Expanding exercise

IVH physical therapy patients to benefit from donated gift

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS
IVH resident Bucky Bean enjoys using the donated cross trainer, and said it’s convenient and good for building muscle while in physical therapy.

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS IVH resident Bucky Bean enjoys using the donated cross trainer, and said it’s convenient and good for building muscle while in physical therapy.

“It’s a great machine, it helps me lose weight and tone muscle.”

Iowa Veterans Home resident Bucky Bean is one of several residents who will benefit from a new piece of fitness equipment in the home’s physical therapy wing, a cross trainer that allows patients to engage both their upper- and lower bodies.

The machine was purchased via a donation from Casey’s General Stores and associated charities. The total donated to the IVH in December 2016 was $6,115, of which $5,885 went to purchase the new equipment.

“It let’s them use their arms and legs at the same time and change the resistance,” said Amanda Kalinay, IVH physical therapist, of the machine. “It has easy access for [patients] to get off and on.”

Additionally, she said the new cross trainer has a much higher weight capacity than similar equipment already at the IVH, meaning more veterans will be able to perform such exercises.

“We’ve had the need for at least a couple years,” Kalinay said.

This is not the first time the IVH has benefited from Casey’s donations.

“In December of 2015 we [Casey’s management] chose the Iowa Veterans Home and we raised some money and donated a lot of clothing items,” said Cindi Summers, Casey’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, adding the company annually meets to talk donations.

She said the success of the previous donation, which also included Christmas gifts for the residents, prompted Casey’s Human Resource Training Specialist Paula Wantiez to “take it up a notch,” culminating to the recent exercise equipment donation.

Both Summers and Wantiez grew up in Marshalltown, and the latter has a personal connection with the veterans home.

“My father lived her from 1984 until his passing in 1988,” Wantiez said. “Knowing the needs of the residents, it was something I’m very passionate about.”

The remainder of the donated funds will go toward an upcoming garden box project on the IVH campus.

For more information on the Iowa Veterans Home, go to ivh.iowa.gov

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Contact Adam Sodders at (641) 753-6611 or asodders@timesrepublican.com