Fall/Winter 2013-14 >>> employee focus on …..….. 3 worth mentioning …….... 3 look what’s new ..……….. 7 good to know …….…....... 8 snapshots ……...….....….. 11
In Touch with the Brookline Community
Staff Go "Above&Beyond"
his year Brookline introduced our new employee recognition program, Above&Beyond. Residents and guests nominate staff when someone has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make their experience with us one that exceeds expectations. Turn to page 6 for more details on the program and to meet our first three deserving winners. Continued on p. 6
Amongst their PEERS Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents improve life for fellow residents, others
n 2002, Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Ombudsman Office implemented its Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) program in an attempt to expand its volunteer efforts in training residents of long-term care facilities. As part of the program, stage-certified ombudsmen teach residents about their rights and how to advocate and maintain these rights for themselves and their fellow peers; with the belief that PEER members become the residents with the solutions. Members learn how to work with facility staff to enhance their quality of care and life for all residents. Self-resolution and empowerment are themes consistently emphasized in all statewide trainings. The PEER program also offers residents additional information and resources that help them play a key role in any needed improvements. ”The success of Pennsylvania's Empowered Expert Residents project has been an exceptional and life changing experience for many of its members," said former Secretary of Aging Nora Dowd Eisenhower. Continued on p. 7
A bi-annual publication from Brookline senior living and healthcare facilities of State College, PA
Warmest wishes during the coldest months...
t’s that time of the year again. Where did the time go? As we wrap up Hanukah and prepare for Christmas and the new year, we reflect on the blessed year that we’ve had. Be sure to check out “snapshots” (page 11) for highlights from the fall season, including our annual Harner Farm & The Terrace at Brookline Fall Festival fundraiser for Alzheimer’s, Halloween, and “Harvest Fest,” our yearly sit-down Thanksgiving dinner for residents and their families. In this issue of Brooklines, you’ll become reacquainted with some familiar faces (page 3) and meet our first “Above&Beyond” employee recognition program recipients. Get an inside peek at our new resident café on page 7 and see tips for making the most out of your retirement on page 8. Last, but most certainly not least, take a look at our special two-page spread on pages 4 & 5, honoring Brookline’s 53 resident veterans. On behalf of all of us here at Brookline, a very happy holiday season and prosperous new year to you and your loved ones.
Anissa Rupert Ilie Marketing & Public Relations
From Our Family to Yours ...
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Meet the Administrators Reintroducing Anne Campbell and Liz Plozner-Chalfa
any of you know Anne Campbell from our memory care center, The Terrace at Brookline, where she served as administrator for the past seven years. This Fall, Anne transitioned into the administrator’s position for personal care and independent living at PineCastle, The Inn and Windsong. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with more than 10 years of experience working with individuals who have Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. Anne earned her BS in Social Welfare from Bloomsburg University. Prior to moving to State College, Anne served as the Community Services Coordinator for the Adams County Office of Aging, Inc. In that role Anne was responsible for overseeing the county’s senior centers and community-based services including Meals on Wheels, grant writing and volunteer programs. Anne also was the director of an adult day services center in the Lehigh Valley that served individuals with dementia.
Anne Campbell, CDP
Liz Plozner-Chalfa, CDP
Anne has served on various committees such as Centre County’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s planning committee, Adams County United Way Advisory Board and the Adams County Partnership for Community Health. She is also a facilitator for the Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiver support groups here at Brookline. Anne and her husband Jim have two children, ages 9 and 11 and reside in Boalsburg. Another familiar face, Elizabeth Plozner-Chalfa, joins The Terrace as its new administrator, after holding the position of activities and volunteer coordinator at the same location for seven years. Liz has a degree in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Health Policy Administration from Penn State, where her studies focused on Adult Aging & Development. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is active in the State College Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Liz formerly served as Centre Region Senior Center Supervisor. Liz lives in Bellefonte with her husband Josh and son Gavin, 6.
ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUPS
Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH @ 1 PM SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH @ 6:30 PM
For more information, please contact Janie at 814-235-2000 firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne at 814-238-3193 • email@example.com
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Visit us on December 20th at Moyer Jewelers in downtown State College. We’ll be ringing the Salvation Army bell from 10 am to 7 pm. Help us help those in need!
Top Fundraising Team for the Fifth Year in a Row!
Walk to End Alzheimer’s® - State College
his Veterans Day, Brookline veterans were honored during a special presentation. Residents from all areas of Brookline were invited to the public event featuring key note speaker, United States Navy Captain Robert E. Clark, II, of West Chester, PA. Captain Clark is Commanding Officer of the Pennsylvania State University NROTC program. Several of the Captain’s NROTC cadets attended the celebration, paying their respects to veterans and pinning red carnation corsages on those in attendance. State College area music duo, Picker & Papa—Jim Kerhin and Gary Brubaker—provided entertainment for the afternoon. Currently, there are over 50 veterans who call Brookline home.
