You Can Do More Than Just Stay Cool in the Pool!

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By Alison Kennedy, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

The month of August brings summer heat, but working out in the water can cool you off. Plus, pool exercise can be therapeutic as well.

Water exercise helps build cardio, strength and flexibility. It’s also a great exercise environment for aging joints. The pool is an inviting place to exercise both physically and socially. 

 What are some of the benefits of water exercise?

  • It’s easy on the joints. There’s no gravity in water, so there’s no impact on the joints with exercise movements.  This is especially beneficial to those who have arthritis.
  • It builds muscle and strength. Water can provide much greater resistance than air based on the volume and the speed of movements within the water. This resistance helps to strengthen and tone muscles.
  • It creates a social atmosphere. Aquafit and other group exercise classes provide a socialization benefit that can help motivate people to maintain an exercise program.  Developing friendships, interacting within a group and having the ability to share common experiences helps to create a positive exercise environment.
  • And…there’s hydrostatic pressure. The hydrostatic pressure created by water helps to decrease the tendency of blood pooling in the lower portions of the body, which helps reduce swelling and can also help steady unstable joints.

Overall, pools provide a “softer” environment for exercise. The water supports your body and falling isn’t a concern. No special equipment is needed, although you can use a variety of fitness or flotation devices if desired. Pool exercise allows for a wider range of motion, helps alleviate fatigue, and also helps relieve stress and tension.

Balance Class Announced for August, Open to Community

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls will start Thursday, August 23 at Florida Presbyterian Homes. This 8-week class will be held on Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am in the game room. There is no charge for the class, and both FPH residents and Lakeland community members are invited to attend.

The class is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so please call the wellness department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this class. All participants enrolled in the class will receive a workbook. Light  snacks will be made available at each class.  

Employee of the 3rd Quarter Awarded

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Congratulations are in order for Ronda Nicole Layton, C.N.A. — winner of the Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2018.RondaLayton (1)

Ronda is a Life Coach Team Leader here at Florida Presbyterian Homes. She is known for going above and beyond in her work. Ronda shows great compassion for our residents and is continually looking for special ways to ensure the wants and needs of our residents are fulfilled. Employee of the Quarter award winners receive a cash prize for their efforts and a special parking space for the entire quarter. We thank Ronda for all of her hard work and for being willing to go the extra mile.

FPH Awarded National Recognition For Quality of Care in Assisted Living

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Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Assisted Living Facility has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We are proud to be honored for our commitment to quality improvement,” said Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator of Florida Presbyterian Homes. “Our team is extremely proud of the work they do every day to improve our residents’ quality of life. Working together as a team has enabled us to reach this milestone.”

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The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Florida Presbyterian Homes may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“I applaud Florida Presbyterian Homes for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage them to continue on their path to achieving superior outcomes.” The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.

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