St. Mary’s Manor recently opened its new Mobility Courtyard. St. Mary’s Manor is part of the Benedictine Healthcare System that spans the continuum of health care. Here are some things to know about the courtyard.

1 The Mobility Courtyard is filled with everyday challenges - uneven walking surfaces with areas in gravel, mulch, flagstones; a deck with a wheelchair ramp, stairs typically found in homes or businesses.; mailboxes, bird feeders, a putting green to practice balance; and more. Therapists work with patients to help them adjust to those daily activities once they return home.

2 Mobility courtyards are becoming popular in several northern states. St. Mary’s Manor’s director of therapy, Ally Gerber, learned of them during a conference in Michigan and wanted to bring the concept home to Blue Springs.

3 Rhonda Sullivan, the director of foundation, applied for a grant from the Eastland Giving Circle, which in the 2012-13 project year had decided to fund a project that benefits the elderly. St. Mary’s Manor won a grant of $21,000 for the courtyard. With help from fundraisers and other donors, another $15,000 was raised to complete the project.

4 Anyone who is a patient, outpatient, resident employee or visitor to St. Mary’s Manor can use the courtyard. St. Mary’s Manor is at 111 Mock Ave., Blue Springs. Their phone number is 816-228-5655. It is affiliated with St. Mary’s Medical Center and Carondelet Health.

– Sheila Davis. Information provided by Rhonda Sullivan