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Posted: Saturday, August 15, 2015
By: IRC Blog

Smiles and snuggles give new meaning to dog days of summer

Stop by the second-floor parlor at Ingleside at Rock Creek between 10 a.m. and noon on a Saturday morning, and you’re likely to see some special guests snuggling with the residents. These guys can’t get enough of being talked to, petted and cuddled. You can tell by the big grins on their faces.

Ted, a handsome, tan wolf hound mix with black ears and white socks, and Jasper, a cute white and brown King Charles Cavalier spaniel, have become familiar friends to the folks who come visit with them. The residents love their quality time with the pooches—you’ll see big smiles on their faces, too.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, August 10, 2015
By: IKF Blog

Stay safe during the summer heat!

It’s hot! We all like to get outside during the summer months, but high temperatures can pose health risks for older people and those with chronic health conditions. You don’t have to become a victim if you know how to avoid the hazards of hot weather, and you can help others by knowing the risks and symptoms of heat-caused conditions and what to do if someone you know develops them.

Older adults are especially susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses. Hyperthermia is caused by a failure of the body’s heat-regulating mechanisms. Heat fatigue, heat syncope—sudden dizziness after prolonged exposure to heat, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all forms of hyperthermia.

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IRC Blog
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015
By: IRC Blog

New ratings help you evaluate hospital care

You probably check restaurant ratings when you’re going out to eat. It’s easy to find out on your smartphone, tablet or computer what other people think about their dining experiences—there are sites like Yelp that let diners post reviews online.

Shouldn’t it be just as easy to find out what people think about the quality of medical care they receive? Well, now it is. A new feature implemented earlier this year on Medicare’s Hospital Compare Web site provides star ratings that indicate the quality of care people received at hospitals near you. 

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