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Augmentative Communication provides options for speech

Augmentative and alternative communication can literally help to give a voice to individuals with diagnoses or conditions that can include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Down syndrome. In Mary Free Bed’s Augmentative Communication Program, a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist work with…
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5 health benefits of weight loss & management

Whether your weight loss goal is 20 pounds or 100 pounds, studies have shown that even a small reduction in weight, such as 5-10%, is likely to yield improvements in your health. Below, Kim Meeuwsen, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, offers 5 health benefits to losing weight and maintaining a healthy…
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Don’t take a vacation from weight management

For many, summer is the time to hit the road for family vacation. Below, Kim Meeuwsen, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, offers 5 tips to help you and your family keep active, eat healthy and stay on track while on the road: Load up on healthy car snacks! Try packing…
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Drivers with physical challenges remaining behind the wheel

The Driver Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed offers patients the opportunity to safely return to the driver’s seat. Learn more about Driver Rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed by reading the story — published Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the Grand Rapids Press — below. [Click the image for a larger view, or click to…
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Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Enrich your life with the sense of camaraderie, competition and accomplishment that comes with athletic activity. Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program offers you a variety of co-ed, competitive teams and clinics designed for patients and community members with limited mobility and other physical impairments. Participating in sports and other recreation programs isn’t…
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Scope of Services

Consider us your one-stop rehabilitation resource for acute, sub-acute and outpatient treatment and home and community services.     We’re available for a short course of treatment or a lifetime of care. Below is an overview of the services we provide.

The Spine Center

Back pain can sideline anyone, from a professional ballerina to a 9-to-5 office worker. It’s one of the most common but debilitating health conditions in the United States. Experts believe at least 80% of Americans will experience a disabling episode of spine pain in their lifetime. For many, the pain becomes recurrent or chronic. The…
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