Belmont Village Senior Living recently formed a collaborative agreement with TIRR Memorial Hermann, one of the top hospitals in the nation for rehabilitation.
TIRR has repurposed one of Belmont Village West University’s single-story buildings to serve as a new location for its cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema and limb-loss patients.
While convenient to Belmont Village residents who need the rehab care, TIRR’s presence also has meant more health and wellness activities for the community’s independent-living seniors.
These programs include a fall-risk assessment, where TIRR representatives will assess balance and determine whether modifications or therapeutic interventions, such as strength training, are needed to prevent a fall. Other programs include a driving assessment to test reaction time, range of motion and physical dexterity, as well as modified exercise regimens for those with physical limitations.
Patricia Will, Belmont Village Senior Living founder and CEO, said some residents have enjoyed TIRR’s programs so much they’ve asked their children to send them more workout clothes.
“It’s rehab on steroids,” Will said. “We are utilizing rehab in the opposite of what rehab means. If a senior’s balance is poor and their gait is off, our goal is to get to that person before an event happens.”
Carl Josehart, senior vice president and CEO of post-acute care services at TIRR Memorial Hermann, said he has enjoyed the collaboration with Belmont Village because they share the same goal of maintaining as individual a life as possible.
“The more we can help people get involved and enjoy the exercises, the more they will continue to live independently,” he said. “We’re committed to a health and wellness lifestyle and keeping people healthy.”
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