Care Facility Reaches Out With Education And More


This year Rim Country Health and Retirement Community began an outreach program with classes and an open gym. Presented Thursdays, at no charge, classes are offered from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. the third Thursday; open gym is held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. the fourth Thursday.

Open gym requires a written statement from the participant’s physician clearing them for exercise. The service is a supervised exercise program led by Lisa Thompson, physical therapy assistant, rehab director for Rim Country Health and personal trainer, along with Shaye Gurrera, certified occupational therapist assistant.

Thompson leads most of the classes remaining for 2011. The upcoming classes:

July – Body Mechanics, Safe Lifting Techniques, and Balance Training – Throughout the day everyone lifts items of various sizes and weights without concern of causing possible back injury. It is usually post back attack or spine injury when someone becomes aware of the importance of proper posture and body mechanics while lifting. This class teaches prevention of future back injury during lifting.

August – Caregiver Education – Caring for another person is often the most challenging and stressful things in which one can participate. The welfare of a dependent is directly linked to the well being of the caregiver. This class will focus on multiple areas of caregiving and assist the caregiver in also caring for themselves. Gurrera will assist Thompson in leading this class.

September – Joint Replacement Surgery; What to Expect from an Extended Rehab Stay – Joint replacement rehabilitation is necessary to ensure the best possible outcomes and optimal return to normal activities of daily living. Patients have improved outcomes and recover quicker when they know what to expect and are involved in their recovery care.

October – Living with Alzheimer’s disease – Caregiving for an individual with Alzheimer’s is unique in every case. A caregiver’s responsibilities vary from making financial decisions to helping a loved one get dressed. The learning of caregiving skills can ensure that the loved one feels supported and is as fulfilled as possible. In this class, the caregiver will also find avenues to preserve their own well being.

November – Wheelchair Positioning and Postural Strengthening, led by Duwayne Spitzke – Since an estimated 25 million people have mobility impairments, there is a great need for wheeled mobility devices and education on their usage. The independence level and overall function of an individual is greatly influenced by having the proper wheelchair. The class will provide information on postural correction and exercise, risk analysis, wheelchair accessories and instruction on seating and positioning.

For more information, call (928) 474-1120.


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