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Navigating the Challenges of Post-Surgery Rehabilitation: 7 Tips for a Smooth Recovery

Embarking on post-surgery rehabilitation can be a challenging yet crucial phase in the journey toward recovery. At Centers Healthcare, we offer valuable tips to navigate this period and promote a smooth recovery.

  1. Follow Your Healthcare Team’s Guidance: Adhering to your healthcare provider’s instructions and rehabilitation plan is paramount. It ensures that your recovery is structured and effective.
  2. Gradual Progression: Patience is key. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercises as recommended by your healthcare professionals to avoid overexertion and setbacks.
  3. Pain Management: Work closely with your healthcare team to manage pain effectively. Communicate any discomfort promptly to ensure adjustments to your pain management plan.
  4. Stay Active Within Limits: Engage in approved physical activities to prevent stiffness and promote circulation, but avoid activities that strain the surgical site.
  5. Nutrition and Hydration: Maintain a balanced diet to support healing. Proper hydration aids in the recovery process.
  6. Rest and Sleep: Allow your body sufficient time to rest and recover. Quality sleep is essential for the healing process.
  7. Emotional Support: Seek emotional support from friends, family, or a mental health professional. Coping with the emotional aspects of recovery is integral to the overall healing process.

By integrating these strategies into your post-surgery rehabilitation journey, you’re not only optimizing physical recovery but also fostering a holistic approach to well-being.

To learn more about Amsterdam Center, visit amsterdamcares.org or call 800-305-9151

Candlelit Stretching Sessions

Transform your stretching routine into a serene experience with Candlelit Stretching Sessions. Dim the lights and set the mood with flickering candles to create a calming atmosphere. Engage in gentle stretches, focusing on each movement as the soft candlelight enhances mindfulness. This intimate setting not only promotes flexibility but also provides a soothing escape from the winter chill. Whether done solo or with a partner, Candlelit Stretching Sessions offer a serene and rejuvenating way to unwind, aligning the body and mind for a peaceful winter evening.

At Centers Healthcare, we encourage the added medical benefits of candlelit stretching sessions. The subdued lighting promotes relaxation, lowering cortisol levels and reducing stress. Engaging in gentle stretches under candlelight enhances flexibility, contributing to improved joint mobility and muscle elasticity. The serene ambiance can also have a positive impact on mental health, promoting calmness and reducing anxiety. Combined, these elements create a holistic experience that not only benefits physical well-being but also nurtures mental and emotional health during the winter season.

To learn more about Amsterdam Center, visit centershealthcare.com/locations/amsterdam-nursing-home or call 800-305-9151

The Latest Advancements in Heart Health: Cardiac Care

Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. As a result, medical professionals continue to search for innovative ways to improve cardiac care and reduce the number of fatalities.

One such advancement in cardiac care is Amsterdam Center approach, which has yielded impressive results.

The approach involves a comprehensive cardiac care program focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease. The program integrates various services, including regular health assessments, medication management, lifestyle changes, and educational resources.

The Amsterdam Center approach has successfully reduced hospitalizations due to heart-related issues by up to 50% and the mortality rate by up to 20%. These outcomes testify to the program’s effectiveness in improving cardiac health.

In addition to the Amsterdam Center approach, other cardiac care advancements include using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to detect heart disease at an early stage. These algorithms can analyze large amounts of medical data and help doctors diagnose accurately.

Furthermore, technological advancements have led to the development of new medical devices such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, and remote monitoring systems. These devices help manage heart conditions, improve patient outcomes, and enhance the quality of life.

Amsterdam Center’s approach and other advancements in cardiac care represent a significant step forward in the fight against heart disease.

To learn more about Amsterdam Center, visit amsterdamcares.org or call 800.546.3090

COVID-19 Vaccines are Available for our Staff and Residents!

COVID-19 Vaccines are Available for our Staff and Residents!

According to the CDC:
– The vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19
– They will help keep you from getting seriously ill
– They help protect your family and community
– Vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA

Talk to the facility administrator or social worker—and get vaccinated today.

