RIC Matters 2015-03-18 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-03-18

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"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Winston Churchill

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RIC Offers Care to Caregivers

Each month, the Heyworth rooms are transformed into something resembling a soothing spa to bring a little relief to family members who care for our patients.

The lights are dimmed and the sound of relaxing music fills the rooms. Caregivers are treated to massages, yoga class and dinner.

It's all part of Caregiver Resource Night, developed by RIC's Therapeutic Recreation Department to give caregivers some time to relax, recharge and connect with other caregivers.

These special nights are an opportunity to show compassion for caregivers. Caregiver Resource Night was first implemented last summer and has successfully been running monthly for family caregivers of RIC patients.

The event takes place on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in an open house style. The Heyworth rooms are transformed into an atmosphere that feels relaxing, safe and supportive.

Complimentary chair massages from Massage Envy are provided as well as a yoga classes, a catered dinner, aromatherapy lavender sachets and printed resources.

Benefits for the caregiver include: resources related to caregiver well being and health, a respite from the stress of being in the hospital, socialization with other caregivers and massages to reduce stress.

On March 3, in honor of National Nutrition Month, we collaborated with our Registered Dietitian, Kelly Niemaszyk, who demonstrated a healthy, easy-to prepare meal that included quinoa fruit salad. She also provided tips on healthy eating while in the hospital and meal preparation at home for busy people.

The Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life Department plan to continue this program monthly throughout the year, and hope to bring in additional supportive services that could benefit caregivers including the chapel, the psychosocial team and other holistic health providers.

Patients Roll With Boccia While Working on Therapy Goals

The Therapeutic Recreation Department last week teamed up with RIC Adaptive Boccia (Bocce) coach, Jason Stubbeman, to teach RIC inpatients a new adaptive sport while also helping them work on therapy goals.

Patients from across the hospital came together to socialize, participate in therapy and learn this fun leisure activity.

The patients were able to work on such therapy goals as fine motor control, grasp, problem-solving, planning and organizing.

A variety of adaptive sports and leisure activities are provided to our patients on a monthly basis to expose them to new experiences and educational opportunities.

Fitness Team Certified in Parkinson Wellness Recovery Instruction

Members of the RIC Fitness team became certified PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) instructors this past weekend after hosting a certification workshop with the program’s founder, Dr. Becky G. Farley. 

The fitness staff will be integrating Exercise4BrainChange® techniques into their practice, using the foundational principles of PWR!Moves to target the motor and non motor symptoms of Parkinson disease that interfere with everyday movement (rigidity, bradykinesia, incoordination, and automaticity).

Created by Dr. Farley, PWR!Moves comprises the building blocks for everyday movement, and are performed with large amplitude, high effort and attention to action in multiple postures.

The PWR! model also integrates other essential research-based exercise components to optimize brain health and learning, and to better address all the motor, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of Parkinson disease.

Save the Date: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

The Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day foundation encourages bringing children into the workplace in order to learn about the organizations their parents work for and to explore the many life choices they have. RIC is thrilled to be taking part in this event.

Who: Employee children/grandchildren, first grade through high school

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Location: 345 E. Superior, Heyworth East & West

Registration Opens: Thursday, March 26, 2015. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Pick up registration packets on Thursday, March 26, in the hospital lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or contact Mary Devine in the HR Department at 312-238-6290 or mdevine-ga@ric.org.

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Farmer's Table Coming This Thursday

March is National Nutrition Month. In keeping with this year’s theme of “bite into a healthy lifestyle,” RIC’s Food Service Department will be hosting a farmer’s table featuring fresh and mouthwatering fruits and vegetables you may have never heard of before.

Come to RIC’s cafeteria on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about these interesting fruits and vegetables. Our very own Chef Armando will be busy transforming exotic fruits and vegetables into healthy delicious dishes that you can sample before purchasing from RIC’s cafeteria.

This is a once a year event - don’t miss it!

Last Weight Watchers Open House Next Week

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is pleased to announce the next session of Weight Watchers at Work.

All RIC employees are invited to an open house on Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Magnuson Auditorium, 16th floor of the flagship building, to find out how Weight Watchers can help you be healthier, set personal wellness goals and achieve results.

Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at the flagship hospital, at a local community Weight Watchers location or through Weight Watchers online.

To learn more about the cost and how you can be reimbursed for participating, or if you have any other questions about the Weight Watchers program, please contact Mary Devine at mdevine-ga@ric.org or 312-238-6290.

Call for Submissions for Art in Motion

Art in Motion, the annual fundraiser and art exhibition hosted by the RIC’s Associate Board, is now accepting submissions for the juried show this coming June.

Now in its 13th year, the exhibition features more than 100 emerging and established artists and benefits RIC’s Art Therapy program.

Interested artists can visit the Art in Motion page for submission forms, as well as the Call for Artist Prospectus. Questions can be directed to Ali Ossyra at aossyra@ric.org or by calling 312-238-7693.

Webinar to Focus on Measurement in Spinal Cord Injury Care

Please join us on March 25 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a webinar, “Spinal Cord Injury: Applying the Principles of Measurement to Care,” sponsored by the Center for Rehabilitation Outcome Research (CROR) and supported by a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation.

The webinar is free and offered on first come, first served basis. To register, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG8Q6F

Commuter Flexible Spending Account Change

If you participate in our Commuter Flexible Spending Account, please be aware that this benefit will change in spring 2015. The Commuter Flexible Spending Account (FSA) will change from a one month to a two month pre-fund process, beginning with the April 2015 payroll deduction which will fund June 2015 transit/parking passes. There will be a one month ramp up period associated with this change, meaning transit/parking orders for May 2015 will not be funded by April 2015 payroll deductions. Please note that this benefit is not applicable to RIC parking facilities, which are already deducted from payroll on a pre-tax basis.

For additional information please refer to the 2015 Commuter FSA change planning document by clicking here.

Please email any questions to Benefits@ric.org.

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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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Joseph Beck – Occupational Therapist, River North DayRehab

Emily Braun – Speech & Language Pathologist-Research, Aphasia

Angela Coe – Public Safety Officer

Jacqueline Cummings – Registry Occupational Therapist

Jordan Dworski – Patient Services Representative, Northshore Administration-Outpatient

Andria Hammonds – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Sarah Hendred – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Amy Huckstep – Physical Therapist, Homewood DayRehab

Jasmin Merida – Registry Rehab Aide

Jesse Nelson – Senior Buyer, Materials Management

Laura Sloan – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Natileya Smith – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Seth Thompson – Research Laboratory Manager