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Whaler’s Cove: The Active Side of Assisted Living By Dale McKnight, Hospital Newspaper Correspondent
Seniors who seek to live on their own, with the security of knowing that a helping hand is available when needed, can find a perfect fit at Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. “We provide an environment that promotes as much independence as possible for our residents,” says executive director Maureen Costa. “Whaler’s Cove doesn’t feel like a nursing home, because it isn’t one. Active residents have the ability to come and go as they please and still receive daily assistance with tasks as needed.” The facility offers 120 studio, one, and two-bedroom rental apartments in a renovated historic building on the site of the former Whitman Mills on the Acushnet River. Apartments have wall-to-wall carpet, kitchenettes with microwave and refrigerator, safetyequipped bathrooms – and 10 are set up as companion suites where two residents can share
private living quarters for added sociability and affordability. All utilities except phone and cable service are included, and there are no community or assessment fees. Short-stay respite suites are also available. Public areas at Whaler’s Cove feature indoor gardens where residents and guests can relax in a light-and-plant-filled natural setting, a living room with cozy fireplace, a dining room, chapel, library, gym, computer and lounge area, beauty/barber shop, cafe – even a billiards room. Three restaurant-style meals are offered daily. Weekly housekeeping, as well as linen and towel laundry service is available; the facility also offers 24 hour staff coverage. Whaler’s Cove features diverse activities, says marketing director Laura Sousa. These range from religious services to exercise classes to wellness programs. A variety of hands-on arts and crafts and painting classes are also presented; and for those who like to listen, musical entertainment that includes everything from country music to oldies to jazz performances take place in the auditorium. Movie nights, trivia and card games, and other events are also scheduled.
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Some residents choose to keep their own vehicles; others prefer to make use of the Whaler’s Cove transportation van for outings to local shopping areas, as well as for trips to theaters and other cultural venues. Transportation to medical appointments is available, too. In operation for nearly 14 years, Whaler’s Cove focuses on affordability. Working with the Veterans Administration, the staff assists vets or their surviving spouses in receiving access to benefits that can help defray medical costs. The Cove also works with programs that provide affordable housing for low-income seniors and those with disabilities. “Safety is our first priority for seniors,” adds Costa. This includes safety-enhanced design features throughout the building; residents can also opt to wear emergency-
response pendants that provide 24/7 monitoring by in-house staff. Whaler’s Cove also has a fall-prevention program in place, as well as targeted exercise programs that help promote balance and coordination. Physical and occupational therapists can also be brought in to help residents on an individual basis. Aging in place for as long as possible - the wish of most seniors - is a viable option at Whaler’s Cove. “For many older people, this type of environment is beneficial in terms of enhancing their socialization, health and nutrition, and overall outlook on life,” says Costa. For information, please visit their website: whalerscove-assistedliving.com, or call 508-997-1599. Whaler’s Cove offers an open house most Saturdays; contact the office for schedules.
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Celebrating social work staff, health care partners during National Social Work Month To the Editor:
National Social Work Month, celebrated each March, provides an ideal opportunity to honor and support social workers throughout our community. As a leading provider of home health and hospice services to patients in 23 cities and towns, Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and Hospice is fortunate to employ a team of highly skilled social workers who carry out our mission with tremendous compassion, pride and care. The theme for National Social Work Month 2016, “Forging Solutions Out of Challenges,” is particularly relevant to home care and hospice social workers. These outstanding professionals help patients and families navigate some of life’s most difficult transitions with grace and dignity. They ensure patients’ wishes are met and family caregivers are supported, all the while working in conjunction with other members of the interdisciplinary team. Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice’s social workers provide vital assistance to patients recuperating from illness, suffering from chronic disease, learning how to better manage their disease process, or in the final stage of their life. They also provide bereavement support to families following the loss of a loved one. While no two days or patients are ever the same for our social workers, their commitment to patient-centered care remains steadfast. So often, I receive touching letters from family members calling out the countless acts of caring by our social workers. A common thread runs through these letters – your social workers were there when we needed them most. In addition to thanking our team of social workers, we also recognize the many social work professionals whom we are fortunate to call our partners in care throughout the Hallmark Health System of care and throughout our communities. From hospital-based social workers to those advocating for patients in skilled nursing facilities and community outpatient settings, we enjoy a strong collaboration that ensures patients and families receive the most comprehensive and seamlessly coordinated care possible. It is truly my honor and privilege to draw attention to Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice’s social workers, as well as our social work partners in care during National Social Work Month. Best regards, Diane Farraher-Smith, MSN, MBA, RN President, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice
