Special Therapy Programs
Teresian House therapy staff have contributed to the Resident Centered Care Concept by using their expertise to develop several innovative house-wide programs.
This weekly program was designed by our Director of Rehabilitation and uses real drums and a repertoire of motivating rhythmic songs to provide residents with both physical and mental exercise. Teresian House has proudly shared this program with several local facilities and provided presentations on the value of this program.
Folk Music and Movement
This weekly exercise program was developed by our Occupational Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation to promote exercise and movement using fun and predictable songs such as “Shoo Fly”, “Workin’ on the Railroad” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
Annual WheelChair Superbowl
This year marked the fourth annual resident flag football game held in honor of Superbowl Sunday. Physical Therapy selects players in wheelchairs who are assisted/pushed by staff. A resident and staff cheerleading squad performs a half time show choreographed by Occupational Therapy. The game is complete with the National Anthem, Coin Toss, Commentators, Gatorade, Trophies and a surprising amount of competitive spirit!
This intergenerational theatrical program was created by our Speech Language Pathologist to provide residents who are working on specific communication goals with a motivating venue to work towards. Residents participate in story lines and songs while educating children about the needs of the elderly and helping them to see that nursing homes are breaking away from the negative stigma that is typically associated with them.
Pine Bush Gardening Club
In conjunction with the Albany Pine Bush, Teresian House has been maintaining a wheelchair accessible native species garden on the premises to provide residents with an exciting way to contribute to the environment and to work on functional skills for planting seedlings, watering them until they reach planting height, weeding, planting, and watering the garden. This program also includes an annual slide show and educational presentation for all residents, given by the Education Program Director of the Albany Pine Bush.