From LSMNJ’s President and CEO
It’s a new year AND a new decade! A new era with endless possibilities. What will we witness in this decade? No doubt there will be incredible advances in technology. However, forecasters also predict significant changes to healthcare and a substantial increase in the number of seniors requiring medical care and affordable living. As we prepare for what lies ahead, these issues will be what drives LSMNJ to strive to do more. We will continue to do our part to serve those who hurt, who are in need or who have limited choices. We will continue to extend a hand to those who need lifted up and placed back on their feet. And, we’ll work even harder to provide services that make an impact in New Jersey.
Easter Food Drive
It’s that time again! Easter is almost upon us and we need your help! we reach out to congregations, youth groups, companies and vendors to lend support and help make the Easter Holiday special to the families in our programs. You can help us make a difference in their lives by filling a grocery bag with the following items: Boxed potatoes
(au gratin, scalloped, or mashed)
2 canned vegetables 2 canned fruits Mac and cheese Corn bread/muffin mix Applesauce in non-breakable container Cake mix and frosting For more information or to set-up a time to deliver items, contact Beth Gebhart at 609-699-4133 or bgebhart@lsmnj. org.
La Via Wellness 6 Dimensions to a Better You
New Wellness Initiative Offers Unique Programming for Residents Lutheran Social Ministries has introduced a new initiative to bring health and wellness to the forefront of programming at both Crane’s Mill and The Villa at Florham Park senior care communities. La Via Wellness—a forward-thinking, industry-leading wellness program designed especially for its residents, applies six key dimensions which serve as stepping stones on the path to comprehensive well-being. Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional & Social, Vocational, and Environmental are six elements that will serve as the foundation for creating clubs, events, activities, and classes offered exclusively to residents. La Via literally translates to “the road,” as the program’s focus is on helping each resident find their own path to wellness. Whether a resident has modest ambitions like eating more vegetables or reading a trendy piece of fiction, or seeks something more challenging like improving endurance or attending university courses, La Via makes it easy to get started, follow through, and achieve those goals. Each month, at both communities, a
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calendar of programs is published and delivered to residents. La Via icons appear alongside programs which meet La Via’s purpose. Residents can personalize their own La Via wellness plan by selecting exactly which activities meet their wants and needs. Sunday
At The Villa at Florham Park, residents didn’t skip a beat as they were already enjoying programming and Monday
- Vocational - Physical
The Villa at Florham Park Assisted Living
9:30 Daily Chronicles 1 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) Movie Matinee after Bingo on Channel 2
9:30 Daily Chronicles 2 (SP ASSISTED 4 LIVING Salon Open 3 9:30 Daily Chronicles Salon Open 5 9:30 Daily Chronicles 6 9:30 Daily Chronicles 7 9:30 Daily Chronicles 8 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 9:30 Daily Chronicles (SP 10:30 Rosary (C) 9:30 Daily Chronicles (SP 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 10:00 Homemade Soup 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 2:00 Super Bowl Party 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 2:00 You Be the 2:00 Chat with the 1:10 Chocolate Fondue competition(VH) (VH) Judge (P) Chaplain (SP) Day (VH) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) Movie Matinee on 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 2:00 iN2L (3rd Flr) Movie Matinee after 2:00 Tasting & Judging 2:00 Table Topics (P) Channel 2 8:00 Movie on 2 6:30 Pre-Valentines 8:00 Movie on 2 Bingo on Channel 2 of Soup Comp. (VH) 3:00 Resident Choice Party (VH) Groundhog Day 8:00 Movie on 2 8:00 Movie on 2 9 15 Salon Open 10 9:30 Daily Chronicles 11 9:30 Daily Chronicles 12 9:30 Daily Chronicles 13 Sweetheart Breakfast14 9:30 Daily Chronicles 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 9:30 Daily Chronicles 9:30 Daily Chronicles 9:30 Daily Chronicles (SP 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Anointing of the 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) Sick (VH) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) 12:00 Special Lunch for 2:00 You be the Judge 2:00 Ecospirituality (C) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) Movie Matinee after French Chef Day (MDR) Movie Matinee after 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 2:00 Valentine’s Day (P) 2:00 iN2L (3rdFlr) Bingo on Channel 2 Bingo on Channel 2 8:00 Movie on 2 Serenade (VH) 8:00 Movie on 2 3:00 Resident Choice 2:00 Family Circle (CR) Valentine’s Day 8:00 Movie on 2 8:00 Daily MovieChronicles on 2 16 18 Salon Open 17 9:30 Salon Open 19 9:30 Daily Chronicles 20 9:30 Daily Chronicles 21 9:30 Daily Chronicles 22
Crane’s Mill held a La Via launch event that created a buzz among the residents. “It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for the La Via launch event,” said Chad Murin, vice president and executive director, and one of La Via’s key architects. “Wellness is a key to independence and longevity, and the residents are well aware of the program’s importance.”
10:00 Confessions (SP) 9:30 Daily Chronicles (SP 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 2:00 Chat with the 2:00 You be the Judge 2:00 iN2L (3rdFlr) Chaplain (SP) (P) 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 2:00 Birthday Party 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 8:00 Movie on 2 8:00 Movie on 2 (VH) 8:00 Movie on 2 Presidents’ Day (US) 8:00 Movie on 2 9:30 Daily Chronicles 23 (SP 9:30 Daily Chronicles 27 9:30 Daily Chronicles 28 Salon Open 24 9:30 Daily Chronicles 25 9:30 Daily Chronicles 26 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 9:30 Daily Chronicles (SP 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 12:00 Special Lunch for 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) 2:00 Mardi Gras Party 3:00 Midweek Lenten Chili Day (MDR) 1:30 Book Club (P) 2:00 Chat with the Movie Matinee after (VH) Service (C) 3:00 Resident Choice 2:00 You be the Judge P Chaplain (SP) 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 8:00 Movie on 2 Bingo on Channel 2 8:00 Movie on 2 8:00 Movie on 2 3:30 Needle Nook (P) 9:30 Daily Chronicles 9:30 Daily Chronicles (SP 10:30 Rosary (C) 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) Movie Matinee after 2:30 Current Events (VH Bingo on Channel 2 3:00 Resident Choice
*Activities are subject to change.
