Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pilgrim Place Health Services Center Continues to Refine Person-Centered Care

(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.

Best Friends -- Andrea, Sue, Sharon

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.

 

The Samarkand Appoints Two Directors

New Facilities Management and Dining Services Directors Join Samarkand Leadership

The SamarkandSANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Samarkand, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, appointed John Campbell facilities management director and William Henderson dining services director. Campbell will report to Samarkand Executive Director Ruth Grande, as will Henderson, who is employed by The Samarkand’s dining services provider Sodexo.

As facilities management director, Campbell oversees maintenance and grounds care, housekeeping, laundry, capital projects, refurbishing, security and fleet vehicles and safety programs at the 16-acre senior living community. He also assists in strategic planning and oversees the community’s compliance with local, state and federal statutes.

Henderson oversees all food and beverage operations at the senior living community, including casual and formal dining settings in the residential community and dining operations in assisted living, memory support
and health care. He also manages the community’s catering.

Campbell has more than 30 years of management experience. He comes to The Samarkand from its sister community Covenant Village of Colorado, Westminster, Colorado, where he was assistant director of facilities
management for seven years.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion with a focus in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Before joining The Samarkand, Henderson was executive chef for Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to that, he worked at a retirement community in Montecito, California for almost 30
years. He started as a chef and was promoted to dining room manager and then food services director.

Learn more about The Samarkand.

Oakland Senior Living Community Re-Accredited for Dementia Care and Skilled Nursing

Piedmont Gardens is the First East Bay Retirement Community to Obtain Special Recognition for Innovate Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care

OAKLAND, Calif. – Piedmont Gardens, an Oakland senior living community, recently received a five-year accreditation from CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission). CARF-CCAC is an international recognition that identifies excellence in the high quality of services of a senior living organization. Piedmont Gardens is the only community in the East Bay area to obtain special recognition for dementia care for memory support and person-centered long-term care for skilled nursing. The community also received accreditation for the entire continuing care retirement community.

“Only 12 percent of continuing care retirement communities in the country are CARF-CCAC accredited and even fewer strive for accreditation for memory support or person-centered/skilled nursing care,” said Dave Ferguson, CEO and president of American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW), which owns and manages Piedmont Gardens. “In total, all 11 of our ABHOW communities were accredited in 2014, including Piedmont Gardens.”

Achieving accreditation requires an internal examination of the program and business, and the community must commit to providing quality improvements, focusing on the needs of each resident, and monitoring the results of the service. The accreditation process involves a team of professionals who evaluate the community based on its finances, policies, procedures and practices.

“The high standards CARF-CCAC sets make the results event more impressive,” said Kay Kallander, ABHOW senior vice president for strategic planning. “Piedmont Gardens had scores in the upper 90 percent, making it one of the highest-scoring communities in the country.”

About Piedmont Gardens

Piedmont Gardens is located at 110 41st Street in Oakland, Calif. The nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) promotes a lifestyle of activity, security and convenience. Piedmont Gardens creates a quality environment for residents in a setting that is responsive to their desire for an independent lifestyle and supplemental care as may be required during their lifetime. Piedmont Gardens is the first community in Oakland to receive CARF-CCAC special program recognition in three distinct areas, including continuing care retirement community, person-centered long-term care for skilled nursing, and dementia care for memory support. For more information, call 1-866-631-7943 or visit PiedmontGardens.com.

 

About ABHOW

Piedmont Gardens is managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving older adults through quality retirement housing since 1949. ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services, and was a pioneer in the development of CCRCs. For more information about ABHOW, visit ABHOW.com.

Family Devotion, Every Day

 A great Father’s Day story to share courtesy of ABHOW:

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Judge Winton McKibben and son, Brian, connect at Piedmont Gardens in Oakland

At first glance, retired Judge Winton (Mac) McKibben and his adult son, Brian, may not seem to have a lot in common.

Before his retirement, Mac, now a resident of Piedmont Gardens in Oakland, presided over numerous challenging cases as a Municipal and Superior Court judge in Oakland. Before Brian retired, he was a music teacher, educator and administrator in Berkeley. The two men had different careers and different interests. Still, father and son can be found together at breakfast every Friday morning — and frequently more often. Beyond their differences, they are bound by what they do have in common: love and devotion to family.

This love and devotion became critically important in 2008 when Margaret, Mac’s wife of 66 years at the time, fell, hitting her head. She suffered a brain injury that left her with symptoms of dementia. Unable to provide the 24-hour care she needed, Mac transferred her to a skilled nursing community in the area.

“From that time on, I have spent more and more time with my dad,” Brian says. He says he tried to fill the void his mother’s absence left by deepening his relationship with Mac. “Dad and I really enjoy each other’s company. Our conversations run far and wide: sports, politics, foreign affairs, music, and just the activities of the day,” he says.

