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Grande LIVING SUMMER | 2019


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OU R L E A DE R SH I P If you want to know why we are so excited to present Grande Living magazine, all you have to do is look around. Indeed, we are more than ordinary. We are extraordinary! It’s an honor to bring you our first quarterly edition of Grande Living, where you can discover the people, activities and lifestyle options available here at Vista Grande Villa. We want to keep all of our wonderful residents in the know, while also offering the rest of the world a glimpse into the finest senior living community in the Jackson and Mid-Michigan area. Readers will see how we offer a safe, secure and comfortable lifestyle for residents, and peace of mind for the families who care so much about their loved ones who live here. As we mark the summer of 2019, we look forward to everyone enjoying this special time of year. Have a great summer! We would love to hear your thoughts about Grande Living magazine. Talk with your favorite staff member and let us know what you think.


Ron Markowski President

Chelsea Eisele Executive Director

Grande Living in Jackson, Michigan............................... 3 Our Mission/Fun Facts ................................................ 4 What’s Happening and Summer Tips .............................. 5 Extraordinary Employee, Colleen McEldowney ................. 6 The Life Plan Advantage............................................... 7 Independent Living..................................................... 8 Assisted Living............................................................ 9 Nursing and Rehab Options.........................................10 The Impact of a Bequest .............................................. 11 Our Staff, Our Board ................................................. 12

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2251 Springport Road Jackson, MI 49202 (517) 787-0222


Managed by Presbyterian Villages of Michigan


Grande Living


Considering making that move into a community that fits your needs now and in the future? Look no further than Vista Grande Villa. We’ve built our reputation over four decades as the leader among senior communities. You’ve earned the choice of a community that is second to none. Centrally-located and not far from all of Michigan’s largest cities, we offer a friendly place that includes all the amenities you will ever want. And should your needs change, our offerings as a Life Plan community allow residents who may need additional care to remain close to their new-found friends at Vista Grande Villa. You will never have to worry about moving again. Imagine all the conveniences in one safe, comfortable location. Grande Living starts here! .

A Life Plan community for all lifestyles Independent Living—A home you love, but without the upkeep! Assisted Living—Your own apartment with a helping hand when you need it. Memory Care—Security, dignity, and meaningful moments. Health & Rehabilitation—Round-the-clock care, physical/occupation/speech therapy following an injury or illness. Skilled Nursing—Competent, compassionate, long-term care.

When it comes to senior communities, Vista Grande Villa invites its residents to flourish on its beautiful, convenient campus. Vista Grande Villa Aerial View

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OU R M I S SION Vista Grande Villa, a non-profit senior living community, exists for the purpose of providing a quality continuum of care to enrich the lives of those we serve in a family environment.


Fun Facts

FOUNDERS: The Rev. Charles and Mrs. Donna Berry of Sycamore Baptist Church, who saw a need to provide care and assistance for the growing local population of seniors. GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY: The ceremonial first shovel went into the ground on September 27, 1970. The first residents moved into the Villa in June 1972. WHAT’S IN A NAME? Vista Grande (meaning ‘grand view’) was the name of a mountain retreat enjoyed by Mrs. Berry. Villa was added to it, representing the apartments or cottages which were to be built. SIZE: We sit on 22 acres in Jackson, Michigan. STIMULATING AMENITIES: Yes, we have a woodworking shop! Our residents also enjoy hobby and game rooms, a library and billiards lounge. There really is something for everyone!

GRANDE EVENT: In the summer of 1971, a Grande Event and ox roast was held as a get-together for prospective residents and other guests. GREAT OUTDOORS: If you enjoy outdoor activities we offer a variety, including paved walking trails, a putting green, and personal garden spaces. BODY AND MIND: To keep our residents well-rounded and invigorated, an exercise room, group exercise classes and even meditation are all available. DINING: Residents may choose from several options, serving everything from snacks to formal dinner with the Rose Room (restaurant style), Magnolia Room (casual dining), Hidden Garden Café and a private dining room. SHUTTLE BUS: Feel like hitting the road? Our free shuttle bus is available anytime and will take you anywhere within a 5-mile radius (beyond the 5-mile radius for a fee).


