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June 29, 2017 Wellness Center new at Pleasantview
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Pleasantview has a new Wellness Center for its Independent Living residents. The Wellness Center features several pieces of exercise equipment specifically chosen to help older individuals maintain their strength, fitness and overall health. It features a weight machine where residents are able to do a variety of weight exercises at increments of just 2.5 lbs. It also features a Nu-Step machine designed to maintain and improve arm and leg movement.

“We are very excited about this new exercise space,” said David Heusinkveld, Pleasantview’s Executive Director. “We had a place for our residents to exercise before, but it was in an older part of our main building. The new Wellness Center is connected to the Friendship Center. That is the large community room for the residents in our houses. The location could not be more convenient. Plus it has much better light and air circulation.”

Installing the Wellness Center required a new interior entrance to the Friendship Center. The new entrance is near the entrance to Pleasantview’s Miller Chapel. “We did not anticipate the visual impact of that new entrance,” said Heusinkveld, “but the residents love it. Frankly I do too. It looks great.” Along with the new entrance Pleasantview installed a new door alarm system that has greatly reduced instances where the alarm goes off accidentally.

Towards the end of the renovation, Pleasantview decided to install a new, large flat screen TV. Much to their surprise that one small change had an equally big impact. “We can download lots of different exercise programs,” said Jennifer Bennett, Pleasantview’s Village Life Coordinator. “The chaplain can even download music for Bible studies and prayer groups. Plus the new TV is bigger and has better sound. It is so much easier for residents to hear and see.”

Heusinkveld credits the community for bringing about all these improvements. “The funds to pay for these changes came from our Benefit Sale last November,” he said. “This happened because of everyone who volunteered at the sale, or who made a contribution or purchase there. They are the main reason all this was possible.”

“And a huge thanks to all our residents!” interjected Bennett. “We had an open house on June 24. They did so much to make it happen. We have a few homes available, and I know when someone moves into one, it will be because our residents told them how much they like it here. And they do. They are awesome!”

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