Winning Wheels Celebrates Expansion

November 2013

Sunshine and high spirits filled the new commons at Winning Wheels as residents and caretakers celebrated the completion of facility upgrades.

Winning Wheels Open House
The additions and renovations, designed by Legat Architects, expand the facility's capacity, create more open space, and improve service to our clientele.

"The expansion is tailored to our population of wheelchair-bound people with traumatic brain injuries," said Steven Territo, Senior Vice President of Operations. "We can now help more residents realize their maximum level of physicial, social, and emotional functioning. As a bonus, the upgrades give the facility a rustic appeal that adds comfort and blends well with our wooded surroundings."

The 6,000 square foot resident addition provides 16 private rooms including 2 transitional rooms. Each private resident room includes its own shower and restroom. The resident addition was designed with a focus on serving the needs of the rehabilitation residents, including those who have a short-term rehabilitation stay following an elective surgery.

Winning Wheels Expansion Complete
The 1,600 square foot addition replaces a smaller, nondescript entrance. Jeff Sandberg, regional manager of Legat Architects' Moline studio, said, "Several factors give the commons a warm feel while respecting the budget: natural stone columns, resilient wood floors and wainscot paneling, faux wood beams, and the continuous clerestory windows near the ceiling that bring in great natural light."

Winning Wheels, located in Prophetstown, IL, is one of the few care centers in the nation to combine a treatment regime of a rehabilitation hospital with the daily nursing care of a skilled nursing facility.


Winning Wheels, Inc. Encourages
Adventures in Therapy

August 2013

For Winning Wheels and STRIVE residents, therapy is an adventure. All of the hard work that goes into successfully attaining therapy goals in our on-site therapy gym is rewarded with off-site adventures.

A chance to participate in an adaptive water ski clinic was incentive for one resident to improve his upper body strength. The clinic requires participants to roll in the water from front to back unassisted. Winning Wheels staff worked with him at our local park district pool and he attained his goal of water skiing!

Adventures in Therapy
A total of four Winning Wheels and STRIVE residents participated in the Access to Waves Ski Clinic sponsored by Genesis Health Systems, the Backwater Gamblers water ski team and the St. Ambrose University health sciences department.

Yet another adventure in therapy was created by our own Toni Williar, STRIVE Activities Director. Or, as the residents like to call her, their Director of Fun! Every Thursday during the summer, Morrison's Rockwood State Park became "Camp Rockwood". Weekly themes included wilderness survival, wet & wild fun, the art of nature, and safety first. It was a summer filled with fishing, hiking, outrigger canoeing and just enjoying the great outdoors.

Winning Wheels and STRIVE residents will continue to participate in outrigger canoeing, power soccer, and therapeutic horseback riding and will always be open to trying out new adventures ? adaptive rowing, anyone??


Winning Wheels Partners with Mediprocity

July 2013

Utilizing technology to collaborate with physicians via text and email is a key component to providing the best care to our patients. Electronic communication allows us to contact physicians and receive instructions for patient care more quickly. We also take seriously our commitment to protecting our patients' privacy. Mobile devices can pose a security risk if not compliant with current security standards. Mediprocity provides the solution for Winning Wheels to safely message with medical staff without compromising patient privacy.

Mediprocity is a simple, secure solution for compliant communications. Better communication with our physicians translates to better patient care, including limiting hospital re-admissions. Winning Wheels' healthcare providers, including nurses and therapists, can communicate with our network of physicians who may use the Mediprocity service free of charge.

Winning Wheels is pleased to partner with Mediprocity to offer a simple, secure, compliant communication solution to facilitate professional medical collaboration that greatly benefits our patients.


Brain Injury Awareness Month (and beyond)

March 2013

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. Did you know that 1.7 million people will sustain a brain injury each year? An injury that happens in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges and early, equal and adequate access to care will greatly increase overall quality of life.

Brain Injury Awareness
Winning Wheels joins a nationwide network of organizations affiliated with the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), including self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. "Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings," said Susan H. Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. "Our goals this year are to continue to sustain and bolster brain injury programs, increase access to care and preserve vital brain injury research."

Winning Wheels has been serving individuals with traumatic brain injuries since the early 1980's. The primary purpose of Winning Wheels' CARF-accredited Brain Injury Residential Program is to provide a structured, post-acute rehabilitation program for brain-injured individuals in the area of enhanced physical functioning, behavior/social skill retraining, leisure education, cognitive therapy and activities of daily living. This specialized program assists brain-injured individuals to achieve maximum potential of function and self-sufficiency.

Join us during March to help raise awareness. Find out more about brain injuries and what you can do at www.biausa.org today.


S.T.R.I.V.E. Leaves Wheelchairs Behind

February 2013

STRIVE Basketball Outing

S.T.R.I.V.E.'s Therapeutic Recreation calendar is always packed full of opportunities for our residents to enjoy all sorts of activities. A trip to the arcade gave Donna Jo and Israel an opportunity to leave their wheelchairs behind and try out the race car game. They had never tried the game before and they say it was a blast.

STRIVE Arcade Outing
We never know who we might meet when we are out and about. Tarik, Larry and Jason hung out and talked sports with Harlem Globetrotter team captain "Big Easy" at a recent game. They were definitely all smiles after that outing.

S.T.R.I.V.E. is looking forward to their next big adventure ... who knows what they will think of next?!


Winning Wheels Spa

January 2013

Winning Wheels Complementary Therapy

Winning Wheels has expanded its Complementary Therapy program with the addition of a new Spa Room. The spa features an accessible whirlpool tub, a massage table, a wall-mounted flat panel TV and a stereo system. This relaxing atmosphere is the perfect setting for hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and Reiki massage treatments that assist with contracture management, pain management and stress relief.

One resident said of the Spa Room, "My legs wouldn't be the same without it. I look forward to using the whirlpool tub every week and it makes me feel so relaxed. It keeps me comfortable from week to week along with my medicine." Undoubtedly, this program enhancement has led to greater outcomes and improved quality of life.


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