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A Place for spinal cord-injured teens, Gaylord Hospital opens state’s first Adolescent SCI Unit
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital, announces the opening of Connecticut’s only Adolescent Specialty Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit at their Wallingford campus. Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development and Public Relations, explained that the new unit was created to meet the unique needs of adolescent spinal cord-injured patients and their families. “Dealing with the aftermath of a life-altering trauma in a young person can be an immensely stressful and emotional experience,” Knapp said. “We designed the unit with the ultimate goal of helping families stay together and focus onehundred percent of their energies on their child’s recovery.” The unit is staffed by clinicians who have received special training in the care of adolescent spinal cord injuries. Each of the private, adolescentfriendly patient rooms feature adjoining suites where families can stay close by, free of charge, for the duration of their child’s inpatient stay. The family suites offer a variety of amenities including private bathrooms, an in-room mini fridge, and available laundry pickup and delivery. Knapp explained that helping the hospital’s youngest patients feel as comfortable and socially enriched as possible also factored into the unit’s design and function. Patients have access to the
unit’s teen game room featuring XBOX ONE and a flat-screen TV, have access to free wifi and tablets to stream entertainment and video chat with freinds, and can receive visits from Galya – the hospital’s working facility dog. Teenage patients also have the opportunity to speak with peer mentors for support and socialize with other patients on the unit. “Choosing the best option for rehabilitation following an accident or illness is crucial to a teen’s long-term recovery,” Knapp continued. “As the only CARF-accredited (Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) Spinal Cord Program in Connecticut and with 100% of our patients rating Gaylord as “Very Good” in all areas of patient satisfaction, parents can be confident that their child will receive the very best care possible at Gaylord Hospital.”
About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit longterm 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their web site at www.gaylord.org.
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“Paddle for a Purpose:” Waveny LifeCare Network’s 8th Annual Mixed-Paddle event heightens awareness of eldercare options
Following the success of the past seven years’ events, Waveny LifeCare Network recently held its 8th Annual Mixed-Paddle Tournament fundraiser. All monies raised support the enhancement of special programs for those served by Waveny’s non-profit network of eldercare residences, programs and services. “This year more than ever we were able to deliver upon our goal of growing and providing one of the area’s best mixed paddle events with great competition for a worthy cause” said Sharon Stevenson, Waveny Board Member and Event Chair. “We are so pleased to attract the best local recreational players in addition to top ranked APTA professionals to ‘Paddle for a Purpose.’” “Paddle for a Purpose’s continued momentum and success is due in large part to the efforts of our wonderful sponsors, our volunteers, and the participation of the local clubs, paddle pros and recreational players who all help to make sure our event is exciting for everyone involved,” said Joanne Boyer, Waveny’s Director of Development. “Year after year, our event increasingly gener-
ates enthusiasm and support for Waveny, and heightens awareness of our mission to meet our community’s eldercare needs.” The tournament was held concurrently at four event sites: Country Club of New Canaan, New Canaan Field Club, The Lake Club and Waveny Park. Event finals were held at the Country Club of New Canaan and featured an after-party celebration inside the club’s paddle hut. Winners from the four individual sites were Eric Fey and Marina Ruiz with runners up Nick Bergman and Roxy Enica; Will Oberrender and Brittney Faber with runners up Patrick O'Callaghan and Margaret Souther; Ryan and Paige Shockley with runners up Ben and Shawn Swett; and Peter and Julie Barrett with runners up Jon Rockman and Alice Parker. Event sponsors included Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS), Morrison Community Living, Karl Chevrolet, Lampert, Toohey, and Rucci, LLC, Stewart’s Spirits and Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. Corporate sponsor, Corridor, generously
Waveny LifeCare Network’s “Paddle for a Purpose” tournament flight winners at the Country Club of New Canaan: Will Oberrender and Brittney Faber with runners up Patrick O'Callaghan and Margaret Souther.
matched the entire registration fee for each team that signed up at an enhanced match level. Celebrating 40 years of serving the community, 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, Geriatric Care Management, 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-WAVENY1 or visit www.waveny.org.
