Diet

Upon arrival at Carmel Hills, your discharging Physician’s orders will be reviewed and evaluated by our team of licensed Physical and Occupational Therapists, who will work with you to determine your recovery goals and to chart the most effective pathway for achieving those goals. The Express Recovery team will determine the appropriate resources necessary to help you achieve your goals. This will include a personal regimen of nursing and therapy, as well as a carefully developed care plan addressing your nutritional, social and educational needs.

Special Diets for a Speedy Recovery

Geriatric patients who have suffered a debilitating orthopedic injury have special nutritional needs. In accordance with the physician’s plan, a specific diet including nutritional supplements, when indicated, is designed to speed healing and regeneration of bones, joints, and overall general health. Meals are prepared from the finest ingredients including local produce, seafood, and meats. Additionally, patients are taught proper nutrition to ensure ongoing healing and health after discharge. Our Registered Dietitian is acutely aware of, and able to design a nutritional plan to address the special needs of orthopedic recovery including a diet supplemented with vitamins, minerals, and nutrition that assists in more rapid recovery and overall good health.

Activities

Our staff coordinates activities to help short-term stay patients and long term care residents maintain their mental, emotional and physical health. Planning daily activities in our facility is essential in keeping our residents happy on their road to recovery. We focus on activities that stimulate their minds and, if possible, keep them active. Depending on the current ability of each resident, as well as keeping their previous activity interests in mind, we provide a vast selection of choices such as;

Activities Include:

  • Social Dining, Tea/Coffee Social, Ice Cream Social with Piano Music
  • Beauty Shop Services: Manicures, Haircuts, Perms, Tinting
  • Church Services
  • Exercise: Rise & Shine (RNA's), Balloon Volleyball or Badminton
  • Table Games: Bingo, Dominoes, Connect Four, Scrabble, Yahtzee
  • Memory Games: Trivia, Word Search, Guess Who "Movie" Stars
  • Movies: Classics, Musicals, Biographies, New Releases, Netflix
  • Entertainment: Live Music Concerts, Candlelight Dinners
  • Outings: Monterey Aquarium, Monterey County Fair, Downtown Festivities
  • Evening: World News, Sports, or Other Programs Selected by the Residents
  • Room Visits: Residents Who do not Attend Groups will Receive Visits 2-3 Times/Wk

Nursing / Physician Services

Your therapeutic regimen at this phase will help prepare you for return to a more independent life style. During this phase you will learn how to accommodate any functional losses which you may have sustained, how to use assistive devices and techniques for accomplishing routine activities in an independent manner. Tasks like dressing, bathing and mobility, or more complex undertakings such as preparing meals and transportation will be explained, trained and tested. Should you have a caregiver or spouse, they may participate with you during this phase of your recovery.
Social Services

The transition from the Express Recovery Program to a more independent lifestyle requires a network of services and providers be assembled to provide any on-going support which you may require. Issues such as home accessibility and safety or the arranging of nutritional and medical support are all important. Your Express Recovery team will help you create and implement an effective transition program for increased independence, peace of mind and confidence when returning to a more independent living arrangement.
Rehabilitation

The transition from the Express Recovery Program to a more independent lifestyle requires a network of services and providers be assembled to provide any on-going support which you may require. Issues such as home accessibility and safety or the arranging of nutritional and medical support are all important. Your Express Recovery team will help you create and implement an effective transition program for increased independence, peace of mind and confidence when returning to a more independent living arrangement.

 

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