February 2016 Events at Juniper Communities: Awaken Your Passion

February 2016 Events

February 2016 Events

by Tara Williamson

In February we turn our Alive In All Seasons focus to art and invite you to awaken your passion with us. Leo Tolstoy defines the activity of art as “To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and… then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling.”

This month we will transmit our feelings using many different mediums to let other share in our experiences, feelings and passions. We will travel through art around the world and experience art as it is meant to be – inspirational and transformative. We will feel the cool breeze and smell the fragrant blossoms of Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France as we gaze upon In the Garden and the Water Lilies series. We will feel the angst of Vincent Van Gogh as we admire his passionate works such as Vase with Twelve Sunflowers and The Starry Night. We will also pour our passion into our own creations evoking memories of the past to share with the future.

Please join us on this journey as we visit local art museums and create our own art through weekly craft programs. Celebrate with us as we recognize Valentine’s Day with sweets for the sweet and Fat Tuesday foods and fun at our Mardi Gras party.

Our fabulous February 2016 events at Juniper Communities include our:

  • Chinese New Year Celebration the grandest traditional Chinese festival with many legends, traditions, taboos and festival food in this Year of the Monkey, be our guests to enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner and celebration on February 8th at 4:30 pm in Chatham, NJ at Juniper Village at Chatham.
  • Art Therapy for Seniors informational dinner with Erin Carter featuring our Mardi Gras finest fare as we will grace the tables with favorites like Creole shrimp and grits and traditional King Cake on February 9th at 5:30 pm in State College, PA at Juniper Village at Brookline.
  • Go Red for Women Paint and Sip Fundraiser for a fun evening painting a Triptych HeArt, making friends and sharing a good bottle of wine all for a great cause as SPLAT™ will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign on February 10th at 6:30 pm in Lebanon, PA at Juniper Village at Lebanon.
  • Turner Talents Awakens Our Passion event as we invite all friends, families and colleagues to enjoy this spectacular tropical island themed performance featuring elaborate costumes, singing, a beautiful rendition of “Lovely Hula Hands” and many more surprises, then stay and meet our entertainers after the performance on February 12th at 3:00 pm in Cape Coral, FL at Juniper Village at Cape Coral.
  • President’s Day Presentation by local honest Abe impersonator, Rick Miller, to discover what life was like for young Abe as a child, how his love of books helped further his education, what his personality was like, why he ran for President, and how his actions before, during and after the Civil War shaped our country’s history on February 15th at 11:00 am in Pittsburgh, PA at Juniper Village at Forest Hills.
  • Bessie’s Hope event as we partner with this wonderful organization that is bringing generations together through volunteering and mentoring programs on February 24th at 2:00 pm in Aurora, CO at Juniper Village at Aurora.

We look forward to sharing our February 2016 events at Juniper Communities with you as we Awaken Your Passion.

Assisted Living May be a Full Medical Tax Deduction

Tax Deduction

Tax Deduction

Caution: The information and observations contained here may be subject to varied interpretations.  Seek independent advice and counsel from your own accounting, tax, and/or financial professionals.

IRS Publication 502, “Medical and Dental Expenses”, (Year 2015 version available online at www.irs.gov), states in the Nursing Home section, “You can include in medical expenses the cost of medical care in a nursing home, home for the aged, or similar institution, for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents. This includes the cost of meals and lodging in the home if a principal reason for being there is to get medical care.”

Adult Children Can Also Take Deduction

In some cases, adult children may also benefit from the tax deduction if their parent qualified as a dependent.  That means the adult children are providing at least 50 percent of the parent’s financial support, including the assisted living monthly service fee.  Check IRS Publication 502 and with your accountant for more specific details.

The 7.5 Percent Exclusion

The publication also advises the taxpayer how the deductions work.

“You can deduct only the amount of your medical and dental expenses that is more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 38).  In this publication, the term ‘7.5% limit’ is used to refer to 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.  The phrase ‘subject to the 7.5% limit’ is also used.  This phrase means that you must subtract 7.5% (0.075) of your adjusted gross income from your medical expenses to figure your medical expense deduction.”

But most income-qualified Seniors are already at that threshold deduction level due to their current medical expense deductions (prescription drugs not covered by Medicare, medical co-payments, etc.).

Note, that some medical deductions cannot be claimed if they have been reimbursed by either private insurance or the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  And, unfortunately, low-to-moderate income seniors, who currently pay little or no taxes, will realize little benefit from this provision.

Juniper Village at the Spearly Center: The Year 2015 Home Improvement Updates

Juniper Village at the Spearly Center

Juniper Village at the Spearly Center

by Diane Byrne

We have had a busy year at Juniper Village at The Spearly Center! Our team has been working hard all year to improve our resident community. These are just a few of our accomplishments.

