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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to implement new bedside medication verification system $75,000 grant goes toward new bar code scanning technology to help prevent medication errors Gaylord Specialty Health Care, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues, is implementing a new bedside medication verification system, made possible by a $75,000 grant from Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA). The grant will be used to purchase the necessary equipment to bring medication verification into each patient room. Once fully implemented, the new system will allow caregivers to utilize bar code scanning technology prior to administering medications. The goal is to reduce the chance for medication errors, reduce costs due to preventable errors, and improve interaction at the bedside. “At Gaylord, our patient mix is some of the most acute and critically ill patients in the state. As a result, our patients receive a very large number of drugs – on average our patients are given 25-30 different medications each day and we administer over a million medications a year,” said George Kyriacou, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare CEO. “Thanks to this advanced technology we are able to double check patient
medication and help solidify our commitment to ensuring our patients receive the best and most advanced care possible.” Jeannette Weldon, Managing Director of CHEFA, was on hand to present the $75,000 check to Gaylord last month. The heads of Gaylord’s nursing, information technology and pharmacy departments were also there to celebrate the commencement of this multi-disciplinary project. CHEFA is a quasi-governmental agency, and one of its roles is to make grants to organizations, such as Gaylord, to help them enhance the health of Connecticut residents. About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (GSH), headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven, and sleep medicine centers in Glastonbury, Guilford, North Haven and Trumbull. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.
Pictured (L to R) Gerry Maroney, Chief Information Officer at Gaylord; Jeannette Weldon, Managing Director of CHEFA; George Kyriacou, President & CEO of Gaylord; David Wasch, Legislative Liaison, CHEFA; William Alberti, Director of Pharmacy at Gaylord; Gini Staubach, Chief Nursing Officer at Gaylord.
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Pet Therapy brings joy to residents at Waveny LifeCare Network Each week Waveny’s Pet Therapy volunteers bring their dogs to Waveny to brighten and lift the spirits of Waveny’s patients and residents. Animal-assisted activities are widely recognized to have therapeutic effects like reducing stress and calming anxiety. Visits help to improve mood, reduce loneliness, and encourage residents to become more physically and emotionally relaxed. Waveny’s loyal and lovable four-legged friends never fail to put smiles on faces. “It’s always very rewarding to see a person smile or talk about their pets when Meca and I visit,” said Michelle Dore, owner of Meca, a regular furry visitor to Waveny. “We are a team. The residents pet and cuddle Meca while I talk to them and ask them about their day.” While not required be certified as a pet therapy dogs, each dog visiting Waveny for pet therapy must be friendly, non-aggressive, and appropriately trained. “In order to be part of the program, all the dogs must be clean, well-groomed, healthy and up-to date on immunizations,” said Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers at Waveny. When Marisa Perkins adopted Lola, a rescue dog with a quiet, patient temperament, she knew that Lola was special. “She looks at you as if she knows everything you are thinking and every emotion you are feeling. I knew she had to be a therapy dog,” said Marissa. When
Residents Dorothy Peisinger and Rose Pirie with Bingo and Diane Muldowney.
Marissa and Lola visited Waveny’s special care unit one day, two residents pet Lola with assistance from the nurse and Marissa. “She is very pretty,” said one resident with advanced dementia, and then the other said, “I love her.” Marissa only realized Lola’s effect when the nurse later told her that those two residents seldom speak. Bingo, another of Waveny’s therapy dogs, is a three year old black Labrador that Diane Muldowney adopted from the “Puppies behind
Bars” program. Inmates in the program train puppies to become therapy dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Bingo was trained to “sense” and help people cope with loss and depression. “Bingo knows when a person is feeling depressed or sad and will try to comfort them,” said Diane. “He will lay his head down for them to pet and to run their fingers through his fur.” Waveny thanks all of its volunteers and their four legged friends for offering unconditional love, affection and boundless patience. To learn more about how your pet can
brighten someone’s day at Waveny, contact Debbie Perron, Director of Volunteers at 203.594.5334 or DPerron@waveny.org. 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 Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home 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.
Marissa Perkins and Lola with resident Joe.
