This is my take on the closing of the Senior Wellness program at Sonoma Valley Hospital and the July 22 letter by Lynnette Peters (“Bring back Senior Wellness program”).
More than a year ago, I wrote to the Index-Tribune regarding the closure of the Cardiac Rehab program at Sonoma Valley Hospital. The program was extremely helpful for any patient or senior who had cardiovascular issues that would be benefited by a supervised exercise program.
Specifically, patients with recent heart procedures were put on monitors by our wonderful R.N., Maureen McGrane. After we were given the go-ahead by our physicians, we were then able to keep going for rehabilitation purposes.
Something over a year ago, the program was redesigned as “Senior Wellness.” This is a fine alternative, although any person needing to be monitored has to go to Napa, Santa Rosa or Marin to receive this service – a major problem involving time and travel for those most in need.