definition, is “the state of being strong, active, and full of energy”. Genesis
Rehab Services (GRS) offers a unique program that embodies the essence of this definition.
Vitality to You is an outpatient therapy services that brings occupational,
physical, and speech therapy services directly to the client, in their home or
community. GRS offers this program in the Omaha Metro and in various cities
throughout the state.
Not only can they
provide therapy services in the home or their clinic, but they can also
complete therapy sessions in non-traditional environments, focusing on
community integration. Common locations include, but are not limited to,
grocery stores, the gym, church work areas, family member’s homes, camp sites,
restaurants, sporting events, accessing public transportation, and
indoor/outdoor leisure tasks. Their team of professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate
therapists assists clients in developing the skills needed to be safe and
successful at home and to confidently return the tasks they want and need to do
in the community.
Vitality to You
in Omaha is the only Vitality program based out of a skilled nursing facility.
If a skilled need is required, the Vitality therapists can develop a plan of
care at the facility, then transition to the Vitality program after discharge.
The team is able to follow clients through the entire continuum of care.
How to get
Obtain an order for occupational, physical, or
speech therapy services from your primary doctor or neurologist. The Vitality
team can assist wit retrieving orders and determining which services would be
the most beneficial.
Verify insurance coverage.
Get started with therapy services.
to You program information, referrals, skilled nursing care, or assistance
obtaining physician’s orders, please contact:
Molly Ganow Senior Director of Rehabilitation 2525 S. 135th Ave Omaha, NE Phone: 402-350-4232 Fax: 402-333-3356 firstname.lastname@example.org
information regarding the Parkinson’s specialty program in the Omaha area,
You can assist in returning to independence at home or in the community. Take
control over Parkinson’s disease, and live life to the fullest!
Delay the Disease training improves Parkinson’s services in Nebraska
July 19, 2019
Parkinson’s Nebraska welcomed 55 professionals from across Nebraska to the Midwest Delay the Disease training in Grand Island, Neb., on July 18-19. The training provided attendees with the knowledge and tools to design and implement a community-based, Parkinson’s- specific exercise class. Because of the Parkinson’s Nebraska commitment to making training accessible, all attendees were provided with the cost of registration, lodging, a mileage stipend, and meals throughout the training.
Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR and David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, the co-founders of the
Delay the Disease program and training instructors, led an informative and
interactive workshop. The training began with Jackie sharing the science and
evidence- based benefits of exercise. David led the rest of the training,
teaching exercises that target Parkinson’s symptoms and how to design a
Parkinson’s exercise class. Together, they brought a dynamic energy that made
the training fun and inspiring!
Parkinson’s Nebraska provided the attendees
with a dinner and presentation hosted at the Ramada by Wyndham Midtown Grand Island.
John Bertoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the University of Nebraska Medical
Center Department of Neurological Sciences, and director of the Parkinson’s
disease program at Nebraska Medicine, UNMC’s clinical partners, was
the guest speaker at the training. He presented on the role of Exercise in
Parkinson’s Disease Management and conducted a lively Question and Answer
session. The group appreciated Dr. Bertoni’s experience, and humor, in the
the second day of the training, there was a demo class for the attendees to practice
their new skills with real participants. More than 20 people with Parkinson’s
and their caregivers traveled from Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island to
participate in the training’s Demo Class. After the class, they enjoyed a lunch
provided by Parkinson’s Nebraska and get to meet the training attendees. It was
a great opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the Parkinson’s community and
network with others across the state.
The immense impact this training has
made on the Nebraska community is made possible through a partnership with the
Parkinson’s Foundation. The foundation awarded Parkinson’s Nebraska a community
grant to help training costs. Because of the grant, Parkinson’s Nebraska was
able to provide the training to more professionals and further increase the
number of exercise classes throughout Nebraska.
As a result of the Delay the Disease training there will be 21 new Parkinson’s exercise classes across Nebraska. Parkinson’s Nebraska has recognized a lack of services in rural communities and is proud that over 15 classes will serve under-served areas. This is just the beginning of Parkinson’s Nebraska’s commitment to the making services across the entire state.
To learn more about how Parkinson’s Nebraska is serving the Parkinson’s community, visit www.Parkinsonsnebraska.org.
Columbus Community Hospital’s Rehabilitative Services boasts impressive Parkinson’s program
July 3, 2019
At Parkinson’s Nebraska, we have been focused on expanding our
reach into the rural communities across Nebraska. In June, Amber was able to travel
to Columbus, NE to visit with the Columbus Area Parkinson’s Support Group to share
information about Parkinson’s Disease and how we are helping improve lives.
Thank you to Michell
Ruskamp, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director of CCH’s Rehabilitative Services, for
inviting Parkinson’s Nebraska to talk to the group!
After the meeting, Michell gave a tour of the Columbus Wellness
Center. The impressive facility is home to both the CCH’s Rehabilitative
Services and the Columbus Family YMCA. The partnership provides many benefits
to patients, including the Transition Program. After progressing out of
therapy, the therapists provide patients with fitness advice and help them
transition into a regular exercise routine at the Columbus Family YMCA. This
unique program promotes healthy living by encouraging patients to continue
exercising after the completion of therapy. This is especially valuable for
people with Parkinson’s because of the immense benefits exercise provides in
The CCH’s Rehabilitative Services also boasts a comprehensive
Parkinson’s Wellness Program designed to help people with PD delay the effects
of the disease while improving their quality of life and independence. There
are many therapy, exercise, and community services available within the
Parkinson’s Wellness Program including:
LSVT-BIG®: An intensive physical training for individuals with PD
Parkinson Wellness Recovery – PWR!®: A therapy approach focused on
early intervention, enrichment, education, and empowerment
LSVT-LOUD®: An intensive speech therapy to improve the speech and
swallow functions for people with PD
SPEAK OUT!®: An intensive speech therapy to improve the speech and swallow
functions for people with PD
The CCH LOUD Crowd®: A weekly maintenance voice exercise group designed to help
PD patients carry over the skills they learned in voice therapy, so they are
able to keep their voices and swallow function strong long after therapy has
ended. Participants must be a former SPEAK OUT!® or LSVT-LOUD® patient.
Occupational therapy: Therapy that focuses on the Activities of Daily Living
for people with PD.
Rock Steady Boxing: A noncontact, boxing-based fitness curriculum designed to
help people with Parkinson’s improve quality of life through lessened symptoms
and a happier, healthier life. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
1:15-2:15 pm at the Columbus Wellness Center.
The Columbus Area Parkinson Disease Support Group: The monthly support group invites
speakers to present on information selected by the group. The group meets the
second Thursday of every month from 2:30-4:00 pm at the Columbus Wellness
The PD Resource Library: The PD Resource Library in Rehabilitative Services includes
information from many Parkinson’s resources such as Speak Out!® workbooks,
LSVT-LOUD® and BIG® Homework Helper DVDs and digital sound level meters for The
CCH LOUD Crowd® participants.
The CCH’s Rehabilitative Services will
also be hosting the first Parkinson’s symposium to take place in Columbus, NE in
April 2020. It will include a variety of speakers sharing PD education on a variety
of topics throughout the one-day event. Stay tuned for more information!
more information about the Columbus Community Hospital’s Rehabilitative
Services and the Parkinson’s Wellness Program call the Columbus Wellness Center
at 402-556-3333 or visit https://www.columbushosp.org/our_services/rehabilitative_services/parkinson_wellness_program.aspx.