November 2016 Events
by Tara Williamson
Each November we turn our attention to Family with our Alive In All Seasons Theme: Cherish the Journey. We have always enjoyed helping our residents chronical their individual life journeys through journaling. In addition to keeping track of the daily happenings in our lives, journaling has surprising health benefits as well. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes. He also believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of stress on your health. Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientific evidence also shows that writing your thoughts down can help clarify your thoughts and feelings, help you to know yourself better, reduce stress, and problem solve more effectively. An additional benefit of journaling is that you are leaving a legacy for future generations. Review your journal together! Reminiscing about the events in one’s life is a way to affirm who they are, what they’ve accomplished in life and relive happy times. So, pick up a pen and Cherish the Journey, the benefits are endless!
Join our journey through November as we honor and celebrate family and the journey of life with our autobiographical journaling. Help us support our greater community with our annual Food Drive and our on-site support groups. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Our fabulous November 2016 events at Juniper Communities include our:
- Juniper Village Annual Food Drive because here at Juniper, we believe the holiday season should be something every family looks forward to, so help others this holiday season by helping us gather donations for our annual food drive; we will accept canned goods and monetary donations to help benefit local families, so please bring donations to the front lobby at Juniper Village at Aurora (and other locations) all month long.
- Veterans Day Luncheon to honor all those who have served our country at a complimentary event for all veterans and their spouses on November 11th at 12:30 pm in Sharon, PA at Juniper Village at The Shenango Inn.
- Memory Box Workshop as Donna Welsh brings her crafty talents to walk us through creating a unique memory box for ourselves or a loved one; memory boxes are a beautiful way to store and collect meaningful personal items that can be used as means to reminisce, spark memories and evoke positive feelings of love and happiness; all craft materials will be provided; registrants for this free workshop need only bring the personal items to be placed inside the memory box, so join us on November 13th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Mount Joy, PA at Juniper Village at Mount Joy. (RSVP by November 10th to 717-492-9692.)
- Cherish the Journey Tracing Your Roots Lunch and Learn with Mary MacIntosh, who has been a genealogist for over 35 years, and she will share how to find and get more information about your ancestors through various resources in a presentation that will support both beginners and intermediate genealogists on November 16th at noon in Meadville, PA at Juniper Village at Meadville. (RSVP by November 13th to 814-333-4400.)
- Dietary and Lifestyle Intervention Strategies to Address Cognitive Decline because we should all cherish a healthy body as you journey into the world of nutrition with author and dietician, John Fitzsimmons, who will guide us through the strategies of healthy eating and lifestyle choices for mind, body and soul on November 16th at 3:00 pm in Naples, FL at Juniper Village at Naples.
- The Journey To Health by Genesis/Theralink Team as we enjoy the festive foods of the season and take time out to learn the best techniques in implementing moderation and balance enabling our continuation of the Journey to Health while enjoying life, and remember our goal is to live long and strong, so join us as we “Cherish the Journey of Life” while achieving the best of health on November 21st at 1:30 pm in Williamstown, NJ at Juniper Village at Williamstown.
We look forward to sharing our November 2016 events at Juniper Communities with you as you Cherish the Journey.
Juniper Village at Meadville
by Jeanine Genauer
Juniper Village at Meadville has received a perfect, deficiency free survey from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for its personal care home license.
“This is such a tremendous affirmation of the good work we do here,” said Monica Blood, executive director. “It is very difficult to receive this rating, and it means we are taking exceptional care of our residents as well as our own operations.”
The review by the state examines medication administration, regulatory compliance, resident care, day to day operations, staffing and more. Also, the department reviews records to confirm that each resident is obtaining the proper level of individual care. To achieve this perfect survey, the staff and leadership at Juniper engage in constant follow-up on residents and procedures, according to a press release.
“It truly does take a village to ensure each resident is being provided exceptional care and receiving a deficiency free survey is proof of the great job our team is doing,” Blood said. “What it means to residents and families is that they can expect nothing less than exemplary care at our Meadville community.”
Juniper Village has a detailed matrix that tracks quality measures, most importantly falls, medication errors and re-hospitalizations that is continually monitored to identify areas in need of improvement.
Juniper Village at Brookline
by Tara Williamson
PHCA, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, is a statewide advocacy organization for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable older residents and their providers of care whose members comprise for-profit, nonprofit and government providers. Together, the more than 500 long-term care and senior service providers and their dedicated caregivers share a commitment to the highest level of care to ensure our sickest, frailest elderly and disabled residents live a healthy, safe life and age with the dignity and respect they deserve.
This year, at the annual convention, some lovely ladies from Juniper Village at Brookline – Anne Campbell, Liz Plozner-Chalfa, and Katie Castro – presented on techniques to reduce the use of antipsychotics. Additionally, Dennis Yeager, the Environmental Services Director at Brookline Senior Living, was awarded the PHCA Assisted Living/Personal Care Most Valuable Employee of the Year. Juniper Village at Brookline also won the Bronze Quality Award.
Excellence in Action
by Jeanine Genauer
Juniper Communities is proud to announce that Juniper Village at Forest Hills and Juniper Village at Williamstown have received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView. The award recognizes skilled nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living communities that achieve outstanding resident and/or employee satisfaction ratings.
“We are proud to recognize these long term care and senior living organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to quality excellence. These organizations listened to the true voices of residents, families, and employees and successfully enhanced their experiences,” said a statement from My InnerView. “The My InnerView database is the largest warehouse of long-term and senior living satisfaction metrics in the U.S. and these organizations have achieved the highest satisfaction scores, landing in the top 10 percent of all qualifying facilities.”
To qualify for the Excellence in Action award, client facilities must have:
- completed a customer (Resident & Family Experience) or workforce (Employee Engagement) satisfaction survey during calendar year 2015, using standard facility instruments (may or may not include custom questions).
- scored in the top 10% of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others?” in terms of percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent” (customer satisfaction award).
- scored in the top 10% of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?” in terms of percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent” (workforce satisfaction award).
All standard data for calendar year 2015 were combined into one sample, regardless of method or date of administration. The term “customer” combines resident and family experience data. No workforce satisfaction award is available for independent living communities.
Other communities that have received the Excellence in Action award include Juniper Village at Aurora and Juniper Village at Louisville. This is the second time Williamstown has received the award.