DELPHOS — The Parkinson’s Activity and Rehabilitation Klinic Program at Vancrest of Delphos had two events to celebrate Friday, being awarded a $2,000 grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation of Ohio and the 30th anniversary of the program.
Bob Kann, a semi-retired physical therapist, began the program in 1988, he said. The program teaches Parkinson’s patients how to get in and out of bed, sit down in a chair and stand up and other everyday activities people without Parkinson’s take for granted, he said.
“We do this stuff so you can learn to be independent,” Kann said to PARK group members and their families while showing them how to efficiently and safely recline on a bed and get back to their feet.
“What makes it work so well here is there’s no cost to residents,” said Mick Murphy, Vancrest of Delphos administrator. “(Kann’s) focus is on daily functioning skills and the group environment itself. I think the group helps them not feel so alone while dealing with Parkinson’s.”
Murphy said the grant will be used to offset the cost of giving program members copies of the PARK book, which details exercises members can do at home. The grant will also be used to purchase video recording equipment to capture how group members move at home for analysis during meetings.
The PARK program group meets at Vancrest of Delphos at 1:30 p.m. every Friday.