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The Village at Waveny provides a unique gathering place designed to stimulate and engage memory impaired seniors. The familiar, comforting environment of small town Main Street is a site for interaction among Assisted Living residents, Adult Day Program participants, volunteers, staff, family and friends. Our community dynamic, along with specialized therapeutic programs, enriches and enhances the quality of life for older adults. The Village is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, where seniors from all areas are welcome. Find out more about everything we have to offer by calling Ginny Carroll at 203.594.5331 or visiting www.waveny.org.
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Waveny LifeCare Network elects Lewis as new Chairman Tom Lewis has been elected to succeed Jay Twombly as chairman of the board of directors for Waveny LifeCare Network. Under Twombly, Lewis served as vice-chairman and an active member of Wavenyâ€™s Executive, Finance, Inn and Compensation committees. Todd Lampert and John Zaro have been elected board vice-chair and treasurer, respectively, while Kelley Franco remains the board's secretary. â€œWith its relentless focus on quality, it is a privilege to serve such a forward-thinking and wellrespected continuum of care like Waveny in this capacity,â€? said Lewis. â€œI look forward to working alongside our talented CEO, capable leadership team and strong board of directors to continue to meet the changing needs and preferences of seniors in New Canaan and the surrounding communities.â€? Lewis, who first joined the Waveny board in early 2010, saw several landmark initiatives undertaken by 5-star rated organization throughout his tenure to date, including the development and implementation of a Strategic Plan, the launch of Waveny Home
Tom Lewis, newly-elected chairman of the Board of Directors for Waveny LifeCare Network.
Healthcare, collaboration with Staying Put in New Canaan, and a comprehensive organization-wide rebrand. â€œI have seen Waveny prepare strategically for the future and adapt nimbly to the challenges posed by a rapidly-changing healthcare arena,â€? said Lewis. â€œIt is both
exciting and rewarding to be part of an organization that has consistently taken on a leadership role in tackling issues of great relevance and importance.â€? â€œI am delighted to have Tom with us as Wavenyâ€™s board chairman,â€? said Bill Piper, chief executive of-
ficer of Waveny LifeCare Network. â€œHe brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and perspective, as well as a mission-driven sensibility to his position â€“ always with Wavenyâ€™s best interests in mind. We are very glad to welcome him into his new role.â€? With 25 years in the financial services industry and a long history of civic volunteerism, Lewis brings extensive financial and philanthropic experience to Wavenyâ€™s board. Now director of business development with Bourgeon Capital Management LLC of Darien, he previously spent 23 years with Goldman Sachs & Co. where he retired as partner managing director in 2003, and two years with Alliance Bernstein of New York City. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. Lewis was a member of the major gifts fundraising committee for The Village, Wavenyâ€™s assisted living residence for seniors with memory impairment that opened in 2001, a supporter of the capital fund that underpinned the YMCA
of New Canaanâ€™s remodeling effort, and a former president of the board of trustees for the New Canaan Nature Center. In addition to his volunteer service to Waveny, he currently serves on the New Canaan Conservation Commission and is both a trustee and finance committee member for the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk. Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimerâ€™s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.
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Gaylord Hospital grants woman’s dying wish The horses nuzzled Eileen gently, delicately touching her pale hands with their noses and staring directly into her eyes. Boy Toy carefully poked his nose in Eileen’s covers hoping to find the carrots she always brought him and then he gently laid his head on her lap. As the two huge animals tenderly greeted their friend it seemed to energize Eileen. For the medical team, family members and other staff watching these loving interactions – there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. As Eileen’s breathing equipment hummed in the background the unsung heroes of the day, the two respiratory technicians, kept a constant pace exchanging the oxygen canisters and running them to the basement for refilling. Under normal circumstances Eileen would have probably used only one or two canisters, but during this time she used nine.
