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Sweet Memorial Nursing Home to Showcase Remodeled Facility


March 11, 2020

The Sweet Nursing Home has made tremendous improvements recently including and extensive remodel of the Sweet Physical Therapy wing. Above left: Physical Therapist Assistant Carmen VanVoast assists patient Lisa Baldik with her therapy at a session this week.

To mark the opening of their newly remodeled physical therapy space and to showcase what they offer, the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home (SMNH) will hold a Grand Re-Opening event on Wednesday, March 25 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Sweet Home Administrator Rebecca Shackelford, who has been on the job since December, invites the community to come out to see the facility, to enjoy cookies and punch, and to meet and visit with the physical therapist and his staff.

Physical Therapist Christopher Jenness, known as CJ, will be available to answer questions and to describe the restorative care options available to potential patients. Department assistants Carmen Van Voast and Lindsey O'Brecht, who split the week and their time at the SMNH, will also be on hand to share information.

Shackelford expressed pride in the remodel, which involved combining the old physical therapy space and the activities department to create room for ellipticals, treadmills, arm bikes, parallel bars, NuStep trainers, and weight machines.

The crew at Sweet Physical Therapy include L-R - Physical Therapist Christopher "CJ" Jenness, Physical Therapy Assistant Carmen VanVoast and Sweet Home Administrator Rebecca Shackleford.

This equipment not only helps residents of the Home to age actively but also provides nonresidents with an option for access to professional services when they are recovering from an injury, surgery, joint replacement, or cardiac event.

"Our new space won't just benefit our residents. It will potentially bring patients to the facility because it offers another avenue for use. People with a physician's prescription won't need to drive all the way to Havre for rehabilitation services and restorative care," Shackelford stated. "They can receive that care closer to home during a time when recovery should be their focus."

The resident's social events and leisure activities, which previously shared space at the Home, will now take place in a new addition, which is almost complete. This dedicated space will alleviate any potential facility use conflicts.

Anyone with questions about the Grand Re-Opening or wishing to make an appointment for physical therapy should call SMNH at 357-2549.


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