The Importance of Exercise in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care

At The Lafayette, we provide valuable and sometimes essential services to our residents when they can no longer fully take care of themselves. Our activities are designed to provide opportunities for our residents to remain social through events and programs put in place by our Activities Seated workoutDirector—a trained professional in the field. Where appropriate, these activities go a step further and include exercise programs to help our residents stay physically fit and healthy. We offer exercise classes specifically geared toward the people in the age range of our residents; many of these exercises can be done while sitting, even from a wheelchair.

As the body ages, muscle tissue and bone naturally break down—which is what makes some of our long term care residents more fragile and increasingly likely to be injured during their exercise routines, something we guard against and strive to prevent. Regular strength-maintenance routines—even at a low level—as well as aerobic exercises can help preserve both muscle function and bone structure. This type of exercise can help against the onset of age-related diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Resident assembling flowersWhen developing a fitness program for our residents, we keep in mind equipment and programs that fit the unique circumstances of the resident, their likes and dislikes, and the specific activities they find enhance their quality of life. For our rehabilitation patients, our professionally trained rehab staff gauges the right amount of resistance to strengthen muscles while not placing too much weight or stress on the joints.

Exercise, even at a moderate level, remains one of the pillars of regular activity for our rehabilitation patients and long term care residents.

Fit and happy

Events and Activities

activitiesProviding a healthy, stimulating and comfortable living environment for our residents is one of our main motivations at The Lafayette. We understand from decades of experience that all residents have different needs and comfort zones, and we work hard to make sure each resident receives the care, nurturing and opportunities for entertainment that's appropriate.

Our activities programs are specifically designed to enrich, support and maximize the quality of life for each Resident. Our activities program fills the entire day with positive experiences through activities including:

  • Reminiscence Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Exercise Programs
  • "Failure Free" Activities