Lighthouse provides PT centerLighthouse of Superior announced the opening of its new Health and Wellness Center.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Lighthouse of Superior announced the opening of its new Health and Wellness Center.
The facility offers state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed to help people of all ages rebuild their balance, strength and gait.
Housed in the Lighthouse of Superior, Physical Therapist Amber Tenerelli said she is able to take patients with a medical order for physical therapy irrespective of where they live.
However, having the center in Lighthouse has specific benefits for residents in the assisted living and memory care facility. It allows people there who have had a medical event to return home sooner from other medical facilities because they are able to get the therapy they need at home, Tenerelli said.
New, state of the art equipment includes a Balance System SD designed to help improve balance, increase agility and develop muscle tone.
The Balance System is used by professional football players after an ACL tear, said Lighthouse spokeswoman Colleen Morgan.
Also available are a Gait trainer 3 treadmill with a deck designed to give feedback on step length, speed and step symmetry; and a Biostep 2, an elliptical recumbent bike designed to give a full body workout.
“The bike pedals move so it hits every joint,” Tenerelli said. “I’ve never seen that before. They really enjoy that. They say it feels like a full body workout.”
Tenerelli, who worked in skilled nursing before taking her current position, said that can be particularly important for people suffering from memory loss who do better in familiar environments.
The new Health and Wellness Center is showcased during an open house 4-7 p.m. today at Lighthouse of Superior, 1915 N.34th St.
Also on display is Lighthouse’s new computer system, featuring It’s Never 2 Late, created expressly for seniors to allow them to enjoy the wide range of benefits offered by technology and the internet. The new technology is being implemented in New Perspective facilities in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, including Lighthouse of Superior.