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The McAuley: Right for Retirement
“For me, The McAuley was the right move at the right time,” David Berg says of his decision to move into West Hartford's premier continuing care retirement community in November 2009. For those who need additional assistance with daily living activities but who do not require skilled nursing care, The McAuley's assisted living program may be just the answer. Staffed around the clock by licensed health care professionals, the assisted living center provides a variety of supportive services in an inviting, residential setting. Private studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and, in some cases, balconies are available, complemented by a comfortable lounge, sunny café, and a lovely community dining room. A wide array of cultural, educational, spiritual and fitness programs provide assisted living residents with a variety of enriching experiences. An exceptional value, the monthly rental fee includes health and wellness, dining, housekeeping and maintenance, and resident services including scheduled transportation, move-in coordination assistance, and 24-hour concierge service. Accredited by the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, The McAuley is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, which has been named one of the top 20 “great places to retire” by Connecticut Magazine, and is among the Top 50 small cities for “Best Places to Live” (September 2014) according to Time/Money Magazine. The McAuley is within walking distance of Elizabeth Park, which is on the national register of historic places with its more than 100 acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking loops, and the Pond House Café. It is also a quick ride into West Hartford Center or Blue Back Square for shopping or dining, or into downtown Hartford to catch a show at The Bushnell or visit an extraordinary exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Its location also provides The McAuley residents with easy access to Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, the University of Connecticut Health Center, and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital. Residents at The McAuley are offered courses on-site through Trinity College and the University of Connecticut, and musical, theatrical performances and lectures by the University of Hartford and University of Saint Joseph. USJ is on the property adjacent to The McAuley, and residents often visit
its O'Connell Athletic Center or visit its Bruyette Athenaeum to peruse the art galleries or take in its Performing Arts Series. The McAuley is part of The Mercy Community: a full complement of senior services including independent living with Life Care, assisted living, a 256-bed skilled nursing facility including memory care, pulmonary care, palliative care and short-term rehabilitative care, and an Adult Day Center. “We offer as much or as little assistance as you need,” explains The Mercy Community's President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Fiocchetta. “Our goal is to make our residents feel comfortable and confident living to their maximum personal potential in a community that doesn't just feel like home, but truly is.”
Residents who live at The McAuley may avail themselves of Assisted Living Services including the support of professional caregivers.
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SmartER appointments now available in Westbrook and Marlborough
Why spend your time in the ER waiting room when you could be waiting in the comfort of your own home instead? The new, innovative SmartER appointment system provides easier access to the Middlesex Hospital Shoreline and Marlborough Medical Center Emergency Departments — letting you schedule your ER visit for non-life threatening emergencies up to eight hours in advance. According to Michael Saxe, M.D., Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Middlesex Hospital, “With people’s often hectic schedules, making an appointment on the SmartER website can improve convenience, help reduce waiting time in the Emergency Department, and allow patients quicker access to medical care for non-emergency injuries or illnesses, once they arrive.” Some examples of non-life threatening emergencies include sore throat, earaches, minor cuts, minor strains or sprains, mild diarrhea, or sports injuries. For any medical problem that is life threatening, dial 911 immediately. To schedule a SmartER appointment, go to www.middlesexhospital.org/smartER.
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
5.3 million Americans are living with TBI-related brain injuries March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to recognize and support the millions of Americans who live with brain injuries. More than 2.5 million people in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year, and 1 million more experience strokes and other acquired brain injuries. At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities at a cost of more than $76 billion each year. People living with brain injuries want the same things we all want: a good job, someone to love, a nice home, and fun in their lives. They want to be defined by who they are as people, not by their injuries. They are not alone. Each year, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts assists individuals and families who experience the life changing and sometimes devastating effects of brain injury. Callers to our Brain Injury Help Line (1-800-242-0030) talk with compassionate, knowledgeable specialists who assist in locating services critical to maximizing recovery.