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Waveny LifeCare Network’s youngest volunteer, Henry Benton, recently provided technology mentorship to Waveny resident, Harvey Chandler, who was born in 1929. The 10 year old Saxe Middle School student’s lesson included laptop, iPad and smartphone use, and concluded with Mr. Chandler sending his first text to his son who immediately texted back to thank the young boy for teaching his dad about digital technology. Henry’s next lesson will involve Google Earth & Maps and hopefully Mr. Chandler’s first Skype session to connect with loved ones. Resident Elma Fay with Meca
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New Jewish Senior Services Campus in Fairfield County begins On February 24, Jewish Senior Services (The Jewish Home) in Fairfield completed the purchase of 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport which, in partnership with the Jewish Center for Community Services (JCCS) will develop an innovative and exciting new campus. The campus will be named The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus at Park Avenue thanks to a lead gift from their Foundation. The construction of the new campus is expected to take 2 years and be completed by Spring, 2016. The JCCS has been quiet since last summer with the main building closing in June and Camp JCC and Camp Katan ending in August. Their administrative offices moved to the UJA/Federation of Westport, Weston, Wilton Norwalk located on the Post Road in Westport and are sharing both space and support services. Now, the JCCS looks to the physical resources and needs of the community in continuing to offer programs for youth and adults and a new community web site is under construction that will help promote all the programs in the Jewish community. Jewish Senior Services with a grant from the JCCS has committed to retaining Child Care and Health Club programs on the new campus including a pool and wellness program. The JCCS has made arrangements with the New Haven JCC, including bussing, to host JCCS campers at its site in Woodbridge. The JCCS/Federation will occupy 5,400 sq. ft. in the new building for its Federation, Bureau of Jewish Education and Merkaz offices, the PJ Library, Israel programming, and anticipated collaborative needs of the Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk community. During the construction period for the new campus, Merkaz program offices have been relocated to Congregation Rodeph Sholom. As Jewish Senior Services’ skilled nursing facility (The Jewish Home) has aged, they will be building a new “Household” model of care. The Household model is much more residential and “homelike” and supports the philosophy of person-centered care. Each household will include 14 private bedrooms for residents with a shared kitchen, dining and living room area improving the overall quality of life provided. The full range of Jewish Senior Services’ programs will continue to be offered on the new campus including Long Term Care, Short Term Rehabilitation (Goldstein Rehabilitation Center), Outpatient Therapy, Geriatric Assessment, and
an Adult Day Program. The new campus will also house the offices for Jewish Senior Services programs that are offered throughout the Fairfield and New Haven County communities such as Home Care (Friedman Home Care Agency), Hospice (Chaifetz Family Hospice), the Institute on Aging, the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and Senior Choice at Home®. Jewish Senior Services also plans to add Assisted Living services at its new location. Apart from giving both organizations new, more modern facilities, another exciting element of the new campus plan is for Jewish Senior Services and the JCCS to share space, uniting and supporting the community with a host of services.
For example, Jewish Senior Services’ community areas including the auditorium, meeting rooms, kosher restaurant, synagogue and library will be available in the evenings to the JCCS and the community for adult education, lecture series, and meetings. The integrated campus will work with other Jewish agencies such as its neighbor, the Hollander House, to ensure the most efficient use of limited community resources. Community members will have the opportunity to participate in all of the programs and services offered. The “Journey to Home” Capital Campaign has a goal of $25M. To date the community has shown overwhelming support with over $23M committed. Donations can be made at www.jseniors.org.
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The Adjustment Factor in Assisted Living by Lois Alcosser
Change is difficult for most everyone and the older you are, the harder it is. A change of address can be traumatic for older adults. Leaving one’s home, one’s neighborhood, perhaps city and state can cause fear and resentment, even when the move will bring a daughter, son or grandchildren nearby. When the move is to an assisted living residence, there are mixed feelings. On the one hand, not being burdened by housekeeping, grocery shopping, cooking, is welcome. Having people around, things to do, health care, well-prepared meals, transportation, security night and day makes lots of sense. On the other hand, the prospect of a changed lifestyle and unknown environment can be frightening. Long before the actual move, no matter how advantageous, the family member who is responsible for the decision has lots of cajoling and convincing to do. A play called “I’m Not Ready Yet,” is the scenario of a mother’s resistance, despite the fact that living alone is no longer an option. The playwright, Lawrence Apple, has captured the actual dilemma because he writes from immediate experience as the VicePresident of The Greens Assisted Living Residence in Wilton, CT. The Greens recognizes that the idea of calling an assisted living residence one’s new home is unlike any other experience of moving to a new place. Instead of the excitement of “moving on” with the anticipation of new adventures in living, there is a feeling of reluctance about leaving well-worn familiarity and lifelong routines. The Greens has been helping families to know they are not alone, that there are ways to make the move to assisted living easier. For example, at one of The Greens’ popular Community Education Series, Patty Gabal, who runs a service called “Changing Places” demonstrated ways to assist older adults and their families face the emotional, physical and mental aspects of relocation, the nitty-gritty. “After all, before anyone moves in, they have to move out, “ she explained. Down-sizing requires de-cluttering the homestead and decreasing one’s “stuff.” What to do with the dining room table that served the family for years? Or the piano? Or the mixed paraphernalia in closets? The admissions process at The Greens at Cannondale aims to make the adjustment to assisted
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living as smooth as possible. “We’ve faced just about every difficulty that can occur for the family as well as the new resident, “ says Kristen Johnson, Admissions Counselor at The Greens. ”From the first moment someone walks through our doors, I want them to feel a level of comfort. We know that everyone’s story is different. Our goal is to find out what that story is and really get to know each individual. This allows us the tools to guide someone step by step through the entire move-in process, to make what can often feel like an overwhelming task into a smooth and comfortable transition.” One of the techniques that was tried matched a newcomer with an experienced resident, from the very first day. It was supposed to give the newcomer an instant friend. It worked well for a while, but it was soon replaced by a more low-key, natural way to socialize. The Greens provides so many varied activities that residents with similar interests meet each other at classes, exercise sessions, rehearsals for musical productions, resident meetings and more recently, a very successful afternoon “Happy Hour” with a full selection of beverages, appetizers, open seating in a cafe’ atmosphere. This way, opportunities for friendship are all around, while freedom of choice and privacy are respected.
