Evenglow wellness gym, physical therapy enhances senior ministry


Tanya Gensler and Pat Shoemaker take advantage of Evenglow Lodge’s therapy room renovation.By Kathy Alexander
Evenglow Lodge
“I am an 86 year old Evenglow resident who found it increasingly difficult stepping off curbs ... I soon learned the local stadium bleachers do not have hand rails to assist climbing to a seat…Wellness Director Amy Bomarito developed an exercise routine for me using the new wellness gym’s…excellent machines. Now, I can step off curbs without fearing a fall. I can climb the school bleachers [to watch my grandchildren’s games] with very little assistance. I am free to use the gym at any time. I feel so grateful!” – Janet Lindsay
Natural lighting abounds in the wellness gym. Residents who do not require specialized therapy are frequent users of the cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Silver Sneakers circuit classes also meet here. Fresh towels, refreshing water, and wood laminate flooring add to the spa atmosphere.
In addition to wellness, physical therapy is an important component of Evenglow’s ministry of providing services for older adults. Updates are now complete for that area, too.
A colorful wall mural of Pontiac’s swinging bridge makes the newly redecorated physical therapy room a much more inviting space, as do attractive flooring, brighter lighting, and new equipment. Residents say the cheerful surroundings make the therapy feel easier.
Rooms redecorated with arts and crafts style furniture add to the comfortable atmosphere for residents needing short-term physical therapy before returning home after a hospital stay.
There is plenty of seating for visitors to share a private meal with the resident in their room.

Evenglow is able to make enhancements like these and maintain EAGLE accreditation because of our dedicated staff, board, volunteers, and financial supporters. For information on giving opportunities, contact Mark Hovren, CEO, or Kathy Alexander, development, at 815-844-6131.
(Evenglow Lodge is one of 10 Golden Cross agencies. For more information on Golden Cross ministries, visit www.igrc.org/goldencross).