Marty sustained a TBI when he fell down two flights of stairs while on vacation with his family. Marty has no memory of the accident; he was in a medically induced coma for one month. When he came back home from the hospital, he started attending the North Adams BIA-MA support group in Western MA. “I can't express my appreciation enough" for the “great support from BIA-MA.” –Marty, Williamstown, MA More information on Brain Injury Awareness Month, as well as advocacy and informational materials to help raise awareness about brain injuries, is on the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts website at www.biama.org.
About BIA-MA BIA-MA, a private, non-profit organization, provides support to brain injury survivors and their families; prevention programs to educate the public on the risks and impact of brain injuries; education and training for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and professionals; and legislative advocacy for improved community services and the prevention of brain injuries.
Kate Toomey joins AdCare as Community Services Representative for Central MA Kingstown, Rhode Island. “Helping people get the treatment they need to recover is rewarding,” says Ms. Toomey, who assists individuals and families, as well as employee assistance programs, healthcare providers, and other organizations access treatment for their employees and clients. “When a family is in crisis, it is
difficult to ascertain the appropriate course of action, and AdCare Hospital has a myriad of choices to fit the needs of those impacted by addiction.” Ms. Toomey, a former art therapist and secondary education instructor, graduated from Regis College in Weston, MA with a bachelor’s of arts degree. She is a
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Kathleen (Kate) Toomey Joins AdCare Hospital as Community Services Representative for Central Massachusetts. A Worcester resident, Kate Toomey has nearly a decade of experience in the healthcare industry and almost three decades of experience in community and external affairs. Ms. Toomey is serving her sixth two-year term as a Worcester City Councilor and previously served three two-year terms on the Worcester School Committee. As Community Services Representative for Central MA, she represents AdCare’s full array of programs and services that now includes inpatient treatment at a state-of-the-art facility in North
member of District Attorney Early’s Opioid Task Force, which was formed to address the pervasive problem of heroin and prescription drug addiction. AdCare Hospital in Worcester, MA, provides the highest levels of care for persons affected by substance use disorders. Nationally accredited by The Joint Commission,
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UConn School of Dental Medicine wins Prestigious Gies Award The UConn School of Dental Medicine has been named winner of the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution. The Gies Awards are considered to be among the preeminent awards in the field of dental education. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, are presented by the ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). “We are truly honored to be the recipient of this prestigious, national award,” said Dr. R.L. Monty MacNeil, dean of the UConn School of Dental Medicine. “It is a cooperative achievement, and all faculty, trainees, and graduates of the program since its inception have made significant contributions and should share in our pride. The award extends beyond the dental school and includes the Graduate School and our valued faculty colleagues in the School of Medicine.” The School of Dental Medicine is home to more than 70-full time faculty, 110 staff, and 167 dental students. Founded in 1968, it has issued 1,585 dental medical degrees since its first graduating class of 1972. The School offers a full-range of clinical dental services and last year, provided care for nearly 75,000 dental patients. The Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution recognizes worthy and socially commendable actions that make a substantial contribution to oral health and dental education. The accomplishments of UConn’s Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Program were highlighted in the nomination. The Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Program, one of the seven areas of concentration in the Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program at UConn Health, is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with basic science departments and centers across the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine.
