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Our Unsung Heroes Honoring the Administrative Professionals Who Keep Our Clinic Running
No matter what your relationship to the system, health care can be extremely complicated. Navigating insurance, treatment options, and healing can make patients feel like they’re fighting an uphill battle. And providers have to work hard to stay on top of the latest treatment options and find the best solutions for their patients. As a provider, I think health care is a great field to be in, but it certainly isn’t without its challenges. That’s why I’m thankful for the amazing team we have at Four Corners Health & Rehabilitation. In honor of Administrative Professionals’ Day this April, I want to take this opportunity to recognize three employees who continually go above and beyond for our clinics and our patients. Lindsey and Michelle serve as our patient care coordinators. They manage the needs of our patients and make sure everything runs smoothly no matter where treatment is happening — whether it’s at home or in our clinic. They ensure we have all the materials we need to treat patients while they provide our patients with any necessary information. Because of these responsibilities, they often have a lot to juggle. We would be lost without their dedication! Alisha leads Lindsey and Michelle’s team as the customer service manager. Her goal is to make sure our team is operating at its highest efficiency and that we continue to grow. As physical therapy professionals, we want to help as many people as we
can. But there’s no way we can do that without the organization and persistence of someone like Alisha running the show!
All three of these women are organized, friendly, and detail driven. They make the work they do every day look easy, but many patients don’t see the incredible behind-the-scenes work these women are doing! Patients are often grateful for our therapeutic team, but our administrative professionals are the true unsung heroes that make sure this care can happen in the first place. Empathy is a vital part of ensuring we deliver the best care possible. One of the best qualities Lindsey, Michelle, and Alisha each possess is the ability to empathize with patients. Pain is powerful, and an injury can be difficult for people to process and overcome. Our administrative professionals understand this, and they go out of their way to be supportive of each of our patients. They treat every patient as if they were their own family member seeking treatment. And the most amazing thing about the work these women do is that they’ve been doing it despite having been at Four Corners for less than a year. Alisha joined our team about six months ago, and Lindsey and Michelle have been with us for about a year. It’s phenomenal to see the progress our practice has made since they joined. We’re continuing to grow, and I could not be more proud to have them on our team. So, if you see Alisha, Lindsey, or Michelle — or anyone else from our wonderful Four Corners Health & Rehabilitation team — be sure to say thank you! Their contributions are invaluable.
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Ready to Take Up the Nomadic Lifestyle After Retirement?
Here’s How to Plan for It
You’ve worked hard for years to arrive at this moment: retirement. Now that you’re free of your 9-to-5 job, you have a lot more time for activities you enjoy. That extra time is what leads many people to turn to a nomadic lifestyle after retirement. Touring in an RV, sailing around the world, or even just retiring to a cabin in a remote locale are all popular options for new retirees. If the spirit of adventure is calling you, here are some financial tips to set you on the right path.
but want a home base to return to. This also gives you the option of renting your home while you’re away and using the money to continue traveling.
Ask Other Nomads
Crowdsource advice from friends and family members who’ve taken the leap. Lots of other people have shared your dream and made it a reality. Many have turned their experience into books or blogs, like Lynne Martin, who’s been traveling around the world with her husband, Tim, for the last three years. The Martins used the sale of their home to finance their travels. They also take cruises to cut down on travel costs and often dine in to save money.
costs and other lifestyle changes that can affect your budget. For example, Hawaii’s cost of living is cheaper than other popular retirement states, like Florida, but basic commodities may be more expensive. If a boat or RV is more your style, be sure to add repair and fuel costs into your budget. As you go about researching and planning, be sure to consult with your financial advisor so they can help you look at your current situation and make adjustments. With the proper planning, you’ll be living your nomadic dream in no time.
Downsize Before You Go
Some folks choose to sell their home and use the income to
fund their travels, staying in apartments and rentals as they go. If that seems too drastic, downsizing to a smaller home is also a good option, especially if you plan to travel in intervals
Do Your Research
If you have a specific place in mind for your retirement, like Hawaii or Texas, look at rental
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU FALL Getting Back Up Again
Since falls are so common, dangerous, and costly, it’s vital to understand the steps you should take if you find yourself on the floor in your home. The first thing to do when you fall is remain calm to avoid additional injuries and shock. Then examine yourself for injuries and call for help. If you are alone or can’t reach help, roll onto your side and brace yourself on your hands and knees to pull yourself up. You can also use a steady piece of furniture to pull yourself up. If you cannot get up, remain calm and just breathe. Once you are up, you should undergo immediate medical assessment and treatment for any injuries, from small abrasions to broken bones. Reporting your fall to your medical professional also creates a medical history log that can be vital for future care.
Finally, you should always seek help from a physical therapist after a fall. Whether it’s in-home or clinical therapy, your physical therapist can be your most beneficial resource after a fall, which may result in lingering conditions, pain, or damage. While doctors can treat your serious and immediate injuries, physical therapists help provide long-term care through exercise regimens designed to improve strength, mobility, and flexibility for your whole body. Physical therapy can even prevent a fall from happening again! Regular exercise and strength training regimens are linked to fall prevention among older adults, according to studies. Don’t let a fall keep you down. Protect yourself and get back to your active lifestyle with Four Corners Health & Rehabilitation’s in-home and in-clinic therapy regimens. Schedule your appointment today by calling 352-243-4422.
