NPMC Participate in Community Kindness Project

NPMC Therapy Staff Provides Patients Opportunity to Brighten Up the Community

Patients in Rehabilitation Therapy at National Park Medical Center recently spent a Friday painting and hiding colorful, creative rocks as part of a community kindness project which has taken Hot Springs residents by storm.

“We always try to have a Friday Fun Day because the rest of the week with all the exercise we do for upper and lower body strength can get monotonous,” said Desiree Quinn, Occupational Therapy Assistant. “On Fridays, we incorporate all of the things we work on during the week into a project or game.

“I’ve seen several of these painted rocks different places around town and thought this would be a fun project for our patients this week.”

The morning was spent painting the rocks bright colors, complete with “NPMC” and “Spa City Rocks!” on each one, which worked on patients’ fine motor skills. That afternoon, patients went outside into the beautiful early fall weather to hide their rocks for others to find.

“This part worked on their skills using wheelchairs, walking, bending – everything that we work on during the week,” said LariAnne Bowlin, physical therapy assistant.

The project is two-fold according to Quinn.

“Not only is this giving our patients something fun to do, but it will bring joy to others visiting our hospital,” she said. “In what may be a difficult time for them, this may be what brightens their day.”

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