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Where We Have Been Defines Our Future

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ince its 1886 founding, Tabitha has built a rich history of forward-thinking, life-enhancing programs that have led to a more compassionate, dignified way of life for people who are elderly. As the regional pioneer of such revolutionary programs as Home Health Care, Hospice, Meals on Wheels and Intergenerational Care, Tabitha has paved the way, continuously lifting quality care to a higher plane. Now the time has come to advance long-term nursing home care to an exciting new level. Nursing homes, by design, are still institutional settings and are organized to focus on an individual’s medical needs. Despite today’s advancements in long-term care, no one wants to live in an institution. Undeniably, it is with a heavy heart that people leave behind their comfortable homes and independent lifestyles to enter long-term care. But why does it have to be this way? In fact, it doesn’t. In the years to come, people will no longer leave these things behind. They will no longer have to sacrifice the life they hold dear in order to be cared for. Once again, Tabitha is forging ahead with a new innovation in elder living with the Green House at Tabitha.

120 YEARS OF TABITHA 1886: Tabitha originates, founded as an orphanage 1907: Tabitha becomes a Lutheran hospital and school of nursing 1966: Tabitha Home Health Care begins 1967: Tabitha Meals on Wheels begins 1979: Hospice of Tabitha begins 1980: Tabitha Rehabilitation begins 1999: The Kimmel Solarium of Tabitha opens to serve individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease 2001: Tabitha opens the region’s first Intergenerational Center 2002: Tabitha unveiled as Lincoln’s first Eden Alternative registered facility 2002: Tabitha selected as one of four model sites for the national Green House Project™ 2004: Tabitha celebrates grand opening of Tabitha LifeQuest Center 2006: The Green House Project at Tabitha opens

Be sure to visit our newly redesigned website, beginning mid-May. See www.tabitha.org for an overview of all Tabitha has to offer as well as a new secure online donation form.


YOU ARE INVITED TO A HOUSE WARMING PARTY! 10:00 A.M. FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006 THE GREEN HOUSE PROJECT™ AT TABITHA 47TH & J STREETS THE GREEN HOUSE PROJECT AT TABITHA ARTIST RENDERING

The Little Things

The Way We Want To Live

As we grow old, we soon realize that things we thought were little are not so little after all. For it is these things that define who we are, makea life worth living and make a house our home.

The Green House Project at Tabitha promises a life centered on the little things - the things that truly matter and within a structure that is not a house-fashioned institution, but a real home. Tabitha is thrilled to be a part of the Green House Project™ founded by Harvard-educated Dr. William H. Thomas.

Lazy morning chit-chat over coffee at the breakfast table. Holidays with family around the fireplace. Having your eggs cooked just the way you like. Afternoons spent digging in the garden. Preparing your specialty dish in the kitchen. Watching a favorite movie on a rainy day. Watching a robin build its nest. Catching a Sunday afternoon nap on the front porch. Watching a beautiful sunset with friends.

With the first Green House Project in Nebraska, Tabitha aims to completely transform long-term care as we know it today, leading the way to an exciting new future for our loved ones, ourselves and our community. The Green House at Tabitha is a home with nine private living spaces surrounding a hearth area. Meals are family style, gathered around the dining table, eating food prepared in the house by staff and residents. Just like most homes, there will be a

kitchen, living room, library/den, laundry room, front porch, backyard patio and garden space. Our first Green House will open in a few short weeks. This is just the beginning! Our ultimate goal is to have enough Green Houses to accommodate all Elders currently living in our nursing home. As long-term care residents move into their own room at the Green House, Tabitha’s vision is to renovate the semi-private rooms in our existing facility into private rooms with private baths. These private rooms will be used by people coming to Tabitha for shortterm, subacute care and rehabilitation. Tabitha is in the midst of nothing short of a long-term care evolution, and, in turn, a community uplifting. Because a community that cares for its elderly cares for itself. And a c ommunity centered on its elderly is one enriched through history, wisdom, tradition and spirit.

(508 S. 47TH) HOUSE WARMING CEREMONY • TOURS • PARTY FAVORS • REFRESHMENTS

ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES: TUESDAY, MAY 16 7:30-10:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 11:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.