Protecting our patients, residents and staff from COVID-19

From the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, our facility has followed the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The safety of our residents, patients, staff and their families are our priority and we continue to take an abundance of precaution to protect them.

Our team is well-trained in the importance of proper handwashing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizer, and all are supplied with proper PPE. If they experience symptoms—such as fever or cough—they are instructed to stay home, and they must be cleared before returning to work.

Handwashing and hygiene posters are displayed throughout our facilities, and employee education and training continue based on the latest community and CDC guidelines. In addition, the COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered throughout the Centers Health Care facilities to staff and residents alike.

For the latest news about visitation and more, please contact our facility.

Centers Health Care celebrates 25 years of experience, innovation and leadership

25 years of improving lives
25 years of compassionate care
25 years of making a difference

Experience matters and we have it.

We’re proud to be part of Centers Health Care, one of the leading post-acute care organizations in the country.

This year, Centers Health Care is celebrating 25 years of monumental care.

As the leading post-acute healthcare network in the Northeast, Centers’ experience is unmatched, our knowledge unparalleled. We bring more accumulated expertise to the residents and patients we serve than any other post-acute provider in the country, touching more than half a million lives and achieving more than 20,000 successful rehabilitations every year.

Our remarkable insights and ground-breaking achievements over the past quarter-century are exemplary. We have developed programs that have put our company in the top 5% nationwide for successful rehabilitations such as our specialized care units, ranging from a cardiac care unit that has been certified by the American Heart Association to vent and dialysis care.

We have developed unprecedented outreach to the communities we serve—creating units dedicated to community cultures. Centers has, in short, transformed post-acute healthcare…and that’s just the beginning.

We celebrate as we look back at our successes and look forward to our continuing triumphs.

“Over the last quarter-century,” CEO Kenny Rozenberg says, “we have gained the kind of powerful experience in post-acute healthcare that is unmatched in the industry. I am proud and honored to celebrate the 25th anniversary—and look forward to moving ahead, as we write new chapters in the story of Centers Health Care, leading the way for the next 25 years.”

Amsterdam Nursing Home Explains 5 Strange House Noises

If you live in your own home, you might think that your house—especially older ones—has a life to itself. These noises, especially if they occur in the middle of the night, can provide quite a fright, but as AAA explains, these are common issues that usually have easy solutions.
Amsterdam Cares for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a look at five of these strange sounds.

Random Toilet Flushing

Everyone in your house may be accounted for in the kitchen or living room when the toilet in the bathroom randomly flushes. This occurs when the toilet flapper goes bad and needs to be replaced. If you also notice this happening in one toilet, it may happen in the others due to normal wear, so you may want to replace them all as a precaution.

Persistent Knocking

When it’s especially quiet, you may hear some knocking in your home that clearly isn’t from the front door. If it’s persistent and on beat, it’s likely the pressure of your home’s pipes moving water around. If this is happening when no one is using any water, turn off your main supply valve and flush the lines by turning all faucets on and flushing all toilets. Turn the valve back on once all the water stops flowing. Call a plumber if you’re still having issues after that.

Abrupt Chirping

You might hear a faint chirping sound but not realize where it’s coming from—especially with so many electronic devices in today’s homes. Most often, however, this is going to be coming from a smoke detector with a low battery. To ensure batteries are always fresh, change them twice per year when you adjust the clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Scratching Noises From Outside

With winter coming, it’s common to have some windy weather. That might be accompanied by some scratching sounds in the house or windows. You likely have some branches that are hanging over and brushing up against the roof or other areas of your house.

Rattling Noises

Another potentially unsettling sound on those windy nights are rattling noises in the house. That happens with old or improperly maintained windows in windy conditions, so check your seals with some weatherstripping.

To learn more about Amsterdam Cares for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://amsterdamcares.org/.

Centers Health Care is Stronger Together

This summer Centers Health Care is Stronger Together

A reflection of our unity, our strength and our ties to the communities we serve.

We are committed to providing an empowering circle of care. Top healthcare professionals in every field play a critical role in our mission to deliver a patient-centered life cycle that makes us all stronger. Our leadership, experience and expertise in post-acute healthcare all lead to successful outcomes.

