September 2015 Events at Juniper Communities: Spread Your Joy

September 2015 Events

September 2015 Events

by Tara Williamson

As the air begins to cool and summer wanes, Juniper Communities ends our “Stay Connected” series by recognizing Friendship and Joy. What is it that brings you joy? Is it the wet nose of a newborn pup? The smile of your first grandchild? The taste of a triple chocolate ice cream cone? Whatever it is we invite you to share that joy with others at Juniper Village this month.

Much attention has been paid to studies regarding the effects of stress on your health, but what about the effects of joy? The landmark “Nun Study,” as it’s often known, revealed that positive emotion is correlated with longevity: 90% of the most cheerful quarter of nuns was alive at the age of eighty-five, whereas only 34% of the least cheerful quarter lived to that age. Similarly, 54% of the most cheerful fourth was alive at age ninety-four, versus 11% of the least cheerful. Of the 678 sisters in the original study about four dozen are still living. So go ahead, grab that triple chocolate cone it might just extend your life!

This month we invite you to “Spread Your Joy” as we honor our friendships in our Red Hat and Villager clubs and our Best Friends events; get our hands dirty at our Friendship Daffodil Project; and celebrate with our Birthday Party and House Warming Initiatives.

Our fabulous September 2015 events at Juniper Communities include our:

  • Spearly Sidekick Spread Your Joy Social as we cordially invite friends, family and neighbors to this sampling of “spreads” to celebrate friendship, so join us on our Outdoor Patio with  a variety of fruit, vegetable and cheese spreads and spread the joy of friendship on September 10th at 2:30 pm in Denver, CO at Juniper Village at The Spearly Center.
  • Family Fun Day for this wonderful celebration on our great lawn, so bring the whole family for this fun-filled afternoon where we have it all; picnic, activities, and entertainment, including WDHA radio on-site broadcasting live, sponsored by Juniper Village as well as HomeWell Senior Care, Care One Whippany, Pine Acres Rehabilitation Center, Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services, Oasis Senior Advisors, and Compassionate Care Hospice on September 12th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Chatham, NJ at Juniper Village at Chatham.
  • Drum Circle Therapy as Wendy and Scott Gilbert of Drum2B1 will share their passion and the therapeutic benefits of “beating the drum” during this hands-on Drum Circle session will lift your spirit on September 17th at 6:00 pm in Lebanon, PA at Juniper Village at Lebanon.
  • 8th Annual COMEONIWANNAMEETCHLUA Aloha celebration featuring entertainment by Bob and Joan accompanied by delicious fresh foods, refreshing beverages, and a festive atmosphere on September 18th at 2:30 pm in Cape Coral, FL at Juniper Village at Cape Coral.
  • Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale Fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for a sit-down or take-out meal and delicious treats with a program that will teach you how you can make a difference in the life of a very special child through Centre County’s Children and Youth initiative that fosters positive friendships on September 23rd at 5:00 pm in State College, PA at Juniper Village at Brookline.
  • Seniors for Safe Driving Course seminar designed for drivers over the age of 55 who want to improve their driver’s safety and receive a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premium for 3 years after taking the course on September 29th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Pittsburgh, PA at Juniper Village at Forest Hills. (RSVP to 1.800.559.4880; cost is $16.00 and pre-registration is required.)

We look forward to sharing our September 2015 events at Juniper Communities with you as we Spread Your Joy.

Juniper Village at the Shenango Inn welcomes Debbie Fuller, RN as Director of Wellness

Debbie Fuller of Juniper Village at the Shenango Inn

Debbie Fuller of Juniper Village at the Shenango Inn

by Jeanine Genauer

With 25 years of experience as a registered nurse, Juniper Village at the Shenango Inn is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Fuller, RN to its leadership team as Director of Wellness.  Her familiarity with working in the home health and hospice settings in Sharon, coupled with the fact that she is a certified dementia practitioner, make her the ideal fit for the position.

Juniper Village at the Shenango Inn is a personal care community that is home to 100 residents on average with 140 licensed beds. As Director of Wellness, Debbie Fuller will oversee the clinical care and support of these residents and provide staff training.

“I believe the elderly have so much love and knowledge, they deserve to have the highest level of care  and respect,” Fuller expressed regarding her career working with seniors. “Being able to be part of Juniper Village at the Shenango Inn will allow me to provide that special attention to them.”

