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LIMA — Renovated suites and upgraded fitness equipment are open at Baton Rouge Health Services Community, and an open house was held Tuesday to showcase the new facilities. The assisted-living area was redesigned to create nine new HomeWard Therapy Suites for short-term medical care after surgery or illness.“We're also focusing very much on choices in care,” said Sherri Winegardner, vice president of clinical services. “It's mimicking more of a home environment, hotel-level amenities, but letting them have choices about timing for medications.”Winegardner said patients are able to schedule therapy and other medical needs according to their schedule. The suites include a private bathroom and bedroom, separate from a living area, and are designed to provide needed medical attention for rehabilitation in an independent setting.Sherri O'Neal, vice president of Business Development and Public Services, said the fitness center also received an update with new equipment.“What we did was we brought in all new Nautilus fitness equipment and it's actually equipment that's very usable,” she said.Instead of adding weights, the exercise machines use dials to adjust resistance. The fitness center is geared toward adults who may want a different environment or nearby medical amenities and is open to the public. Membership costs $180 a year or $20 a month and includes a customized fitness plan and nutrition consultation. The gym is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. O'Neal said those who tried the equipment at a private open house Monday were pleased with the equipment and thought the machines worked well.“Everybody has been absolutely thrilled,” she said.O'Neal said about $400,000 was invested into the entire project and local contractors were used for much of it. HomeWard Therapy Suites and the Nautilus Fitness Center are both located at Baton Rouge Health Services Community of Lima, at 2440 Baton Rouge Ave.

Baton Rouge Health Services showcases new facilities

Baton Rouge Health Services showcases new facilities

Baton Rouge Health Services showcases new facilities
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