Outlook Group Newsletter

March 2015

•  Monthly Meeting: Monday, March 9


•  Monthly Meeting Recap   Strokes: Prevention, Rehabilitation & Possibilites
•  Abilities Expo   Wheelchair 5-Point Tune-up Day
Community Accessible Recreation Programs   City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department
•  HEARTS Therapeutic Equestrian Center   •  Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Programs
•  Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara   Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures


Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) provides the Outlook Group Newsletter as a community service. CRH does not endorse any resources or activities listed that are not sponsored by Cottage Health System, rather this information is provided for informational purposes only.


Monday, March 9 Monthly Potluck Meeting
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Pilgrim Terrace Cooperative Homes Activity Center
649 Pilgrim Terrace Dr.
(across from La Cumbre Middle School on Modoc)

REMEMBER: We are a potluck group! Your Food Donations are always accepted and appreciated!


PRESENTER: Bonnie Elliot and Kathleen Riel, Program Manager ILRC


How prepared are you for the next emergency be it a personal one or some sort of disaster? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Those with disabilities can have an active role in CERT. They will discuss the upcoming class being presented by the ILRC. The CERT course is 24 hours long. It can be done over several weeks or a full weekend.



February Meeting Recap

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, we had sweet treats for our sweet ones. We lovingly thank and appreciate all those treats. It was wonderful to have Lad and Linda back with us. It has been quite a long time. Mike B will be out of commission until the end of April due to a pressure sore on the back. Emily Cotton described Medicare/Private insurance process for ultralight manual wheelchairs and for group 3 power wheelchairs, the reason for the documentation and steps to follow in order to obtain a new wheelchair.


COTTAGE HEALTH SYSTEM (CHS) WEBSITE: Cottage Community Calendar provides information for upcoming classes, seminars and health events offered by CHS go to SBCH.ORG or COTTAGEHEALTHSYSTEM.ORG. The site also contains an online health library. There is a link to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in order to check what is happening at CRH. CRH also has a Facebook page. Like us on Facebook.


The deadline for the next issue is March 17th. If you have anything to share on various issues of disability and concerns, travel etc., contact Mike Betliskey at 745-1009 or email m2bubs@cathholicweb.com with your contributions.


Strokes: Prevention, Rehabilitation & Possibilites  ^  top

Dates: Saturdays, March 7th & 14th
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This is a two 6-hour Saturday Presentations for family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals to learn the latest stroke information, practical caregiving skills and hands-on techniques from healthcare specialists. Presentations will be on Stroke Awareness: Anatomy & Physiology, Symptoms along with Medical Management and Prevention, Understanding Communication and Swallowing Disorders, Practical Communication and Swallowing Tips for Caregivers, Recreation & Leisure: Making Adjustments and Community Resources, Factors Involved in Stroke Recovery, Functional Mobility, Caregiving Skills, Caregiver Resources, and Self Care and Activities of Daily Living. CEU’s offered. Register online at www.sbcc.edu/ce or in person at the Schott or Wake Continuing Education Main Offices. For more information call Mary Brown, SBCC Continuing Education at 683-8287. Presented in collaboration with SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning, CHR Foundation and CRH.


Abilites Expo

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Dates: Weekend March 6th - 8th
Time: Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: LA Convention Center


Come out to this FREE event to see the latest & greatest in adapted products and services. The show is the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.


Wheelchair 5-Point Tune-up Day

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Date: March 11
Time: Starting at 11:00 AM
Location: ILRC, Westside Community Center, 423 West Victoria St
Schedule Appointment: Call 800-220-1194


UCP WORK, Inc. will have a free 5-point tune-up, which will check the electrical system, tires, wheel- forks, spokes, bearings and locks, frames condition- cracks, loose components, brackets, and anti-tippers and seating- upholstery, cushions and positioning belts.


