There’s a hidden gem located along a tree-lined street on the campus of Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) in Lakeland, FL. That gem is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym located in the McArthur Center, adjacent to the Porter McGrath Building on Lakeside Avenue. The gym is one component of an active wellness program that is open to both FPH residents and rehab referrals.
Just ask Dan Hoover, a 74-year-old Lakeland resident who uses the gym about three days per week and has found it to be just the right prescription for his own cardiac rehabilitation.
“The equipment in this gym is far better than most other rehab facilities,” said Hoover, who experienced a heart attack in 2003 and had a stent placed in 2016 due to a blocked artery. “I started at FPH’s gym this past April when my former cardiac rehab location closed down. I tried a few gyms around town before I found the FPH gym, but nothing compared. The FPH wellness program provides me with everything I need to rehab – from personalized attention to a wider range of rehab equipment.”
FPH’s gym houses HUR strength equipment, which is designed to provide older adults with a total body workout. The gym has cardio-specific equipment, such as treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes, recumbent bikes, NuStep and row machines.
There’s also a simple SMART card system so program members can personalize their workouts according to their individual rehab needs, track their progress and report performance.
“The wellness director, Alison Kennedy, takes time to create an individualized plan for each person” said Hoover. “She does a great job. She reviews your health history, tells you what machines will help you and monitors your progress, adjusting as you go.” Kennedy collaborates with the physical therapists in FPH’s rehabilitation dept. to make sure the wellness program is in line with what patients need as they move from inpatient therapy to outpatient recovery.
Hoover said his insurance initially paid for 36 visits of cardiac rehab, but he is now on his own to pay for services out of pocket. His doctor recommended he try the program at Florida Presbyterian Homes. “I know how important it is to continue my rehab,” said Hoover. “The FPH program is less expensive than other gyms and the atmosphere is friendlier. The hours are great, and everyone is courteous and works together.”
In addition to Hoover’s concerns about heart health, he also experiences pain due to arthritis and bursitis in his hip. “My doctor said, ‘Don’t you dare quit going to the gym. Exercise is what’s helping your pain, and if you don’t do it, the pain will get worse’,” said Hoover. He agrees with his doctor and feels much better after working out. Hoover even plans to increase his workouts to 4 or 5 times per week in the coming year. “They’ve got an excellent program over there. It’s a true gem.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the wellness program at Florida Presbyterian Homes, visit the Wellness page on the FPH website or contact Alison Kennedy, MS, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (863) 577- 6022.
811 Lakeside Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803
Gym Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 7:30am – 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Wellness Program Membership Fee
A monthly membership fee of $20 includes the use of the gym equipment, wellness workshops AND group exercise classes. All members must sign a waiver/release and policy & procedure form before joining the gym. New members are encouraged to schedule a gym orientation on proper use of the HUR equipment and SMART card system. Personal Training is available upon request. Please check with the wellness director on cost and availability.