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Covenant Village of Turlock Maintains Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Contact: Wendy D’Alessandro
wendydalessandro@gmail.com

TURLOCK, Calif. – Covenant Village Care Center, the skilled nursing center at Covenant Village of Turlock, received five stars, the highest possible overall rating, in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual Best Nursing Homes.

Out of almost 16,000 nursing centers covered nationwide, the ratings highlight the top providers in each city and state. The goal is to help users find a skilled nursing center with a strong track record of good care. In California, about 32 percent of all nursing homes received an overall five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Maintaining our five-star rating and three zero deficiency-free surveys reflects our staff’s continued commitment to providing quality skilled nursing care in a safe, compassionate environment,” said Darla Lorenzen, health care administrator at Covenant Village of Turlock. “We are proud we continue to be a trusted source of skilled care for our campus and the Central Valley community and I am honored to work with such a great team.”

Best Nursing Homes draws on CMS data in three categories – health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care – and gives each an overall rating. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to nursing centers that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2015.

In the new ratings, the share of nursing homes with an overall rating of five stars decreased to 21.7 percent, down from 24.9 percent last year. The decrease is the result of recent changes implemented by CMS to bolster the federal rating system.

“Finding the right place for an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools help them navigate this important decision.”

The report is available exclusively online at http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes.

Learn more about Covenant Village of Turlock

 

The Meadows of Napa Valley Announces Plans for $67 Million Expansion of its Continuing Care Retirement Community

Contact: Amy Jones & Gabrielle Wallace, Forté Group, Inc.
ajones@fortegroupinc.com
gwallace@fortegroupinc.com

Expansion-RenderingThe Meadows of Napa Valley, a nonprofit resident-centered retirement community, is excited to announce plans for innovative renovations and a major expansion. The estimated $67 million project will add an additional 242,000 square feet of amenities and independent living apartments. The main aspects of the expansion will include 92 new apartments and underground parking, a state-of-the-art wellness and aquatic center and fully renovated dining venues. The stunning 900 square foot to 2,400 square foot apartments will be some of the most spacious offered at a retirement community in the Bay Area. The community will continue to provide a full range of health care services for an onsite continuum of care including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to begin in spring of next year and will take an estimated 18 months to build.

Wellness and Aquatic Center Rendering“We are very excited about the extensive renovations and the expansion that will take place in our community,” said Wayne Panchesson, executive director of The Meadows of Napa Valley. “A lot of thought and strategic planning have gone into the various aspects of the project to ensure that we further enrich the lives of our residents. With the addition of our top-notch wellness center, spacious apartments and superb dining venues, we will provide even more opportunities for active retirees to be fulfilled during retirement and into their later years. We are thrilled to answer questions from people who live in the area, and we are currently creating a priority list of interested individuals who want to learn more. We can’t wait until our vision becomes a reality.”

Realizing the trend that people want more space in retirement than in the past, the project will include large and breathtaking apartments that all have nine-foot ceilings, large windows, and private balconies. Additionally, to encourage individuals to stay active and healthy as they age, the wellness and aquatic center will span over 6,000 square feet and allow for a full-size lap pool, a spa pool and an aerobics pool. The renovated dining venues will include a brand new experience with formal dining as well as a more casual bistro setting.

Dining_Rendering“We already do a lot to make life pleasurable for those who live here,” said Panchesson. “This is about taking it to the next level and continually evaluating how we can help seniors enjoy the life they want to live when they retire here in picturesque Napa Valley.”

To learn more about The Meadows of Napa Valley, visit www.retirement.org/meadowsnapa 

Bethany Home Hosts “As I Age” Wall at Almond Blossom Festival

Contact: Rob Wagner, Bethany Home
209-481-9995

In between the carnival rides and vendor displays, visitors to Ripon’s Almond Blossom Festival are invited to reflect on aging. Chalk in hand, they will complete the phrase “As I age…” on a large chalkboard wall. The “As I age” wall is an adaptation of the popular Before I Die installations by artist Candy Chang. The walls that have been installed in more than 70 countries.

Bethany’s Director of Development, Rob Wagner, first saw the wall at conference on aging in Nashville. “It is our hope that, by inviting individuals to complete the sentence, ‘As I age,’ we will motivate others to live the lives they are meant to live each and every day,” said Wagner. “We want to spark a discussion about the process of growing older, and allow people to express how they hope their lives will evolve as they age.”

Any passerby may participate in the project by picking up a piece of chalk at the wall and completing the sentence “As I age …” Those not able to make it to the Almond Blossom Festival to write on the wall in person can contribute to it virtually on their favorite social media platforms using #AsIAge.

On Friday February 20, at 11 AM, Bethany Home and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate this project. Please join us!
The wall will be at Mistlin park through the weekend before coming back to Bethany home for a stint.

More information about the Before I Die walls and other works by Candy Chang is available at www.candychang.com. More information about Bethany Home can be found at www.bethanyripong.org. For more information, please contact Rob Wagner, Director of Communications at 209-481-9995.

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A Visit at Rolling Oaks

Our Membership Manager, Maricel Lumaquin, recently visited one of our member communities, Rolling Oaks Apartments in Rocklin, and shared a few words about her enjoyable experience there. 

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on January 13, 2015 when I visited Rolling Oaks Apartments, a VOA 78 unit affordable housing in Rocklin. I was greeted with smiles by residents in the lobby. Turning right was the office of Suzi Johnson, Service Coordinator for 8 years. Her office was adorned by beautiful decorations given to her by her residents, reflecting the diversity and different cultures of the community. Suzi knows her residents and they love her. She takes notes of all her interactions with them and enters them in the computer when she has time. Her record keeping helps her when something unusual is happening such as when a resident hasn’t been out of his apartment. She is their buddy, their counselor, she is their friend. She is a people person.

At 74, Suzi is an example that age is just a number. She is very energetic and sharp. She drives every day from her West Sacramento home. And she loves what she’s doing.

Her words of wisdom… “Surround yourself with good people and positive environment.”

Maricel Lumaquin, Membership Manager for LeadingAge California. Maricel can be reached at (916) 469-3373 or mlumaquin@aging.org

Covenant Village of Turlock Expands Sales Team

Blanche Le Flore

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.

Barbara Arrington

Barbara Arrington

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.

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.

 

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.