In addition to being a certified dementia practitioner, she holds nursing licenses in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio.  Debbie has worked in medical and surgical nursing, post cardiac surgical patient care, diabetic care, and several other areas. She attended Penn State at Shenango and the Sharon Regional School of Nursing.

“I look forward to continuing Juniper Community’s goals of enriching the lives of all our residents mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually as well as providing support to the caregivers and residents’ families,” expressed Fuller on her new role.

When not in the work environment you might find her spending time with her family, especially her two sons Anthony and Matthew and her grandson Amari, or outdoors perhaps hiking or traveling. She has also volunteered with the AWARE, an organization that helps women faced with domestic violence.

Juniper Communities: Your Partner for Successful Outcomes

Successful Outcomes

Successful Outcomes

by Diane Byrne

Our Clinical Successful Outcomes Speak for Themselves

We want to be your partner of choice in the new shared savings environment. At Juniper Communities, we have been collecting critical data for nearly 10 years. For example, we closely monitor residents to assure successful returns from either the hospital or rehabilitation setting.

Many re-hospitalizations are the result of falls. While unavoidable, response rate and injury rate contribute dramatically to unnecessary readmissions

The ability to manage pressure ulcers is key to minimizing hospitalizations. Low rates of facility acquired pressure ulcers are the result of a high level of wellness/clinical oversight and an indicator of quality care and service.

Another contributing factor to acute re-admissions is infections, in particular Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). The senior population can be extremely susceptible to infections and proper care and monitoring is paramount. Our wellness response team is skilled in recognizing symptoms of UTI in order to provide proactive interventions that reduce the need for hospitalization.

Another common cause of both initial hospitalizations and rehospitalizations is medication errors. Changes to medication regime whether after a scheduled physician appointment or emergency hospitalization can leave patients confused about what medications are most current. Our wellness team is responsible for medication reconciliation and management, a process which virtually eliminates medication errors.

Communication is key and Juniper Commmunities takes communication to the next level through:
• Use of Electronic Health Records (Point Click Care)
• Optimized care transitions protocols
• Full implementation of INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers)
• Use of a highly recognizable and consistent transfer information packet
• Focus on resident and care giver education and engagement
• Individualized care and service

Visit each of our Juniper Village communities’ blogs for more on their specific successful outcomes.

Juniper Village at Meadville’s Monica Blood Promoted to Exceutive Director

Juniper Village at Meadville's Monica Blood

Juniper Village at Meadville’s Monica Blood

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities is proud to announce that Monica Blood is the new executive director of Juniper Village at Meadville. She was appointed to the position earlier this summer. Prior to this, Monica served in the role of Director of Wellness for two years.

As executive director, she will manage the day to day operations of the community to ensure the maximum levels of resident, family, and staff safety, wellness and satisfaction through maintaining regulatory compliance, Juniper’s philosophy, hallmarks, and policies and procedures.

Growing up in Cochranton, PA she attended the school system through high school. Her post-secondary education was obtained from the College at Fortis Institute in Erie, PA. Monica graduated top of her Nursing class and she continues to be an Advisory Board member for their Nursing Program. She began her career as a CNA in 2005 at a local skilled nursing facility. After obtaining her nursing degree she worked for a hospice agency for two years before taking a position with Juniper Village at Meadville.

“It is an honor to work for a senior living company whose signature programs ensure that all residents maintain an engaged body, mind and spirit through all seasons of life. Juniper’s philosophy is to nurture the spirit of life and we truly follow this pursuit,” expressed Monica Blood.

Juniper has recently implemented several new programs, most notably, Connect 4 Life which is a triple aim approach to integrated care in senior living that provides better care, higher quality, and lower costs. “We are also one of the first industry adapters of Electronic Health Records, Electronic Medication Administration Records, and Electronic Interact. The Interact program allows Juniper to provide real time information to all providers in the care continuum. Additionally, Juniper is environmentally conscious.

“During the past two years, I have assisted with the implementation of several of these tools and tracking outcomes data and have witnessed the quality and benefits. I am very proud to say I work for a company that is always striving to be ahead of the curve and think outside the traditional healthcare box,” stated M. Blood.

A current resident of Linesville, PA she resides with her husband Steven Blood and their 7 year old black lab Bandit and 6 year old Boston Terrier Razor.