Monte Vista Grove Homes (MVGH) was founded in 1924 by Mr. James Marwick (of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.) to provide housing to the ordained servants of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Gamble family (of Proctor & Gamble) put up some of the seed money to make Mr. Marwick’s vision a reality. Ninety years later, MVGH continues to not only be faithful to its original mission, but has expanded to serve the surrounding community as well.
Today MVGH is known as one of Southern California’s premier, active senior communities. The Independent Living serves qualified Presbyterian retirees such as: missionaries, commissioned lay pastors, certified musicians and certified educators of the Presbyterian Church USA. MVGH also offers Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing care to the community at large regardless of religious affiliation.
MVGH is located on 13.5 beautifully landscaped acres in East Pasadena. Originally designed by the famous architect Myron Hunt, Monte Vista Grove Homes strives to preserve its vibrant history.
On Saturday, October 4th Monte Vista Grove Homes will join with state and local dignitaries, as well as residents, Board members, donors, friends, family and community members, at its Annual Founders’ Day, to celebrate 90 years of faithful, caring service.
Sacramento, CA – Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven receives perfect score on recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) survey at its 148 bed community. The survey process reports deficiencies that health surveyors find at nursing homes. “Greenhaven is one of 3% of skilled nursing facilities in California to receive zero deficiencies, also known as a ‘Golden Survey’,” says Betsy Donovan, Chief Operating Officer of Eskaton. The statewide average in 2013 was 9.1 deficiencies per survey.
The specific qualities of an Eskaton community that lead to no deficiencies are “excellent staff training, attention to detail and quality of life, and treating the individual not the illness,” says Donovan. “It takes intensive staff training to get these results.”
Greenhaven’s Executive Director Heather Craig says, “A big contribution is the longevity of the team and how they are always looking to make things better.” Craig has been in the industry for over 21 years and the executive director at Greenhaven for ten years. This is her third zero deficiency survey in her career. “The team work approach allows the entire building to work together,” says Craig. “Staff longevity means seasoned staff can mentor new comers and create a very tight and consistent culture,” continues Donovan.
Surveys are performed at nursing homes every 6-15 months by CDPH. The deficiencies found can range from kitchen sanitation to more serious problems that require a civil penalty citation. If a deficiency is received, a nursing home must submit a written plan of correction. Some details from the CDPH survey are reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for use in its Five Star rating on medicare.gov. CMS uses the Five Star rating as a baseline consistent across the US while CDPH focuses on what specifically needs to happen in nursing homes for licensing in California. “The Five Star rating puts all skilled nursing facilities on the same scale,” explains Donovan. “However, the Five Star rating alone doesn’t tell the entire story.” Greenhaven currently is listed with five stars on the medicare.gov website.
Questions? Contact Lola Rain, director of social media for Eskaton: Lola.Rain@eskaton.org
Sacramento, CA – Live Well at Home by Eskaton welcomes Tom and Jennifer Bollum as executive directors. The husband-wife duo has a track record of building successful businesses in the Sacramento area.
“One of the most asked for referrals from our 24/7 information line is for in-home care,” said Sheri Peifer, Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer for Eskaton. “The new Live Well at Home model planned for launch January 2015 will accelerate Eskaton’s ability to provide seamless, coordinated care and support,” said Peifer.
“No other home care agency brings the depth of senior care options that Eskaton does,” said Tom Bollum. “No other local home care agency provides care management and in-home care,” added Jennifer Bollum.
Starting in 2015, Live Well at Home will add the following home care options as part of its membership services:
- bathing and dressing assistance
- grocery shopping
- light housekeeping
- assistance with appointments
- medication reminders
- meal planning and preparation
- oral and personal hygiene
- respite care for family caregivers
- rehabilitation assistance
- dementia and Alzheimer’s care
With the growth of the senior population, in-home care options can be confusing. Eskaton’s goal is to make the process simple and educate older adults about their options. It is very important to understand the difference between in-home care, also known as private duty non-medical care, versus home health which is often reimbursable by medical insurance.
The goal of private duty home care is to provide the support an older adult needs to remain independent as long as possible in their own home. “We will also provide patient navigators to assist people who are admitted to skilled nursing care and help them transition back to their homes,” continued Jennifer. “This helps reduce re-admissions and improves rehabilitation as well as take the worry and anxiety out of ‘what happens when I go home?’”
To learn more about Eskaton visit www.eskaton.org
by Lisa Smith-Youngs, Program Coordinator – Live Well at Home
“Aging in place” has become one of the most prominent trends to emerge since the baby-boom generation began the migration into retirement. Eskaton, one of Northern California’s preeminent senior residential and services providers has begun a visionary collaboration with residents in Sun City Lincoln Hills to prove out how their partnership will contribute to success in navigating later life transitions.
A group of forward-thinking residents in Sun City Lincoln Hills reached out to local experts to determine the best way to meet the information and service needs of their residents in addition to older adults living in the vicinity. After many months of planning, research and discussion, Resource Connectors was born.
Resource Connectors is a collaborative effort of The Lincoln Hills Foundation, Live Well at Home by Eskaton, Right at Home Senior Care and Sutter Medical. As residents encounter health problems and issues that challenge their continued independence, Resource Coordinators are available FREE by phone to provide immediate connections to community resources and screened service providers.
In addition to their 24/7 information support, Resource Connectors provides free Home Safety Assessments and fee-for-service professional care management as well as in-home care services. Lincoln Hills residents may request an in-home visit with a Resource Coordinator in to discuss their individual concerns. While there, the Resource Connectors staff will evaluate the household and offer advice or suggestions particular to meeting individual safety concerns of the resident.
The project is just one of several current pilots initiated by Eskaton to expand the options which support independence and quality of living for older adults. For more information on the project, contact Sheri Peifer, Chief Strategy Officer at 866-ESKATON.
Blanche Le Flore
Health Care Sales/Outreach Coordinator and Sales Representative Join Covenant Village
Covenant Village of Turlock, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities recently appointed Blanche Le Flore health care sales and outreach coordinator and Barbara Arrington sales representative.
As health care sales and outreach coordinator, Blanche Le Flore is Covenant Village of Turlock’s liaison with the medical and professional communities as well as the general public.
Sales Representative Barbara Arrington supports the community’s sales and marketing initiatives by recruiting prospective residents, overseeing community tours, and guiding residents through the sales process.
Read the full press release and visit www.covenantvillageofturlock.org to learn more about Covenant Village.
(Press release courtesy of Tim Sunderland)
Claremont, Calif. – Three staff members from Pilgrim Place are now certified as Master Trainers in the Best FriendsTM approach for caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Sue Fairley, Sharon Berry and Andrea Smith recently completed a course of study with the Best Friends Institute in Baltimore, MD.
The Best Friends™ Approach is a person-centered, compassionate care philosophy grounded in the understanding that relationships are supremely important to dementia care and that they require the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor. With Best Friends™, the focus is on the individual — the person’s rights, history, and relationships with all care partners.
Read about the core components of the Best Friends™ philosophy and learn more about Pilgrim Place in the original press release.