Ylli Bilani, the community’s exercise physiologist, officially launched La Via with an exercise demonstration geared towards flexibility and balance. “Keeping yourself active is very important as we age,” said Ylli. “At Crane’s Mill, there are a number of ways to stay fit. Residents can use the fitness center, pool, or take an exercise class. Now with La Via, there are even more opportunities.”
10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C)
2:00 Entertainment with Benny (VH) Movie Matinee after music on Channel 2 9:30 Daily Chronicles 29 10:30 Rosary (C) 11:00 Religious Ser. (C) 1:30 Bingo Time (VH) Movie Matinee after Bingo on Channel 2 Leap Day
C- Chapel, VH-Villa Hall, P-Parlor, SP-Sun Porch, MDR-Main Dining Room, MR – Marrilac Room CR-Conference Room, 3rdFloor
activities that keep them active and engaged. Lester Macalalag, ADC, CDP, director of life enrichment, understands the importance of promoting health and wellness among The Villa’s residents. He enthusiastically encourages residents to make exercise and activity a high priority. Both communities provide robust monthly activity calendars featuring something to match everyone’s interests. You can view the calendars on each website, under Lifestyle - La Via Wellness.
In 2019, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey served 3,177 people and outreached to nearly 6,500 individuals.
Welcome Rubén Alicea Rubén Alicea has been appointed as the director of community engagement and enrollment at Lutheran Senior LIFE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) based out of Jersey City. He brings with him more than 30 years of combined New Jersey state government leadership and non-profit executive experience, especially in the Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County communities. In his capacity as director of community engagement and enrollment, Rubén will be responsible for overseeing the day-today marketing operations, enrollment process, and community outreach, among other duties. Prior to assuming his new role at LIFE, Mr. Alicea served as a Council Aide in the Jersey City Office of the City Council.
He has also served as chief executive officer, board treasurer and board member for Puertorriqueños Asociados for Community Organization (PACO), a multi-service provider serving more than 20,000 multi-cultural and multi-lingual low and middle income residents annually in Jersey City and Hudson County. Rubén also spent more than 25 years overseeing multiple federal and state-funded programs with the State of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which he retired from in 2011. In his free time, Rubén enjoys performing with his band onstage at various events and festivals. “Music is my therapy,” says Rubén, who credits his loving parents for instilling in him the appreciation for gospel music and spiritual upbringing.
New Website for Journey Hospice
“We are incredibly excited to have Rubén join the team,” said Christine Lesicko, RN, BSN, MBA, vice president & executive director, Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City. “His experience with the population we serve, paired with his government leadership knowledge and background, will prove helpful to enhance the programs we offer and reach a wider audience in the Hudson County community.”
Holiday Gifts Shared The Villa Receives Silver Award Across the State in Inaugural NJ Antimicrobial Stewardship LSMNJ is grateful to the many resiRecognition Program dents in our programs, organizations and employees that support our annual holiday giving initiative. This year we collected 451+ gifts and $730 in gift cards, allowing us to give a gift to every child within our various programs across the state. • Residents and employees from Crane’s Mill, The Villa, and LSMNJ Corporate office assisted in collecting toys and gifts cards. • Residents of Lutheran Crossings assembled blessing bags. The bags were filled with personal care items and large print puzzle books. • 8 churches participated in collect ing toys, gifts cards and blessing bags for LSMNJ communities.
The Villa at Florham Park was selected to receive a Silver Award in the inaugural New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program, run by the New Jersey Department of Health. This program highlights local healthcare facility Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) that can demonstrate implementation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Core Elements for Antimicrobial Stewardship. Acute care hospitals, post-acute care facilities and outpatient facilities from across the state applied for the program and were ranked as Gold, Silver or Bronze based on a review of their ASP interventions and policies. ASPs are a set of policies and procedures that promote the selection of the
optimal antimicrobial d r u g regimen, d o s e , duration of therapy and route of administration. It is essential that health care facilities begin to establish ASPs for the health and safety of their patients, as the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology have identified that misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is becoming one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. Successful implementation of an ASP improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. As a highly rated senior living community, The Villa is committed to providing its residents with the best possible care, which includes keeping its residents healthy and preventing the spread of illnesses. Mercy Gonzales, executive director of The Villa, says “The Villa is honored to receive the Silver Award for its ASP program. This award further demonstrates our dedication to ensuring the health and well-being of our residents by meeting and exceeding industry standards for health and safety protocols. Our ASP is in place to minimize risk to our residents and keep them healthier.” For more information about this award, visit www.njha.com/education.
It’s here! Journey Hospice has its own dedicated website and features more content, simple navigation and user-friendly resources. The new site makes it easy for our current and prospective patients and families to find everything they need to know about hospice and palliative care. Visit the site today at www.journeyhospicenj.org.
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Follow our individual Linkedin pages for each of our programs to get the latest news and updates first! Visit: • Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ • Crane’s Mill Retirement Community • The Villa at Florham Park • Journey Hospice • Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City
Congratulations to our employees recognized as last quarter. Sherrie Brown Barbara Davey (2) Alexis Green Lorraine Marie Marthe Nancy Medley Felene Paul-Rene Ralph Perri Patricia Rhodes Ann Mari Sirilan Nicole Smith (3) Mirna Valle
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