Instagram post 17857523899874617 Buying some Porto’s to our wonderful Heroes in the facility! Loving one another and giving them comfort food during this unprecedented time. #ensigntherapy #capliconation #physicaltherapy #frontliner #weareinittogether❤️
Instagram post 17854744598394672 On this, the longest night of the year, along with our nursing-home family, we remember the light of our residents and colleagues lost to COVID.  #capliconation #werememberthem
Instagram post 17962807906037865 Our Ensign Dragon Jersey! Ready for the competition! #capliconation #ensigntherapy #ensigndragons #ensign #dragonboatfestival #longbeach
Instagram post 17975420005092042 TGIF @ Brookfield Healthcare Center #teambrookfield #capliconation
Instagram post 17867922521250981 Cara Koepsel, M.S., CCC-SLP, CTO, DOR, Golden Acres Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX shares "We wanted to share with you all this amazing new addition to Golden Acres. Below are pictures of the sensory room we just finished building from the funds received from a CMP grant we applied for back in February. ⁠
This sensory room will tap into the five senses of our residents and hopefully give them a sense of peace, allow them to reminisce on better days, and decrease behaviors associated with the progressing stages of dementia. Having this room in our therapy gym will allow us to touch so many lives and truly give our patients a reason to live! They can come to the room to smell a scent pod of fresh-baked bread in the air; play with the textures on the tactile wall panels; and, as pictured, enjoy holding one of our many vibrating bunnies! We are so excited to bring this idea to life in our building to provide the best dementia care possible to our residents. It brought tears to my eyes as my therapists and I watched our first residents experience this room today. It's what we all needed.⁠
These CMP grants can do such wonderful things for our residents and our programming in our buildings. Please reach out to me or our awesome grant committee lead, Stephanie Winkler, if you'd like more information on how to apply for a grant for your building!"
Instagram post 17930651833092886 Ensign Dragons our official Ensign therapy corporate team for dragon boat. #capliconation #ensigntherapy #dragonboat
Instagram post 17871894926183969 Lindsey Callahan RN, Director of Nursing, Pinnacle Nursing and Rehab, Price, UT shares "Recently, I walked into the Therapy Gym and Derrick Stanger, COTA, was working with a resident who has dementia and sometimes has difficulty following directions of the task that therapy is having him complete. Derrick had a box full of rocks and was having the resident brush the rocks, looking for fossils. The resident was focused and enjoying what he was doing. ⁠
When this resident was younger, he was the lead of several archaeological digs that found dinosaur bones and fossils. He is well-known in our area. He even consulted with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park.⁠
Shoutout to the therapy department for thinking outside the box and individualizing therapy to each resident."
Instagram post 17888187406272056 Halloween at Vista Knoll Specialized Care in Vista #capliconation
Instagram post 18157495756098644 Jacob Barnes, CTO/TPM, Park Avenue Health & Rehabilitation, Tucson, AZ shares "Joncie Patterson, PT with Park Avenue, is always looking at ways to show support and love and improve the quality of life of our staff and residents. Prior to Christmas, Joncie spent hours working on unique arrangements, which included tea cups with tea bags, wine glasses with spider plants, and potted plants. Joncie also brought homemade baked goods, and I must say they were delish! Even adding the classic holiday movie “Elf” was just another small way to help people smile in spite of the pandemic. We are blessed to have Joncie finding ways to help us lift our spirits during these unprecedented times."
Instagram post 17946054064045320 Had a great lunch 😉 #brookfieldteam #teambtookfield #capliconation
Instagram post 17858737466381053 Denise Del Cano, COTA/ADOR and Martha Ramirez, Activities Director, have revisited and re-instituted the National Days Calendar to support our cluster’s rallying call to add color and meaning to the lives of our facility’s residents. Martha’s creative and innovative activity strategies will be complemented and augmented by Denise’s occupational therapy background to come up with individually modified and designed activities for fun-filled, month-long events.  The Hills Post Acute kicked off this month with a pie-eating contest for staff and residents. is a virtual meeting place for therapists working with or interested in careers at Ensign-affiliated facilities.

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Celebrating our Patient’s Success 

This is our skilled rehab patient, Mr. Hammond. He has been at our facility for two weeks for a broken hip. He made good progress and reached his goals just in time for his 88th birthday. Our rehab department  went out and got him a card and a pecan pie (his favorite) to celebrate his birthday, which happened to be the same day as his last therapy session. Our entire gym surprised him and sang happy birthday which brought him to tears. He said, “Thank you for making me feel so special on my birthday.”

Submitted by Larissa Osio MS, OTR/L, DOR, Granite Creek Health and Rehabilitation, Prescott, AZ