January 2013 eNewsletter

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Happy 2012! And with it has come good tidings, weather-wise, here in the Northeast. Traditionally, snow and ice add an extra safety challenge for our clients, often the same folks you are working so hard to restore to a full life.

While Amramp's mesh-steel platforms help those with mobility issues stay safer in the winter, we're focusing our newsletter on you. This winter issue features several authors whose ideas, we hope, will bring a better quality of life for you and those you’re helping. Enjoy!

PS: Please let us know how we're doing and which topics interest you the most!

In this Issue - January 2012

A man in a rehab facility.

Where should rehabilitation take place?

Case managers should advocate for patients.

"Case managers are frontline decision-makers who recommend where patients go for rehabilitation. The decisions they make may decide whether patients truly get the best opportunity to reach their potential. The same is true for therapists who are frequently asked by patients and families where they think they should go for further therapy.

"Case managers and therapists need to consider the evidence in making critical clinical decisions about where a patient should have rehabilitation. It's vital not to block access to this window of opportunity for recovery for people with disabilities." - neurorehabilitation expert Dr. Richard Senelick

Read more to help you make the best decisions for your patients.

A stethoscope twisted into the shape of a heart.

'Smart at Heart' empowers women to fight heart disease

Harvard cardiologist's book attacks heart disease holistically.

It's no secret that too much stress adversely impacts one's health. But what effect does it have on heart disease, the #1 killer of women? And, more importantly, what can women do about it? And how can medical professionals help the women they interact with?

Dr. Malissa J. Wood, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, offers solutions and life-skills.

Read more about how you can fight the #1 killer of women.

A smiling family around a hospital bed.

Helping families and patients cope with long-term terminal illness

Today's terminal diagnosis requires a new tool-set. 'Saying Goodbye' was written to reduce confusion and anxiety throughout uncertain health.

It's been nearly a half-century since Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote the landmark book "On Death and Dying." Her five stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance - remain fundamental in society still today.

"Modern medicine has created a unique situation - one in which the patient and his/her family are drawn into a protracted process that only begins with a diagnosis. This process, which typically goes on for years, not weeks or months, can include a complex treatment process, potential remission, and potential relapse." - Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D., and co-author of "Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss."

Read more about how you can help families and patients cope.

An elderly lady in a wheelchair.

Top 8 reasons why your clients need a portable shower

Now your clients don't need to settle for a sponge bath.

As a healthcare professional you know that lack of proper hygiene causes dryness of the skin and can accelerate the development of pressure ulcers. Prescribe the Amramp Portable Roll-in Shower - the best bathing option for your patients to avoid more serious skin conditions.

What are the options when your patient is unable to climb upstairs to a second-floor bathroom, or if their home is laid out in such a way that a shower is inaccessible?

8 reasons why your clients will benefit.

September Issue - Poll Results

A man in a hospital bed.

We asked:

What are the top obstacles to establishing patients' piece of mind?

You answered:

Pain management – 72%

Family involvement – 4%

Add your own response – 24%

Most interesting response received:

"Money."

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