by Diane Byrne
Achieving whole person wellness is a path; a road; a life-long journey; and yes, sometimes it is met with twists and turns, obstacles and hurdles along the way. We often find in life, however, that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. In a poignant quote by Qwana Reynolds-Frasier we are reminded “determination determines our destination”, and it is with these thoughts in mind we begin the month of May focused upon healthy aging and fitness.
As an integral part of our Connect4Life program, Theralink, with services provided by Genesis Rehab is Juniper’s on-site, comprehensive program of rehabilitative and restorative therapies, fitness classes and related outcomes that provides integrated post-acute care to meet the intentions of health care reform. Over the past years we have been able to achieve significant positive outcomes regarding therapy utilization, increasing the quality of our therapeutic fitness and dementia capable programs, and decreasing falls.
During this spring we will be implementing a new program for the residents: Destination Wellness: Theralink Days with Vitality Checks. This monthly wellness fair, complete with healthy snacks for the residents, will focus on educational presentations regarding wellness topics, resident assessments for balance, lower body strength and endurance, as well as, safety checks for durable medical equipment. The results of the assessments that are completed will enable us to further track and analyze outcome measurements related to increasing residents’ balance, strength and endurance, thus further reducing falls. It is our hope that Destination Wellness will serve to spark determination and motivation within us all on our journey towards health and wellness; enabling us to achieve positive outcomes along the way; celebrating the journey and the destination!