Dr. Amy Osmond Cook is the Executive Director of the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, Marketing Director of North American Healthcare and a health/wellness columnist.

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There aren't any truly clear cut answers when it comes to treating health conditions with herbal medications, but here are some important pros and cons to consider.

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New nationwide rankings reveal the top nursing homes in each state. Discover the questions you should ask when choosing nursing home care for your loved one.

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When a loved one needs to go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or procedure, it can be difficult for family members to know how to handle this transition period. See how you can help your loved one get healthy again.

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Evaluating everyday and special occasion meal options can provide a great deal of insight into the overall quality of the facility you are considering for your loved one. Use these 4 simple suggestions to help you decide on a skilled nursing facility.

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If a family chooses to hire a private caregiver instead of one through an agency, there are some important compensation rules that need to be taken into consideration.

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Juicing is a healthy option for caregivers and seniors who are looking to boost the nutritional content in their diets. There are countless combinations of fruits and vegetables that can provide beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

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Many surgeries require some type of post-operative care and physical therapy, sometimes even in a specialized rehabilitation facility. The prehabilitation process focuses on helping patients go into surgery in the healthiest possible state to aid in healing and minimize their recovery time. Improvements in diet, exercise, and mental health can make a world of difference in a patient's recovery following a joint replacement, cancer treatment and other intensive procedures.

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Patients who are overweight or obese face significant challenges when trying to find a rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility or nursing home that can accommodate their unique needs. These tips will help you narrow down your search and make sure your loved one is well cared for.

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After being hospitalized for a fall, stroke, acute illness like an infection, or a surgery, seniors are often prescribed a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility to help them get back on their feet. Knowing what to expect during this recuperation period can help the entire family to adjust and prepare to make this experience a smooth and enjoyable one.

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Upon discharge from the hospital, seniors often refuse to participate in vital rehabilitation programs. Use these tips to help them stick to their prescribed recovery plan.

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To truly protect a residence, you must go beyond basic security measures, such as locking doors and windows. Use these proven tactics to reduce the risk of a break-in.