By Katherine L. Kraines Boy Toy and Caesar, two Morgan horses, sniffed the autumn air as they stepped cautiously from the horse trailer parked in front of Gaylord’s Brooker building. Karen Hunter Bobbi, the horses’ trainer, gently stroked their heads as she instructed them to be on their best behavior. Taking their bridles, she led them slowly up the sidewalk toward the large wooden doors of Brooker. Meanwhile, a carefully synchronized team was working inside the hospital readying one of its sickest patients, Eileen, for a much-anticipated reunion. Housekeeping busily cleared the hallways while respiratory therapists and nurses coordinated care so Eileen could travel from her room in Milne 2 to Brooker’s lobby. But in the last 24 hours Eileen’s health had worsened; she was very weak and listless. Eileen Hunter was only 63 years old when she was diagnosed last May with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), a rare blood cancer. She was told that a stem cell transplant was the only treatment that might save her life. But then a drug reaction damaged her lungs, thwarting the transplant and forcing her in and out of hospitals for the next four months. Now Eileen’s lungs were failing and the goal was to keep her as comfortable as possible. Throughout her life Eileen had worn many hats as a working wife and mother, and as an avid supporter of children and youth. She served as the office manager at Hunter Pool Center for 38 years and she is the owner and manager of a horse farm and training facility in Chesire. Her upbeat attitude and gift for seeing the best in people made her popular in her community and with the staff caring for her at Gaylord. Always alert for ways to help others, Eileen had arranged for some of her horses and riding students to visit patients at Masonicare over the past few years. Eileen now needed some of that same nurturing therapy for herself.
She longed to see her horses again and happened to mention her desire to one of her nurses. Then a family member contacted the hospital wondering if they could bring the horses to Gaylord. Behind the scenes Eileen’s quiet wish and her family’s inquiry resulted in a beehive of activity. Peggy Bartram, director of respiratory services, received a chain of emails regarding the request. There were concerns about Eileen’s health and questions about bringing a horse onto the hospital’s property. For Peggy, these were minor obstacles. After assessing Eileen’s health Peggy said, “Of course we can do this – just tell us when and where!” Swinging into action, Peggy knew that she might need to jump a few hurdles to get approval for the visit. As Peggy and other staff members worked at rallying support from multiple departments including facilities, nursing, respiratory, the administration and C-suite, Eileen’s health continued to decline. She was receiving the highest respiratory assistance possible for her breathing without being on a ventilator. But the respiratory team was still confident they could move Eileen with breathing support. On the morning of Wednesday, October 23rd, Eileen’s daughter, Karen Hunter Bobbi, was wondering if she would be able to fulfill her mother’s wish. Then she received a call from Sandy Delong, the unit manager on Milne 2. Gaylord’s management team had given the go ahead! Could Karen bring the horses TODAY? Shaken, Karen asked if her mother had gotten worse and Sandy said yes. Sandy explained that the new plan was to transport Eileen to the lobby in her hospital bed rather than using a wheelchair. Karen quickly went to work loading the two horses she thought her mother would like to see, Boy Toy and Caesar. They arrived at Gaylord early that afternoon.
After the reunion her nurses were stunned by the changes in Eileen. She was energized, smiling and talking with people. Later in the day she was snapping photos of her family and sharing pictures on her iPad. Her energy and desire to live seemed to be revived. “All the oxygen in the world couldn’t do what that reunion did,” said Sandy Delong. “Medicine couldn’t do what being reunited with those horses did!” It took a team of 30 to 40 people to pull off the reunion. Many of the staff said there was a palpable shift in their energy and motivation as a result of this experience. In medicine there are some outcomes that can’t be changed, but there are times we can impact how an outcome happens. When these opportunities occur it is often as powerful for those providing the care as it is for those who are receiving it.
Boy Toy is seven years old, an adolescent in horse years. Eileen first saw him as a baby at a friend’s stable and named him from afar, not knowing that she would eventually own him. Like many adolescents, Boy Toy can be a bit feisty and he likes to make it clear he’s the boss. Caesar is the mature adult presence that balances Boy Toy’s youth. He is 29 years old, mellow and calm and has boarded at Eileen’s farm for years. For Eileen, Caesar and Boy Toy are members of the family. As the medical team readied Eileen for the reunion, her respiratory therapists and nurses made sure that everything was coordinated to support her breathing. Eileen’s condition required high-flow oxygen equipment that provided a constant supply of oxygen. But no one was sure how many canisters of oxygen she would need for the trips through the hospital and during the reunion. Two respiratory technicians stood ready to quickly exchange and refill the canisters. As Eileen’s journey began there was an air of expectation, hope and excitement. Would seeing her horses be all that Eileen hoped for? How would the horses respond? When Eileen’s bed rolled into the lobby it was obvious that Brooker was uniquely equipped for this event. The sloping sidewalk made it easy to get the horses to the doors. The double doorway allowed the foot of Eileen’s bed to go to the edge of the entrance and there was ample room for the horses to put their heads inside and over the foot of the bed. The high ceiling made the lobby feel spacious – an important factor because horses don’t like small spaces. Boy Toy and Caesar quickly spotted Eileen as they neared the door. Becoming very quiet, they took turns poking their heads inside. Unaffected by the breathing mask covering her face, they seemed to instantly sense her vulnerability and fragility.