The biggest threat to older adults isn’t lurking online or in dark alleys. It’s right in their own homes! Older adults who experience fall-related injuries pay some $12 billion in out-of-pocket medical costs each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, 1 in 4 seniors falls every year.
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Joining Health and Zen Imagine walking into your physical therapist’s office but instead of picking up light weights or climbing on a machine, you lay down a large foam mat. When your physical therapist arrives, they guide you through a series of body positions, using terms like “Asana,” “Child’s Pose,” and “Warrior Pose.” This combination of poses is a basic yoga session, and more physical therapists are incorporating yoga into their patients’ treatment plans. When you think of yoga, the most common image is of an incredibly fit contortionist bending their body into impossible shapes. While some yogis (dedicated practitioners of yoga) can achieve these levels of flexibility, the purpose of yoga isn’t to fold your body into a pretzel shape. The core principles of yoga focus on exercising your body with gentle movements and calming the mind WITH SUDOKU TAKE A BREAK
HOW YOGA MEETS PHYSICAL THERAPY
with focus and relaxation. Yoga promotes overall health and well-being, and in many ways, this ancient practice overlaps with modern principles of physical therapy. Incorporating yoga into physical therapy isn’t some New Age trend. There is a lot of research to suggest that yoga and physical therapy together can improve patient recovery. A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Yoga found that patients undergoing physical therapy after a total knee replacement surgery experienced greater pain relief, less stiffness, and improved overall function when their therapy sessions included yoga movement postures.
In the United States, yoga has long been used to help with stress relief. Today, its value in treating musculoskeletal issues — including lower and upper back pain, sciatica, and shoulder, neck, and hip pain — is becoming more apparent. Dr. Loren Fishman, director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Flushing, New York, is known to prescribe Downward-Facing Dog pose for osteoporosis, Twisted Triangle pose for piriformis syndrome, and Side Plank pose for scoliosis. Yoga is not a total replacement for physical therapy, but it can aid in recovery. Talk to your physical therapist today about your options for yoga therapy.
BEET, GOAT CHEESE, AND ARUGULA SALAD
Inspired by FoodNetwork.com
This crowd-pleasing dish is sure to be the biggest hit at your next gathering. And it’s good for you, too!
INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced • 1 tbsp honey • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste • 6 beets, peeled and quartered • 6 cups fresh arugula
• 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese
1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated. 5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1 2 3 4 THANK YOU, ALISHA, MICHELLE, AND LINDSEY! HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A NOMADIC LIFESTYLE AFTER RETIREMENT THE FIRST STEPS AFTER A FALL BRINGING ASANAS INTO PHYSICAL THERAPY BEET, GOAT CHEESE, AND ARUGULA SALAD ENJOY ALL THAT CLERMONT HAS TO OFFER THIS SPRING!
JOIN THE FUN There’s always something big happening in Clermont! You can join the party and get involved in our community at these spring events.
At These Clermont Events
for a celebration! This includes the Earth Kids Zone, DJ music, food, giveaways, and more. Don’t miss your chance to learn about our local landscape and lend your hand to a great cause! Learn more and register at www.ClermontFL.gov. Girlz on Fire Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon When: May 9 at 7:30 a.m. Where: Victory Pointe Admission: Starting at $35 and varies by race Clermont has been dubbed the “World Triathlon Destination,” and there’s truly no better place to compete. Join hundreds of other women and celebrate feats of strength at the Girlz on Fire Triathlon & Duathlon. Beginning at Victory Pointe, racers start with a 440-yard swim in Lake Minneola, then bike 8 miles around the lake, and end with a 3.1-mile run along the South Lake Trail. Those interested in a less trying race can opt for the 5K option, do fewer events, or join a team on the course. Whatever you choose,
your adrenaline will surely be pumping. Learn more and register at SommerSports.com.
Lake Concert Band Presents ‘Let Freedom Ring’ When: May 16 from 7:30–9 p.m. Where: Clermont Performing Arts Center Admission: $15 Celebrate the U.S. and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country with Lake Concert Band’s “Let Freedom Ring” musical event. Lake Concert Band’s 70-piece ensemble has been performing across central Florida since 1989, offering audiences across the region first-class entertainment and moving concerts. This particular show will focus on the “soundtrack of America,” highlighting patriotic songs as a tribute to our nation and its military. You’ll leave swelling with American pride! Learn more and purchase tickets online at ClermontPerformingArts.com.
Due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19, some of these events may be affected. Please check the status of the individual events you plan to attend.
Clermont Earth Day and Lake Clean Up
When: April 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Lake Hiawatha Preserve Admission: Free
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and keep our city clean with this free event. Join families and fellow Clermont residents as you learn about our local ecosystem and clear debris and litter from the lake. You can then join your fellow volunteers
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