FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK September 20—24th, 2021

Falls are the main reason older people lose their independence. 

Are you at risk?

Four things you can do to prevent falls:

  1. Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength and balance.
  2. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications.
  3. Get annual eye check-ups and update your eyeglasses.
  4. Make your home safer by:
    1. Remove clutter & trip hazards
    1. Put railings on all stairs and add grab bars in the bathroom
    1. Have good lighting, especially on stairs.

Contact your local Big Stone Therapists at St. William’s Living Center Outpatient Therapy Clinic by calling 218-338-1014 for information on exercise, fall prevention programs, and options for improving home safety.

My Therapy Story By Racheal Libby

My accident happened December 2, 2020, but break was not found until two weeks later, even though I started PT for rotator cuff. I saw five different therapists during this time.  Everyone had their own way, but pretty much the same exercises given. I felt I could do more and probably pushed myself but was always told not to overdo because I could do more damage. I enjoyed all my times at Physical Therapy and all the therapists that worked with me.

I recommend St. William’s Outpatient Therapy Clinic!

My Therapy Story By Terri Payne

I had my knee replaced July 1, 2020 (on my anniversary)!

Since I work at St. William’s I requested that my rehab be done here.  We tried to get my knee to be more flexible, but it would not have any of that.  They did a great job giving me exercises to do at home!  The bike seemed to be the best thing for my knee.

I have diabetes and am in my early 60’s which probably was a factor in my recovery.  I also went back to work probably too soon.  My job requires me to be on my feet the whole shift except breaks.

The physical therapists did a wonderful job working with me.

My Therapy Story By Colin Koep

My experience with St. William’s Outpatient Therapy was absolutely amazing. It helped me get better!
I cannot thank St. William’s therapists, Maren Russman, PT (pictured with Colin below) and Kyle Hart, PTA enough.
I used to not be able to lift my right leg at all but now, with the help of St. William’s therapists, I can!

My Therapy Story

My Therapy Story

By John Schauland

After rotator cuff surgery in March 2021 the therapists at St. William’s Living Center Outpatient Therapy helped me so much to get motion back in my shoulder.

Their knowledge of what I needed to do, and patience to teach me the exercises and how to do them properly, made a world of difference in my recovery.

I feel I am on the road to a full recovery thanks to all the care I received from the therapists at St. William’s Living Center Outpatient Therapy!

My Therapy Story

Hi, my name is Charlie Ruckheim!

On the 14 of March 2021 I suffered a major health issue, where I was hospitalized at St. Cloud Centra Care Hospital for four days in ICU and three more days until I was discharged to St. Williams PP for ten days of recuperation.  My body was hit big time, by being sent into what the doctors can only say as “Major Shock”!!

I suffered being very, very weak!  The ten days at St. Williams was all about getting my strength back just to be able to walk to some degree!  After ten days I got to go home.

Now I am doing outpatient Physical Therapy two days a week for six weeks.  It’s all about getting my strength back.  The people in Therapy were really good at getting me back on my feet and slowly getting stronger.  Small steps, one day at a time.  They always explained what and why I was doing it and very watchful for not to fall.

I’ve been in their Therapy before as an outpatient after a shoulder replacement.  I would give them high recommendations!  Their facilities and equipment are great.  They do a very good job!!

Benefits of Short-Term Rehab at St. William’s

The days and weeks following a surgery or an injury are critical. Going home is not always the best option. You may lack the strength and mobility you’ll need to get back on your feet and back to your regular routine.

Short-term rehab is an excellent option if you’re looking for a bit of extra help while you recover. In this article, we’ll share the benefits of taking a few days or weeks to recover at St. William’s Living Center.

Recover Faster

Trying to get back on your feet when you’re all by yourself can be really tough. Even with a caretaker near, recovery can be a stressful process if you or your caretaker don’t have the proper skills. You may suffer from extreme fatigue, mobility issues, and lack of strength.

Studies have shown that people who participate in focused rehabilitation programs immediately after a medical procedure or stroke recover faster than those who don’t. With help from a dedicated staff of care professionals, you’ll get back on your feet faster.

You may benefit from short-term rehab if you’ve suffered from one or more of the following:

  • Surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Stroke
  • Injury
  • Neurological issues
  • Illness

On-Site Therapy

Many doctors prescribe physical or occupational therapy after a surgery. You’ll get the most out of your therapy appointments if you can take them on-site at a short-term care facility. You won’t have to worry about traveling to appointments and risking further injury by moving around too much before your body is ready.

