Keeping Seniors Healthy & Happy

It takes a group effort to keep a community safe—and that applies to health and wellness too! Some of our favorite family members and neighbors can sometimes be the most susceptible to failing health or adverse conditions. Fortunately, some health situations can be alleviated by routine physical activity.

What is National Senior Health & Fitness day?

This year, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is observed on May 27, 2020 with the goal to help keep older Americans healthy, fit and happy. It is common knowledge that a regular fitness routine can also help emotional and mental health as well, so it’s even more important to make sure our seniors are active and moving!

What are safe ways to get older adults exercising?

As people age, it becomes even more vital to make sure they do not forget to get up and moving daily. Here are some easy, but engaging ways to staying active:

  • Daily WalkingWalking is a low impact form of exercise and doctors recommend around a half hour of walking each day!
  • Staying SociableJoining clubs or a society is an enjoyable way to stay active, physically and mentally.
  • GardeningStarting or tending to a garden is a great way to get up and moving, while creating something beautiful.
  • SwimmingSwimming offers a gentle way to exercise and water aerobics classes are a fun way to swim with a group of friends
  • Seated ExercisesFor those not as able to leave the home, seated exercises offer low-impact movements that still provide those exercise benefits. Moves like raising your legs, lifting weighted objects, or even some yoga positions can be done while seated!

How does the team at Culbertson help older adults?

Culbertson Memorial Hospital offers an outpatient program that provides a safe atmosphere where older adults can gather, talk, and feel a sense of community with their peers and compassionate providers.

Whether it’s the decline of physical ability, loss of a loved one, or other issues, Senior Life Solutions at Culbertson is ready to get you through it. Here are some other issues we can address:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed Mood
  • Difficulty coping with healthy changes
  • Isolation or Loneliness
  • Unresolved Grief
  • Recently Experienced a Traumatic Event
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • And many more!

If you want to learn more about Senior Life Solutions or other ways to stay active as an older adult, contact us or visit us online!

Helping You Breathe Better

May is Asthma Awareness Month.

Living with asthma can be scary at times. Without proper long-term treatment, symptoms can turn uncomfortable and dangerous if left unmonitored and uncontrolled. A key to treating asthma and its symptoms is understanding your personal triggers and how you plan to treat them.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is described as a condition where a person’s airways become inflamed, swell, and produce extra mucus making it difficult for a person to breathe. This condition ranges from mild to severe and can interfere with daily activities. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, wheezing and several others.

How is asthma normally treated?

Treating asthma depends on your lifestyle and the severity of your condition. Lifestyle factors include whether you are active, travel frequently, live in a certain location, or partake in risky behaviors like smoking, etc. Dependent on severity, asthma treatment could be anything from simply being mindful of your limits, keeping a rescue inhaler available in case of need, or use of longer-acting inhalers with oral steroid treatment to keep airways open.

 What are some triggers for asthma symptoms or attacks?

Exposure to various irritants and substances can trigger asthma symptoms, such as:

  • Airborne substances (pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste)
  • Respiratory infections (like the common cold)
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants (like smoking)
  • Certain medications (including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen)
  • Strong emotions and stress

How does the team at Culbertson work with asthmatics to help their symptoms?

We offer a pulmonary specialty clinic through Central Illinois Allergy and Respiratory Service, every fourth Wednesday of the month. Richard Hutchinson, PA-C treats conditions such as asthma. To schedule an appointment, please call 217-522-5596 and request to be seen at the Rushville Clinic.

If you wish to learn more about asthma and how it may affect your daily living, contact us or visit us online!

Now’s the Time. Advanced Care Planning.

National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16, 2020. Planning ahead makes life’s hardest moments easier to handle in the future. National Healthcare Decision Day is just one resource you can use to help you or your loved ones start to properly plan in advance of any health issues.

What is National Healthcare Decision Day?

National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) promotes awareness of advanced care life planning before adverse situations arise that could cause strain on surviving family and friends. Understanding these conversations can be some of the toughest to have, trustworthy healthcare providers and resourceful organizations, like NHDD, work to keep you and your family informed of all your options.

The goal is to empower people to comfortably express their wishes for end-of-life care with their loved ones, hopefully providing peace of mind for surviving friends and family.

How can I get involved with NHDD?

It’s easy to get involved with National Healthcare Decision Day! Visit the official site to learn ways to initiate these type of conversations with your loved ones. Then, find a time to gather with those you care about most to discuss and outline those plans.