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who live here and the staff is so caring, my fears went away. Now, this is my home.” Adjustment to a new lifestyle happens one day and one activity at a time. The Greens at Cannondale is at 435 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 203-61-1191.
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LeadingAge CT hosts legislative breakfast at Hebrew Health Care members of Association LeadingAge Connecticut gathered at Hebrew Health Care in West Hartford On January 14, 2014 to discuss important legislative agenda items with the Bloomfield and West Hartford Delegation. Senator Beth Bye and Representatives Andrew Fleischmann and David Baram spoke with members individually about the Affordable Care Act and the impact it will have on aging care services. After a brief breakfast reception, the delegation entertained formal questions from Mag Morelli, President of LeadingAge CT on behalf of its
membership pertinent to legislative priorities that were determined by its Board. “We were happy to host this event on behalf of LeadingAge Connecticut, and we are grateful that Senator Bye and Representatives Fleischman and Baram were generous of their time. Hebrew Health Care has always been active in public policy, and we enjoy an amicable relationship with our delegation,” remarked Bonnie Gauthier, President and CEO of Hebrew Health Care. Mag Morelli, President of LeadingAge Connecticut remarked,
“LeadingAge Connecticut is pleased to be working together with our state legislators to help expand the possibilities of aging in Connecticut.” Hebrew Health Care is a nonprofit, non-sectarian health care provider featuring a full spectrum of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services to meet the needs of older adults in the Greater Hartford community. Hebrew Health Care is committed to providing comprehensive care of the elderly. Not simply saying it, not simply building it, HHC does it – every day,
every week, every year, for over 100 years. Hebrew Health Care’s commitment to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based. Hebrew Health Care is comprised of nine service affiliates that include The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care, Hoffman SummerWood Community, Hebrew Health Visiting Nurses and Hospice, Hebrew Health Assisted Living Services, Hebrew Health Adult Day Services, Hebrew Rehabilitation Group, Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group and the Gene and Anja Rosenberg Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center. LeadingAge Connecticut was founded in 1961, and is Connecticut's leading membership association of notfor-profit and Quality First aging services organizations. Our 130+ provider
members and 57 business affiliate members serve over 16,000 older adults every day in settings across the continuum from their home to congregate housing to assisted living to care centers. LeadingAge Connecticut members are diverse but share a common focus on person-directed living, missions of service to their communities and choice in older adult services. Committed to excellence and to innovation, LeadingAge Connecticut is nationally recognized for expertise in aging services issues related to long term care, senior housing and supportive services. Through effective grassroots advocacy, cutting edge information, progressive providers, and public information aimed at increased consumer awareness, LeadingAge Connecticut is dedicated to creating the future of aging services.
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Standing left to right is BonnieGauthier, President and CEO of Hebrew Health Care; Patricia Morse, Chairman of LeadingAge Connecticut; Representative Andrew Fleischmann; Senator Beth Bye; Representative David Baram; William Fiocchetta, Chairman of LeadingAge Connecticut Legislative Committee; and Mag Morelli, President of LeadingAgeConnecticut.
Waveny LifeCare Network celebrates Black History Waveny LifeCare Network’s residents and Adult Day participants celebrated Black Heritage on Main Street at The Village by learning more about Black History and singing Freedom songs.
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Cura Hospitality Prepares New Hospitality Strategies for Baby Boomers By Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Cura Hospitality Cura Hospitality, a specialist in senior living and acute care dining services management, is proactively helping administrators design appealing venues and plan new dining menu and hospitality strategies for the influx of residents from the “Greatest Generation”. As these Baby Boomers age, they expect a new worldliness and desire for food and beverage options beyond the traditional dining room. Cura elevates their experience by offering dining-related opportunities more conducive to their lifestyle. Take for example Cura-managed “home brewing” clubs, which has several residents enthused about learning how to brew a variety of beers and ales right in the comfort of their home. At the Whitney Center in Hamden, CT, more than 20 residents are members of the new “social” brew club, who meet monthly with their cook/brew master, Tim Smith, to learn the tricks of the trade on how to brew a variety of ales! “When I moved here, I never expected to participate in a brew club. It’s quite popular! What was supposed to be a social gathering for men has now grown to include women, too. It’s a lot of fun,” laughs Sanford Zimmerman, 84, a Whitney Center resident. Since December of 2012, Whitney’s brew club has brewed nine beers including a Blond Ale, Maple Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, Double India Pale Ale, Orange Wheat, and Russian Imperial Stout. French Saison and a Single Hop Pale Ale are next! The brew club brings fond memories to Zimmerman, originally from St. Louis, MO, who grew up near the AnheuserBusch landmark brewery. Now Zimmerman can help create his own brew, while another brew club member/resident, Carl Puleo, designs the bottle’s label. Ales are served in Cura-managed pubs for all residents to enjoy! As we finally leave winter behind, more and more Curamanaged communities will also be tending to their gardens. “Growers Days” at Cura have grown in popularity as older adults are keenly aware and educated on the key health benefits of the food they eat. In fact, it’s important for them to know where their food is grown and harvested.
