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which will be used in the program.

Music & Memory works because the brain ties music to memory. Music can help the listener reconnect, regain social skills and live more fully. It can provide pleasure to people with advanced dementia, and music can offer an enjoyable activity for people in dialysis, on vent or bed-bound. It has been known to increase cooperation and attention and to reduce resistance to care. Music also can reduce agitation, enhance engagement, foster a calmer social environment, and provide a tool for reducing reliance on anti-psychotic medications.

ProStep also provides occupational and speech therapies to outpatients who are able to access the facility from an entrance separate from the nursing home. A full range of physical therapies also are available to outpatients. While Willowdale/ ProStep are experts in geriatrics, they have assisted patients as young as 4 years old and every age in between— people who have been injured at work, in car accidents, playing sports, or who suffer from chronic conditions.

Willowdale/ProStep accepts most insurance plans. To find out more about insurance plans accepted or the facilities in general, call 898-5706. Voelker reminds people that they have the right to choose where they get their therapy services. A person might have been treated for an injury at a hospital in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac or elsewhere, but if rehabilitation would be more convenient in New Holstein, they should let their doctor know that.

And for those patients who have to stay

for a few days or longer at Willowdale, Jacobs said they will be pleased to know that the facility has obtained an unheard of pain rating of 0 percent during the last quarter. “What it means is we’re managing pain well,” Voelker said. “It’s a real focus for us here.”

The staff at Willowdale also focuses on preventing infections, another aspect which is measured and on which Willowdale scores well.

The facility also has two wound care certified nurses on staff. The staff is experienced, friendly, and promotes a family atmosphere. “We grew up here,” said Voelker, who along with Jacobs are New Holstein natives and were classmates at New Holstein High School. “I feel like my reputation is on the line.”

Many of the staff members at Willowdale are involved in other activities in New Holstein, Kiel and other local communities—including Jacobs being the current president of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce—and they also put a strong emphasis on educating and assisting the general public through workshops, classes, and other educational sessions. Willowdale even continues to offer its longtime tradition of Friday afternoon happy hours.

Willowdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center clearly is not what people remember nursing homes being 20 or 30 years ago. They invite everyone to stop by to see that for themselves.

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