Sunday, June 2, 2019 | Congratulations to Vista Grande Villa resident Bob Carlton for being recognized as Grand Marshal in Jackson County’s Rose Festival. Friday, June 21, 2019 | Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Village Victory Cup at Suburban Showplace Sunday, July 21, 2019 | Vista Grande Villa Carriage Home Neighborhood Block Party and Open House. All are welcome! Summer fun, food, and entertainment.


Evan Struck, student at Jackson Area Career Center’s Visual Communications program partnered with Vista Grande Villa to create a beautiful mural in the Sandhill Sanctuary neighborhood (Assisted Living).

IN JACKSON COUNTY June 13-15, 2019 | Jackson Blues Fest July 18-21, 2019 | Hot Air Balloon Jubilee August 4-10, 2019 | Jackson County Fair The Jackson region offers festivals, food, entertainment, and recreation. Visit Experience Michigan (www.experiencejackson.com) and Travel Michigan (www.michigan.org/city/jackson) to find out more!

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Summer time tips F R O M V I S TA G R A N D E V I L L A

1. Sun protection: A good layer of sunscreen is important for everyone in the summertime, but especially seniors. Hats also provide much-needed shade and help regulate body temperature.

2. Hydration: It’s important seniors drink lots of water in the summer; dehydration occurs more easily with age because seniors are less able to conserve water. Pack a water for your trips, too, so you aren’t left without a drink in the summer heat. 3. Hydration hint: If you can add blueberries or strawberries to your diet, it supplies seniors with additional water – and is healthy, too. 4. Exercise wisely: If you are active, great! Try to choose times when the sun isn’t high in the sky; maybe get your activity in early in the morning or in the early evening. And keep track of time so you don’t spend too much time in the heat. 5. Travel tips: Plan ahead, don’t overschedule and be sure you bring along all needed medication. You may want to bring extra medication, just in case your trip runs longer than anticipated. 6. Gardening: Never garden in the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak. Stay hydrated, wear a hat and be sure to bend at the knees and hips to avoid injury. 7. Cold shower: A hot shower feels good for aches and pains, but set your water a bit cooler on those summertime days. 8. Cell phone: Be sure your phone is charged when you leave your home. And, as the case with drivers of all ages, NEVER text and drive. www.vistagrandevilla.com | 5

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Colleen McEldowney R e si de n t C a r e A s si s ta n t

Coming up on 25 years of employment with Vista Grande Villa this fall, Colleen McEldowney was admittedly a bit sheepish about being recognized for this magazine’s Employee Spotlight. But she warmed to the idea, eventually. “I’m not one who needs recognition,” she said. “It’s what my residents think of me that’s important.” Colleen trained to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) when her husband Howard was diagnosed with cancer. Knowing she could eventually lose him (he died 15 years ago), she took CNA classes so she could help care for him. Kim Kampf, Director of Campus Care with Vista Grande Villa, recognizes Colleen as an exceptional employee. “It’s not just her dedication to be here and do her job,” Kampf said. “She treats every resident like family. She goes above and beyond with everyone. If a resident needs something and she’s not even working, she will come in on her off day and help out. “Even in other departments, if someone needs help with transportation, she will come in. She does more with each resident than is required, and that is special.”

Colleen obtained a special chauffeur’s license to transport residents.

What do you enjoy best about Vista Grande Villa? I find the residents very interesting. I try to make their life better. The older generation, I come across so many who have had high-powered jobs and amazing experiences. I find it fascinating. I just love listening to their stories, they are all so interesting.

before. If I see something on Pinterest that looks interesting, I like to give it a try when I can…I also love to go camping and canoeing.