Residents of The Bridges at Bent Creek in Mechanicsburg, PA, are part of this “growing” trend. Since 2009, residents have planted vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, arugula, and tomatoes. With the help and instruction of a local greenhouse owner, the residents were educated on how to plant, water, and care for the plants in several raised beds constructed by Cura’s dining team members. Gardening not only improves residents’ health by helping to keep them active, gardens inspire and create enjoyment. Ron Moyer, the former CEO of Peter Becker Community (Harleysville, PA) for 25 years, is now retired and a resident at Peter Becker. “For me, gardening is a hobby and therapy which also helps me to stay active and eat healthier,” says Moyer who has planted peas, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, lima and string beans on a 50 by 50 plot located on the community’s acre-plus garden located just outside of Philadelphia. Gardening is also part of Moyer’s physical activity regimen. “I’m convinced that staying active prevents me from suffering lower back problems,” says Moyer. Some of the vegetables and herbs harvested by the residents are used by Cura chefs to prepare fresh and delicious meals. These foods are identified on the menu with a customized logo denoting “food from the garden”! To further enhance sustainable efforts, vegetable waste and wood material (cardboard, leaves and woodchips) are composted on-site and returned back to the gardens for natural fertilization. According to Becky Lockner, Cura director of partnership development, “Through our LivingLife philosophy, Cura’s goal is to encourage residents to be involved and give them a sense of purpose and belonging.” LivingLife strives to nourish, heal and uplift the spirit and body through great food, personal service and memorable dining experiences. Based upon six dimensions of overall well-being including physical, spiritual, vocational, emotional, social, and intellectual, these areas are used as a frame to put an extra twist on what we already do well – enhancing life around great food!
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Dr. Patricia Aguayo joins Hospital for Special Care Autism Center Center expands services and now offers psychiatric interventions and evaluation Patricia Aguayo, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the Hospital for Special Care’s Autism Center as Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. Dr. Aguayo will be responsible for seeing children and adolescents in need of medication management, psychiatric interventions and evaluation and ongoing psychiatric therapy. Beginning this month, Hospital for Special Care (HSC) will offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Aguayo received her medical degree from Universidad Anahuac, School of Medicine, in Mexico City, Mexico. She completed her Psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY and received a LEND fellowship (Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) at Westchester Institute for Human Development. Dr. Aguayo is a Clinical Instructor at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center. She comes to HSC from the Yale Child Study Center, where she was Chief Resident and before that a Fellow. The Autism Center at HSC provides a variety of diagnostic, assessment, and therapy services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. The Center’s multidisciplinary approach includes psychol-
ogists, developmental pediatricians, speech therapists, occupational therapist and now a child psychiatrist. The Center staff is available to assist parents and schools in the development of educational and behavioral plans, including transition planning for post-school life. For further information on the Autism Center or to make a referral please call 860.612.6381 or email email@example.com. About Hospital for Special Care Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medicallycomplex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.
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David Rosenblum, MD, of Woodbridge, has been recognized as â€œTop Docâ€? in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine for the seventh time. New this year, Dr. Rosenblum has been named Physician of the Year as part of Business New Havenâ€™s annual Healthcare Heroes Awards. Dr. Rosenblum is the medical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation and the director of the spinal cord program at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Connecticut. For over twenty years he has treated patients with spinal cord injuries or other types of neurologic injuries or diseases. His valuable contributions began in the 1990â€™s when he became one of the first physicians to become board certified in spinal cord injury and helped create and then direct Gaylordâ€™s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, which focused on rehabilitation. â€œI am honored and grateful to be recognized by Business New Haven and Connecticut Magazine,â€? said Dr. Rosenblum. â€œI share this recognition with my fellow staff at Gaylord and our commitment to the health care industry as we continue to invest in the latest and most innovative technology to collectively improve the quality of life for our patients.â€? The most recent contributions Dr. Rosenblum has pursued for Gaylord has been through a recent development in spinal cord injury therapy called exoskeletal robotic technology. The wearable robot is used to help patients with spinal cord injury, or other lower extremity paralysis or weakness, to stand and walk. Gaylord is one of only 20 facilities in the
Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) offered at Hebrew Health Care Hebrew Health Care is pleased to announce the successful treatment and discharge of its first from LSVT BIG Therapy patient. Lee Silverman Voice Therapy BIG program focuses on helping those with Parkinsonâ€™s disease and other neurological conditions regain their range of movement. One of only several healthcare providers in Hartford County, Hebrew Health Care is proud to add this ground-breaking program to its constellation of services. Lee Silverman developed innovative and clinicallyproven communication and movement therapies for individuals with Parkinsonâ€™s disease with application for other neurological conditions. Clinicians are specially trained in academic settings and online workshops to become certified in the LSVT protocols. Nearly all individuals with early stage Parkinsonâ€™s disease develop problems with speech that will progressively diminish their quality of life. LSVT LOUD offers speech therapy to treat soft voice, mumbled speech, monotone speech and hoarse voice. Less known, is the LSVT BIG program, physical/occupational therapy to improve faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance and increased trunk rotation. Patients commit to rigorous treatment protocols that include intensive 16 sessions of four consecutive days per week for four weeks, individual one hour sessions and daily homework and exercises. â€œThe Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is pleased to have organizations such as Hebrew Health Care leading the way in bringing LSVT BIG and LOUD therapies to our Parkinson's community. LSVT Global has created innovative and