YOU CAN BE PART OF A BRIGHTER, MORE DIGNIFIED FUTURE FOR US ALL! RETURN YOUR CONTRIBUTION FOR THE NEXT GREEN HOUSE AT TABITHA BY USING THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE OR DONATE ONLINE AFTER MAY 15 AT WWW.TABITHA.ORG/FOUNDATION


Ask Tabitha:

“What services can I get at Home?�

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hen you or a family member has an illness or injury, a Medicare/Medicaid certified home health care agency can assist with recovery and rehabilitation in your own home. Services can include skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social work, case management, registered dietitians and certified home health aides. Home health care agencies provide specialized home care and disease management programs. Agencies have specialized nurses for wound care, mental health, oncology care, cardiac care and diabetes instruction, education and nutritional teaching. The visits made to your home are brief and intermittent and generally occur on a short-term basis. Certain criteria needs to be met which includes: the individual needs to be homebound, services are ordered by a physician, and the services are skilled and determined to be medically necessary. Private-pay home health care is a non-Medicare covered service in your own home and can complement Medicare home

health care or hospice. Services may include non-medical personnel such as homemakers and companions. Homemakers can assist with laundry, errands, transportation, meal preparation and light housekeeping. Companions are individuals that spend one-on-one time with the client and build lasting relationships. Private pay home medical services include home health aides and nursing care. Home health aides assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, transferring, toileting, ambulation and personal care. Nursing care consists of a licensed RN and can last for as many hours as you need care. Most individuals who obtain private-pay home care services have chronic, long-term health issues but can still remain in their home. For more information please contact Tabitha Case Management at 402-486-8520 or 800-418-9335. Kristine Dykeman-SSchoening Director of Case Management Tabitha Health Care Services

Hospice, Home Care Specialties and Case Management services are offered in all or portions of 29 Nebraska counties.

Live the MOMENT with REHABILITATION HOSPICE HOME CARE MEALS ON WHEELS INTERGENERATIONAL CARE ELDER LIVING For information on services, contact the Regional office nearest you:

Adams, Buffalo, Butler, Cass, Clay, Colfax, Douglas, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Johnson, Lancaster, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Platte, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York

Tabitha Home Health Care (including Rehabilitation services) is offered in all or portions of 19 counties.

LINCOLN 402.486.8520 800.418.9335 clientservices@tabitha.org NEBRASKA CITY 402.873.7047 800.487.3484 nebcity@tabitha.org YORK 402.362.7739 800.286.9074 york@tabitha.org GRAND ISLAND 308.389.6002 800.228.0417 gi@tabitha.org TABITHA FOUNDATION 402.486.8509 800.267.2986, ext. 509 fnd@tabitha.org

Adams, Butler, Cass, Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Johnson, Lancaster, Merrick, Nemaha, Otoe, Polk, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, York

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 402.486.8563 800.267.2986, ext. 563 volunteers@tabitha.org EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 402.486.8523 employment@tabitha.org www.tabitha.org/employment.htm SPEAKERS AVAILABLE 402.486.8559 800.267.2986, ext. 559 publicaf@tabitha.org

WWW.TABITHA.ORG


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The Cornerstone of Our Society

he path of life is a journey toward wisdom. It was designed that way. If we are lucky, we all experience the stages of Childhood, Adulthood and Elderhood. Each stage has their place and their purpose. Sometimes we are fortunate and blessed with good genes and healthy habits and we are able to live an active life until the end. Sometimes our bodies and our minds fail us, but the person inside remains the same. Elders are the cornerstone of our society. It was they who laid the groundwork for the world we live in today. They are the veterans who fought for our freedoms.

They are the ones who built our communities, raised their children, paid their taxes and served on our school boards and city councils. They survived the Great Depression and fought for our civil rights. Let us not forget the valuable lessons they have to teach us and the experiences they have to share. One of the most important things we can do, as a society, is to provide them with the kind of health care they have worked hard for. This is their time for personal growth: a time to seek peace, to share wisdom, and to prepare a legacy. Let us not forget.

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