Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital's Community Based Wellness Programs are designed to help individuals living in the community learn to manage their health more effectively in order to improve day-to-day functioning and quality of life. In more comprehensive programs, participants will learn exercises and a problem solving approach to managing daily mobility, self-care and communication issues which often interfere with function and quality of life. Other programs are simply a continuation of a specialized therapeutic intervention.
Each of these programs are self-pay.
The Wellness Center membership is $40 per month, with a limit of two exercise sessions per week. Group Wellness Programs are available as well for an additional fee. Discounts are available for any combination of the list below. Parking is Free.
For more details on any of these wellness programs, click on the CONTACT US link or simply call 781.348.2001.
Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital is partnering with the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University, Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Wellness Program for people with Parkinson's disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.
Currently this is a 7 week program, twice a week, for a total of 14 individual classes. Each individual class will last 1.5 hours and will consist of group exercises to improve mobility and communication and practice of functional activities such as walking, rising from a chair and handwriting. In addition, a group discussion will be included which focuses on solving common problems experienced by individuals with Parkinson's disease. At each discussion group, we will introduce a new topic and work together to develop strategies to manage a particular problem and improve function and quality of life. Instruction will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual with Parkinson's disease. Written information and pictures are included in this manual to help participants learn the exercises and strategies and apply them at home and in the community. We are looking forward to getting started and guiding you through the program.
2013 Program Schedule
Wellness After Stroke
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1:00-2:30p.m.
Session 1: January 15-February 28
Session 2: April 2-May 16
Session 3: September 24-November 7
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This program is designed to help stroke survivors in the community to improve day to day functioning and quality of life. It teaches individuals how to manage daily activities and mobility in order to promote healthy living.
Led by Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Therapists, these class will provide:
- Exercise programs for strengthening and cardiovascular health
- Balance training
- Functional mobility training for the home and community
- Communication skills training
- Memory and organization strategies
- Education for lifestyle changes after stroke
2013 Program Schedule
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30p.m.
Session 1: January 14-February 27
Session 2: April 1- May 15
Session 3: September 23-November 6
Yoga for Wellness
Yoga for Wellness is designed to suit the needs of those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other health compromising condition.
The group is led by a licensed physical therapist who is also a certified yoga instructor. The class will consist of a variety of yoga poses, specifically sequenced to provide alternative strengthening and stretching components combined with coordinated breathing and relaxation techniques. The poses will be tailored to your individual abilities.
Group participants must meet the following criteria:
- Able to use restroom without assistance.
- Able to follow directions in a group setting.
- Motivated and committed to participate in group on a regular basis.
Participants do not have to be ambulatory to participate. The first class will allow the instructor to evaluate each participant's abilities; therefore, tailoring the following classes to maximize participation.
The class is held each Monday evening, 5:30pm-6:30pm, for 10 weeks. Space is limited to 10 participants.
Session 1: June 3-July 1 (5 week session - $60)
Session 2: September 16-November 18 (10 week session - $120)
Parkinson's Disease Fitness Program
This Fitness program is designed for the individual with Parkinson's Disease that does not need formal Physical Therapy but would like to participate in a group fitness program. The objectives of the program are to improve endurance, flexibility, strength and posture.
The program does not include fine motor coordination activities or speech therapy. It's focus will be on cardiopulmonary health along with higher level strengthening with weights, theraband and machines. Some of the machines that will be utilized are the treadmill, Scifit, elliptical, stationary bicycle and upper body erogometer.
Sessions will run monthly:
Mondays & Wednesdays
For additional information, please call 781-348-2250 and ask about the Parkinson's Disease Fitness Program.
Rehabilitation Technology Wellness
After an evaluation by our therapy team, you will be able to come and exercise at your convenience, with the one-on-one support of our therapists, using the technology appropriate for your rehabilitation goals.
- AutoAmbulator™: A sophisticated robotic treadmill device designed to help patients perform normal walking patterns. Using the therapeutic concept of body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) and robotics, the AutoAmbulator facilitates normal walking motion. We use the AutoAmbulator for gait training in patients with conditions such as Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, and Spinal Cord Injuries.
- RT300-FES Bike: The FES bike uses functional electrical stimulation to help patients actively move their legs, and it can help decrease muscle spasms, increase range of motion, and improve cardiovascular fitness. The FES bike is for patients who have lost voluntary control of their leg muscles due to a spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, or Multiple Sclerosis.
- InMotion Robots: InMotion Robots use engaging computer games and the assistance of robots to increase exercise repetitions and help patients regain strength and movement in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. InMotion Robots are for patients who have muscle weakness due to a spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, or Multiple Sclerosis.
Sessions are 1/2 hour in length and provided at a maximum of 2x/week.
For session schedule at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital:
Please call 781-348-2001
Cost: $40.00 per month
All participants are screened before the first class to determine appropriateness for the group setting.