Soul therapy Rehab patients to relearn entering exiting car

first_imgRehab patients at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will soon no longer need to trudge out to the parking lot to practice entering and exiting a vehicle. Instead, they’ll just head to the rehab unit’s outdoor patio and slide into the seats of the Kia Soul parked three stories up.Dick Hannah Kia donated the compact car and, with the help of a NessCampbell Crane and Rigging crew, the vehicle was raised and lowered into its new home on Wednesday afternoon. The crane crew hoisted the car from the hospital’s north parking lot, swung it over the Mother Joseph Building and lowered it into place on the third-floor patio on the south side of the building — all within about 15 minutes.The crane was on-site already as PeaceHealth Southwest undergoes an air-duct replacement project in the Mother Joseph Building. But the aerial delivery of the vehicle attracted spectators who crowded in front of windows with a view of the patio.Having the car within the rehab unit increases accessibility for patients. Many patients are dealing with limited mobility or are forced to relearn how to do everyday tasks, such as entering and exiting a vehicle, said Rachel Corey, a physical therapist at PeaceHealth Southwest.Currently, the rehab staff relies on office furniture to simulate a vehicle or they call on patient family members to bring vehicles to the hospital parking lot for patients to practice their new skills, Corey said. With the Kia donation, however, patients will be able to practice on the real thing, parked under a cover on the patio.last_img