Folsom5Did you know eating ice cream can improve your health?

You read that correctly.

One nursing home is using the deliciously cool treat to improve health care measures and social interaction.

Folsom Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare uses ice cream and a little laughter to tackle the problems of weight loss and isolation.

The center’s “Juggle Flavors” combines the zany antics of a clown with an old-fashioned ice cream cart. Each Friday afternoon, caregivers dress as clowns and parade around the nursing home to deliver hand scooped ice cream.

Ice cream provides additional calories to prevent unwanted weight loss while clowns put a smile on everyone’s face. The results speak for themselves.

Since implementing the program, the number of residents experiencing excessive weight loss has declined from 15 to 2. Participation in out of room activities has increased 64%, and social interaction has improved 48%.

Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare will share its “Juggle Flavors” program at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28.

Click here for detailed information on how to implement Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare’s Juggle Favors Road in your nursing home.

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Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of eight articles highlighting nursing homes that will present at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28. Eight skilled nursing centers were selected from the 24 submissions to present their best practice on stage before hundreds of nursing home employees from across Alabama.

About Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare:

Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare is a 102-bed skilled nursing facility offering speech, occupational and physical therapy. Hannah Brown is the Administrator and Jennifer Graves is the Director of Nursing. The center is located in Cullman.