These Boots Are Made for… Walking Month!

These Boots Are Made for… Walking Month!


May is National Walking Month. It seems like a fitting time to celebrate because it’s also Nurse’s Month, and no one gets their daily steps in like a nurse on the go!

Getting plenty of exercise and hitting step goals can seem easy while we’re feeling our best, but as we age, we can slow down, and we may not even realize it. Decreased movement can creep up and become problematic after retirement or reducing our workload. While not everyone is headed out to do a marathon, regular walking is a great way to maintain mobility, strength, and long-term independence.

Benefits of Walking:

  • Strengthens bones and muscles
  • Reduces stress
  • Enhances energy
  • Fortifies the immune system
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Brightens your mood, reduces anxiety, and improves depression
  • Increases your balance and coordination
  • Helps to ease arthritis
  • It may lower your risk of developing a chronic disease

After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.

—George Macauley Trevelyan

Common Barriers to Walking:

Finding Relief

Unfortunately, as we age, if we don’t move it, we lose it, so it’s best to address mobility issues as soon as possible. If you are experiencing barriers to everyday movement like walking, don’t delay speaking with your medical team.

Whether you have discomfort when you move around or you’ve slowed down a bit, your doctor may be able to find a root cause for your issues. They may also be able to order physical or occupational therapies.

Outpatient therapists can teach you how to move in a way that limits your pain and maximizes your independence. They can also help you find ways to move to decrease your risk of falling.

Lastly, if you need mobility aids such as a cane or walker, outpatient therapists can help you find safe options. Canes and walkers are not one-size-fits-all. Sure, they’re available at medical supply shops, but they are all different, and some devices could cause harm if they’re not the right size for your needs. Outpatient therapists can help you find the best devices and teach you how to use them so you can enjoy moving again!

How to Make Walking Fun:

  • Speak with your doctor about any discomfort when you walk to learn the root cause before you begin.
  • Find a walking partner (join a group or think about starting one).
  • Scope out a beautiful place to walk, such as an established path at a local park or a trail near lakes and rivers.
  • If the outdoors isn’t safe for you, consider walking at your local shopping mall during quieter times, or find out if your local schools allow hallway walking.
  • Wear bright, easily visible colors.
  • Keep your hands open to catch yourself if you have a fall (avoid holding phones or water bottles).
  • Watch the ground and everything around you for uneven ground or potential obstacles that could trip you up.
  • Carry a light bag such as a waist pack or backpack to keep a few essentials handy and your hands free.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of grip.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Start small and increase your daily steps/distance as you gain confidence and ability.

If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk. Hippocrates

If you’re interested in how CaringEdge’s outpatient therapists can help you get back on your feet, contact us at

Hooray for all the Nurses!

Hooray for all the Nurses!

caringedge nurses week

During the month of May, don’t forget to celebrate the fantastic folks who serve as angels on Earth—our nurses! In our fast-paced world, convenience is key. For that very reason, you’ll find nurses working in schools, private office buildings, satellite clinics, behind cameras, on the phone, and in the most comfortable place of all: home! Let’s dive into the work of home health nurses to get a glimpse into how they’re helping patients thrive.

Home Health Nursing

Just like it sounds, home health services provide care where you feel your best—at home. Home health nurses help coordinate the patient care needed for people to succeed while they manage a severe injury, temporary illness, or long-term health condition. They manage everything from taking the patient’s vitals to providing helpful tips and tricks on managing conditions.

Home Health Nurses Offer:

  • 24-hour on-call availability
  • Rehab nursing
  • Medication management & education
  • Patient and family education
  • Wound care

What’s Considered a Home, and Who Qualifies for Home Healthcare?

Home health nurses can provide services in private residences and congregate settings like senior living communities. While many senior living communities also have staff nurses on-site, skilled nursing from a home healthcare agency is considered extra—it’s typically beyond the scope of nursing care already being provided and offered to treat a serious condition or to help prevent one.

Patients receiving home health services must be considered “homebound,” which means any absences from the home are infrequent, short, and require a taxing effort. Patients may still leave their homes to meet medical needs (e.g., doctor appointments, dialysis, etc.).

A medical doctor orders home healthcare following an office visit to determine needs. It’s sometimes ordered after a hospitalization due to an injury or acute illness.

Medicare is a typical pay source for home health services, but it depends on each patient’s circumstances and any additional insurance they may have. Medicaid and other insurance can also cover home health services.

Some patients qualify for home health care, while others may require more extensive oversight. Doctors can recommend skilled nursing facilities for those who wouldn’t be safe receiving care at home.

Skilled Nursing Facilities Vs Home Health?

Skilled nursing facilities, aka “nursing homes,” are typically reserved for those with complex medical needs requiring high daily care and supervision. A skilled nursing facility has a registered nurse in the building all 24-hours a day.

While a skilled nursing facility might sound like the most comprehensive option for care, not everyone qualifies, requires, or chooses it. Because not everyone wants to move, home health can bridge the healthcare gap that some patients need to succeed in living at home as long as possible.

Common Conditions Supported by Home Health:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • CHF
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Recovery after surgery
  • Frequent falls

These conditions can be complex, especially when combined with other health problems. If they’re left untreated or poorly managed, patients living with them can struggle to stay in their homes. They may also face a revolving door at their doctor’s office, the ER, and the hospital. With the help of home health nurses, patients can gain confidence and understanding about how to live with their condition safely.

Common Patient Outcomes:

  • Maintaining or regaining independence
  • Reducing hospitalizations/visits to the ER
  • Learning to live with chronic illnesses
  • Improving the overall quality of life

Home health nurses can give patients hope and peace of mind to be safe, comfortable, and healthy at home. If you want to learn how CaringEdge’s home health nurses could help you or someone you know live better at home, email us at