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RIC Matters-2014-12-30

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OTs Create Festive Activity for Christmas Day: Let Patients Construct Gingerbread Houses

To help create a festive atmosphere for patients here on Christmas, two RIC occupational therapists organized a group project to build graham cracker gingerbread houses.

Audrey Phillips, OT, and Nikki Kritikos, OT, created a therapeutic activity that allowed patients on the sixth floor to have fun while also working on their fine motor skills goals.

"Doing our fun holiday themed activity allowed us to bring many people together in a group focused both on Christmas cheer as well as therapeutic goals," Phillips says."I felt lucky to be part of such an upbeat day."

The patients strategically placed graham crackers, M&Ms and other treats to decorate the gingerbread houses, tasks that required the use of both hands.

The grateful patients expressed joy and support for one another as they experienced this Christmas Day at the hospital.

"Working on Christmas was a unique experience of giving," Phillips says. "Being at RIC made me feel like I was giving part of myself in sharing a holiday with patients and their families." 

The Caroling Party Brings Songs of Joy to Patients

Dressed in a colorful array of period costumes, members of The Caroling Party brought holiday cheer to RIC patients during a recent visit.

The singers strolled and sang carols on all units at the flagship hospital on Dec. 8, performing in dining rooms and visiting with patients one on one. The group graciously volunteered their time to RIC, as they have in years past.

“It’s the highlight of the season for us,” says Paul Iams, who co-founded the group with Patti Lupo 28 years ago. “I wouldn’t miss it for anything. ”

Iams says that kicking off December with the annual visit to RIC offers the singers perspective and serves as an "emotional counterbalance" to the holiday excesses they encounter during the season.

“We come here to sing for people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in the hospital at Christmas,” he says. “The depth of emotion and thanks we get is so profound that we often leave the Institute in tears.”

In addition to the visit from The Choral Group, patients were treated to other singers during the month of December including Men in Hats, The Hersey High School Choir and a group from the Moody Church. 

RIC’s Voc Rehab Department Expands Prime of Life Program

RIC’s Voc Rehab Department, which has been part of the Prime of Life Program since its inception eight years ago, is excited to be part of its expansion of services.

RIC’s Prime of Life Program was originally created for active adults in the “prime of life” who experienced a stroke. The program recently expanded to include patients who have sustained other types of brain injuries.

The program is intended to let patients know that an injury to the brain should not hold them back from returning to a full, active life.

In keeping with the Prime of Life Program’s objective of aggressive intervention, vocational counselors are prepared to provide services to inpatients in two ways.

The first is through the Prime of Life Group which meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. The group addresses returning to work or initiating a job search, and is a great first step for patients interested in getting information on issues related to employment.

The second is through one-on-one sessions where patients meet privately with one of RIC’s vocational counselors. During this meeting, specific questions are addressed and direction provided regarding the often complex nature of both short term and long term disability insurance.  As facilitators of the return to work process, vocational counselors, whose expertise includes knowledge of employment law and the ADA, can help patients negotiate the specifics of a return to work.  

For inpatients who are currently unemployed, but interested in work, school or training, a vocational counselor can help identify appropriate careers, job training or an educational setting best suited to the patient’s goals, experience and skills.

First Drawing for Naperville Rotary Charity Raffle Tomorrow

The first of five drawings for the Naperville Rotary’s annual Rotary House of Dreams Charity Raffle will be held tomorrow.

The raffle, which benefits RIC, will have additional drawings each month through May 15. Early ticket purchasers are eligible in all five drawings. Numerous prizes will be awarded, including trips, cars, and cash, and the grand prize is a $1 million house or cash alternative. 

Odds of winning a prize are 1 in 15. Participation is optional and open to RIC employees and friends. RIC receives 50% of all ticket sales made through RIC, so be sure to mention RIC. 

The dates of the drawings are:

  • Holiday Draw - 12/31/2014
  • Customer Appreciation Draw - 2/6/2015
  • Early Bird Draw - 3/13/2015
  • Spring Draw - 4/17/2015
  • Grand Prize Draw - 5/15/2015

Tickets can be purchased by individuals or shared by groups. For information go to www.ricraffle.org or call 800-500-7545.  It’s a great way to have some fun and support RIC!

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Human Resources Holiday Office Hours

On Friday, Jan. 2, the Human Resources office at 1635 in the flagship building will be closed. The main HR office at Onterie will be open during regular hours on Friday.

Discount Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Employees are eligible to save 40% off the regular price of tickets to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Auditorium Theater on March 6, 7 or 13. Tickets must be purchased by January 16. For more information and the promotional code, please click here.

RIC Matters Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit articles and announcements for RIC Matters is Monday at noon if you want them published in the following Wednesday’s newsletter. If you plan to submit photos, please make sure that patients and non-employees sign photo release forms. Please remember if your articles are time sensitive to submit them as early as possible to: RICMatters@ric.org. Thanks!

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