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Need a good project to engage your senior clients. Consider this one from retired nurse Cathie Athans. Every week Athans finds herself surrounded by friends and fleece. She and more than a dozen other residents at The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens in Fresno, CA are on a mission to knot fleece blankets that will later end up in the hands of children in need.
When Rolling Green Village decided to create a work of art on an ugly cement wall, the first thing they searched for was an artist who could catch the vision and be inspired. This vision led straight to St. Joseph Catholic High School visual arts teacher Deborah Pickard, who helped to design the mural.
Public housing and HUD-assisted seniors living in designated areas served by Comcast are now eligible to apply for “Internet Essentials,” the company’s high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families, thanks to Comcast and HUD’s ConnectHome initiative.
The Springs at Monarch Landing, a Life Plan Community located on a scenic campus in Naperville, IL, has launched its Respite Rehab Program. The unique initiative is designed to help patients not quite ready to go home from a hospital stay, while not meeting insurance qualifications for skilled care.
The intergenerational program at the Deerfield Retirement Community has already led to other senior living communities in Iowa establishing similar types of live-in partnerships with college students.
The first in the nation geriatric education program for long term care (LTC) nursing staff recently graduated its first class. The purpose of the program, based in Tulsa, OK, is to provide geriatric training to LTC non-clinical staff, certified nurse aides (CNAs), certified medication aides (CMAs), and nurses (LPNs and RNs) using the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program model.
On Sept. 10-11 and 14-16, approximately 350 participants, age 62 and over, will be competing in more than 32 events including quarterback toss, seated floor hockey, soccer penalty kicks, Sudoku, and more.
Seymour Bartlett has an interesting way of stretching his quadriceps. “I take a seat on a rising and lowering machine, hook my feet, and lean back until my heels touch my butt. Can you picture that?” asked the resident of Sedgebrook senior living community in Lincolnshire, IL.
If all nurses in all settings had the training, knowledge and skills they need to practice palliative care, many patient needs could be most effectively met by nurses.
Since 1973, one of the accidental secrets in Montgomery County, TX was that The Friendship Center, based in Conroe, has services that included Meals on Wheels. Realizing that the optimum number of seniors needing hot meals delivered to them wasn’t being reached, the Center’s Board of Directors convened and approved a complete rebranding of the organization.
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