The Other Side of 50 April 2013

Western Slope Health Center offers special care

By From page OSF6 | April 24, 2013

At Western Slope Health Center in Placerville the personnel offer a variety of recreational activities for residents to participate in daily.

These activities and events play an important role in the therapeutic healing process. A positive and uplifting atmosphere can set the tone for a resident’s stay. When residents are not working hard in the gym with the awarding winning rehabilitation therapy team, there is a long list of daily activities to join.

Western Slope Health Center specializes activities to match the capabilities and needs of each resident by creating individual plans of care.

These activities include dominos, conventional bingo, outdoor gardening class, family support group, therapeutic animal visits, veteran’s events, cooking classes, church services, social parties, arts/crafts, happy hour, community outings and more.  Family members are strongly encouraged to participate in all recreational events and activities.

The outdoor gardening class is ideal for residents to soak up the sun and get their hands dirty. Western Slope Health Center is nestled up in the hills surrounded by pine trees offering a refreshing environment to garden in. The residents enjoy the garden from spring to fall. In the spring, the garden provides fresh cut flowers for the flower arranging classes. During the fall, residents benefit from the pumpkin patch, and get to pick out their own pumpkins for decorating. Last year the Western Slope garden produced 35 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

Arts and Crafts is always a popular recreational event at Western Slope Health Center. This is not the typical camp style arts and crafts. Many of the residents are talented accomplished artist in their own right. There is a large selection of different classes for residents to express their artistic talents. Many of these classes are taught by local artists who enjoy giving back to the community. Watercolor, oil painting, jewelry, pottery, holiday crafts and crocheting are just a few. All classes are free of charge and residents get to keep everything they create.

Going out into the community is an essential part of the recreational events. Residents enjoy going to Red Hawk to eat at the buffet and gamble at their leisure. Other frequented locations are local restaurants and shops, along with Apple Hill.

Social parties and happy hour are always well attended recreational events that residents look forward to. Happy hour is a special time once a week when residents have the opportunity to enjoy a cold alcoholic beverage. Residents who have permission from their medical professional are allowed to select from the Western Slope in-house bar. Residents can enjoy everything from bloody Marys to a cool crisp beer. Happy hour is not all about the drinks, many residents come for the social aspect and bingo. Special snacks and sodas are also provided to all that attend. This time of the week is a wonderful opportunity for many family members and residents to spend quality time together.

To learn more about Western Slope Health Center call 530-622-6842.

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