August is National Eye Exam & Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness and the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40. Worldwide, there are more cases of cataracts than glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined.

Here are 10 little-known facts about cataracts:

  1. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye and it develops when proteins in the lens clump together.
  2. Cataracts affect 1 in 6 Americans over the age of 40.
  3. By the time they are 70, over half of Americans have cataracts.
  4. Cataracts can be caused by factors such as ultraviolet radiation (sun exposure), obesity, smoking, eye injury, high myopia, steroid medications and family history.
  5. The three types of cataracts are subscapular, nuclear & cortical.
  6. Common symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, double vision, increased glare, appearance of halos around lit objects and faded appearance of colors.
  7. Cataract-related vision loss is reversible with cataract surgery.
  8. Cataract surgery is one of the safest & most common surgeries in the United States.
  9. During cataract surgery, the deteriorated lens is removed and replaced with a customized, artificial prescription lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).
  10. Nine of of ten patients who have cataract surgery regain 20/20 to 20/40 vision.

Cataracts can be diagnosed at a comprehensive eye exam. Talk to your eye doctor about when you should have your cataracts removed and what type of IOL will enhance your vision. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed at an ambulatory surgery center, and you can resume your normal activities within a day or two. Don't delay in making an appointment for an eye exam.

Spring has Sprung!

Please take some time to clean out your loved one's winter clothes and bring in appropriate springtime clothing, including a light jacket or sweater. Springtime brings added sunshine and remember sunscreen is to be used when outdoors. Again, no over the counter medications, including allergy medicine, are allowed in our resident rooms.

Also, we would like to remind families to utilize of one the community rooms when visiting a loved one who has a companion room. Addtionally, please no over the counter medications are to be at bedside. All medications in the community require a physician's order and then they must be filled through our pharmacy. Thank you!

The Arbor Inn Partners with Macomb County Health Department in Emergency Preparedness Planning

As you may or may not be aware, The Arbor Inn has been coordinating efforts with Macomb County Health Department in Emergency Preparedness planning. Working together, a plan has been created in case of a public health event such as a chemical or biological attack like the release of aerosolized anthrax. Here at The Arbor Inn, our main focus is the care and well-being of all of our residents. In coordination with our planning efforts, we are also working on educating our staff on what to do if a public health event ever occurred. As a point of contact we would like to inform you of what would happen if we were ever in need of putting our plans into effect.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a stockpile of medications strategical...

Attention Families

Families, please take a moment and check your loved one's supply of personal items, such as Depends, shampoo, Kleenex, etc. While going through their drawers, please also check for salt and pepper shakers, extra sets of towels and/or washcloths, or silverware. If found, please bring to the front office.

Also, just a reminder that any medications, over the counter or prescribed, and wipes are not permissible in the resident rooms. Please remember to NOT flush wipes in our community as they plug our drains and cause flooding.

If your loved one is in a shared room, please be considerate when visiting and utilize one of our community rooms.


News You Can Use June 2018

For Your Information:

During the month of June, when weather permits, the parking lot will be repaved and resealed. Parking will be rerouted to the doctor's office next door. Please park in the back of their lot only. Please watch for signs throughout the community as we get closer to the construction date. Once the repaving and sealing is complete, please be mindful of using the side door for visiting the community whenever possible and understand that your shoes may have sealer and / or asphalt on the bottoms. Please wipe them carefully for your safety.

Nurses' Notes:

Families please remember to re-stock your loved one's incontinence products, oxygen supply and tubing, water filters, nebulizer tubing and CPAP equipment. It is recommend...