Hillcrest Health Services Honors Volunteers of the Year

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

HCE Youth VOY

HCE Adult VOY

HGL Adult VOY

HHR Adult VOY

HMR Youth VOY

HOSP Adult VOY

Rockin’ at Hillcrest Mable Rose

Youth Has No Age – Pablo Picasso

For these Hillcrest Mable Rose residents, age is just a number. Administrator Lisa Summers, who moonlights as a photographer, thought it would be fun to take a series of photos featuring seniors in unexpected scenarios to emphasize their sentiment. D-Rocks Music in Papillion opened their doors for this special senior photo shoot, titled “Mable Rose Old Timer’s Rock ‘n Roll”.

“Our residents thought this would be fun, and why not?” Summers quipped. “This is a great opportunity to show that at any age, you can have fun and enjoy the spice of life. They love staging these photos.”

Peter Taraboletti (far right) is 93 and asked to participate. “He said he wanted to do his part!” Summers added.

Hillcrest plans to display the photos at their annual Afternoon of Art Show held each spring featuring all forms of art created by residents, family members, friends and team members.

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Hillcrest Mable Rose residents (left to right): Jackie Schwartz, Mary Lou Rotert, married couple Jim and Eleanor White, Elly Krutina, and Peter Taraboletti.

 

Therapy for Parkinson’s Gets BIG and LOUD

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.