Community Accessible Recreation Programs  ^  top

Adapted Cycling / Hand Cycling

Dates: Saturday, March 21st & 28th
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, One hour sessions
Cost: $10.00 per session


Introduction to hand-powered and adapted bikes, biking instruction, safety, biking through UCSB campus


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE a spot, contact René Van Hoorn
569-8999 x82102, 805 450-0147 cell, or
Scholarships available by request

SCI Life Series Group

Date: Third Thursday
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: CRH Meisel Conference Center


For more information, contact
Andrew Skinner 661-803-3700 Andrew@Triumph-Foundation.org or
René Van Hoorn

Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center

A warm-water (92 degree) environment available with pool shade canopy to community members. For information please call 569-8999 x82552.

Aquatic Wellness and Exercise Programs

  • Independent exercise and swim
  • Personal training
  • Adapted swim lessons
  • Specialty clinics
  • Youth adapted swim time
  • Classes in arthritis exercise, fibromyalgia exercise and aerobic conditioning
  • 'Aquatic Buddy' volunteers are now available to assist participants in the water with their water exercise and swim program.
Contact The Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center for more details on volunteering


Adapted Golf Program

Date: Mondays
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Location: Santa Barbara Golf Club Driving Range
Fee: $8.00 for a 30-minute lesson, or 6 lessons for $30.00 by appointment


Contact René Van Hoorn, RTC, at 569-8999, ext. 82102 or email rvanhoor@sbch.org.
Designed for persons with physical, visual or cognitive impairments. Thirty-minute lessons include putting, chipping, and/or driving with occasional use of the golf course. An adapted golf cart is available to use for participants who play from sitting or need assistance with standing balance. The program is wheelchair accessible.
Sponsored by Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.


Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department Classes and Activities

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Classes and Activities


Check the our Program Guide at www.sbparksandrecreation.com. Guides are also available at all City Recreation Centers. A wide variety of classes and activities are offered through the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department at various locations throughout the city. If you need assistance to participate, please call the Adapted Programs office at least 3 weeks before class or activity is to start.

Shake, Rattle & Roll Dance

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Date: Thursdays
time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Session: 19657 8 Jan - 9 Apr
Session: 20366 16 Apr - 2 Jul
Fee: $40.00 per session (12 classes) or $4.00 drop-in fee each time
Location: Carrillo Recreation Denter, 100 E. Carrillo St.

Dance, socialize and meet new people. Instructed by Karen Putnam


Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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Check out their website at www.HeartsRiding.org.  Hearts is known for high quality fun therapeutic custom designed riding and horsemanship experiences for children and adults with special needs. Hearts is a healing center for both the very young and the young at “heart”. Riding a horse stimulates the physical body as well as brain functioning, due to the increased blood circulation and the need to balance and rebalance oneself while mounted. For more info about Hearts Therapeutic Center contact Devon Sachey, program director at 964-1519 or Devon@heartsriding.org.


Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Programs - sbsnap.org

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Workshops, Resources, Events, Activities and Recreation opportunities for those with physical, developmental and Intellectual special needs posted daily on www.sbSNAP.org. Share your opportunities with others by posting on our website!


Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara

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Meeting Date: 2nd Saturday of every month
Time: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Wood Glen Hall, 3010 Foothill Rd.
Info: Claudia 684-2788


Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures  ^  top

Casa Colina’s Outdoors Adventures is up and running again. For more information about trip details, please contact: Casa Colina’s Outdoor Adventures Program 909-596-7733, ext. 2200


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Cottage Health System's website www.cottagehealthsystem.org provides information for upcoming classes, seminars and health events offered by CHS.  The site also contains an extensive online health library.  There is also a link to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital for the latest happenings at CRH.  CRH also has a Facebook page.  Like us on Facebook.


Outlook Group Information

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Outlook Group provides individuals with disabilities with education and peer support for individuals and those with close connections to them. For information about meetings, joining Outlook Group, etc. contact Donna Glenn at 569-8999, ext. 82101 or email at dglenn@sbch.org or Lad Handelman at 966 0097.


For those who no longer wish to receive this newsletter please contact Donna at 569-8999 ext 82101 or dglenn@sbch.org. Thank you