The rehab tree

This 2017 holiday season, the rehabilitation team at Alderwood Manor in Spokane, Washington, took Christmas decorating to a whole new level.


The activities and housekeeping directors set up a pre-lit Christmas tree in the rehab gym with plans to decorate it in its holiday finest.


“Well, that day, as the demands of our resident needs scurried them away to attend to the quality of care we deliver, the rehab elves promptly and ingenuously donned the tree with fun and creativity,” said Sandra Sanders, director of rehab. “As evening approached, therapists trimmed the tree with their ideas of holiday delights that make their delivery of skilled therapy services so enjoyable.”


What were these delightful ornaments?


Ace wrap, Therabands, transfer status bands, extended shoe horns, sports cords, sock aids, a urinal, a bed pan, reachers, back scratchers, goniometers, orthotics, stacking cones, exercise balls, canes, stethoscopes and the educational skeleton!


The outrageous tree has generated many a giggle as fellow associates and residents view the work of the creative team. The artistic elves were Kate Ledgerwood, Dawn Brekke and Don Reiman, physical therapists; Angie Brayton, physical therapist assistant; Karli Brumfield, occupational therapist assistant; Melanie Powell, occupational therapist; and Brandi Stiffle, tech.


“We have a great team here at Alderwood Manor,” said Sanders. “Humor is just one facet to their professional skills and delivery of Whatever It Takes And Then Some!”