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Hooverwood Partners with JCC, Wellness Strategies


Hooverwood, which has served the elderly for more than 100 years, is pleased to announce a new physical and occupational therapy program.

The program is the result of a partnership between Hooverwood, the Jewish Community Center (JCC), and Wellness Strategies. It adheres to Hooverwood’s mission of providing highly individualized care and was developed as a way to better serve the community.

“There are very few outpatient therapy clinics to choose from in this area … so we felt like this was a way for Hooverwood, JCC, and Wellness Strategies to provide a needed service to the people,” said Susan Crook, an occupational therapist with Wellness Strategies.

Occupational therapists help individuals who have sustained mental, physical, or developmentally or emotionally disabling conditions, while physical therapists work with those affected by disabilities, impairments, or mobility limitations. The program can treat orthopedic injuries, joint replacements, strokes, and back and neck injuries, and provide soft tissue mobilization, strength training, vestibular rehab, orthotic fittings, and management of both pain and edema.

As Crook said, “The benefit to [the client] is that they can, most times, return to their prior level of function with treatment from a trained therapist.”

Katherine Matutes, director of health and wellness at JCC, echoed Crook and explained how clients, trainers, and therapists work together. A trainer, she said, can direct a client to the therapist, who both diagnoses and treats them. Once a client is released from therapy, he or she can resume training under the guidance of the personal trainer, with direction from the therapist. In other words, a client who is discharged from Hooverwood after a short-term stay can continue working with the same physical therapist at JCC.

Hooverwood is also happy to announce that the program is open to everyone. A client does not have to be a member of JCC to receive therapy; however, Matutes explained that non-members, after being released from therapy, will receive a discounted membership offer and discounted personal training package.

“This ensures [clients] are on the road to optimum recovery,” she said.

As for the financial aspect? Wellness Strategies is financially accommodating. They accept insurance and are a Medicare service provider and Veterans Choice location. Current hours are 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the JCC gym. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment by calling 317-601-7291.