effective speech and physical therapies that have a dramatic effect on people living with Parkinson's,â€? remarked Mary Ellen Thibodeau, Executive Director, American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter. Michelle Payson, Director, Hebrew Rehabilitation Group commented, â€œHebrew Health Care saw an opportunity to bring this much needed and underserved service to our community. Our therapists are dedicated to keeping their treatment protocols in line with industry-recognized best practices.â€? Hebrew Health Care is a non-profit, non-sectarian health care provider featuring a full spectrum of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services to meet the needs of older adults in the Greater Hartford community. Hebrew Health Care is committed to providing comprehensive care of the elderly. Hebrew Health Careâ€™s commitment to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based. Hebrew Health Care is comprised of the following service affiliates: The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care Hebrew Health Adult Day Service Hoffman SummerWood Community Hebrew Rehabilitation Group Hebrew Health Visiting Nurses Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group Hebrew Health Hospice Hebrew Health Assisted Living Services The Gene and Anja Rosenberg Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center
world to offer the Eksoâ„˘ bionic exoskeleton, which was named a Top 10 invention by CNN and Wired and one of the Best Inventions by Time. â€œDr. Rosenblum is extremely deserving of this recognition and is valued by his patients for his caring approach, compassion, and vision,â€? said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. â€œHis innovation and leadership have helped to propel Gaylord to the national forefront of spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation.â€? About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (GSH), headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven, and sleep medicine centers in Glastonbury, Guilford, North Haven and Trumbull. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.
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Villar looks to Sun Homes Loans for ‘HELP’ and gets results To receive more information about the program and its benefits, Sun Home Loans has established a direct telephone number exclusively for members of the hospital community call 1-973-805-4156. When you call you will speak to a live program specialist who will discuss your needs and explain how the Sun Home Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program can H.E.L.P. Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans are subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, N.A. Equal Housing Lender. Other Products and services are not banking products, not FDIC insured, may lose value, and are not a condition of credit or any banking product or service offerings. You may inquire about these additional services when you apply.
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Melissa Villar was referred to Sun Homes Loans by a realtor who spoke highly of the firm’s excellent customer service, expertise and mortgage rates. As Villar will tell you, Sun Home Loans certainly lived up to its reputation, and than some. After speaking with Sun Home Loans, Villar learned of the innovative Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P.). Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, H.E.L.P. is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. The unique program provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and pre-qualifications to shop for your next home. Villar, a clerical associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, used the H.E.L.P. program to purchase a beautiful condominium, proudly closing on Feb. 10. “It’s a big step. I’m very excited,” Villar said. “Sun Home Loans was excellent. They answered all of my questions quickly, they answered all of my phone calls. I’m definitely happy that I was referred to Sun Home Loans. They were always in touch with me throughout the process.” Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper teamed up to bring the emergency services community this unprecedented mortgage opportunity. The popular program offers benefits, including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation, and credit repair if needed. You may take advantage of these other products and services, though they are offered separately from the H.E.L.P. Among other things, Villar was excited that the H.E.L.P. program offered a lower mortgage rate than other brokers. Villar’s purchase was a short sale, which could have been complicated, but the Sun Home Leans team made the transaction a seamless one. Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and Hospital Newspaper are both proud to serve the hospital community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. They are the core fabric of our society. H.E.L.P. clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process – from their initial inquiry – to closing. However, after closing, the staff is there to address other financial needs. “We have worked extremely hard to put together a group of impressive incentives for the hospital community,” said Steve Testa, Vice President Regional Sales Manager of Sun Home Loans. “We remain confident that those who are currently in the market for a mortgage will discover that the Sun Home Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program exceeds what they are able to find elsewhere in the marketplace. We have received a lot of positive feedback and its always a pleasure working with a hard-working woman such as Melissa Villar. We were glad to help her.”