Tell us about your family life. I’ve lived in Jackson all my life. I got married when I was 18 and have one son who will be 45 this year. And I am also a grandmother and a great grandmother.

She treats every resident like family. She goes above and beyond with everyone. If a resident needs something and she’s not even working, she will come in on her off day and help out. – Kim Kampf, Director of Campus Care

Describe your job. I help the residents stay independent in their apartment as long as possible. I do the shopping, the driving...I’ve even gone to family weddings, too. I just love listening to the residents and providing them some TLC.

How do you spend your free time? I like to do different types of crafts. I like to do things I haven’t done

Do you have a bucket-list trip you wish to take? Oh, that’s a really good question. I think I would like to take one more cruise, as long as I can still enjoy it. That’s the time to get it done – when you can still enjoy it. My bucket list is pretty full. I had a wonderful 31 years of marriage and I have a wonderful family. Are you Extraordinary? Join our team! Visit www.vistagrandevilla.com/employment



y husband passed away some time ago. At first, my house was a comfort, but after a while it became a burden to take care of. I sold it and moved into an apartment, and later a condo. I realized I still would have to care for certain things with the condo. As I wasn’t getting any younger and could see certain health problems coming down the pike, I made my third move in five years – to Vista Grande Villa. I love being here! I don’t have to worry about housing cares and any forthcoming health issues – I’m just taking care of me. When I can’t do that anymore, Vista can, as I found out when I fell and broke


my hip. It sounds crazy to say, but I loved being in the care center. When they told me I was going back to my apartment in two days because I was well enough, I didn’t want to go and that is the honest truth.

Before I could go back to my apartment, it needed a few modifications – all done by Vista people. And the care center, therapy and my apartment are under one roof. What a blessing this was, as is knowing this is available to me again, no matter how many times I might need it. It’s especially helpful if there are two of you and one has to be in the care center or assisted living, making it so much easier for the other to visit.

My stay in the care center (and the therapy department) prepared me if I have to live there someday. I love my apartment and the maintenance people have been very accommodating when I needed them. Leah, Apartment Home Resident

As a Life Plan community, residents are comfortable knowing access to a continuum of quality, long-term health care is available in your own community and your home at Vista Grande Villa.

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Carriage Homes

Ed and Caroline Hepp

Spacious, light and bright. Carriage Homes are great for entertaining.


pending more than 30 years living in a farmhouse in Oxford, MI., Ed and Caroline Hepp grew accustomed to having plenty of space. So when they started talking about how to spend their retirement years, they knew they didn’t want to trade in that kind of comfort.

size of it is great. And we have our families come to visit. It’s great, especially for the holidays. It met our needs exactly.”

“It’s built around a pond, with a path around it, and everyone walks that path,” she said. “It’s a close-knit community.”

Caroline pointed out the practical benefits of it, too.

Turns out, they didn’t have to.

If it sounds like the Hepps enjoy the company of friends and family, their Vista Grande Villa Carriage Home is, indeed, ideal for them. Caroline described the benefit of the cluster of 32 residences (in 16 separate buildings) being located in a horseshoe-shaped community.

Ed also enjoys walking the path and the exercise it offers, along with the walk to what he calls ‘the Big House’, where independent living apartments, assisted living and skilled living residences are located under one roof.

“We came here from Oxford because of the Carriage Homes,” Caroline said. “We were not ready for apartment living yet.” With approximately 1,500 square feet worth of living space on both the top and lower levels, there is plenty of room to entertain in a manner in which the Hepps have become accustomed. “We’re very pleased with the Carriage Home,” Ed said. “The

“We have slept 11 people here,” she said. “We didn’t have to downsize from our farmhouse.

“Because you can make friends in independent living, if you happen to need assisted or skilled living, your friends can come see you anytime,” Caroline said. “So we couldn’t be happier with being here.”

