Healthcare

Healthcare

BodyWise Dance designs movement classes to meet the physical and emotional needs of patients and caregivers in hospitals, day centers, assisted and independent living residences.

Caregiver Training: movement interventions in healthcare settings

A METLife study has proven that people who experience artistic engagement (especially dance) while in a hospital setting ask for less pain medication and nursing assistance, heal faster, and have a lower case of recidivism. People with intellectual and physical disability who participate in BodyWise Dance programs report:

Mr. K's shoes

Mr. K: artist and dancer living at the DC VA Medical Center

  • ELEVATED MOOD
  • ENHANCED MEMORY
  • INCREASED PHYSICAL INDEPENDENCE
  • FALL REDUCTION
  • BETTER DIGESTION AND DEEPER SLEEP
  • INCREASED ABILITY TO PERFORM ACTIVITIES FOR DAILY LIVING
Learn simple movement interventions for one-on-one and small group sessions. Focus on ways to personally improve patient-centered care. Understand adaptations for people with Alzheimer’s and other neurocognitive diagnosis, hearing and visually impairment, and physical limitations.
Who is this training for?
VISN 3 Symposium

Training VA medical professionals

Healthcare professionals > physicians, nurses, gerontologists, and healthcare administrators

Ability service providers > direct-care staff, activity directors, volunteers, administrators

Arts and humanities professionals > artists, arts administrators, art therapists

Family > friends, caregiving support networks

Leaders > in age-friendly and faith-based communities, parish nursing, activists

Veteran’s and military service agencies > individuals, and networks

Breather: a class for caregivers

Healthy movement strategies are essential for our caregivers. Taking time to refresh the body and imagination improves overall outlook, stamina and job satisfaction. In this class, caregivers learn how to incorporate relaxing stretches, strength exercises and breathing techniques throughout their work day so that they can take good care of themselves while providing the best possible care for others. *Currently offered at DC Metro VA Medical Center.

Move, Learn, Create

This dance class encourages Increased mobility, social engagement and rhythmic accuracy. Featuring social dance styles, popular music, conversation, and hand-to-hand partnering, the class is a well-paced and refreshing experience for elders age roughly 80 – 100 with limited physical ability and neurocognitive diagnosis. Using both follow-the-leader and inquiry-based approaches, instructors brings participants into the world a dancer; mastering movement and making unique dances together. Caregivers often join the class to both learn about their patients and enjoy the benefits of dancing themselves. *Currently offered at Knollwood Military Retirement Residence and MVLE.

Shibashi Tai Chi > Mindful Movement

Together, we cycle through a series of 18 upper body movements refined from the Tai Chi tradition. Participants may either stand or sit, depending on comfort and strength. Through these slow, centered movements, we relax and learn to concentrate visually and mentally, while controlling our breath, improving posture, circulation, and metabolism. *Currently offered at DC Metro VA Medical Center.