Hundreds of seniors and family members attended the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's free Senior Health Fair recently, which was a kick-off to celebrate the expansion of the nursing center's therapy department.

The fair included free screenings, to include vision, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse ox, hearing, balance and bone density. Participants were also encouraged to join in a Zumba for seniors session and to enter to win prizes donated by participating vendors.

Some new vendors included the Social Security Administration, Schuylkill County Assistance Office, Ombudsman Eileen Barlow, Alzheimer's Association, Capital Blue Cross and PPL.

Participants also providing free services included Diakon's APPRISE, Asceracare, Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Blue Mountain Home Health, Tech Transport, Spectrum Senior Consulting, SEAPA, Schuylkill Medical Center, Saint Catherine's Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services, Keystone Medical Supply, McNelis Home Care, Providence Place of Pottsville and Hazleton, Shenandoah Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel Senior Living Community and Columbia Ancillary.

"We are pleased to be serving our residents and families with a community service atmosphere," said Jennifer Zimmerman, administrator. "We offer a pathway to home after completion of a personalized rehabilitation service with quality care provided by your Hometown Team. This free health fair is an exciting opportunity for us to thank everyone in the community for their support of our residents over the years."

Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Route 54 East in Hometown, provides therapy services and 24-hour nursing care for short term and long term residents.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, call Kathy Laughlin Shields, admissions and marketing director at (570) 668-1775, ext. 144.