Rancho hosting haunted house for patients

DOWNEY - Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center will host its annual haunted house exhibit Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing patients and staff a therapeutic and social experience in a fun atmosphere.This year's event, called Ward 13, is a collaborative effort between Rancho and 10/31 Entertainment company. The attraction incorporates re-integration skills into its activities, giving patients an opportunity to practice their therapy in a unique setting. "It is a great hit with both inpatients and outpatients who are receiving rehabilitation services such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, medicine and surgery," Rancho officials said. "Our staff's main forcus is on incorporating a therapeutic approach with all treatment sessions involving the planning of the spooky/haunted house." Ward 13 will target fine and gross motor skills, such as having patients paint pictures and place decorations while maneuvering through a maze. Rancho volunteers made the event possible. The Facilities Management and Carpenter Shop constructed the set, and staff in each department volunteered their own time to developing and creating the haunted house. 10/31 Entertainment staff also volunteered time.

********** Published: October 27, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 28