Valle Verde Names New Executive Director

VV Melissa Beth HonigSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Valle Verde announces Melissa Beth Honig as its new executive director. In her position, Honig will oversee day-to-day operations of the continuing care retirement community, including residential living, dining, health services and life enrichment programs.

“Providing an environment where older adults can live a fulfilling life in their later years has always been my passion, and I’m excited to create genuine relationships with our residents and team members,” said Honig. “Valle Verde has a great reputation in Santa Barbara, and I’m looking forward to building upon its success.”

Honig has more than 15 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of capacities. She’s worked as an admissions coordinator and move-in coordinator at a number of continuing care retirement communities, and as a laughter yoga leader for adults with Alzheimer’s. Honig is a licensed nursing home administrator and worked with The Green House Project ®, a program that transformed long-term care nationally. Prior to joining the Valle Verde team, she worked as the vice president of clinical services for ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West), the nonprofit senior living organization that owns and manages Valle Verde.

“Having previously working with Melissa at a corporate level, I know she possesses the kind of leadership qualities we seek in an upper-management position,” said Jeff Glaze, senior vice president and chief operations manager at ABHOW. “She has a gift for serving older adults and a passion for sharing her professional experience with the team members at Valle Verde.”

Honig is an honors graduate of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration. She also holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree in management and leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

For more information contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins, Public Relations, 913-754-2311, drow@glynndevins.com 

 

David Berg Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services

David_Berg_300dpi(SAN FRANCISCO) — Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services (NCPHS) recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed David Berg, MBA as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NCPHS, Berg will assume his new role on October 1, 2014.

“David brings knowledge of complex multi-campus organizations, first-hand experience in growth and development, and excellent strategic skills,” said Oliver Wesson, Chair of the NCPHS Board of Directors. “He has developed a reputation at NCPHS as a strong communicator with board members, residents, staff, and community stakeholders. And most importantly, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to the mission of NCPHS.”

“Few organizations have as clear a sense of purpose as NCPHS,” Berg said. “Everyone is dedicated to enriching the experience of aging for the diverse residents and clients we serve. It is a great privilege to serve with our staff and lead them to ever higher levels of performance.”

Berg has over 30 years of experience in operations, strategy, and business development for hospitals, affordable housing developers, senior living companies, and community service organizations. Since 2008, Berg has served on the NCPHS management team as Vice President of Business Development of NCP Senior Ventures, Vice President of Operations, and most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his tenure at NCPHS, Berg worked as a management consultant for 11 years, and was an executive at Catholic Healthcare West (currently Dignity Health) for 19 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Berg will succeed Barbara Hood, who is retiring at the end of December 2014 after 14 years as NCPHS President and CEO. Until December, Hood will focus on special projects for NCPHS.

For more information about NCPHS, please visit www.ncphs.org.

 

Monte Vista Grove Homes Celebrates 90 Years of Faithful, Caring Service

MVGH 90 Year Logo

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.

www.mvgh.org

Eskaton’s Culture Leads to “Golden Survey”

Sarah Maren PhotographersSacramento, CAEskaton 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

 

 

 

New Directors to Build Unique In-home Care Model for Live Well at Home by Eskaton

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.

IMG_1241“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
  • companionship/socialization
  • exercise
  • grocery shopping
  • laundry
  • light housekeeping
  • assistance with appointments
  • medication reminders
  • meal planning and preparation
  • oral and personal hygiene
  • respite care for family caregivers
  • transportation
  • 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

 

Eskaton transforms aging experience, hires social media director

Sacramento, CA – Eskaton, committed to innovation in a growing industry of services geared towards older adults, hired Director of Social Media Lola Rain to tackle the shift in consumer demands. “We need to differentiate our services to the public where they interact every day, and today media is being consumed in a totally different way,” said Todd Murch, president and CEO of Eskaton. “We want to educate the children of older adults about ways they can help turn the aging experience into a positive and enjoyable one for their parents. Reaching out into the social networks is the place to do this.”

Lola Rain brings 15 years communications expertise to Eskaton. In 2008, she pioneered testing the power of Facebook proving the platform was essential to developing trust between professionals and their networks while building brand and top of mind awareness. “Word-of-mouth continues to be the number one influencer,” said Rain. “The new generation of media outlets provides many venues to teach the consumer about health, nutrition, safety, and more.”

The emphasis on social media as a way to communicate embraces societal changes and the needs of the aging population. Eskaton’s adoption of technology has already resulted in over 500 seniors learning to use video chat to talk with loved ones face to face.  Hundreds more enjoy the added benefit of smart sensor technology as a safety net that adds peace of mind to their day to day lives. The launch of a new family and community portal is the next planned step in decreasing isolation and increasing socialization for the aging. “We are excited about what the future brings, and we will continue to change our delivery of services as the wants and needs of the aging change,” said Murch.

About Eskaton

Eskaton is a Northern California-based, nonprofit organization with over 45 years of experience. Our dedicated team members provide services and support for nearly 14,000 individuals who live in our communities or participate in our comprehensive Home Support Network.

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Eskaton Collaborates with Sun City Residents to Encourage Aging in Place

Resource Connectors


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.