Juniper Village at Aurora Recognized for Outstanding Resident Satisfaction with Excellence in Action Award

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Village at Aurora has received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long term care and senior living organizations that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database, the largest in the U.S.

“We are so honored to receive such a prestigious award. This award is a testament to Juniper Village at Aurora’s commitment not only to customer satisfaction, but also employee engagement,” exclaimed Valerie Valdez, Executive Director of Juniper Village.

Mary Oakes, Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research states, “We are very honored to award these exemplary organizations for their excellent quality of care, resident experiences, and staff engagement, as recognized by their customers and employees. Every day, these providers are making a difference in the lives of residents and caregivers across all facets of the long term care and senior living spectrum to ensure they are receiving the utmost quality of care. We congratulate our clients for taking the proactive initiative to measure quality by listening to the feedback of their customers and caregivers.”

“The Excellence in Action Award inspires so many long term care and senior living communities to really step up their game in an era where quality performance defines customer-centric healthcare,” said Jason Stevens, Vice President of Business Development at National Research.

Juniper Village at Aurora has been a part of the Aurora community for 15 years. Juniper is a caring assisted living community for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Its Wellspring Memory Care program offers a life-affirming, therapeutic environment; and a wealth of activities to help each individual stay fit and connected socially. Its unique programs are designed to integrate families and a diverse network of health care providers into the fabric of daily life. Home to approximately 52 individuals, the residence features four uniquely decorated house areas, each with its own living room, dining room, kitchen and private bedrooms, with private bath. Each house opens into the central “Town Square” where the day’s activities beckon, including the Town Hall Activities Room, Art Studio, Quiet Haven, Sweet Shoppe, Exercise/Spa/Massage Suite, and Resident Office. And for added peace of mind, the building and grounds are fully-secured with an integrated resident-to-staff call system, and exterior door security system.

This is the first year that Juniper Village at Aurora has earned this national award.

The Magic Carpet

by Mary Pat DeWald

As the magic carpet of lives began to unfold at Juniper Village-Spearly Center I knew that I was in a very special and spiritual place, a hidden gem of sorts. In my world of nursing there is a known fact that locating clinical sites for our schools of nursing is a difficult and sometimes daunting task. It is with gratitude to the selflessness of administration and the staff at Juniper Village-Spearly Center where their relentless arms of acceptance allowed us into their community to embrace their residents and learn about each of them and their uniqueness as individuals.

I feel very fortunate as faculty at Denver School of Nursing to be provided with the opportunity to bring in our students and build upon the uncompromising commitment to the quality of life for the individuals living in the community as well as those who call this their place of work.  I have found the Spearly experience to be about meeting the needs of individuals emotionally, physically and spiritually and enriching the lives of others. It is a vibrant and nurturing community and I would recommend those seeking a holistic approach to care to discover this hidden gem located near the heart of downtown Denver.

Juniper Village at Huntingdon Ridge Now Has Four Certified Dementia Practitioners on Campus

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities is proud to announce that there are four new professionally certified dementia practitioners on the Juniper Village at Huntingdon Ridge campus in North Huntingdon, PA.


The four certified practitioners include:

  • Tammy Long, Executive Director
  • Michelle Charlton, Director of Wellness
  • Muriel Myers, Wellspring Program Director
  • Brittany Coulter, Wellspring Connections Director

The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner (NCCDP) provides Certified Dementia Practitioner certification to demonstrate achievement of specialized training in the areas of Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.  Specifically, the Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) is the earned credential that recognizes the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education.

The benefits of CDP training are numerous and significant.  Most importantly, the above Huntingdon Ridge certified practitioners have completed comprehensive training essential for today’s healthcare professionals.  Key aspects of training include communication techniques, disruptive behavior interventions, and tools for addressing wandering, aggression, poor nutrition, and sexuality.  Additionally, these Certified Dementia Practitioners will work to enhance the use of new methods, theories, and tools related to Alzheimer’s and Dementia care practices.

“We congratulate these Huntingdon Ridge Certified Dementia Practitioners who have taken the added steps in learning and understanding the Dementia resident and complications that arise with this diagnosis. Certification demonstrates their commitment to working with the growing Alzheimer/Dementia sub-population.  These CDPs and the entire Huntingdon Ridge staff are able to provide enhance psychosocial support to their residents and their families,” commented Linda Donato, Regional Director of Operations.

Spread Your Joy: September Events

by Tara Williamson

September signifies the end of summer with Labor Day celebrations and the Autumnal Equinox on the 23rd. In this last month of our “Stay Connected” series we aspire to connect with our friends and embrace the theme of Spread Your Joy.

The Mayo Clinic tells us that friends are good for your health. They can help you celebrate good times, provide support during bad times, prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost happiness, reduce stress, and improve your self-confidence and self-worth. Friends can also encourage you to increase healthy habits – it’s always better to walk, run, swim or exercise with a friend. And friends don’t always have to be of the human kind either! Several studies have shown that heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without.

Our fabulous activity offerings this month include our 15-Year Anniversary Luau in Aurora featuring delicious Hawaiian cuisine in a festive atmosphere complete with traditional music and floral decorations on September 4th from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm; our Grandparents’ Festival in Mount Joy featuring character juggler Chris Ivey plus music and delicious refreshments on September 7th at 2:00 pm; our September 11th Remembrance Event in Williamstown paying tribute to those who were killed during the terrorist attacks and the first responders who risked their lives to save others on September 11th at 3:00 pm; our Cooking Demonstration with Lisa in Cape Coral making authentic Hawaiian cuisine using traditional fragrant herbs and spices on September 17th at 2:30 pm; our Senior-Student Connections program at the Monte Villa Inn in Monte Vista linking elders with your people in our community on September 18th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm; our Seniors for Safe Driving Course in Forest Hills to help equip elders with the skills they need to safely navigate the roads and remain behind the wheel on September 23rd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; or our Juniper Village at Brookline Float in the Penn State Homecoming Parade showcasing our newest community as well as our signature programs and unique approach to aging on September 26th at 5:00 pm; or any of our Villages’ other activities (see each Village’s Newsletter for a complete listing – all times listed here are local time for that community).

Please look through our calendars and join us for any events that can help you stay connected, cultivate friendships and Spread Your Joy!