Carriage Home residents enjoy large kitchens with full-sized appliances and a laundry room with washer and dryer included. What’s more, all feature an attached garage and charming deck— some even with a screened-in porch or walk-out basement. Call (517) 787-0222 to learn more and schedule your visit!



Sometimes all it takes is a little helping hand to make life more manageable and enjoyable.


grouped into small, welcoming addition to transitioning from their sk 10 people what ‘neighborhoods’), as well as own homes or apartments offsite. ‘assisted living’ might private suites. mean, and you might get Whatever the situation, we are equipped to handle it. 10 different answers. Additionally, should the need for Actually, in a nutshell, that memory care arise, explains how we offer a comfortable assisted living is Our compassionate team of assisted living professionals environment that allows not a ‘one-size-fitsfor safe living with an all’ form of senior is ready to offer loving, knowledgeable support for those attentive eye from our care. Assisted who need that extra bit of help on a daily basis. well-trained staff. This living encompasses provides peace of mind fulfilling a variety for the memory-care of needs. Our well-trained and compassionate residents, their families and friends. staff can provide whatever is needed And because we recognize each in living. Whether the need includes Vista Grande Villa is more than resident is unique, we are better “housing”– it’s a true community. reminders for taking medications, equipped to respond to the needs help with bathing or getting dressed, It’s important to those who need of each individual. Many of our a little help with daily activities or or any number of daily activities, assisted care residents will vouch need memory care to stay in a for the fact they actually have more you can be comforted in knowing community they know, with friends independence and more choices in a helping hand is always nearby. and staff they trust. their lives than they previously had We carefully assess the needs of each resident, then create a while trying their best to live on comprehensive plan as unique as their own. each of our residents. If you would like to learn more about assisted In fact, some of our assisted living living and memory care options, please contact residents have come from indepen- Residents have the option of Vista Grande Villa at (517) 787-0222. Assisted Living Suites (which are dent living at Vista Grande Villa, in www.vistagrandevilla.com | 9


Restore your Spirit Ray and Cathy Reynolds

When Ray needed extra care that couldn’t be provided on their own, he and his wife Cathy didn’t hesitate to visit Vista Grande Villa for its long-term nursing and rehabilitation care.


ven under the best of circumstances, finding the right short-term nursing and rehabilitation facility presents enough of a challenge. But having to do so when a loved one is in serious need of quality, local care magnifies that challenge. So when Cathy Reynolds needed to find the best possible location in Jackson for her husband Ray, they turned to Vista Grande Villa. Luckily, a very favorable earlier experience led them there. “My uncle had lived at Vista Grande Villa,” Cathy said. “We knew we liked it there and it was our first choice.” Ray had a variety of health issues to deal with, but as they came to discover with their own first-hand experience, Vista Grande Villa was more than up to the challenge. Following three weeks in an area hospital, Ray needed high-quality, specialized care to help with his recovery, and found it at Vista Grande Villa.

Restoring Your Spirit with Compassionate Care After dealing with a series of complications during what Cathy called “a rough time in the hospital,” Ray was transferred to Vista Grande Villa for a five-week

stay. Because he was in no shape to see the various specialists and travel from their nearby home for several appointments, that’s where the facility’s expert care proved its value. “The people transporting him were so kind and helpful,” she said. “They always went out of their way to make sure he was comfortable.” Part of making sure he was comfortable included all of Ray’s needs being met, from meals to bathing and even a pedicure (for which many patients need expert care). Would Cathy recommend the long-term nursing and rehab services at Vista Grande Villa? “Yes, and I have already shared our experience there with others,” she said. “It’s hard to know where to go, especially when you are in a stressful situation and have to figure it out.” If you have a special situation where you need to recover from your hospital stay, an accident, injury, or a surgical procedure (such as a hip replacement), count on Vista Grande Villa to provide a convenient, comfortable stay while you are on the mend. Call our 24-hour admissions helpline at (517) 745-2125 to learn about the special care we will provide.



uesday always puts a smile on Mary’s face. Why, do you ask? Every Tuesday she visits Vista Grande Villa’s library and picks out a book or two. Today, she has one that has been on her list and she can’t wait to read it!

