Amana Healthcare News

At Amana we’re a lot of things. A sanctuary. A community. A family. We care for each other. We look out for each other. But not everyone stays forever. Some are with us just for a while, spreading joy and color before moving on to the next chapter of life.

Dana was one of those people.

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Introducing Amana Baby: expert, home-based healthcare for new babies – and their mothers.

At Amana one of our priorities is providing outstanding community-based care through our specialized home healthcare program.  Over the last few months we’ve been developing a new part of our home healthcare service: Amana Baby.

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Strokes affect many lives. They’re a leading cause of disability in the UAE, with nearly 50% of strokes occurring in patients younger than 45. It’s estimated someone here has a stroke every hour.

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Marco Andiolo never thought a leisurely Fri­day afternoon stroll in the mall would save his life. The 56-year old Italian expat was shopping in Al Wahda Mall when a stroke awareness stand caught his eye. The awareness campaign was run by Amana Healthcare—a specialized provider of inpa­tient rehabilitation, long-term and home healthcare services— to educate the public about the prevention, detection and re­habilitation of stroke on Stroke Awareness Day, October 29th. Nurses were running through the risk factors for a stroke, the preventative measures to follow, how to recognize the symptoms, and monitoring blood pressure of interested volunteers.

“I was shocked when my blood pressure indicated an alarmingly high reading of 191/118,” Marco recalls. “The Amana Healthcare physician at the counter suggested I walk around the mall for one hour and come back to check my blood pressure again. After doing so, it was still high at 182/126.”

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It was late at night in Jan­uary. Butti Farhan Juma Alshamsi was driving home alone on the fast lane from Ajman to Sharjah, when a car sped behind him and flashed him to change lanes. Flustered, the 21 year old Emirati tried to maneuver to the right, when instead the car overtook him from the right side, sped to the front of Butti’s car, and slammed on the brakes.

To avoid rear-ending the car or moving on another vehicle on his right, Butti swerved left towards the sidewalk. The car rolled and he lost consciousness in a near-fatal accident. His mother was on speakerphone the entire time.

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At the simple mention of work, Carina Botes’s eyes light up.

Growing up in South Africa as the daughter of a nurse, Carina was always confident that she wanted to be in the healthcare industry and had a special passion for rehabilitation. However, it wasn’t until Carina was at the young age of sixteen, when her cousin visited from the United Kingdom after completing his studies in physiotherapy, that her calling was triggered.

Years later, Carina has successfully accomplished her goal. She spends her days working as a physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare, a specialized provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation, transitional care and home care services. Carina currently looks after seven patients: four pediatric and one adult in long term care; and two adults in post-acute rehabilitation who are regaining their ability to walk, speak, and eat on their own after suffering a stroke and spinal cord injury respectively.

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Multiple Sclerosis is incurable and can be debilitating but with the right care, some sufferers can manage to lead relatively independent lives. After suffering the symptoms of multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, 49-year-old Emirati Darwish set a goal for himself that most take for granted: standing up on his own two feet with no support. Between the struggles and suc­cesses on the journey to achiev­ing his aim, Darwish reached his milestone in under one month thanks to a customized post-acute rehabilitation programme developed especially for patients with MS.

“I have improved 85 per cent since I’ve been at Amana Healthcare,” says Darwish. Ama­na Healthcare specializes in long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home health­care services.

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Patients with lifelong illnesses don’t necessarily have to compromise when it comes to achieving the best quality of life possible. For patients with long-term or degenerative conditions, it can be difficult to meet their medical and non-medical needs. This is certainly the case for those who require round-the-clock care.

“It’s almost impossible for these people to be looked after at home without some level of specialized care,” says Deborah Pierce, Head of Rehabilitation Department and Senior Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare in Al Ain. The majority of patients at Amana Healthcare are attached to ventilators and suffer from complex neurological disorders. Essentially, “for conditions where the patient has the potential to get better and go home in up to three months of intensive rehabilitation, they’ll go to a specialized rehab facility” says Pierce.

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After undergoing the trauma of open-heart surgery and months of intense rehabilitation, an Emirati resident is now looking to the future.

Back in early 2015, at a time that should have been filled with joy, newly married Dubai resident Habib Mohammed Omer found himself hit by several heart attacks and dramatically admitted to Dubai Hospital for open-heart surgery. And although this mammoth procedure would put anyone under pressure, it was even tougher for a feisty 71-year-old not given to complaining about his health, despite suffering from high blood pressure and associated issues for years. Once admitted, the scariest moment was still to come for Omer and his family when, during the operation, he suffered cardiac arrest and had to undergo an emergency tracheotomy — an incision in the windpipe to relieve an obstruction to breathing. He was then placed on a ventilator, with the hospital physicians predicting he would have to remain on one for the rest of his life.

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