What other resources can I use to start planning my advanced life care plan?

To help with advanced life care planning, you can rely on a multitude of resources to start creating your end-of-life plan. Here’s a quick list of potential resources to use:

  • AARP
  • Aging with Dignity (Five Wishes)
  • American Hospital Association
  • American Bar Association Advance Care Planning Toolkit
  • NHDD

Plus, several others listed on this page of NHDD’s site.

 How is giving to the CMH Foundation an effective part of the plan?

While our expert providers and staff serve our patients with compassionate care, the CMH Foundation works to disperse our donor’s charitable gifts to help continue our mission to provide excellent care while keeping our technology and services up to date.

You or your loved ones can make a difference in the quality of our local healthcare by leaving a charitable donation or planned gift to Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Learn more here or call the Foundation Director at (217) 322-4321.

Celebrating Diversity in Healthcare

April is National Minority Health Month and the world has become more interdependent as technology makes it easier to interact with people on the opposite side of the world. We learn more about our bodies and how they work every day—we even discover how our genetic differences affect our bodies uniquely, too.

What is minority health?
Minority health relates to the type of diseases, conditions, or illnesses that are associated with a person of a certain minority demographic. Research has shown that dependent on the demographic, certain illnesses or conditions can be developed overtime without proper preventative health care or knowledge of the condition at all.

This minority group could be of…

  • Racial
  • Ethnic
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender
  • Socioeconomic class
  • Education level

Why are certain minorities at risk for different types of medical conditions?
Due to the intersections of numerous social and financial disadvantages presented by any given minority demographic, some people may not be able to prevent a wide range of diseases or conditions. Even the general public lacks proper resources and information on the issues faced by minority groups everywhere.

What types of conditions do minority groups tend to suffer from?
The intersectionality of a person, or multiple identifications of various demographics, makes the issue of minority health even more complicated.

Here’s a couple examples of that intersectionality of different demographic groups:

  • A rural family could be less likely to have access to a healthier food retailer than persons living in urban tracts, leading to issues resulting from poor nutrition.
  • A non-Hispanic black racial demographic family could be at a higher risk for developing adult diabetes due to cultural factors and they are often limited to less than healthy food options.

Why is ending health gaps important?
A core principle of public health is that every person should be able to reach his or her full health potential. Medical professionals seek to remove barriers to health linked to race or ethnicity, education, income, location, or other social factors. However, health gaps remain widespread among racial and ethnic minority groups.

  • In 2015-2016, Hispanic (47.0%) and non-Hispanic black (46.8%) adults had a higher prevalence of obesity than non-Hispanic white adults (37.9%).
  • In 2011-2014, the prevalence of diabetes was 18.0% in non-Hispanic black adults, 16.8% in Hispanic adults, and 9.6% in non-Hispanic white adults.

Where can I learn more about minority health?
To learn more about minority health, visit any of the following websites:

To help determine your health risks, schedule an appointment with one of our Culbertson providers.

National Minority Health Month

Do you practice good nutrition?

dietitian working on a meal plan

Nutritional Counseling Services at Culbertson

Nutrition is the study of how our body uses the nutrients absorbed from the foods we eat. Nutritionists pull from the studies of molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics to properly determine how certain nutrient intake affects the body. Understanding how your body processes food can be helpful to achieving short- and long-term healthcare goals.

Continue reading “Do you practice good nutrition?”

5 Tips on Staying Active at Home or Work

No Gym, No Problem- 5 Tips on Staying Active at Home or Work

Motivating yourself to consistently use (and pay) for the gym is sometimes more of a battle than actually working out. After a long day, it’s hard to find the energy to drive to a crowded fitness club to jump on a machine, so we’ve compiled a list of things to do at home (or work) that will keep you active! Continue reading “5 Tips on Staying Active at Home or Work”

Give Your Heart A Little Love – American Heart Month

It can happen at any age. In fact, heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—are starting to occur in younger adults more frequently. Since we already have sweethearts on our minds, it’s the perfect time to discuss risks and ways to prevent cardiovascular disease.

What is cardiovascular disease?

The term “cardiovascular disease” refers to multiple conditions including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrythmia, and heart valve problems. Most of these issues are related to a blockage preventing blood or oxygen from adequately traveling to important areas of the body.

What conditions put me at risk for heart disease?

