2015 Initiatives: Tune-up Clinics

2015 Initiatives: Tune-up Clinics

Residents take advantage of a unique service

2015 Tune-up ClinicsDo walkers, wheelchairs, or other mobility devices require tune-ups, just like autos, buses, and bikes? Absolutely, and that is why Charles E. Smith Life Communities provides regularly-scheduled Tune-Up Clinics for campus residents who need their mobility devices cleaned and adjusted. This often includes brake tightening, safety inspection, and height modification. Ours is the only senior community in the metropolitan area to offer this exceptional service free of charge, according to Wellness Coordinator Chelsea Fields.

The clinics were introduced at the beginning of 2013 through a partnership with Jessa Medical Supply in Gaithersburg. The company’s operations manager, Alex Gorokhov, visits Ring House and Revitz House monthly on a rotating basis to evaluate devices, and, if necessary make repairs or discuss replacement. He also provides instruction on how to use the equipment properly. "We're proud of our work with your community," he says, adding that "meeting the residents has been a real privilege. I love hearing their stories and making sure their equipment is in good working order."  

According to Ms. Fields,“this is truly one of the best and most popular initiatives in our Smart Moves Wellness Program.” The program also:

  • Provides residents with information about health risks and ways to improve lifestyle choices;
  • Organizes special health-related events such as the annual Brain Health Fair at Ring House; and
  • Offers exercise classes and personal training, senior fitness tests, and a range of health-related equipment through the health and fitness centers located on our campus.

To learn more, please contact the Smart Moves Wellness Team at 301.816.5048.

 

Photo: Revitz House resident Margery Semon gets an expert tune-up for her walker from Wellness Team members, left to right, Chelsea Fields, Jordan Howerton, and Crystal Key. 

 

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