Whether it’s sharing breakfast, going on shopping trips or having Sunday dinner, Brian sees his dad frequently. It helps too that in June 2013, Mac wanted to live in a community where he and Margaret could be together, so they both moved into Piedmont Gardens — he, on the residential living side and she, in skilled nursing.

Brian, still in nearby Berkeley, wanted to be involved with Piedmont Gardens as well. When his parents moved in, he volunteered to begin a musical program for residents, including his mother, several times a month.

In his program, Musical Memories, Brian uses his MP3 player to play familiar songs that bring back memories, but also new songs that create memories. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, music can help stimulate and engage adults, even those with late-stage dementia. Songs that were familiar in childhood can spark interaction, while unfamiliar songs can help develop new responses, such as increased relaxation.

Brian McKibben leads a Musical Memories program at The Grove, ABHOW’s memory support program.

Brian McKibben leads a Musical Memories program at The Grove, ABHOW’s memory support program.

Brian thoroughly enjoys sharing his music with the 20 – 30 regular resident attendees who become increasingly active during the program, tapping their toes or fingers to the beat. “We have a rocking good time,” he says, playing selections that might include Beethoven, Schubert, The Beatles and Sinatra. “My mom often keeps time by clapping or tapping her fingers. She doesn’t remember individual pieces very well, but she responds actively to the wide variety of songs and pieces I play. It makes me happy to see her enjoying the music,” he adds.

Kevin Smith, Piedmont Gardens’ Executive Director, says he welcomes the opportunity to involve families in activities with residents. “It’s a match made in heaven when something done for the family also embraces the rest of the community.”

Mac appreciates Brian’s contribution too. “I don’t have that skill or talent that he does,” he says of Brian’s musical ability. “I think he gets those qualities from his mother,” Mac says, which makes it even more special. Sometimes Mac joins Margaret for the musical treat, but other times, he’s busy with his own activities and misses his son’s program. But that’s all right. He knows his son is nearby and that they’ll see each other soon.

This Father’s Day, when Mac goes to Brian’s house for dinner with his son and Emily, Brian’s wife of 46 years, it may be a special holiday, but because of the closeness between father and son — this family time won’t be an unusual occurrence.

Elder Care Alliance Implements “I’m Still Here” Approach in All Its Communities

Application of Engagement-Centered Memory Care Philosophy a First in California

ALAMEDA, Calif.– A pioneering engagement-focused memory care philosophy for people living with dementia is transforming and enriching lives in several California senior living communities, as Elder Care Alliance (ECA) recently announced its partnership with the Hearthstone Institute to implement the I’m Still Here™ (ISH) approach in all its communities: San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael, and Camarillo – the first (and only at this time) communities to have it available on the West Coast.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, with many living with it for more than a decade. The shared stance of these organizations is that every person living with dementia still has a great capacity to learn and experience a high quality of life regardless of the severity of their memory loss.

To learn more, read the complete press release.

 

Valle Verde Adds 40 Residential Living Residences on Campus

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.: Valle Verde, a senior living community in Santa Barbara, recently completed construction on 40 new single-story residences and will offer the newest residential living option for older adults in the area.

VV Expansion 3“The need for residential living has grown and is continuing to grow since we first opened in 1966,” said Tim Wetzel, executive director at Valle Verde. “The new homes will provide older adults and their families a familiar, welcoming and active place for them to spend their retirement.”

Studies suggest there will be 72 million seniors by 2030, a number that will represent about 20 percent of the United States population. According to the United States Census Bureau, Santa Barbara residents 65 and older make up more than 14 percent of the population, 3 percent higher than the population of older adults in California.

VV Expansion 2“In addition to the new residences, we’ve continued to expand our community by offering new activities and amenities for our residents,” said Wetzel. “Residents are enjoying the new bocce ball court, putting green, outdoor events plaza, wellness clinic, fitness center and a new styling salon with a massage treatment room.  We’re also looking forward to having a new poolside cafe by this fall.”

The community’s expansion will also provide additional parking spaces, a renovated theatre, convenience store, multi-purpose art room, card room, and meditation chapel.

2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals: Deadline July 31

The 2015 Annual Conference is built around LeadingAge California’s Strategic initiatives of developing “out of the box” innovative programs that will enrich the care and services of California’s growing aging population. The primary areas of programming will include workforce development (specifically cultivating leadership and attracting new talent to the field of aging), increasing and expanding the use of technology in all care settings and stimulating innovation in the aging field and advancing new models of service delivery.

Click here to submit an application. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JULY 31, 2014

Questions? Contact Jan Guiliano at jguilian@aging.org or call 916-469-3367.