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14th Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing May, 8, 2014
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The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) will, for the 14th year, be hosting the New Haven region’s Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. The event, which honors deserving nurses and recognizes outstanding nursing students, will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the VNA/SCC to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level. Honorary Co-Chairs for the Nightingale Awards are Kiki and Ted Kennedy, Jr. “We are extremely honored that Ted and Kiki Kennedy would take the time out of their
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busy schedules to lend their support and leadership to the 2014 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing” says VNA/SCC President & CEO John R. Quinn, “they are both knowledgeable about our health care system in Connecticut and they have the highest respect and regard for the nursing profession. Their mere presence at the Nightingale Awards is a tribute to those nurses we honor and will make the nurse’s evening a very special and memorable event.” Co-Hosts Gil Simmons, WTNH-8 Meteorologist, and Renee DiNino, Host: Community Access & Celebrity Access, Midday Host: The River 105.9 FM, Director of Community Affairs & Programming at Clear Channel Radio, Connecticut will emcee the awards ceremony. This will be the fifth year that Simmons and DiNino will have cohosted the event. “Gil and Renee are not only
entertaining emcees, but also, enthusiastic advocates for the nursing profession and the Nightingale Awards program,” says Quinn, “we are very happy that they will again be lending their voices to this important event.” The 2014 Nightingale Awards gala is generously supported by Platinum sponsor YaleNew Haven Hospital as well as other current and past corporate and media sponsors, such as: First Niagara, Gaylord Hospital, Masonicare Inc., Griffin Hospital, Jewish Senior Services, Milford Hospital, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Connecticut Hospital Association, Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, Sacred Heart University, Utopia Home Health Care, Inc., VA CT Healthcare System, Waterbury Hospital, Yale University School of Nursing, Ameritas Retirement Plans, CohnReznick, The Community Founda-
tion for Greater New Haven, Connecticut Business Systems, Gateway Community College, Mason, Inc., McKesson Corporation, New England Home Care, Southern Connecticut State University, State Farm Insurance, UIL Holdings, Clear Channel Radio, WTNH-8, Connecticut Nurses’ Association, ADVANCE for Nurses, and Hospital Newspaper. The strong leadership slated for this year’s Nightingale Awards helps to shine the spotlight on hard-working nurses in the state of Connecticut, and recognize their dedication through much deserved appreciation and thanks. For more information about the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, including sponsorship information and how to purchase tickets, visit the Nightingale website at http://www.nightingalenursingawards.org/ind ex.php/home-newhaven or call the Nightingale hotline at 203-859-6765.
Gaylord Center for Concussion Care recognized by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut BIAC Honors Gaylord with Education and Prevention Award for Outstanding Effort Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues is being recognized with the 2014 Education and Prevention Award by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC). This recognition was awarded to the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care on Friday, March 7th at the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Annual Conference as an organization demonstrating outstanding effort that has resulted in the increase of public awareness of brain injury and prevention and has broadened community services available to individuals who have sustained a brain injury. “Gaylord’s extensive team of experts draws upon a long and successful history of treating brain injuries,” said George Kyriacou, President & CEO. “We are honored to receive this honor from the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut and will continue our commitment to providing the most effective program to maximize the recovery for our patients.”
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Hospital Construction: Offering the Safest Choice In the quest to offer patients the safest choice, many hospitals today are frequently asked to explain to the public how effectively they guard against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Healthcare facilities have been concerned about HAIs since the 1840s, when Ignaz Semmelweis, urged doctors to wash their hands before delivering babies. But in recent years, the degree of concern has risen as legislatures in 28 states (including New York) now mandate that hospitals publish the statistics, according to the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, a patient advocacy group founded by Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., a former lieutenant governor of New York. Given the trend of public disclosures and the anticipated hospital construction growth in the next decade, reporting hospitals will have to consider instituting new precautions to ensure that any construction that occurs does not raise their HAIs statistics. Recognizing the growing requirement for protecting hospital patients and staff, the carpenters union, through its International Carpenters Training Fund, created an innovative training and certificate program that would teach members how to reduce the risk of contamination while working in a healthcare institution. The result was Construction ICRA: Best Practices in Healthcare Construction.
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The first step in forging this program was to follow Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures. They are so widely accepted as the “gold standard” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes their use, and the American Institute of Architects adopted them as the guiding principles for their members who design medical facilities. “Most hospitals have construction going on all the time, whether it’s a major expansion or updating older facilities,” says Alan Seidman, executive director, Construction Contractors Association of Hudson Valley. “This activity raises two vital questions for hospital administration: What training does my construction workforce have, and are they following or even aware of ICRA guidelines? “Our union carpenters and contractors recognize that working in a hospital is different from most construction jobs. They understand that every action could have a serious impact on the health of patients and staff.” Seidman says hospitals’ concern for patients and staff creates compelling reasons to use IRCA-certified construction workers. These include many safeguards, cost containment, reputation management and adherence to a safety philosophy. No hospital wants to face any inquiry and be unable to offer reassurance that any construction crew had been completely trained to work in their facility. There is also the issue of cost. Most hospitals accept what studies have shown, ranging from the CDC to independent organizations, that patients who are victims of HAIs remain in the hospital longer, need more time to heal and, bottom line, raise the cost of the visit. In his overview study, The Direct Medical Costs of Health care-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention, economist R. Douglas Scott II examined the macro-economic costs of HAIs. The figures in this latest 2009 study are huge. “The direct cost [of HAIs] ranges from $28.4 billion to $33.8 billion,” when adjusted for inflation, Scott wrote in his report. While he acknowledges that taking preventive action against HAIs can be expensive, the benefits offset the cost. The viability of a hospital’s reputation rests on public perception and government institutions that assess them. An outbreak of any infectious disease, if reported in the media, can immediately tarnish a hospital’s public standing and reputation, no matter how superior it might be in other areas. Any increase of HAIs beyond the average range might link to construction, therefore tarnishing the hospital’s reputation. Taking adequate precautions beforehand by using trained personnel is the antidote to preventing this possibility. Finally, there is the issue of hospital philosophy, Seidman notes. Consumers and patients have choices in what hospital they select. Hospitals that use contractors and craftspeople trained in ICRA guidelines show their commitment to maximum quality care. The use of these contractors and craftspeople will lead to better ratings for the hospitals that employ them, according to Seidman. “We provide a mock-up of a hospital room in our training facilities and we offer hands-on training,” says Seidman. “No one comes close to the breadth and depth of our ICRA-based training.”