Physical therapists work with you to regain mobility and strength. You’ll receive a personalized therapy program that gives you the training and tools you need for proper recovery. Your therapist will also teach you exercises to do when you go home to lower the risk of falls or future injuries.

Occupational therapy focuses on improving coordination so you can tackle day-to-day tasks with greater ease. Your occupational therapist can help you relearn how to cook, clean, do laundry, and complete other activities when you go home.

24-Hour Care

Having a whole team of care professionals on-site to help you is a really beneficial part of short-term rehab. Other care professionals include nurses, nutritionists, and social workers.

Nursing care is especially important during the first few days after your hospital stay. They’ll help you keep track of medications, make sure you’re getting enough food and water, and can assist in bathing and toileting, if necessary. At St. William’s, we are a veteran contracted facility and can work with the VA on the right care plan for you.

You’ll also have access to other amenities including a full menu of dining options and organized daily activities to keep your brain and body active. During the warmer months, you can enjoy the outdoors in the community courtyards without worry of falling and risking further injury.

Get Back on Your Feet with Short-Term Rehab at St. William’s

Short-term rehab is an excellent option for those who aren’t quite ready to return home after a medical event. If you fall into this category, know that we’re here to help.

Contact us today! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Heal Broken Bones Faster with These Tips

A broken bone, no matter where it is in your body, can take away your mobility in the blink of an eye. 

Fast healing is essential to get you back on your feet. This is especially important if you suffer from a bone disease like osteoporosis, where broken bones can become a common occurrence. 

Keep reading for some of our top tips to help heal broken bones faster. 

Balance Your Diet

Healing is a restorative process that your body is pretty good at. But your body can’t heal without the right building blocks. That’s why a properly balanced diet is essential to heal broken bones faster. 

Bones are made mostly from a protein called collagen. Your body needs plenty of protein to build new collagen for bone healing. Eat lots of protein-rich foods like lean meats, low-fat dairy products, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals.

Leafy green vegetables like collard greens, spinach, broccoli, and kale are high in calcium, another important part of bone repair. Eggs and whole grains, like brown rice and oatmeal, provide iron, another ingredient for making collagen. Citrus fruits, potatoes, and peppers have high levels of vitamin C, another necessary vitamin used to make collagen.  

Talk to your doctor before beginning any dietary supplement program. You should be able to get the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. But if your doctor suggests supplements, follow their advice. 

Avoid Bad Habits

We’ve talked about the things you should put into your body when you’re healing from a broken bone, now let’s discuss the things you shouldn’t put in your body. 

You may enjoy a cocktail or two from time to time, but it’s best to avoid alcohol completely when you’re healing. Alcohol interacts with the body’s ability to build new bone and bone grown with alcohol in the body is weaker than bone grown without alcohol present. Alcohol also impairs your judgment and makes you unsteady on your feet, increasing the risk you’ll break the bone again.

Smoking is also a no-no. It affects how blood flows through the body and has been shown to severely hinder your body’s ability to heal. 

Avoid processed food while you’re nursing a broken bone. Processed foods often lack many vitamins and minerals. This leads to lots of empty calories that don’t contribute to those building blocks we discussed in the last section. 

Processed foods are also more likely to contain salt. While some salt is essential for good health, too much salt can cause your body to expel calcium in urine rather than absorbing it. Read food labels and limit salt intake to six grams per day max.  

Physical Therapy to Heal Broken Bones Faster

Your doctor will likely prescribe a treatment plan to help get you back on your feet. Often, that plan involves physical therapy

A trained physical therapist knows how to get you moving without risking further injury. They specialize in working on the soft tissue surrounding the fracture site. This brings fresh blood and oxygen to the bone, healing it quicker. 

Physical therapy builds strength after the limited mobility which often follows immediately after a fracture. Your therapist works with you on exercises to strengthen the muscles around the fracture site. They’ll also work on improving your range of motion and strengthening the surrounding joints. 

This type of physical therapy treatment helps heal broken bones faster and helps prevent future broken bones by improving your strength, flexibility, and balance. 
If you’ve recently had some bad luck in the broken bone department, talk to your doctor about a physical therapy treatment plan. At St. William’s, our licensed therapists are here to support you throughout the healing process. Call us today for more information!