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Building a Journal Club
"That's how it's always been done." This rationale for following a specific procedure is becoming a thing of the past. Traditional practices in healthcare are being overhauled in an effort to implement evidence-based practice guidelines. Whether you are interested in improving patient outcomes or achieving/maintaining "Magnet Status," developing a journal club can facilitate new research based procedures at your institution. A successful journal club can keep your colleagues current with new knowledge, research evaluation, and improved outcomes. Other advantages of a journal club are that it can improve your ability to critique current research, create leadership opportunities for those presenting, allow staff to bond, and enable learners to develop skills to critically analyze literature. A journal club can be cost free and also minimally time consuming- fitting in perfectly with a nurse's busy schedule! Start the club by deciding on a meeting time and location. This can be surprisingly trickier, due to various shift work schedules. The club can be held on site, at a local coffee shop, or even at a co-workers cozy home. A location near the hospital may make it easier to find and promote participation. Next, select a topic. Scour through your specialty nursing journal or major medical journals. The article should be from within the last 5 years. This ensures that any potential changes made by your unit are based on the most current evidence. Is there a particular procedure that is confusing on your unit? For instance, hypothermia protocol was something that we struggled with in the cardiovascular ICU. This made for a great topic and generated much discussion at our monthly journal club. Now, e-mail out the "save the date" for the club with a copy of the article. Disseminate flyers around the unit to keep everyone abreast of the new article. Form a simple agenda covering your main objectives to keep the group focused. Start with the purpose of the research article. Find the hypothesis, variables of interest, population and setting of the study. Next, dissect the literature review. Look for current articles and types of journals that were cited. Then, look at the sample studied and compare it to the patients you see daily. Note how representative the sample is compared with your patients. Be mindful of sample selection bias and always highlight whether or not the study received IRB approval. Finally, look for implications for nursing. How does the study contribute to the current body of knowledge and how could be it replicated? With these simple tips and tricks, you are well on your way to forming a unit based journal club!
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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center first Children’s Hospital in the Northeast to operate with newest and most advanced da Vinci Robot Surgical System Connecticut Children’s 1 of just 7 Children’s Hospitals in the Nation to utilize this equipment
The first hospital in Connecticut to perform robotic surgery on a child will soon be the first children’s hospital in the Northeast to have the most advanced robotic surgical system available for its pediatric patients. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only academic medical center in the region dedicated exclusively to the care of children. And thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Diebold Foundation, Inc., Connecticut Children’s will soon be equipped with the da Vinci Robot Xi Surgical System. The Xi system will advance robotic surgery capabilities in Connecticut and beyond. “Connecticut Children’s ability to obtain the Xi Robot will allow us to perform more complex surgeries with shorter surgical times,” said Christina Kim, MD, a pediatric urologist who is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of robotic surgery and serves as Director of Connecticut Children’s Robotic Surgery Program. “With this technology, we can expand utilization across many disciplines, including Urology, General Surgery, Gynecology, and Cardiovascular Surgery.” Robotic technology allows surgeons to perform delicate, minimally invasive procedures with pinpoint accuracy, resulting in less pain, smaller scars and faster recovery times for patients. The new and improved Xi model will replace the da Vinci S Surgical System currently in use at Connecticut Children’s.
Program Launched in 2005 Connecticut Children’s launched its Robotic Surgery Program in 2005 and pioneered the first robotic sigmoid vaginal reconstruction in 2007. Since the program’s inception, Dr. Kim and her team have performed hundreds of robotic surgeries to treat a range of common and complex conditions affecting children, as well as reconstructive surgery of the kidney, bladder and vagina. Connecticut Children’s is the first children’s hospital in the
With the new da Vinci Robot Xi Surgical System at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Christina Kim, MD, a pediatric urologist and Director of the Robotic Surgery Program, and her team will be able to perform more complex surgeries with shorter surgical times.
Northeast to offer this state-ofthe-art technology. Now, it joins an elite group of children’s hospitals across the United States offering the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, designed to improve patient safety, save costs and allow robotic surgery to be performed on smaller patients, including infants. Currently, Connecticut Children’s is one of seven children’s hospitals in the country equipped with the Xi model, a fourth generation system developed by Intuitive Surgical.
New Technology Benefits Care The da Vinci Xi offers improved visualization with 3-D high-definition. Additionally, the Xi has many structural modifications to allow a greater range of motion than previous models. “The da Vinci Xi Surgical System serves as a natural extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands, allowing the surgeon to see the surgical site with true-depth perception and crystal-clear vision, while its
new motion technologies allow surgeons to operate with a steady, natural motion,” Dr. Kim said. “Single-port surgeries and enhanced ergonomics are among its other features.” Surgeons trained in the robotic technology will begin using the new Xi model at Connecticut Children’s in March. “The Diebold Family Foundation, Inc., is pleased to equip Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with the da Vinci Robot Xi Surgical System,” said Caitlin Diebold, Director and Grants Administrator for the Foundation. “This leading-edge technology will enhance the patient care experience while expanding the Medical Center’s Robotic Surgery Program,” she said. “We are grateful to the Diebold Foundation for this very generous gift,” said Fernando Ferrer, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, Executive Vice President and Director of the Division of Pediatric Urology at Connecticut Children’s. “As the use of robotic-assisted surgeries continues
to grow, the availability of this new technology in the hands of our skilled surgeons will help advance the benefits of robotic surgical care for our patients.”