Alan Seidman, executive director, Construction Contractors Association of Hudson Valley Training Seidman describes the “Best Practices in Health Care Construction” training program as “fully operational” with more than 100 members having gained new certifications by completing the 32-hour course. He explained that the program consists of two parts: • 8-Hour Awareness Certification – This class provides the foundation of the program and teaches the participants awareness of the hazards, ways to minimize exposure, and proper work safety practices when working in an occupied healthcare facility. • 32-Hour Certification – An in-depth, hands-on instruction, designed to teach the participants the recognized methods of performing specific tasks such as: isolating rooms by assembling enclosures, setting up HEPA machines and installing and monitoring air pressure gauges. Pointing to specifics, he explains that training provided to apprentices, journeymen, foremen and superintendents includes but is not limited to: • Hazardous Materials Awareness • Lead, Asbestos, Silica, and Mold • Individual Responsibilities to Patients • The Structure of the ICRA Form • Regulatory Agencies and Organizations • Containing the Work Area • Work Area Classifications • Anteroom Construction • Erecting and Sealing a Soft Wall • Working within a Portable Isolation Cube • How to Establish a Negative Pressure Environment • Personal Protective Equipment Familiarization • How Secondary Infections are Acquired Tom Perić is a former award-winning journalist and president of Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Galileo Communications Inc. (www.thegalileo.com). He writes frequently about construction issues and the HVACR (heating and cooling) industry.
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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center recognized for commitment to energy efficiency Connecticut Children’s Medical Center was recognized recently by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board for the installation of new energy efficient equipment. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center officials received a special plaque during a ceremony, held at the hospital’s Hartford campus, celebrating completion of the energysaving upgrades. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center worked with energy experts from CL&P to complete the $1.4 million project, which will save the hospital more than $150,000 in annual energy costs, more than 800,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and 37,000 CCF (one CCF equals 100 cubic feet) of natural gas each year. These savings are equivalent to the amount of electricity 75 homes would typically consume in one year, and result in avoided emissions of approximately 609 tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of taking 106 cars off the road for a year. “Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is committed to energy efficiency, and to taking the necessary steps to help reduce energy use, lower operating costs, and make our buildings more comfortable,” said Marty Gavin, President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “We hope that our efforts will position us as an energy thought leader within our industry and will help further Connecticut’s leadership role in energy efficiency.” Connecticut Children’s Medical Center received an Energize Connecticut program incentive of $500,000 to help with costs of the project, which included upgrades to the hospital’s energy infrastructure. Old, inefficient lighting was replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs, and weather stripping and pipe insulation was installed. Additionally, bathroom faucet and showerheads were fitted with flow-restricting devices, which help reduce the amount of water being used while still maintaining a comfortable level of water pressure. The kitchen spray washer was also replaced with a high-pressure, low-flow washer. “Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a great example of how
medical facilities can take advantage of incentives to achieve their energy efficiency goals in a realistic and affordable way, and save them money in the long run,” said Ron Araujo, Manager of Conservation & Load Management program implementation at CL&P. For more information on energysaving programs, please visit www.EnergizeCT.com or call 877.WISE.USE (877-947-3873). About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for several of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, worldclass health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 10 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties. For more information, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/connecticutchildrens and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ctchildrens. About Energize Connecticut Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energysaving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.
Pictured in the photo L-R are: Bob Will, Facilities Manager at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Marty Gavin, President/CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Ron Araujo, Manager of Conservation & Load Management program implementation at CL&P.
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education & careers Gaylord Specialty Healthcare forms Five-Year Clinical Affiliation with Quinnipiac University School of Medicine Agreement provides students with high quality clinical experience Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a long-term acute care hospital located in Wallingford, Conn. has formed a five-year clinical affiliation with The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. “We are honored to be part of this new education affiliation agreement with Quinnipiac University School of Medicine,” said Dr. Steve Holland, chief medical officer at Gaylord Hospital. “We look forward to this exciting opportunity to partner with Quinnipiac as we collectively work together to create a new approach to medical education.” Under the five-year agreement, Gaylord’s staff will work with the leadership of the School of Medi-
cine recruiting physicians as teachers, designing clinical components of the curriculum, and creating academic policies and procedures; ultimately benefiting both institutions. “Gaylord Hospital shares our commitment to primary care and medical education,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the School of Medicine. “I am confident that the physicians and staff at Gaylord Hospital will provide our students with a high quality clinical experience.” The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is located in the university’s state-of-the-art Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and contains simulation laboratories, examination
and patient assessment rooms, high-tech classrooms, and operating rooms with electronic resources. Its mission is to graduate medical and health care practitioners who will be the driving force for a more collaborative, economical and efficient health care system. About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. With its main campus in Wallingford, CT, Gaylord operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North
Haven, and sleep medicine centers in Glastonbury, Guilford, North Haven and Trumbull. About Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of
Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top upand-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.
