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State-of-the-art rehab center opens at Cedar Crest

Combines rehab and wellness, open to non-residents

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October 23rd, 2012

Got an ache? Had a fall? Gone through surgery? Cedar Crest s new Rehabilitation and Wellness Center may be just what you need. It s open to people who live at Erickson Living s Pompton Plains community and those who don t anyone age 62-plus. Specifically designed for older adults, the center combines state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment and care with wellness services like massage therapy and group fitness classes. Studies show that people who include a wellness component to their rehabilitation program have better results, says Monika Eller, occupational therapist and business development manager. Eller held focus groups, got input from experts, and spoke with Cedar Crest residents to help develop the new center. She says the Cedar Crest Rehabilitation and Wellness Center promotes the community s skilled and highly trained therapists, who specialize in geriatrics, to the greater Pequannock community.

From rehab to wellness

This brings an opportunity for Cedar Crest to offer the most advanced care and equipment for seniors to continue to have an active and fruitful life, says Cedar Crest Executive Director Cathy Guttman. Older adults truly are our specialty. The center offers one-on-one physical, occupational, speech, and massage therapy. The wellness component includes senior pilates, senior yoga, aquatic Zumba, cardio boot camp, and kettle bell and cycling classes, among other group fitness classes. The center also includes a newly constructed group fitness room and two new massage therapy rooms. They offer geriatric, cranial-sacral, hot stone, and chair massage. Outpatient Rehabilitation and Wellness Center Manager Michelle DeMartino and Fitness Manger Nicole Cox have already started collaborating on programs. Exercise equipment, like the NASA-designed Alter G anti-gravity treadmill, enables people who have joint problems or can t otherwise use regular equipment to move forward with their rehabilitation more quickly and effectively, and with less pain. Community member May Fisher tested the Alter G treadmill before the center opened. She suffers from chronic conditions fibromyalgia and arthritis. For me, [the Alter G] was a miracle because my medical conditions prevent me from using traditional exercise equipment, she says. It s an amazing feeling of weightlessness. I had no shocks in my joints or additional pain. She says the new rehab center is opening doors to a whole new life for her, affecting her physically and psychologically. When you have chronic conditions, it can really get you down. Now, she says, she uses the rehab center consistently and truly feels great.

Opening doors

Cedar Crest, one of 16 Erickson Living communities, opened its new rehab center October 11 and is the first to open to the public. Guttman says priority list members those who have reserved their place in line for the apartment home of their choice have special opportunities at Cedar Crest. For example, on September 28, the community hosted priority list members for a grand opening and tour of the new center. They had a chance to meet representatives from various departments and sample services, including spa services, wellness and fitness, resident life and activities, continuing care, spiritual life, dining services, and Erickson Realty and Moving Services. Cedar Crest Medical Director Cheryl Ziemba spoke about blue zones areas of the world where people have lived to be healthy and active past 100. We are establishing ourselves as leaders in education on senior-related health and wellness topics, says Eller. On October 17, the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center hosted an open house wine tasting event for external referring physicians from surrounding northern New Jersey. Chefs paired food and wine throughout the center for the tour. Exciting additions to Cedar Crest medical center In addition to the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Cedar Crest has added several sub-specialists to its medical center and sub-specialty suite. Residents can see not only their primary care physician on campus, but they can also see a dentist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, and now a urogynecologist. Dr. Mark Rosenthal, associate director of the cardiology training program at Atlantic Health and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has joined Cedar Crest s team of sub-specialists as a cardiologist. The medical center is also expanding its outpatient physical therapy programs to include women s pelvic health and urinary incontinence. There has been a lot of groundbreaking work in the area of urogynecology, says Monika Eller, occupational therapist and business development manager at Cedar Crest. We did focus groups to find out what was the most important thing for seniors that was to stay out of the hospital, she says. With these experts and specialists here at Cedar Crest, they can. The community has begun offering a lecture series with local physicians and in-house experts, open to the public. Senior-specific rehabilitation programs Available at the Cedar Crest Rehabilitation and Wellness Center Osteoporosis Balance/falls class Parkinson s group Orthopedic movement Low vision Lymphedema Pelvic health Arthritis management Fall risk screening Aquatic therapy Personal training

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