“Smart Moves” Wellness Program Helps Residents Stay Healthy, Active and Safe

Amanda Joggerst | October 30, 2013

Wellness ProgramThere’s a famous song that you probably recognize that says, “You gotta have heart…all you really need is heart…” Well at Bethesda we believe that in addition to heart, you “gotta” have health, which is why our new comprehensive health and wellness program addresses risk factors of falls, arthritis, diabetes, cognitive decline and incontinence. Residents living at Bethesda senior living retirement communities can participate free of charge.

The “Smart Moves” program, coordinated in partnership with RehabCare was developed in part by the results of a resident survey. The program offers participants a customized program that best meets their needs. Traditional exercise classes, such as stretching and low-impact aerobics are incorporated into the program as well as a Senior Fit testing program, where a wellness coordinator can assess a resident’s functional capacity to safely perform activities of daily living.

Creativity is an important part of the program. The week the program launched, residents were encouraged to attend a “Tune-Up Clinic”, during which walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and scooters were cleaned, sanitized, tightened and assessed for proper fit and safety. In addition to classes, the program features a monthly “Healthy Learning” lecture and consultation with a wellness coordinator. The program also provides another opportunity to make certain that residents and their families are aware of all the health-related services Bethesda offers that keeps them healthy, active and most importantly in their homes.

For more information on the resident health and wellness program call Bethesda Senior Support Solutions at 314-963-2200.

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