Vista Grande Villa’s library was initially established through generous donations, then expanded and updated by a bequest gift left by the Harkness family, who remembered Vista Grande Villa in their will. In addition to expanding the experience of avid Vista Grande Villa readers like Mary, a portion of their bequest also continues to provide scholarships for Vista Grande Villa staff who are developing themselves professionally to best serve seniors. Mary didn’t know the Harkness family personally; neither did any of the scholarship recipients who have increased access to completing their degrees. But they think of them often and are grateful a

legacy gift was provided. And that makes their day better.

allocate an exact set of funds to Vista Grande Villa.

Wouldn’t it be great to have this kind of impact for years to come?

• Remainder: In this case, you can choose to have Vista Grande Villa receive any money left after all other bequests are paid out.

One of today’s biggest areas of growth for nonprofit fundraising is Planned Giving. It is estimated that over the next 25 years, nearly $6 trillion will transfer to charitable organizations through bequests, trusts and other planned gifts. Just last year, over $30 billion was transferred via bequests alone. Ninety percent of planned gifts in the United States take the form of bequests – legacy gifts left to a nonprofit after a donor has passed away. The donation process is relatively simple and straightforward. You can make a charitable bequest via a trust, will, or estate plan. Charitable bequests usually fall into three categories: • Specific Amount: Just as it sounds, in these cases you

• Percentage: You can also choose to gift Vista Grande Villa a set percentage of your total wealth. Vista Grande Villa is fortunate to benefit from thoughtful bequests provided by its appreciative residents and their families. Perhaps you have thought about including Vista Grande Villa in your will or other estate plans. What impact would you like to attain? Please feel free to contact Tim Swope, Vista Grande Villa Director of Fund Development, at 517-962-7716 to discuss all your options. www.vistagrandevilla.com | 11

OU R STA F F Our senior leadership team shares a commitment to staff, residents and their families. They bring professional credentials and industry experience to Vista Grande Villa. They strive to create an authentic and enriching community and home for each resident, and for the team which serves them. Chelsea Eisele Executive Director

Kim Braun Director of Administrative Services

Jacob Moffitt Resident Services Manager

Kellie Wenk Administrator

Kathryn Colligan Director of Assisted Living

Stacey Olson Director of Sales & Marketing


Jennifer Hudson Director of Dining Services

Geoff Putman Director of Human Resources

Kellie Jo Johncox Director of Nursing

Tim Swope Director of Fund Development

Annie Bartig Director of Lifestyle Activities Stephen Benkovsky Director of Environmental Services/ Plant Operations

Kim Kampf Director of Campus Care

VOLU N T E E R BOA R D OF DI R EC TOR S Ron Markowski, President CPA, Markowski and Company

Karen Annable Retired, Church Organist

Dennis Hill Retired, Commercial Banking

Jennifer Kelly, Vice President Attorney, Kelly, Kelly & Kelly

Thomas Daly Health Care Administration, University of Michigan

Chuck Medlar, M.D. Retired, Orthopedic Surgeon

Greg Putra, Treasurer Retired, Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Cardio Pulmonary Diagnostics Ellen Keatley, Secretary Retired, Administration & Education

Joe Dunigan Retired, President for Dunigan Corporation

Discover your new home at Vista Grande Villa!

© June, 2019 by Vista Grande Villa. All rights reserved.

John Nally Retired, Dawn Food Products Larry Wetherby Real Estate Agent, RE/MAX Mid-Michigan

Stop by any time, tour the community, meet the neighbors, and enjoy refreshments. If you think moving to a retirement community means giving up the home and independent lifestyle you love, you’ll find at Vista Grande Villa, it’s the exact opposite. Independent Living Apartments and Carriage Homes are spacious in design and offer the amenities retirees are looking for today.

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