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Whether you're looking for help with an aging loved one or simply seeking a new look to help you feel your best, Chattanooga is home to some outstanding professionals that can guide you in the right direction and help you on your way.

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When it comes to caring for your aging loved ones, 5 Star Home Care offers services and care that fit every need, especially for those suffering with alzheimer's or dementia.

Kenny Higdon, owner of 5 Star Home Care, suggests art therapy as one method of engaging these loved ones and keeping their minds sharp. His company employs caregivers who help seniors and those living with a disability or recovering from an injury or illness to perform day-today activities.

"My heart goes out to anyone with Alzheimer's and their family," Higdon said. "We take care of the bathing, dressing, doing laundry, light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation so they can concentrate their energy on reaching out and staying connected to their loved one."

The business carefully connects caretakers with clients across Tennessee. For families who are concerned about the health and safety of a loved one, reach out to 5 Star Home Care at 423-893-8181.

From smart tvs to drones, technology continues to revolutionize the way we live. The medical community is often on the forefront of using technology to improve care. One such instance is robotic surgery. While the name may conjure images of shiny, silver robots with scalpels, this type of surgery is actually performed by highly trained human surgeons, not machines. The term "robotic-assisted surgery" is preferred by doctors since it more accurately portrays what's happening in the operating room. The surgeons with University Surgical Associates (USA) offer robotic-assisted surgery as another innovative tool for quality patient care. 

"Robotic-assisted surgery is another minimally invasive approach that we use," says USA general surgeon Dr. Benjamin Dart. Minimally invasive simply means that procedures are performed through small incisions instead of one large opening. "Because the incisions are small," he says, "patients tend to recover more quickly and experience less pain than with traditional, open surgery."

For more information about University Surgical, visit universitysurgical.com. To schedule an appointment, call 423-267-0466.

From finding the right type of drinking cup for the right age to wearing the right mouth guard while playing their favorite sports, there is much to consider in the world of pediatric dentistry. One of the biggest factors of child's dental health stems from what they eat and when eat it, according to Dr. Mandy Shearer of Soddy Daisy Smiles.

"Kids are often eating foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than in times past," she said. "A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth and contribute toward tooth decay."

Too much sugar on kids' teeth provides food for bacteria which produces acid that can eat away the enamel on their teeth. While all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from diet, Dr. Shearer cautioned to monitor the types of sugar and how much is being consumed.

"Read labels and plan carefully for a good balanced diet for you and your kids," she said.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Soddy Daisy Smiles at 423-332-5275 or visit soddydaisysmiles.com.

Research from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) shows that an estimated 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from hearing aids. Fewer than 30 percent of this population, however, have ever actually used hearing aids. In fact, research suggests that most hearing aid users wait at least 10 years after the onset of their hearing loss to seek intervention. For those who are candidates, the team at Johnson Audiology offers hearing aids to help treat hearing loss by giving the user access to sounds they are unable to detect with their ears alone, improving speech understanding and awareness of environmental sounds. The large population of patients with untreated hearing loss are not only missing out on these direct benefits, but are also at risk for additional physical and psychological health issues.

For more information about the effects and signs of hearing loss, contact the team at Johnson Audiology to schedule a consultation or appointment at 423-710-1432 or visit johnsonaudiology.com.

Complete Eye Care has a tradition of providing quality eye care for people of all ages and remains a leader in delivering everything from comprehensive eye exams to life-changing cataract surgery, and beyond. 

When it comes to finding the right team to trust with your every eye care and optical need, look no further than the doctors and staff at Complete Eye Care. If your child needs certain frames designed for playing sports or you find yourself suffering from chronic dry eye, the group treats it all.

Kids who play sports can benefit greatly from the selection of kids Flexon frames available in the Complete Eye Care Optical Shop.

"They are made of titanium metal and bend and twist really well," Rachel Ridge said. "That helps prevent lots of breaks and accidents, and we have a line of them for adults too."

Complete Eye Care is here to meet all your eye care needs, call 423-332-8222 to schedule an appointment.

Eyelash extensions are among the top beauty products and services in today's culture, and the team at DekaLash is now offering their expertise here in the Scenic City.

"We value the integrity of your natural lashes and here to help you get your best look based on your wishes," said local stylist Jolee Shelby, who runs the Chattanooga operation alongside her husband Jerry.

"The idea of fulfilling the beauty needs of so many; in a business that will allow us to be first to market as well as creating regional and national growth is exciting," she said.

For those not familiar with the brand and what they offer, DekaLash provides semi-permanent eyelash extensions featuring a unique in-studio experience, online booking, and extended hours including weekend appointments. DekaLash's highly-trained and licensed lash artists take their time to ensure quality applications, individually designed to fit the client's eye shape and lifestyle.

DekaLash in Chattanooga is located at 1925 Gunbarrel Road and is open Monday-Sunday with varying hours. For more information, or set up a consultation to begin a membership, visit https://www.dekalash.com/find-a-studio/tennessee/hamilton-place/ or call 423-443-3678.

If you're facing kidney disease of any kind, it can be difficult knowing where to turn and what to expect, but Chattanooga Kidney Centers offers a variety of services and strives to help ease patients' minds and meet their needs.

"We are committed to providing excellent care and support to all our patients through the latest patient care technology and continuous quality improvement with a focus on superior customer service in a safe, affirming environment," reads the company's mission statement on their website, and once you step inside of their six locations you can see it's true.

The process with Chattanooga Kidney Center begins with a referral from your doctor or an initial consultation on the part of the patient. From there, your team will work with you to meet needs in one of the offices or at home, whichever your situation warrants.

For those who are new to dialysis, Chattanooga Kidney Center also offers a host of resources to help you on your journey with any additional questions you and your family may have. To learn more, visit ckcdialysis.com to read on or set up a consultation.

Your body is an amazing machine. Each part works in conjunction with the other to keep you functioning and healthy. Every joint consists of multiple parts that all perform a function for your joint to do its job.

When one part fails, the machine no longer functions at its ideal capacity, just like your car. Your body operates the same way. When it comes to your knees, and just how important it is for that joint to function properly, Apple Medical can help.

Let's first examine what your knee actually does. The short answer: it supports motion in your body;  like walking, running, bending, turning, etc. Your knee is what allows the leg to bend. It also provides stability in order to support the weight of your body. That's a very important job for one joint to perform.

When we think of the knee as a whole, we also have to take into account the different parts that are needed for your knee to perform its job.

If you are ready to take control of your health and put an end to your knee pain, we would love to guide you on that journey. Call 423-355-9691 to set up your complimentary consultation today to see how we can help you say goodbye to your knee pain.

 

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