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 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, world-class 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 11 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.
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Carriage Barn brings Art Collection to Waveny
Thanks to collaboration between Waveny LifeCare Network and the Carriage Barn Arts Center, a specially curated selection of the Carriage Barn’s recent "For the Birds" exhibit is now on display in Waveny’s front lobby for residents, patients, families and guests to enjoy. The nine-piece mini-collection called “Birds at Waveny” features both literal and abstract avian interpretations, and is the first installment in the Carriage Barn’s plan to rotate art at Waveny on an ongoing basis. Waveny’s residents welcomed the colorful collection and new non-profit partnership at an intimate evening “Resident Gallery Opening” in the company of Carriage Barn leadership and several featured artists who discussed their pieces, techniques and inspirations. Pictured from Waveny are Joe, Hope, Rose, Jerry and Gloria, Waveny’s director of volunteers Debbie Perron; Waveny therapeutic recreation staff, music therapist Sherrye Dobrin and art therapist Brenda Jacobsen, New Canaan Society for the Arts (NCSA) mem-
bers and exhibiting artists Kiyoshi Otsuka and Dawn Kraemer; Carriage Barn Executive Director, Valerie Garlick; NCSA President, Serena Gillespie; and NCSA Trustee and Waveny Board member, Sharon Stevenson.
The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts is to promote the visual and performing arts, to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The
Carriage Barn Arts Center offers artists opportunities to exhibit their work in a beautiful gallery space in a unique nineteenth-century stone barn. Exhibits, lectures and educational workshops, concerts and other events are held in our adap-
tively re-used historical building on the grounds of a former estate, now Waveny Park. The Carriage Barn is open September through June, Wednesday-Saturday, 10-3pm and Sundays 1-5pm. Entrance to the gallery is free and all exhibitions are open to the public. Find more information and a schedule of programs at www.carriagebarn.org. Celebrating 40 years of serving the community, 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, Geriatric Care Management, 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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Compassionate volunteers make a profound difference in the lives of Regional Hospice and Home Care families. They also profoundly impact their own lives as they support others— they told us just that in our recent volunteer satisfaction survey! Do you have the capacity to brighten someone’s day? Are you a good listener who enjoys being with people? If you have been looking for a way to impact someone’s life, please consider becoming a Regional Hospice volunteer. The non-profit hospice agency is hosting a training session for new Family Support Volunteers on Monday through Thursday, the week of April 4th through 7th. Sessions will be held on the following days and times: Monday April 4th 9am4pm; Tuesday April 5th 1pm-5pm; Wednesday April 6th 9am-4pm; and Thursday April 7th 9am3pm. Training sessions will be held at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing on 30 Milestone Road in Danbury. Regional Hospice is also seeking Veterans to volunteer as part of their We Honor Veterans program, which will match Veteran volunteers with Veterans in Regional Hospice care. There is also a need for volunteer Licensed Massage Therapists to provide massage therapy to patients. A two hour orientation will be provided. We continually have a need for evening and weekend Lobby Greeters to welcome visitors to the Center for Comfort Care & Healing are also.
Lobby greeter shifts are four or five hours per shift from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. If you are interested in becoming a Lobby Greeter, please contact the volunteer office to inquire about the next scheduled orientation. Anyone interested should contact Mary Beth Hickey, Volunteer Manager, at (203) 702-7415 or by email at MHickey@RegionalHospiceCT.org for an interview and to fill out an application. Registration with an interview is required in advance of the class session, and attendance at all dates is mandatory. “We are looking for compassionate, caring people who are interested in helping families who have a loved one receiving end-of-life care,” said Hickey. Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org.
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WHALER’S COVE ASSISTED LIVING “EXCEPTIONAL CARE AT AN EXCEPTIONAL PRICE”
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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