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Marymount Opens New Therapy/Wellness Center

The Village at Marymount's commitment to giving back to the community is the driving force behind the opening of the new Parker Hannifin Therapy and Wellness Center in August. The innovative therapy and wellness center features many factors that will enable residents to regain the skills needed to enhance their daily living.

The Village at Marymount, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, offers a continuing care community located on the Marymount Intergenerational Campus in Garfield Heights, Ohio. In the Franciscan spirit of valuing the gift of life in all its transitions, Marymount's mission is to provide an environment of compassion, competence and the celebration of life to all entrusted to this community of care.

The Village is composed of Marymount Place, a three story Dutch colonial with 104 suites, offering independent and assisted living services; Villa St. Joseph, which opened in 2007 and has 142 suites offering skilled and intermediate nursing care, short-term rehabilitation; Memory Care neighborhoods; and Clare Hall providing skilled and intermediate nursing care to members of the SSJ-TOSF congregation.

The new center was made possible by a gift from the Parker Hannifin Foundation and funds raised during the Village at Marymount's 2011 Celebration of Life Gala.

A key component of the renovations to the Rehabilitation Services Department is GestureTek Health's Interactive Virtual Reality Exercise System (IREX®™). IREX is a stimulating computer-generated virtual reality therapy world that guides residents through clinician-prescribed interactive rehabilitation exercises, games and activities that can target specific body parts. A resident's performance is measured and recorded.

"The IREX system is an integral part of our community reintegration program as it will enable our residents to return home with an enhanced level of activities for daily living," said Sue Nall, executive director of the Village at Marymount. "As far as we know, we are the only rehab facility in the tri-state area providing this type of virtual reality therapy."

The new therapy and wellness center enhances the Village at Marymount's ability to offer inpatient and outpatient services as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy, and home evaluations, said Laura Shopp, director of rehabilitation services. "Residents also will see enhancements in the manner in which we treat those with vestibular and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders," she added.

Shopp said therapists provide flexible scheduling for residents seven days a week, offering in-house and outpatient therapy. Therapists are trained in:

  • Orthopedics
  • Neurological and cardiovascular rehab
  • Manual therapy
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Geriatrics
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  • Vestibular issues
  • Pain management
  • Fall prevention

"When it is time for you to go home, we can provide an in-home evaluation to ensure that your return home is safe — and that you reintegrate properly into your community," Shopp said.

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