Nursing Home Residents Regain Independence through Restorative Program

New York resident Keefe Gorman is an accomplished skier and financial professional for Merrill Lynch. In addition to his work with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman plays an active role in his community. He previously served on the board of directors for the Reconstruction Home, a nonprofit nursing care facility in Ithaca. The facility offers a number of enrichment opportunities for residents, such the New Beginnings restorative nursing program.

New Beginnings strives to promote the independence of residents and alter the perception that nursing homes are “the end of the line.” Designed for individuals who recently lost the ability to perform daily living tasks on their own as a result of disease or age-related conditions, the program focuses on returning individuals to a level of physical functioning and preventing the deterioration of daily living skills and activities.

Additionally, New Beginnings can benefit residents who exhibit behaviors such as crying and aimless wandering. By increasing their ability to perform basic living tasks residents previously did for themselves for years, the program allows them to regain self-esteem and dignity.

To learn more about the New Beginnings program and other Reconstruction House services, visit the facility’s website at ithacanet.org/Orgs/Reconstruction.

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