Rosemary Allen AIR FORCE
Roger Anderson ARMY AIR FORCE
Frank Aplan ARMY
Bill Arbiter ARMY
Dennis Bair AIR FORCE
Dr. William Barnes NAVY
Paul Bell ARMY
Richard Booher AIR FORCE
Robert Chilcoat AIR FORCE
William Coleman ARMY
Max Confer ARMY
Bill Decker AIR FORCE
Phil Delansky ARMY
John Devine ARMY
Benjamin Finch ARMY
John Fraser NAVY
Stanley Gesell ARMY
Joseph Gherrity NAVY
Not pictured: Lim Fong, Army; Eliezer Kamon, Isreali Army;
William Sims, Air Force; Lois Wallace, Navy; Robert Weaver, Navy
Thank you for your service! James “Pat” Greer
Robert Griner NAVY SEAL
William Guzik AIR FORCE
Robert Hamilton ARMY
Harry Haynes AIR FORCE
Jack Irwin ARMY
Harvey Jensen ARMY AIR FORCE
Clifton Kamp ARMY
Richard Keebler AIR FORCE
Tom King NAVY
Julius “Jeff” Kuhn ARMY
Richie Lucas ARMY
Ray Miller NAVY
Joseph Musketness AIR FORCE
John Padula MARINES
Bob Parsons ARMY
Dr. Edward Pavsek
Stanley Person NAVY
Francis Plozner ARMY
Gerald Russell MARINES
Richard Ruth ARMY
ARMY CADET CORPS NURSE
Karl Smith NAVY
Jim Tarman ARMY
Fred Thompson ARMY
Howard Walter ARMY
Bill Wilson ARMY
kudos >>> Continued from cover.
Above&Beyond nominations may be submitted by completing a ballot and placing it in an
Above&Beyond ballot box, located in the front lobbies of The Fairways, The Inn and PineCastle, and in the front entryway of The Terrace. As part of this Brookline-wide employee initiative, ballots are collected and reviewed quarterly, with a quarterly winner determined. Quarterly winners will then be eligible for Employee of the Year.
Nicole Banks, CNA The Fairways Nicole Banks, Certified Nursing Assistant at The Fairways for 10 years, was named Brookline’s first Above&Beyond recipient. Resident family members praised her in her multiple nominations for always being helpful to residents and staff alike, saying that “Nicole treats every resident as a true human being and not just another ‘call’ or ‘task’ on her list. She is one of the most attentive and efficient [nursing assistants] that we have ever met in any medical facility! She gives 100% to the residents every day!”
Annabelle Schmidt, CNA The Inn and PineCastle Our second employee of the quarter, Annabelle Schmidt has been employed in personal care and independent living at Brookline for the last nine years. Residents and their family members applauded her positive attitude and the way she treats everyone like family. She says that she loves coming to work every day because the residents make her happy. “When you are not here for a few days and you come back” she says, “the smiles and hugs are the best!”
Nancy Grimm, Housekeeping Windsong The most recent employee of the quarter is Nancy Grimm, who has worked in housekeeping in Brookline’s independent living apartments for 10 years. Nancy is consistently nominated for Above&Beyond, recognized for her attention to detail and courteous, kind service. Residents tell us that Nancy is always looking for ways to help out and treats them like royalty!
Congratulations and thanks to Nicole, Annabelle and Nancy! Later this month, our fourth quarterly winner will be announced and our first employee of the year chosen. Thank you to all of our staff for your hard work and dedication and for being an integral part of the Brookline team!
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The Café at The Inn
his fall The Café at The Inn officially opened its doors. Open daily from 8 am to 4 pm, the café offers a
variety of hot and cold beverages, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, dinner salads and other light fare at little to no cost to our residents. The café gives residents and guests an alternative location to relax, converse, and sample gourmet coffees and tasty treats. Walk by and you’re sure to see regulars reading the newspaper, catching a favorite TV episode or typing away on their laptops. Be sure to stop in soon and see what everyone is talking about. We look forward to seeing you!
<<< continued from cover "The PEER project, a Pennsylvania original, has gained attention from other states for the way it empowers long-term care facility residents to advocate for change and make improvements to the facility in which they reside." Brookline signed on with the PEER program in 2010 as the first Centre County long-term care facility to do so. Since then, members have met on a monthly schedule and have worked to ensure that they receive the best possible care at our five senior healthcare centers. Pleased with the work that they were doing for themselves and their fellow residents, the group wanted to do even more, deciding to take things beyond the walls of Brookline and help others in the greater State College area. In the last year, members have participated in four service projects benefiting local non-profit agencies, and within the past month, more than 100 pounds of food has been collected by the group for the State College Food Bank. Currently, the PEER program exists in 58 of 67 Pennsylvania counties, with more than 2,100 participating long-term care residents.