Hospital for Special Care accepting 2014 Scholarship Applications Will offer five scholarships to Greater New Britain area students pursuing degrees in nursing, healthcare and computer sciences Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is accepting scholarship applications from students pursuing degrees in nursing, healthcare and computer sciences. Five scholarships will be awarded in 2014 to students enrolling or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university as full-time or part-time undergraduate students. Applications for the scholarship must be postmarked by Friday, April 18, 2014. Any applications received postmarked after this date will not be considered. Students must show proof of concentration in the discipline for the scholarship that is being applied for. Annually HSC offers these five $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing initial degrees in nursing, healthcare professions and computer sciences. The five scholarships are: • The Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship: Established by Mr. Allen Botwinick, in memory of his wife Rona Botwinick. • The Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship: Established by Michael Timura, in honor and celebration of his wife, Florence Timura. • The Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship:Established by Michael Timura, in memory of his wife’s father, Paul Sutula. • The Gold Star Mother Elizabeth Timura Healthcare Professions Scholarship: Established by Michael Timura, in memory of his mother, Elizabeth Timura.
• The John Timura Management of Information Systems Scholarship: Established by Michael Timura in memory of his brother, Pvt. John Timura, U.S. Infantry, who was killed in action fighting for the freedom of our country during World War II. Eligibility requirements: • Applicants must reside in the Greater New Britain area. (New Britain, Berlin, Farmington, Plainville, Newington and Southington) • Eligible applicants: students enrolling or enrolled in an associate degree or baccalaureate degree programs. • Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.75 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. • Former HSC scholarship recipients may not re-apply for these scholarships. • Completed applications must be postmarked by April 18, 2014. • Applications are available on our website at http://hfsc.org/careers/HSC-Scholarship-Program. All scholarship winners will be notified in June. For further information qualified candidates may call either Kathleen Altieri, at 860.832.6257 at the Hospital for Special Care Foundation, or Maria Pietrantuono, Chair, Scholarship Committee, at 860.827.4731.
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Gray Hairs over Healthcare Burden for Baby Boomers Nearing the end of a twelve hour shift, I was methodically cleaning my patient's foot wound. While wrapping the crisp white dressing up his dusky leg, the patient voiced his trouble paying for disease exacerbations caused by his diabetes. At sixty-four years old, his grey eyes matched his grey hair. He noticed that his hospital visits seemed to be happening more frequently. Unfortunately, he shares this anxiety with many others. Seventy-eight million baby boomers are aging and suffer from chronic diseases. Dubbed the “2030 Problem,” researchers have coined this name to describe the increased demands that caring for the aging baby boomers may create. Baby boomers constitute Americans born between 1946 and 1964. This group of people makes up approximately 28% of the U.S. population. With longer life expectancies, Medicaid and Medicare will not sufficiently cover long-term care expenses. Additionally, chronic diseases are becoming more prevalent. Will our healthcare system be prepared to care for the aging population? The Institute of Medicine along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Campaign for Action, which details recommendations to utilize nurses in confronting this challenge. This emphasizes enabling nurses to assume leadership positions and work to the full extent of their education. The recommendations can open doors for nurses to obtain advanced degrees. Nurses with Master's and Doctorate degrees can specifically help decrease the burden on healthcare by practicing in primary care. Nurses are imperative as teachers for patients and their families. With long term care moving into home settings, patients will be performing skills that were once done in acute settings. For instance, IVs, oxygen and wound therapy can be done at home with proper nursing education, guidance and follow-up. Technology should also be implemented to increase patient engagement and cuts costs by reducing chronic diseases. Telehealth can allow one nurse to monitor a greater number of patients. Furthermore, many elderly will be cared for by unpaid family members, putting strains on the family structure. Nurses can provide resources for respite services to ease this hardship. The “2030 Problem” needs to be addressed in 2014. New nurses should be trained to take the reins as experienced nurses begin retiring. With certifications and advanced practiced degrees, nurses can autonomously create proper treatment plans for elderly patients with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. With uncertainty looming in ability to take care of the people who we relied on for so long, let us be certain that nurses are competent to be leaders and educators in healthcare for baby boomers and their families.
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Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living has 120 safe and affordable rental apartments in a beautifully restored historic building. Life at Whaler’s Cove means living independently for senior adults who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining a home, but may need a helping hand with personal care and other needs. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, on the site of the former Whitman Mills, bordering the Acushnet River, Whaler’s Cove offers all of the comforts of home. Amenities include a spacious dining room, large sunroom with interior gardens, chapel, library, beauty/barber salon and beautifully furnished lounge areas. Whaler’s Cove has recently added a billiards room and gym, as well as refurbished the Reception Desk area. At Whaler’s Cove, our professionally trained and dedicated staff is sensitive to residents’ changing needs, assuring that they receive the services they need to maintain their independent lifestyles. Whaler’s Cove is one of the most affordable assisted living facilities in the area. In addition, our units are 20-50% larger than other local facilities, making ours the most generously sized apartments in Southeastern Massachusetts. Are you in need of accommodations following surgery or an injury or just want to try us out before you decide? Ask about our Short Stay Suites. At Whaler’s Cove, we understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique and that these circumstances determine how you will fund your or your loved one’s stay in an assisted living. There are a wide variety of options available which offer the flexibility and additional resources that you need. Call us today to ask how we may be able to help you make the transition to assisted living. Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living 114 Riverside Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone 508-997-2880 • Fax 508-997-1599
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