• Valuable reasons to volunteer in your community

    You don’t need a superpower to be someone’s hero. All you need is a willingness to make your community stronger by serving others. Millions of caring individuals like you support worthy causes throughout the world by volunteering their time. If you’d like to give your time, but you aren’t quite sure how to get started, consider checking out the volunteer opportunities at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We’ll match you to a position that aligns with your interests and abilities.

    You’ll make a real difference in the lives of others
    The most compelling reason to volunteer in your community is to help others. An enduring sense of altruism is what makes humanity unique. Dedicated volunteers fulfill important roles, such as the following:

    • Serving as a mentor to at-risk youth
    • Preparing healthy meals for disabled seniors
    • Facilitating adult literacy
    • Staffing domestic violence and homeless shelters

    There is a never-ending need for volunteers in every community across the country. Many people step up and become volunteers simply because they feel morally obligated to help others. Other volunteers decide to serve their communities because they had previously been recipients of volunteer services, and now they feel that it’s their turn to repay the community.

    You’ll be able to pursue your passions
    The opportunities for volunteering are virtually endless. Wherever your passions lie, you’re sure to find a position that aligns with them. Volunteer positions are available in these areas:

    • Healthcare
    • Senior care
    • Animal welfare
    • Children and youth
    • Environment
    • Social justice
    • Political activism
    • Cultural heritage preservation
    • Physical fitness/coaching
    • Hunger
    • Homelessness
    • Veteran support

    These are just a few of the many possibilities. Even if you don’t find a local opportunity that interests you, you could start your own. Quilters and knitters can donate the fruits of their labor to nursing homes, for instance.

    You’ll support your socio-emotional health
    Volunteering is good for the soul. In fact, there’s evidence that volunteering later in life can help seniors reduce their risk of depression, disability and social isolation .

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose would like to thank our many volunteers who work tirelessly to bring cheer to our patients and visitors. The entire team at our hospital in San Jose is committed to improving quality of life and giving new hope to our patients. Call (888) 762-8881 to speak with a registered nurse at our state-of-the-art hospital.

  • Compiling information for your ICE card and emergency plan

    Are you prepared for emergencies? Natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, house fires and healthcare emergencies can occur unexpectedly. If you aren’t prepared, it’s more challenging to navigate the aftermath of an emergency. The ER doctors at Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourage our fellow Californians to be prepared with family emergency plans and ICE cards.

    Making ICE cards
    In case of emergency, or ICE cards are wallet-size documents that everyone can carry with them. You can order a pack of cards, print them from preparedness websites or simply design your own. Every ICE card should have the following information:

    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Address
    • Blood type
    • Allergies
    • Medical conditions
    • Medications
    • Emergency contact name and number
    • Doctor name and number

    ICE cards for minor children should also have the names and numbers of the parents.

    Updating ICE cards
    It’s important to keep your family’s ICE cards up to date. Any time a family member is diagnosed with a new medical condition or is prescribed a new medication, you should add this information to his or her ICE card.

    Creating emergency plans
    Would your loved ones know what to do if a disaster struck? Emergencies don’t always happen when a family is together in one place. Each family member should know how to get in touch with each other and where to go in the event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.

    If someone in your family has a disability, special preparedness steps should be taken. Consider talking to the family physician about what your loved one would need in the event of a major emergency . For instance, if a loved one is using durable medical equipment that requires electricity, you’ll need to know what to do if there is an extended power outage.

    Write down your family’s emergency plan and make sure everyone knows what to do.

    For all of life’s healthcare challenges, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here for you. Our doctors and nurses are highly trained, compassionate individuals who care for patients as if they were family. Call 911 for emergency care in San Jose, or call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881 for general healthcare questions.

  • How occupational therapy can assist in managing autism

    Occupational therapy is a versatile treatment modality that can help people of all ages with all sorts of functional limitations. Individuals with autism can often benefit from occupational therapy. Children with autism may be referred through an early intervention program. If you or a family member has autism, you can find the high-quality, individualized occupational therapy you’re looking for at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

    Autism-related challenges
    Autism affects individuals in different ways and to different degrees. Some of the common challenges include:

    • Communication
    • Play skills
    • Social participation
    • Self-care activities
    • Transitions
    • Sensory stimulation

    In daily life, people with autism may struggle to interact with their peers, adjust to changes in their routines or have trouble doing simple care tasks, such as tasks pertaining to nutrition or oral hygiene. With intensive therapy begun early in life, children with autism can overcome many of their challenges. One component of an early intervention plan can be occupational therapy .

    Occupational therapy goals
    The primary goals of occupational therapy are to improve quality of life, enhance the individual’s functional abilities and support the family. Specific, short-term goals are dependent upon each child’s unique needs and level of functioning.

    Before planning any interventions, an occupational therapist will make extensive observations of the child, and interview the child’s family members and caregivers. The following areas are typically evaluated to inform the treatment planning process:

    • Motor skills
    • Behavioral issues
    • Interactions
    • Transition ability
    • Responses to external stimuli
    • Attention span

    Occupational therapy interventions
    Occupational therapists can use a range of strategies to help individuals with autism. Sensory-based activities can help the child moderate responses to sensory stimuli, for example.

    Occupational therapists can also guide clients through play activities designed to improve communication and social skills, developmental activities like brushing teeth and physical activities to improve motor skills and body awareness.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a leading provider of rehabilitation services, including occupational therapy, pediatric occupational therapy and activities of daily living retraining. It’s our mission to provide superior care and support because the quality of life of our neighbors in San Jose is important to us. Call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

  • Should you go to the ER for IBS symptoms?

    The emergency care doctors at Regional Medical Center of San Jose have made it their life’s work to care for the health of our neighbors in the community. ER doctors can provide rapid and appropriate relief to patients who are in severe pain from IBS. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear one of our dedicated emergency medicine physicians discuss the abdominal symptoms that warrant a trip to the ER.

    Judging the severity of your IBS symptoms
    Patients with irritable bowel syndrome can experience flare-ups of the following symptoms:

    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Gas and bloating
    • Abdominal pain and cramping

    You have a unique pain threshold. Only you can determine when your abdominal pain is severe enough to call for a visit to the ER. In general, it may be time to go to the hospital if:

    • Your pain is severe enough to disrupt normal functioning
    • Over-the-counter medicines aren’t helping
    • Your pain grows worse instead of better
    • Your pain is accompanied by other new or severe symptoms

    Identifying the signs of dehydration
    If you have IBS with diarrhea, you may be at risk of dehydration. You’ll need emergency care if you experience dehydration that is severe enough to cause any of the following:

    • Very dark urine
    • Little to no urine
    • Dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Lightheadedness

    Preparing for a visit to the ER
    You can get the best outcome by communicating clearly with the ER physicians and nurses. They’ll need to know that you’ve already been diagnosed with IBS.

    If possible, try to get in touch with your primary care physician ahead of your ER visit. Ask your doctor to let the ER staff know that an IBS patient is headed in for emergency intervention.

    Alternatively, you can ask your primary doctor to provide a signed note indicating that you have IBS, and explaining the approved ER interventions, such as pain medications. Remember to bring a list of your medications and their dosages.

    In addition to our responsive emergency care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers specialized gastroenterology services for patients with complex digestive disorders, including IBS. Our highly trained physicians and nurses work closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan. Call (888) 762-8881 to request a referral to a physician in San Jose.