Centre County Ombudsmen and volunteer PEER coordinator Susan Radis and members of the Personal Care and Independent Living PEER group meet at The Inn at Brookline.
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Making the most of retirement: Ten tips for living well
ou’ve worked hard, put in long hours on the job; retirement is finally here! Now what?
We spend decades at the office being told what to do for most of the day. When retirement arrives, there is often a void and it can be challenging to know how or what to do to pass the time. Once your days of sleeping in and catching up on that pile of books you’ve been meaning to read grows tedious, here are 10 tips for leading a meaningful, fulfilling life in your golden years. 1. Start the day with goals and plans Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean that you should give up on a schedule. Each evening, make a basic outline of what you would like to accomplish the following day. If you don’t cross off everything that day, there’s no pressure, but having a loose itinerary helps you to stave off boredom and make the most of your time. 2. Learn and experience new things Retirement is the perfect time to acquire new knowledge and skills. Consider gathering a group of friends and teaching each other new ways of cooking, take a dance class, or even learn a new language. Some colleges and universities even offer free or deeply-discounted tuition to retirees above a certain age. Be sure to check out the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State (http://olli.centreconnect.org). 3. Make new friends and reconnect with old ones The most popular retirement ambition is to be with loved ones. Seeing a lot of different people every day at work is energizing and sustaining. In retirement, find ways to plan who they're going to see. Make a monthly lunch date with your granddaughter, call a former co-worker or classmate and make plans to have coffee. You may even hit it off with a new pal at that dance class! 4. Eat well Food and plenty of fresh water provide the energy and nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals) you need to be healthy. Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy, but you still need just as many of the nutrients in food. To get them: ● Choose a variety of healthy foods ● Avoid empty calories, which are foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol ● Pick foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated and trans-fats (Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans-fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.)
5. Exercise One way to start is to stay active through regular exercise. Almost everyone can benefit from staying physically active. We might think of staying active as an application of Newton’s first law of motion— a body at rest tends to stay at rest, while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. The more one stays active, particularly with exercise that works the entire body, then the more activities that person can participate in and enjoy. Even those that have trouble standing or walking can still benefit from a moderate amount of exercise, such as water aerobics classes or slow swimming. When you feel good, it is easier to stay positive and open to new experiences. Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. 6. Volunteer Getting involved in your community is a great way to give back, and it's another wonderful opportunity to interact with people and make new friends. Reach out to your local church or other charitable organization to find volunteer opportunities that suit your skills. You can also contact the Centre County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at (814) 355-6816. 7. Take up a new hobby Now is the time to expand on your interests. Take on a new hobby such as fishing, hiking, gardening, painting, photography, coin collecting, or even just playing cards. The main objective of a hobby should be to reduce stress and help you relax. 8. Travel Many of those who retire look forward to traveling. Traveling provides many benefits including more options for meeting people, cultural differences and varied cuisines, to name a few. Escaping (if just for a short while) from your usual surroundings is good for the mind, and can also enhance physical activity when discovering new areas while walking, hiking, biking or swimming. Local travel can be satisfying, too. There is so much to do and see in your own backyard. Explore your options through the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitpennstate.org. 9. Get a good night’s sleep No matter what your age, sleeping well is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. For older adults, a good night’s sleep is especially important because it helps to improve concentration and memory formation, allows your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes your immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease. Be sure to set a regular bedtime and wake up at the same time every day, and make sure to be smart about napping. If insomnia is a problem, you may want to consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon and limit to 30 minutes. 10. Enjoy! You’ve earned it!
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<<< snapshots njoy a glimpse at just some of what we’ve been up to lately:
Harner Farm & The Terrace at Brookline Fall Festival ● The Wizard of Oz family open house at The Fairways ● Halloween festivities ● Trick-or-Treating ● State College Walk to End Alzheimer’s ● National Nursing Home Week ● Harvest Fest Family “Thanksgiving” Dinner
1900 -1950 Cliffside- Drive State College, PA 16801 814-238-3193 (main phone)
Windsong - Independent Apartment Living 814-238-3193 The Inn - Personal Care Rooms 814-238-3193 PineCastle - Personal Care Suites 814-238-3193 The Fairways - Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation 814-238-3139 The Terrace - Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 814-234-3141
coming in June >>>
Next Issue: Spring/Summer 2014 – featuring culinary delights
Independent Living Apartments
Personal Care Rooms & Suites
Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation