthful lifestyle has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as well as many other cancers, regardless of your family history.

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Topics: Breast Health, Women's Health

Tomato Pie

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Sep 17, 2018 6:24:00 AM

Put Your Tomatoes to Good Use

Tomatoes are in season right now. Whether you grab them from your garden or pick them up at a local produce stand, try this recipe for brunch or dinner this weekend!

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Topics: Nutrition & Recipes

Three Major Forms of Diabetes

Posted by Terry Lumber, RN, CNS, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE on Sep 10, 2018 6:36:00 AM

Virginia is in the Diabetes Belt

In the U.S., 644 counties in 15 states have the highest incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. Our area has been specifically identified as having a high incidence of diabetes. Right here is where diabetes care and prevention is most needed. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are two of the four major contributing factors to the increased incidence of diabetes.

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Topics: Diabetes Treatment, Lifestyle & Wellness

Is It Time for Assisted Living?

Posted by Amy Fitchett on Aug 27, 2018 1:44:00 PM

What is assisted living?

We know finding the right place for you or your loved one can be difficult. Many have questions about assisted living, retirement homes, hospice and the options available today. Assisted living is a form of long-term senior care that assists with meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation.

How is care paid for at an assisted living facility?

Medicare does not typically cover the costs of assisted living expenses. Many assisted living facilities are private pay institutions. Many residents use long-term care insurance reimbursements combined with any available veteran benefits to offset the costs of assisted living.

Are there any admissions requirements?

Frequently and before admission, prospective residents are assessed by a trained, licensed staff member, taking into account the Virginia Universal Assessment Inventory (UAI) and discussions with your loved one and family members. A physical examination and record of tuberculosis (TB) screening or chest X-ray within 30 days of the date of admission are also required.  Many facilities have an admissions coordinator that handles all of the necessary medical documentation so you can focus on your loved one. 

Are other medical services offered?

Yes, as a convenience to our seniors and elders, primary care, dentistry, podiatry and rehabilitation services such as therapy services are regularly offered onsite by visiting medical professionals. Additional medical services such as nutritional services, wound care, diabetes care, IV therapy, or home and hospice care are coordinated through our medical team to meet each resident’s individual health needs. These services are often paid by Medicare.

Can a resident be admitted from home?

Yes, when a loved one no longer wants the responsibility of maintaining a household and may need additional help with daily routines, some families seek the safety and convenience of an assisted living community.  The decision to move to assisted living can be difficult.  Many facilities will work with families and loved ones to meet their timelines and ensure a seamless and smooth transition from their previous home.

My mom is in a rehab center, and it’s not safe for her to go back home.  What do I do?

Many facilities offer assisted living and respite care for those who may need assistance with activities of daily living. Their staff should regularly work with area rehabilitation facilities and physicians to help transition those who need to continue their care for ongoing assistance.

What about dietary restrictions?

Many facilities have a dietary manager that can provide healthy and appealing daily menus including fresh and seasonal produce. Be on the lookout for facilities that partner with a local hospital. This can be a great way to ensure that special dietary needs are met. 

Amy Fitchett is the Admissions and Marketing Coordinator at Cedar Manor Assisted Living. Amy has been with Chesapeake Regional since 2008, but transferred to Cedar Manor in 2014. 

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Topics: Health Care 101, Assisted Living & Senior Care

Should I See a Doctor for my Menopause Symptoms

Posted by Dr. Rebecca Ryder on Aug 20, 2018 7:49:00 AM

A patient’s guide to hormone replacement

If you’ve tried at home remedies to manage your menopause symptoms at home, but you’re still suffering, it may be time to see a physician for more options.

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Topics: Women's Health, Menopause, Hormone Replacement

Four Home Remedies for Treating Your Menopause Symptoms

Posted by Dr. Rebecca Ryder on Aug 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Hot Flashes Keeping You Up?

Is your air conditioner failing to keep you cool this summer? If you are a woman in your 40s, hot flashes and night sweats may have you wishing for winter.

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Topics: Women's Health, Hormone Replacement, Menopause

What New Moms Should Pack in Their Hospital Bag

Posted by Carol "C.K." Kristich on Aug 6, 2018 9:42:00 AM

Congratulations are in order, but are your bags?

Planning to bring home a new bundle can be a bit surreal, but packing for your hospital stay doesn't have to be. I've cared for new moms and newborns for more than 40 years,  so I've got some experience with what you'll need (and what you won't) while in the hospital.

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Breastfeeding, Women's Health