As a patron to the Wellness program at Good Samaritan, I like so many others were saddened when we were told that the program would be closing. The Wellness program provided such great benefits to those of us who went there for both therapy and continued rehabilitation for various health issues. It was with our doctor’s recommendation and referral that we were able to take it upon ourselves to insure our own health and well-being.
I joined Wellness after having knee replacements. I started in the therapy program, and then continued on with wellness as a means of having the ability to participate in normal activities once again. Without the wellness program I would have suffered long lasting effects from the surgeries, and the medical conditions that made the surgeries necessary. After experiencing a fall two years ago, it was necessary to see a doctor at Bone and Joint. Though I was sore and badly bruised, I learned through X-rays that I had not broken my leg. The doctor conferred that it was likely because of my participation in the wellness program. The exercise also helped me to maintain good bone density, which was a factor. I don’t know what I would have done without the Wellness program.
As we age a toll is put on our bodies, and it is up to us to do what we can to live the healthiest lifestyle possible in order to keep going. I don’t think that anyone will argue the benefits of exercise. The needs of older folks are different than those of our younger counterparts. The Wellness program has filled the needs of so many of us, and we are truly grateful. The staff at Good Samaritan Wellness was awesome, and provided us with a wonderful environment. I so much appreciate Miira, Erin, Kristen, Deb, Kathy, Sue and Pat for their kindness and care. I will miss them all.
When we got word of the closing of Wellness, all of the participants were deeply saddened. We felt displaced, and didn’t know which way to turn. We were hoping that someone would adopt us so that we might continue to have a say, and participate in our own health needs. Thankfully, someone did step forward. A group formed and worked hard to find a solution, and with that Diane Goetsch from Kindhearted said she would gladly provide us with a new home. Each of us looks forward to continuing on our health journey. Thank you Diane and the members of the committee that is making this possible.
Thank you to the staff at Good Samaritan Wellness for your friendship, kindness and for providing such a special place for us.