2015 Improvements and Achievements…

  • New stylish dining room chairs throughout all dining areas in the facility.
  • Full implementation of the program Music & Memory program designed to bring personalized music into the lives of the physically & mentally handicapped through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
  • New resident mobile banking program which promotes resident autonomy & financial independence.
  • New durable & attractive dressers & nightstands in resident rooms.
  • New uniform facility signage throughout facility including, but not limited to residents rooms, offices, common areas & units.
  • Current Administrator awarded “NHA of the Year” for the State of Colorado.
  • Creation of a gero-psych unit on the Pinon which serves the elderly behavioral residents offering a quiet, more secluded, less stimulating environment safe for residents experiencing memory loss & behavioral issues.
  • New comfortable relaxation chairs for the front lobby & foyer areas.
  • Acquisition of a new facility minivan to increase resident appointments & outings, improving the resident’s quality of life.
  • Facility award for “Best Nursing Home in Denver for 2015 ” by the Denver Business Journal.
  • Implementation of Connect 4 Life, Juniper Communities program which is long term care living’s first truly integrated model of care & service, emphasizing a richly active & engaged approach to health living & aging.
  • New “Rehabilitative Rhythms” music program to teach residents living with traumatic brain injury to play musical instruments of their choosing.
  • Implementation of “Skype” or “Face Time” communication programs for pre-admission screening  for potential new residents.
  • First time Spearly wedding! The happy couple were married at Spearly, enjoying a beautiful ceremony & reception.
  • Creation of designated space for new employee training & on-going education.
  • New stone walkway in front of the facility as well as other landscaping improvements.
  • Increased resident choice driven menu options including but not limited to hamburgers, fruit plates, raviolis, deli sandwiches, hot dogs & breakfast breads.
  • New installation of a stationary bicycle on the Spruce unit in the gentleman’s corner area.
  • Acquisition of upgraded medical & environmental equipment, including, but not limited to hot water heaters, mechanical lifts & specialty beds.

Coming in 2016….

  • Remodel of  main kitchen & dishwashing areas.
  • Remodel of outdoor area on Juniper & Pinon units.
  • Remodel of shower room & spa on Pinon unit.
  • New state of the art electronic door alarm system to promote community safety.
  • Remodel & implementation of a resident skills area with emphasis on resident cooking & return to community programs.
  • New cushioned chairs for common areas.
Come visit us at Juniper Village at the Spearly Center soon to see some of our fabulous progress!


Juniper Communities in the News 2015

Juniper Communities

Juniper Communities

by Cindy Longfellow

As we reflect on the accomplishments of 2015 and look forward to 2016 we can’t help but notice the great deal of recognition that Juniper Communities has received for a number of our innovative programs and positions. Connect4Life is our innovative program that uses technology (high tech) to increase quality of care (high touch). Read more about how we use Connect4Life to tie quality care and technology to profits in this article in Senior Housing News: http://seniorhousingnews.com/2015/12/17/how-senior-living-providers-tie-quality-care-to-profits/ . Connect4Life has been recognized as a solution in relation to the Accountable Care Act in this Senior Housing News article http://seniorhousingnews.com/2015/12/03/editors-take-senior-living-at-a-tipping-point/ and has been widely covered in the media http://innovation.seniorhousingnews.com/assisted-living-provider-champions-health-care-partnership-model/. As early adopters of technology and recognizing the correlation between technology and positive outcomes we have received much recognition for our efforts as in this article from Provider Magazine http://www.providermagazine.com/archives/2015_Archives/Pages/0615/A-Case-For-.aspx, leading to several speaking engagements.

We have also been recognized for our anti-ageism campaign and our bold move to take seniors to Burning Man in 2016 http://innovation.seniorhousingnews.com/senior-living-takes-on-burning-man/, https://www.seniorhousingforum.net/blog/2015/11/11/let%E2%80%99s-take-bunch-80-year-olds-burning-man. Lynne Katzmann has had multiple speaking engagements this year to discuss our fight against ageism https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLy9dq8kS8mNyIgmCHjMMlqPYMbT1TdJgy&v=UdVBbU-CKjw.

As leaders in integrated care we partnered with Redwood Health Partners and opened several clinics in our community this year  http://www.seniorshousingbusiness.com/the-latest-news/25-latest-news/redwood-health-partners-to-provide-health-services-at-all-juniper-communities providing personalized care in the comfort of your own home for our residents. We also entered into partnership with Genesis to offer onsite therapy and rehabilitation services through our Theralink program http://www.junipercommunities.com/special_press/Juniper-Communities-announces-genesis-relationship-integrates-comprehensive-onsite%20therapy-services.php.  And we implemented the Music & Memory program in our Wellspring Memory Care communities http://www.junipercommunities.com/special_press/music_and_memory_2015.php and recently expanded the program to include our assisted living, personal care and skilled communities as well.

We are especially proud of several recognitions received by our communities. Two of our communities received the Caring Stars award for service excellence http://www.junipercommunities.com/special_press/Juniper-Villages-Award.php Our Juniper Village – The Spearly Center administrator was named Colorado Health Care Association’s Administrator of the Year http://www.junipercommunities.com/special_press/Sue-Pappas-named-CHCA-Administrator-Year.php Juniper Village at Chatham was award advanced standing in 2015 http://www.junipercommunities.com/special_press/Advanced-Standing-Chatham.php. And five of our communities were voted “2016 Best of Senior Living” by SeniorAdvisor.com: https://www.senioradvisor.com/awards/best-assisted-living. This award recognizes outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families and are placed in the top 1% of senior care providers nationwide.

Be on the lookout for more great news about Juniper Communities in 2016!

Photo image courtesy of my grandson Joshua.