• How occupational therapy can help you get your life back

    After you’ve had acute stroke care, orthopedic surgery or been diagnosed with a disability, your doctor at Southern Hills Hospital may refer you to an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is a uniquely patient-driven model of care because the therapist guides the patient in setting the course for the treatment. The goals of occupational therapy are not only to recover to the fullest extent possible, but also to let you get back to doing the things you love.

    Dealing with chronic pain

    Chronic pain can be baffling because it can persist even after the original injury has healed. Chronic pain touches virtually every area of a patient’s life—from emotional health to functional abilities. To help you learn how to better manage everyday activities and cope with limitations, an occupational therapist may do the following:

    • Identify triggers that worsen pain
    • Recommend pain-free alternatives
    • Decrease dependence on pain medications
    • Teach the use of adaptive equipment
    • Demonstrate alternative ways of performing activities

    To get the most out of occupational therapy, you can openly communicate your goals, lifestyle desires and challenges. It’s the mission of your occupational therapist to help you enjoy good quality of life.

    Recovering from a major surgery

    Orthopedic surgeries such as joint replacements require extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Occupational therapists play a key role in the rehabilitation process. They can help patients with the following:

    • Getting around with a walker
    • Doing daily tasks without stressing the healing area
    • Positioning properly for sleep
    • Transferring in and out of the car

    Restoring abilities after stroke

    Stroke survivors often face life-altering challenges, including temporary or permanent paralysis, thinking difficulties and emotional upheaval. An occupational therapist can help with all of these difficulties to allow stroke survivors to live as independently as possible. Occupational therapy can benefit stroke survivors in the following ways:

    • Learn one-handed techniques for tasks
    • Use adaptive equipment
    • Improve safety in the home
    • Educate caregivers
    • Improve strength and endurance
    • Facilitate mobility in the community
    • Cope with memory and concentration problems

    The newly updated orthopedic and spine unit at Southern Hills Hospital provides the latest in surgical technology, comfortable patient rooms and a fully equipped physical therapy gym. At our modern hospital in Las Vegas, we are committed to giving our patients the superior care they deserve. Call a registered nurse at (702) 916-5023 to request a referral to an orthopedic specialist.

  • Understanding the most common sources of stress

    Some psychologists feel that chronic stress is so common that it’s becoming a public health crisis. People of all ages suffer from stress—from young children to adults to seniors—and virtually anything can be a stress trigger depending on how it’s perceived. Constant stress reduces enjoyment of life, but there is hope for a better life. Southern Hills Hospital specializes in treating the mental health disorders of geriatric patients. Recognizing the critical need for behavioral healthcare for younger patients, our hospital in Las Vegas recently announced plans to build a new mental healthcare facility.

    Significant life changes

    In addition to everyday stress, people can experience dramatic spikes in stress levels due to significant life events. These can include:

    • Death in the family
    • Death of a pet
    • Divorce
    • Major illness or surgery
    • Job loss
    • Eviction
    • Incarceration

    Psychologists note that a major life change doesn’t have to be negative to cause a sudden spike in stress . Stress levels can peak even when the life change is welcomed. It can take some time to adjust to the following new circumstances:

    • Marriage
    • New baby
    • New job
    • New house
    • High school or college graduation

    Financial issues

    Personal finances can create stress in anyone, regardless of his or her resources. Low-income individuals may worry about getting the bills paid, building a rainy day fund and handling unexpected expenses. High-earners may fret about the state of their investments, the volatile stock market or keeping up with the Joneses.

    Time constraints

    Time is one of life’s most precious commodities, and it seems that there is never enough of it. A few time-related sources of stress include:

    • Running late for work
    • Rushing to get errands done
    • Providing caregiving services for a loved one

    Excessive connectivity

    Technology has made the world seem smaller than ever before, but connectivity might not always be a good thing. Some psychologists have suggested that excessive social media use and heightened awareness of world events may be contributing to the stress and anxiety of some individuals. The technology may not be going away, but it may be worth the effort to unplug every now and then.

    From our mental health program to our maternity services, our dedication to superior patient experiences is evident in all that we do. Southern Hills Hospital is here to help families throughout Las Vegas live healthier, happier and more productive lives. If you are interested in learning more about our psychiatry services, you can call our nurse referral line at (702) 916-5023.