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Kentwood Residents Go High Tech with 'Wii' May 9, 2008

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Kentwood residents get back in the game with 'Wiihab'

(May 9, 2008) -- Residents of Kentwood Nursing Facility are enjoying bowling, baseball and tennis again – all without leaving the safety and comfort of the activity room.

That’s because they’re getting in the game via Nintendo’s Wii system. Residents have been playing regularly on Wednesday for the past six weeks, according to Kentwood Administrator Nancy Powell.

Nintendo's Wii system, which has fast become popular beyond the teen gaming set, is being adopted medical and nursing facilities nationwide for its benefits in rehab therapy for patients recovering from injuries, strokes, heart attacks. It’s also beneficial in helping the elderly improve strength, coordination and balance. Wii therapy is so popular it has acquired a new name, “Wiihab.”

Mrs. Powell said she has already seen some improvement for among residents in the short time the system has been in use at Kentwood. “It’s a lot of fun and it does help them with range of motion,” she said. “They enjoy the bowling the most.”

That’s why Kentwood will hold its first Wii Bowling Tournament on Wednesday, May 14 as part of its National Nursing Home Week (May 11-17) festivities. Residents and staff will compete for trophies and bragging rights, Mrs. Powell said.

The week’s schedule includes:

  • Monday, May 12: Balloon Lift Off to kick off National Nursing Home Week, 11a.m.
    Augusta Commissioner Don Grantham will speak.
  • Tuesday, May 13: Employee Talent Show, 2 p.m.
    Employees will entertain residents, with an ice cream social following.
  • Wednesday, May 14: Wii Bowling Tournament, 2 p.m.
    Staff and residents will compete against each other for trophies and prizes.
  • Thursday May 15: The Price is Right Game for residents and staff, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 16: Cookout with the Grill Master for residents, families and staff, noon.

About Kentwood: The facility is operated by University Extended Care and offers 20 personal care beds for residents who want an independent lifestyle but still receive assistance with daily activities such as bathing, grooming, and medication supervision. Others with more serious health needs have the option of nursing home care from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and patient care aides in two adjacent nursing home wings.



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