Care Facilities Reach Out With Education, More

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Naturally, the focus of the community’s long-term care facilities is primarily the medical services provided patients, however, there is also an effort to serve the area’s greater population.

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 include:

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 thing 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 care giving 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. Research documents that 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 as the disease affects everyone somewhat differently. A caregiver’s responsibilities vary from making financial decisions to helping a loved one get dressed. Handling these duties is rewarding and challenging. 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, lead 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. Seating and positioning promotes good posture, improves digestion, breathing and aids in prevention of pressure sores. It is also crucial for health, comfort and optimal activities of daily living. The class will provide information on postural correction and exercise, risk analysis, wheelchair accessories and instruction on seating and positioning.

December – Emotional Well Being and Activity – It is a lifelong process to improve one’s circumstances which allows improvement in life quality. This class will assist in identifying “emotional gaps” and implementing solutions that promote overall emotional health while staying active in mind, body and soul.

While many of the topics are of special interest to older residents of the Rim Country, they are open to everyone, regardless of age.

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community implemented the two-part program with the hope of coinciding with the increased focus on improving everyone’s physical fitness awareness and safety.

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

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