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Senior Citizens and Anxiety: Five Indicators

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Taylorville | Posted on 18-10-2016

anxiety-senior-citizenFor families and friends with aging loved ones, the signs of anxiety and depression can be subtle and build up over time.

Barb Brauer, a licensed clinical social worker with Christian County Mental Health, shares these common signs that indicate anxiety or depression in an elderly person. Read the rest of this entry »

Spiritual Care in Hospice

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Taylorville | Posted on 16-06-2016

Physical comfort is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of hospice care. However, Memorial Hospice comprises a team of care providers across disciplines, including spiritual, to help patients and their families navigate their difficult situation and to care for the patient as a whole person.

“We try to join the patient and family in the moment, empathizing with whatever feelings they are experiencing,” said Jan Costello, spiritual outreach coordinator at Memorial Home Services Hospice. “Chaplains are really there to be that listening post. To provide a presence, and to not only listen, but help them connect the dots.”

In the past two years, Memorial Home Services has expanded the Hospice spiritual care team to include multiple chaplains who serve patients throughout central Illinois. Chaplains visit patients at home and can also serve as liaisons with community clergy members. Read the rest of this entry »

A Memorable Gift for a 60th Birthday

Posted by | Posted in JointWorks, Taylorville, Testimonial | Posted on 11-01-2016

Angie Griffin

Angie Griffin

Not many people look back on knee replacement surgery with fond memories, but Angie Griffin is unique. On April 8, 2013, she turned 60 and was gifted with a new knee joint at Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH). Before she was wheeled into surgery, the surgical team brought her a birthday cake with candles, gave her a tiara to wear over her surgical head covering and sang “Happy Birthday.”

In May of 2015, Angie was back at TMH for surgery on her other knee.

“I’d do it again tomorrow if I had to,” Angie said. “I can take the stairs like a normal person, walk around the mall or grocery store, work in the yard, sit on the floor. Life is good!”

Angie struggled with intense pain in her knees for several years prior to surgery. She received injections, tried reconstructive surgery and went to therapy to no avail. The pain was constant, and her mobility decreased to the point where she couldn’t go up and down stairs or even walk comfortably. Read the rest of this entry »

Recovering from Stroke – Close to Home

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center, Taylorville, Testimonial | Posted on 27-08-2015

Mike Dulakis

Mike Dulakis

Mike Dulakis was progressing through his normal workout Feb. 3 at Taylorville’s Lock Up Gym, lifting weights from a seated position, when everything changed. The 39-year-old guard for the Taylorville Correctional Facility was “training to failure,” a common weight-lifting strategy. Without warning, he slid out of the chair onto the floor in what felt like slow motion.

He doesn’t remember much after that.

“I was trying to get up, and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t get up,” Mike said.

A paramedic working out at the gym recognized the signs of stroke, and gym personnel called 911 immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

Senior Life: Smoothing Over Life’s Rough Patches

Posted by | Posted in Taylorville | Posted on 08-09-2014

Senior-Life-Solutions-DulakisResponsibilities seemed to be piling up for Marilyn Dulakis, 65. She was battling Parkinson’s disease; her mother was in failing health in a nursing home; a family member was venting to her daily; and her daughter’s family was living with Marilyn and her husband, Gus.

Her primary care physician, Dr. Pavi Gill, referred her to Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions, a program that equips participants with skills and resources to better handle challenges associated with aging.

Marilyn looked forward to finding a place where she could go and talk. She attended the program three times weekly for 12 weeks and enjoyed the interaction with others. During the program, her depression lifted and she felt more confident and assertive.

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Finding the Right Tools Helps 80-year-old Erma Tester Regain Her Life

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Taylorville, Testimonial | Posted on 21-08-2014

Erma-Tester“Overwhelming” is how Erma Tester, 80, describes the grief she experienced when Everett, her husband of 63 years, passed away in the fall of 2012. She cried for seven months straight and couldn’t sleep at night.

The anxiety and depression grew until one night she became obsessed with the logistics of dealing with Everett’s things, including his vast array of tools. The right side of her face began to throb, and a panic took over. She called her daughter at 1:30 a.m. and went to the emergency room for tests, which came back normal.

Afterward, her primary care physician, Dr. Rick DelValle, referred her to Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions, a program that provides participants with a different kind of tool box—one equipped with resources to handle life’s challenges. Erma attended the program twice weekly for 12 weeks, and it changed her outlook for the better. Read the rest of this entry »

For One Patient, a ‘Hometown Touch’ Makes All the Difference

Posted by | Posted in Taylorville | Posted on 08-04-2013

DSC_4633Jim McCoy is a familiar face at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Diagnosed in 1983 at the age of 29 with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), Jim has required monthly infusion treatments to help sustain a healthy immune system. Without those treatments, his immune response to infection would be virtually nonexistent and he’d face any number of infections that could threaten his life and a life sheltered from social contact. To be able to receive those treatments at his community hospital, just four blocks from his home, is literally a life-saver, he said.

“If I didn’t have this hospital, my lifestyle would change dramatically,” the 58-year-old said. “I can’t tell you how blessed I am – I don’t have the vocabulary.” Read the rest of this entry »

New home for outpatient surgery, emergency and radiology services opened at Taylorville Memorial Hospital

Posted by | Posted in Taylorville, Videos | Posted on 29-04-2011

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is now even better equipped to serve the needs of the greater Christian County community following the recent opening of its state-of-the-art, 32,000-square-foot outpatient services center on the hospital campus.

The single-story outpatient services center is now home to the hospital’s outpatient surgery, emergency and radiology services. It’s designed to provide patients with comfort, convenience, safety, and access to advanced technology.

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