Several conditions put people at risk for heart disease to include:

  • High Blood Pressure Uncontrolled high blood pressure is one the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions.
  • High Cholesterol Diabetes, obesity, smoking, unhealthy diet, and little physical activity can increase cholesterol levels, which can lead to elevated risk.
  • Smoking 37 million U.S. adults smoke. Chemicals found in cigarettes can damage blood vessels and cause heart disease.
  • Obesity Extra weight puts extra stress on the body—including your heart!
  • Diabetes Sugar build up in the body can lead to damaged blood vessels and nerves that control the heart muscle.
  • Physical Inactivity Staying active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy.
  • Unhealthy Eating Increased sodium intake can increase blood pressure. Keep trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugars to a minimum to reduce your risk.

 How can I take control of my heart health?

It’s up to you to maintain a healthy body. The CDC provides great tips on starting your heart health journey at any age:

  1. Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. If you do smoke, learn about your resources to quit here.
  2. Manage Conditions. Trust your health care provider to manage conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol through regular visits.
  3. Eat well. Choose foods low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sodium and sugar.
  4. Get moving. Schedule in 150 minutes of exercise per week—that’s just 30 minutes each day!

Where can I find out more information about cardiac care services at Culbertson?

Culbertson Memorial Hospital partners with Prairie Heart Institute to bring highly trained specialists to our patients and in addition we offer cardiac stress tests, echocardiograms, and cardiac rehab!

If you or a loved one wants to learn more about the cardiac providers and services available, contact us here.

Your Step Between Hospital & Home – Swing Bed Program

You need something that’s a step in between, a program with some care and rehabilitation services that allows you to slowly regain your own independence. The Swing Bed Program at Culbertson Memorial Hospital serves patients with conditions such as hip or knee replacements, stroke, pneumonia, post-surgical procedures and extended IV therapy.

What is a ‘swing bed’?

This transitional care program allows a patient to transition from an acute care setting to the Swing Bed Program. In this program, the patient will receive skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to gain strength and independence. You might not stay in the same bed in the same room.

How is this different from a regular hospital stay?

Swing Bed patients still receive hospital meals and assistance, but the level of care is different. A patient doesn’t need more the intensive care involved with full-on hospitalization but are not yet ready to go home and take care of themselves. Culbertson nurses may give assistance with daily self-care and may even teach the patient to care for their own medical needs. Nurses and staff will work with you and decrease (or increase) the level of care as your recovery continues.

 What if I have a setback?

If something happens that requires traditional hospitalization, the patient can “swing” back to it. The program’s flexibility allows an individual to have the right level of care at all times. That care might include physical, speech and occupational therapy, IV medications, wound management, new ostomy or stoma care and education, among others.

What if I had treatment at another facility and now need the Swing Bed Program?

If you or a loved one still needs short-term skilled nursing care or rehabilitation services before returning home from another facility, ask your discharge planner to contact Melinda Murk, Patient Care Coordinator, at 217-322-4321 ext. 5378. Your referral will be reviewed to see if you meet criteria for admission.

Guided by Advanced Technology – Ultrasound-guided Biopsies

Ultrasound-guided biopsies are performed right here at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. The most common form of image-guided biopsy, the ultrasound option offers convenience and real-time dynamic observation.

What can I expect from a procedure with an ultrasound-guided biopsy?

During the procedure, a radiologist will use an ultrasound scanner to accurately guide a needle to the site of the biopsy and take a sample. Then, your sample is sent to the laboratory for testing. Ultrasound-guided biopsies help make procedures safer and simpler for doctors and patients.

What type of procedures can be performed with an ultrasound-guided biopsy?

A biopsy, in general, can help diagnose abnormalities such as infection, inflammation, or malignancy. Using an ultrasound to help guide the extraction needle can help reduce stress on the body during the procedure. At Culbertson Memorial Hospital, we perform ultrasound-guided thyroid, breast, soft tissue mass, and lymph node biopsies. We also use this technology for ultrasound-guided paracentesis and therapeutic joint injections.

How does providing this advanced service help the community?

Dr. Patrick Rhoades, Clinical Radiologist at Culbertson Memorial explains, “We are improving access to care by allowing patients to stay close to home and be cared for in a hospital that is familiar to them. This is especially important during a lifetime of illness or uncertainty that can ease stress for both patients and their loved ones.”

Can I find out more information about ultrasound-guided biopsies at Culbertson?

Yes! Culbertson Memorial works to expand our high-quality services to better serve more of our patients. If you or a loved one want to learn more about this technology or other programs and services available, contact us here.