Hebrew Rehabilitation Center takes great pride in offering a variety of exercise programs for seniors. Backed by research, our exercise programs allow seniors to achieve goals that foster independence and help them live vibrant lives. Our staff is highly trained and experienced in all facets of exercise and make a commitment to enriching the lives of the seniors in our care.

Supervised Gym-Based Exercises – Circle of Fitness Program

Patients in our Chronic Care Program are appropriate for the Circle of Fitness program if they are interested and able to participate in 45 minutes or more of supervised gym-based exercise 2-3 times per week. The primary goal of the program is to preserve the functional independence of patients through a program of progressive muscle strengthening exercise complimented by cardiovascular endurance exercise. Exercise prescription and progression for each individual is overseen by an experienced Circle of Fitness Exercise Therapist. Patients who require safe patient handling devices and/or external supports to participate in exercise may also benefit from Circle of Fitness.

Seated Muscle Strengthening Exercises – RUBEX Program

Chronic Care Program patients are enrolled in the RUBEX (Rubinstein Unit-Based Exercise) program if they are able to tolerate 15-30 minutes of seated muscle strengthening exercise 1-2 times per week in a group setting on their floors/households. The goal of this program is restorative in nature and provides progressive muscle strengthening exercise to help preserve functional strength and perhaps reduce the risk of falls. Exercise progression for each individual is overseen by the RUBEX Coordinator.

Cardiovascular Exercises – NuStep Program

Chronic Care Program patients are referred to the NuStep program on their floor/household if they are able to tolerate 15 minutes or less of exercise. The primary goal of the NuStep program is to get the patients moving and provide cardiovascular exercise. Patients with higher levels of fitness may also use the NuStep on their floors/households at an advanced workload and for longer periods of time throughout the week for increased cardiovascular endurance.

Walking Program

Chronic Care Program patients are considered appropriate for a walking program on their floors/households if they are able to walk short distances with staff supervision, using contact guard assistance as needed, 1-2 times per day. Patients who are able to walk independently may need encouragement to increase their level of activity and would benefit from participation in the walking program. A physical therapy referral may help if there is a question of appropriateness or the capability of a patient to be able to participate in the walking program.