Andrea Perkins, executive director, cuts the ribbon with Matt Highfill, director of rehab

On June 14, 2017, Life Care Center of North Glendale, Arizona, held an open house to showcase its recently renovated rehab gym.


“We invited many people from the community, including physician groups, hospital case managers, social workers and our care partners such as home health agencies and equipment suppliers,” said Matt Highfill, director of rehab.


Approximately 75 people came to the event. They enjoyed hors d’oeuvres provided by a local caterer and live music by a flamenco-style guitarist. Guests also had fun with the photo booth experience. A local company set up a digital camera and printer and brought costume pieces and props for guests to use to take silly photos.


Andrea Perkins, executive director, spoke about the facility and cut the ribbon to the new room.


Throughout the open house, guests could tour the gym and view the exciting new equipment, including a SCIFIT®, two Omnicycles and a bariatric mat table. Equipment from the former gym was restored to like-new condition, including multiple NuSteps®, bariatric parallel bars, a LiteGait® and an electric standing frame.


“The star of the event was our brand-new height-adjustable car transfer simulator, which comes in very handy during the hot Arizona summer as we are able to educate patients and families in the air-conditioned comfort of the new gym!” said Highfill.


The new occupational therapy activities of daily living apartment with full kitchen and handicap-accessible bathroom got a lot of oohs and aahs.


For a more interactive experience, Life Care Center of North Glendale had the Xbox Kinect up and running so that attendees could do a balance activity like playing virtual darts.


“It was a fun and successful event!” said Highfill.

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