KONA, Hawaii – On Nov. 17-18, 2012, eight therapists from the Hawaii Region of Life Care Centers of America attended the training and certification workshop for the BIG component of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment.
Jenny Tuccitto, physical therapist, led the training, certifying physical therapists Kristen Vail, Darrell Jing and Kristen Halsan from Ka Punawai Ola in Kapolei. Three therapists from Life Care Center of Hilo and two from Life Care Center of Hilo also attended.
The BIG program addresses movement and self-care abilities, primarily for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, but also for those with multiple sclerosis, multiple-system atrophy or cerebral vascular accidents.
BIG reduces the risk of falls, improves patients’ abilities to complete daily activities and helps them enjoy activities that are meaningful for them and their families.
“I had seen amazing results from the patients treated in our facility by previous certified therapists,” said Jennifer Hulen, rehab services manager and physical therapist at Life Care Center of Kona. “The patients were so pleased with the results, and I wanted to learn this successful technique.”
Hulen added, “I have already treated two people since the class, with excellent results.”
For more information about BIG therapy at Ka Punawai Ola, please call the therapy department at (808) 674-9262.
Ka Punawai Ola, located at 91-575 Farrington Highway, is one of four skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Hawaii operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.
Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tenn., Life Care operates or manages more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com