Danny Prero, Administrator at Williamsbridge Center, describes how he experiences the circle at his facility: “I’m a firm believer in working hard, working together, and paying it forward. My mission is to guide my team toward a common goal and outcome—improving the lives of all those who come through our doors in need of our care. I inspire my team to achieve success, and they inspire me by their great work.”

This summer, as you get to know why we are stronger together, you will also have the opportunity to learn something…and win something, including a Roku TV, a trip for 2, and more. All you have to do is learn the facts: Did you know that Centers Health Care partners with over 2,000 hospitals and health providers, that the average therapy department at Centers has over 140 years of combined experience, and each year we achieve over 22,000 successful rehabilitation stays? There is real strength—and some pretty cool prizes—in those numbers!

We are also recognizing our healthcare hero partners at regional hospitals, serving up complimentary ice cream or donuts to the staff at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, and NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn to name just a few. Watch our donut extravaganza in action, courtesy of Centers Health Care.



The bottom line is: Centers Health Care is making a difference in people’s lives.

These are just three of the many examples from around Centers Health Care that remind us of the wonderful stories we can share because we are stronger together.

Last, but certainly not least, the campaign highlights inspiring true stories of patients and residents who have benefitted from the Centers Circle of Care, demonstrating the real-life power and success of the Stronger Together promise.

Did you enter for your chance to win?

Amsterdam Nursing Home on Dietary Protein’s Role in Healing Wounds

Wounds generally heal slowly in seniors for a variety of reasons. For everyone, the immune system doesn’t function as well as we age, but then there are additional health conditions that also compromise the healing process, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancers.

One factor that seems to speed up the healing process though – whether it’s a pressure ulcer or a postsurgical wound – is an increase in protein in the diet.

Amsterdam Cares for Rehabilitation and Nursing explains how protein plays a big part in wound healing.

Protein Helps Reduce Inflammation

The longer the healing of a wound is in the inflammatory phase (the first phase of healing), the more difficult the healing process will be. Inadequate protein intake can prolong the inflammation stage and increase the possibility of the wound getting infected.

How Much Protein Should You Have Per Day?

Experts recommend that elderly patients have at least one gram of protein per one kilogram of body weight daily. If you need to convert kilograms into pounds, there are 2.2 pounds per kilogram, so divide your body weight in pounds by 2.2 to get your weight in kilograms.

Ways to Boost Protein Intake

If you’re not getting enough protein, tips to increase your intake include:

Other high-protein foods that you may enjoy and incorporate into your daily meal or snack routine are nuts, beans, eggs, and chicken. And you also may want to take a protein supplement if you’re struggling to reach the desired amount.

To learn more about Amsterdam Cares for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://amsterdamcares.org/.

Amsterdam Nursing Home Shares Local Writer’s Optimism During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it plenty of negatives in the forms of lives lost, an economic downturn, and our way of life upended in many respects. It’s important, however, to find the silver linings in even the darkest of clouds.

Amsterdam Cares for Rehabilitation and Nursing would like to share an opinion piece written by longtime writer and University of Amsterdam educator Howard Wolf.

Wolf describes scenes around town this summer that were born from things we can no longer do (albeit temporarily) due to fears of spreading the novel coronavirus.

In order to escape the monotony of being quarantined in the house, people are turning to the great outdoors perhaps more than they have in a generation or two. Have you taken out the lawn chairs to enjoy the summer weather and converse with neighbors across driveways or perhaps gather around a fire pit? Face-to-face connection sure beats Facetime and Skype!

While socializing with friends in Delaware Park, Wolf notices all sorts of outdoor activities people are reconnecting with now that there isn’t a game to watch, a bar to visit, or a movie to go see. Family bike rides, friends off to fish in Hoyt Lake, seniors out for strolls, and bird-watchers are commonplace in Amsterdam this summer – right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. It would seem more pleasant if there wasn’t the realities of the virus looming.

Wolf’s hope is that once this pandemic is behind us – whether that’s when a vaccine is introduced or at some other period of time – people don’t forget these simple pleasures that they’ve rediscovered out of necessity.

To learn more about Amsterdam Cares for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://amsterdamcares.org/.