Hillcrest Health Services celebrated its volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 14. More than 100 volunteers, ranging in age from 6 to 88, attended and celebrated completing over 8,900 hours of volunteer work for Hillcrest in 2015. In addition to a dinner, the volunteers who have given so selflessly of their time and energy were also treated to a performance by Project 424, Bellevue West’s acapella group.
This year’s awards also included youth volunteers of the year for three of our service lines. Congratulations to the 2015 Adult and Youth Volunteers of the Year:
Lindsey Bartman (youth), Hillcrest Country Estates
Ron and Judy Colby, Hillcrest Country Estates
Pastor George Doyle, The Grand Lodge at Hillcrest Country Estates
Kelly Speltz (youth), Hillcrest Health & Rehab (not pictured)
Doris Adams, Hillcrest Health & Rehab
Yvette King, Hillcrest Mable Rose (not pictured)
Maddie DeMeo (youth), Hillcrest Mable Rose
Kathy Taylor, Hillcrest Hospice Care
Grace Knott, PT, GCS, Hillcrest Health Services’ Rehab Administrator, was the recipient of one of the highest honors in the physical therapy field, the Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award.
The award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement of physical therapy, was presented at the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association’s (NPTA) annual conference in October and is the highest award given by the association.
“Grace’s contribution and dedication to the physical therapy profession is unmatched,” said Tim Irwin, Vice President of Facility Operations. “It’s a well-deserved honor, and we are so proud of her accomplishments.”
Knott has received many accolades over her 37-year career as a physical therapist and has been recognized for her leadership and service to the aging community. In collaboration with Creighton University, Knott was instrumental in developing the first nationally accredited geriatric clinical residency program in Nebraska, now in its third year.
In her quest to advocate for the aging adult, she serves on the advisory board for the non-profit organization, Tai Chi for Balance Program and leads an annual Fall Prevention Awareness program. Knott is also active on NPTA’s legislative committee and will serve as a delegate to the APTA’s House of Delegates.
It is common for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to experience communication difficulties and decreased mobility that may impair their ability to stay independent.
Innovative methods of therapy, LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®, are clinically-proven methods available to help Parkinson’s patients regain and strengthen these functions.
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) reports that 89 percent of patients experience speech problems leading to declining communication and many tend to have a quiet voice with difficulty projecting.
LSVT LOUD, a method used by speech therapists, improves the voice and speech with intensive therapy sessions over a period of a month, and patients receive required homework, too. The focus is on boosting vocal loudness to improve communication. LSVT Global reports 80 percent of patients maintain improvements 12-24 months after treatments.
As patients progress with the disease, walking and balance can also become more challenging. Along the same lines as boosting vocal loudness, the LSVT BIG concept focuses on making bigger movements to improve movement quality.
Patients with PD often take smaller, slower steps, but with prompting and training over an intensive one-month period, the patient focuses on exaggerated, bigger movements. The results have been faster walking, better balance, ease of movement and mobility.
Hillcrest Physical Therapy is certified in these programs along with geriatric and balance therapy specializations. For more information, call (402) 682-4210.