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LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS

Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States? In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have doctor diagnosed arthritis. In addition, almost 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.

Who gets arthritis? According to the Arthritis Foundation fact sheet at https://www.arthritis.org, “Doctor-diagnosed arthritis is more common in women (26 percent) than in men (18 percent). In some types, such as rheumatoid arthritis, women far outnumber men. Almost two-thirds of adults in the U.S. with arthritis are working age (18-64 years). Arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders are among the five most costly conditions among adults 18 and older.”

The Arthritis Foundation fact sheet also states that “Arthritis is much more common among people who have other chronic conditions. Forty-nine percent of people with heart disease have arthritis. Forty-seven percent of adults with diabetes have arthritis. Thirty-one percent of adults who are obese have arthritis.”

Did you know that Medicare will pay for certain individuals receiving physical therapy or other services at home? There are certain criteria that must be met, including the following:

  1. A physician must prescribe home care.
  2. The patient must be homebound. Brief, intermittent trips outside the house are permitted.
  3. The care must be skilled. Medicare will pay for a nurse or therapist, but not for a home health aide.
  4. The care must be necessary and reasonable.

The Arthritis Foundation sponsors events to raise funds. Walk to Cure Arthritis, the largest arthritis gathering in the world, raised $6,652,872. The Jingle Bell Run, a festive 5K race with a USA Track & Field certified course, raised $966,602.

Bone Bash, a Halloween themed event, includes spooky decorations, costume contests, a silent auction or live auction, and entertainment including music, games, etc. Bone Bashes can range from informal concerts to elegant sit-down dinners or masquerade balls.

Other fund-raising events range from black-tie galas and tribute dinners to wine tastings and themed parties that benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

If you have a family member who needs private duty nursing, call American Home Health at (630) 236-3501. The agency can provide round-the-clock nursing care by Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Our service area covers fifteen counties in Northern Illinois including Cook, Lake, McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee. American Home Health is licensed by the State of Illinois and accredited by the Joint Commission. For further information, go to www.ahhc-1.com, or call (630) 236-3501.

—By Karen Centowski

ONE DAY AT WORK

In 1975, the $4 billion Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), better known as “The Deep Tunnel,” was begun. The goal was to reduce water pollution and sewer-backup problems in fifty-two municipalities in Cook County. It involved the construction of 109 miles of tunnels nine to thirty-three feet in diameter excavated from dolomite limestone bedrock as much as 350 feet below the surface.

While working on the deep tunnel storm runoff project in Chicago, a construction worker fell while climbing on cement reinforcement wire and was paralyzed. It was determined that lack of appropriate safety measures led to his paralysis. The public authority, as well as the two architectural firms working with them, settled the case for more than $4 million. As a result of the accident, the worker required lifelong medical care.

Sometimes workers who are severely injured on the job are forced to spend the rest of their lives in a hospital or nursing home. Sometimes they are able to return to their own homes with 24-hour a day nursing care. American Home Health offers the following adult private duty services:

  1. Ventilator Care
  2. Oxygen Therapy
  3. Tracheostomy Care
  4. BiPAP or CPAP
  5. Inhalation Therapy
  6. Respiratory Treatments
  7. Medication Administration
  8. TPN
  9. Pain Management
  10. Antibiotic Treatment
  11. Assessments
  12. Wound Care
  13. Lab Draws
  14. Tube Feedings
  15. Enterostomal Care
  16. Anti-Coagulant Therapy
  17. Bowel Programs

American Home Health is licensed by the State of Illinois and accredited by the Joint Commission. Our service area covers fifteen counties in Northern Illinois including Cook. Lake, McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee.

For further information, go to www.ahhc-1.com, or call (630) 236-3501.

—By Karen Centowski