Vinland is excited to announce that our recently completed building expansion has been featured in Addiction Professional Magazine. You can read the full article online by clicking here.
As part of the final stage of the building expansion at Vinland’s main campus, the new therapeutic exercise center opened in April. The expanded center is located in the former kitchen and dining room. The rehabbed space features wonderful views of Lake Independence through large windows. The windows also let in lots of natural sunlight to brighten the room.
The therapeutic exercise program is a safe, slow and gentle supervised physical reconditioning program located at Vinland’s main campus. All clients receive a pre-assessment to determine their current functional capacity upon admission to our program. After the assessment, an exercise physiologist designs a personalized program to improve their strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, posture, and body mechanics. Many of our clients have issues related to chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and/or traumatic brain injury, which makes personalized programs a necessity.
“Our goal is to get each and every client on a safe, structured and supervised program that they can utilize long term,” Willert said. “This is not an optional part of treatment, it is a vital part of treatment. I talk with clients about body, mind and spirit, and how safe activity makes a person feel good in many ways.”
All clients are individually supervised and monitored for productivity and safety. The majority of therapy is conducted in a group setting, but some clients receive one-on-one supervision when appropriate.
The therapeutic exercise staff works closely with each participant to encourage a life-long interest in physical fitness.
“It is fun and rewarding to take someone who has lots of discomfort or dysfunction and have them working at an improved functional capacity by the time they leave here,” Willert said.
One in four adults has a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder or substance abuse. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. That is nearly 60 million people. Mental health conditions are common (in fact, they are the leading cause of disability in the U.S.), but they are also treatable. Individuals can recover from mental health disorders and go on to lead full and productive lives.
Too many people who are living with a mental health condition never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health care insurance coverage. Many people may be reluctant to ask for help or don’t know where to find it. It is estimated that as many as 50 percent of individuals living with a mental health condition never seek or receive treatment for their condition.
Mental health is essential to an individual’s overall health and well-being. Events and changes can seriously impact people, whether it’s a veteran struggling with the invisible wounds of war or someone coping with the stress of caregiving, divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, people are dealing with depression associated with a chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer or hypertension. Traumatic events such as the Boston Marathon Bombings can also take a huge toll on an individual’s mental health.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. “Pathways toWellness” is a national campaign sponsored by Mental Health America that calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health. Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.
To find resources online, visit mentalhealthamerica.net
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, is a type of brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen to a part of the brain resulting in tissue death. Strokes can be caused by a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic) or by a clot that blocks blood flow (ischemic).
According to the American Stroke Association, in the United States there are:
- 7 million stroke survivors.
- 795,000 strokes each year.
- 425,000 women who suffer from stroke each year, 55,000 more than men.
- 137,000 people who die from strokes each year, making stroke the third leading cause of death.
The primary stroke symptoms include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the face or facial drooping
- Sudden numbness or weakness in an arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Smoking, being overweight, and drinking too much alcohol are all controllable risk factors. You can control these risk factors by quitting smoking, exercising regularly, watching what and how much you eat, and limiting alcohol consumption. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are also risk factors that can be controlled through diet, exercise, and medication.
Uncontrollable risk factors include age, race, family history, and previous strokes.
Spread the Word
Stroke Awareness has created a variety of materials to help spread awareness about stroke and stroke symptoms. You can download the materials, including these Act FAST posters, at www.strokeawareness.com.
Vinland is pleased to announce the next webinar in our chemical health webinar series. The series offers valuable information on chemical health services for individuals living with cognitive disabilities. The free webinars are held quarterly, with recordings available for viewing on our website.
Registration is currently open for the next webinar in the series. Registered attendees will receive 1 CEU credit.
|8 Parameters of Fitness & Wellness|
|Presented by Fitness & Wellness Manager Jeff Willert, B.Sc., E.P., S.E.T.|
|When:||Wednesday, June 5, 2013|
|Time:||10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.|
This Thursday is Disability Day at the Capitol, presented by Advocating Change Together, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, People First of Minnesota, Self-Advocates Minnesota (SAM), The Arc Minnesota.
Show your support for people living with disabilities and their families! Budget decisions at the State Capitol affect YOU!
For a detailed schedule, along with bus and driving directions, click image below to download flier.
Construction on Vinland’s $4 million building expansion was completed in March. The expansion provides Vinland with the space needed to grow programming and serve more people with disabilities.
The expansion added 20 chemical health beds to Vinland’s existing 41-bed residential chemical health program. Vinland also added a new kitchen and dining facility, a new commons area, and additional meeting space. The expansion increases Vinland’s main campus square footage by 75 percent. The former kitchen and dining area are being rehabbed to accommodate an expanded therapeutic exercise facility. Construction on the exercise facility is expected to be completed in April 2013.