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Proper nutrition is essential to restore and retain health during the brain injury rehabilitation process. Our registered dietitian assesses the nutritional needs of each person served to maintain safe swallowing, address medical needs, and maximize nutritional status. Persons served also receive ongoing nutrition education while at On With Life to promote wellness following discharge. Our registered dietitian works closely with our culinary training chefs to provide outstanding meals that meet the needs of the people we serve.
On With Life offers a unique service in our Peer Mentor program. Our peer mentor offers a different perspective to our persons served as he is someone who himself has had a brain injury. Our peer mentor meets persons served on a regular basis to discuss and address and wide range of topics. He also facilitates a weekly Laughter Yoga session and Family Support Group.
A beautiful chapel is centrally located within On With Life to provide a quiet and contemplative area for individuals and their families. Regularly scheduled services by our Chaplain, arrangements for clergy visits and support for continued participation in spiritual activities are made as requested. On With Life is committed to a holistic approach that addresses not only the clinical needs of each individual, but also his/her spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial needs.
Vocational needs are evaluated using information gathered from the person served, family members, clinical assessments and psychological testing. Whenever feasible, pertinent work experiences and skills are woven into the therapeutic program. Referrals to Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) for post-discharge vocational services are initiated, as appropriate.
On With Life is proud to offer pet therapy as a service to our persons served in all of our programs in Ankeny and Glenwood. The impact of therapy animals is profound, from offering companionship to real medical benefits. Pets and their owners work together to provide comfort, companionship and enjoyment to our persons served and their families. For more information, visit our Pet Therapy page.