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Taking care into his own hands When Raymond Harlow learned that he would need his second total knee replacement, he knew, based on his first total knee experience, what to expect. He knew that New England Baptist, where he was having the surgery, would offer him two options: in-patient rehabilitation at a nursing and rehabilitation center, or to go home with therapy services. “I knew it would put a heavier load on my wife to have me home,” said Harlow. But he also knew he didn’t want to go to the same place he had been previously for rehabilitation. “I wanted to know before the surgery where I was going afterward,” Harlow explained. So, he took matters into his own hands, and began his search for a different facility for his post-op recovery. He started with the phone book. The 86 year old Shrewsbury resident had lived in town his entire life, and had heard of Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “I drive by it almost every day,” he remarked. “But I always thought it was just a nursing home [for long term care]. I never knew that they had a rehab there!”
Raymond Harlow takes a spin with his new knee on one of the rehab bikes in the SNRC gym.
But, in the phone book, he found an ad for the place he knew as “Shrewsbury Nursing Home,” and saw that they offered rehabilitation. He called to inquire about it, and learned from Admissions Coordinator, Latasha Thomasson, that the facility was in partnership with
Hebrew Rehabilitation Group restores independence one life at a time By Michelle Payson, OTR/L, Director, Hebrew Rehabilitation Group
Jimmy is a 72 year old gentleman – which in the world of geriatrics is a middle aged man – who suffered a right cerebral vascular accident (CVA) and came to Hebrew Health Care for rehabilitation in early September 2013. Upon evaluation by Occupational, Physical and Speech therapies, Jimmy required significant assistance to perform all of his daily life tasks such as bathing, dressing and toileting. These are all areas of our daily life that we sometimes take for granted, but once lost, never take for granted again. In addition, he needed assistance with his mobility skills which included the ability to sit at the edge of his bed since his sitting balance was impaired. He required a mechanical lift to assist him out of bed and into a wheelchair, and he lost his ability to walk. This neurological event caused many left sided deficits such as trunk weakness as noted above with difficultly sitting unsupported, left leg weakness which affected his ability to stand and walk, impaired sensation which affected his ability to appreciate touch, and decreased awareness of where his leg and overall body was in space.
In terms of speech and swallowing, Jimmy was on a modified diet due to oral/facial weakness, along with difficulty vocalizing. After several weeks of therapy and sincere determination in regaining his independence, he was able to regain a significant amount of functional independence with his daily tasks, including walking. He also returned to eating a regular diet with thin liquids and demonstrated improvements with his speech and verbal intelligibility during conversation. Jimmy’s journey was by no means an easy one, and he confronted his challenges routinely. There were times when he and his family had to gather considerable muster to not give in, to keep fighting. And his determination, family support and motivation paid off; he made excellent gains in all areas – speech, swallowing, mobility, balance and sensation. With Hebrew Rehabilitation Group’s expertise and his ‘can do’ attitude, Jimmy was able to return to the community with home modifications and caregiver assistance. Jimmy has his life back, and the team Hebrew Rehabilitation Group couldn’t be happier for him.
Jewish Health Care for rehabilitation services, and that JHC therapists worked on-site at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “I knew they had a very good reputation,” said Harlow, referring to Jewish Health Care. “I knew if they were doing the rehab, that’s
where I wanted to go!” The location of Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was also a big attraction for Harlow. He liked supporting a local business, and being in-town made it easier for his wife, friends and relatives to visit.
After speaking with Thomasson on the phone, Harlow made an appointment to tour. “What I found [when touring] was very satisfactory. They seemed to have what I wanted, and they seemed to want me!” he recalled, with a chuckle. When he went back to New England Baptist for his preop appointment, he told them, “I want to go to rehab, and I want to go to Shrewsbury!” Once there, his pre-planning paid off. His second rehabilitation experience was much better than his first. “I progressed better and faster,” Harlow said, of his 10-day stay at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “I was very impressed with the therapists. They were pleasant, understanding, and they put me on the fast track to recovery.” The real proof, for Harlow, was the response of his surgeon, Dr. James Nairus, of Longwood Orthopedic Associates, during a follow-up visit right before Christmas. “He told me “You’re doing great!!”’ Harlow related. “He said, “I don’t want to see you for another year!”’
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