Prolink: Connecting Health and Senior Care Professionals
The Lehigh Valley Aging in Place Coalition (LVAIP) has been in existence for over 10 years. From the outset, the goal of the organization was to provide an opportunity for those who work with seniors the chance to meet with one another, network and better serve their clients. Additionally, their aim was also to go into the community and to educate seniors, families and caregivers.
LVAIP has attended hundreds of health fairs, employee fairs, spoke at senior groups and have distributed thousands of their resource guides. The guide is printed annually and categorizes members under their area of service or expertise so seniors can find product and services providers that they need.
Country Meadows of Forks in Easton, a brand new retirement community currently under construction, is on track to open this summer. Already, more than 40 percent of apartments are reserved.
Country Meadows of Forks looks more like a bustling social center than a traditional retirement community. Construction of the unique and elegant arts and crafts style building is already under roof with workers busily completing the interior. Country Meadows Marketing Directors Sharon Dusky and Terry Weber are excited to see the new community come together.
Professionals working in marketing, admissions and administration at assisted living, personal care homes and senior living communities have challenging jobs. There is a delicate balancing act between keeping residents and families happy, marketing in the community and getting new residents moved in.
Senior Move Managers, like Senior Moves By Design, are valuable strategic partners to senior living communities as they support them in their vital functions. Some of the ways that Senior Move Managers help assisted living and personal care homes are:
National non-medical home care franchise Visiting Angels has had a presence in the Lehigh Valley since the mid 1990s. Their franchisees have come and gone, and now are back again -- with new energy. Two new offices opened in late 2015; one serving Lehigh County in Center Valley and the other Bethlehem office that services Northampton County.
The offices are separate and independently owned.
Local interior design firm, DesignPoint of Bethlehem, travels across the country to create great living spaces for senior living communities. They recently completed a project in Waukee, Iowa.
The first residents and visitors to Legacy Pointe at Waukee, Iowa would unanimously agree that it was a beautiful place. The senior living community consists of multiple buildings with varying levels of independent and assisted living services on approximately 15 suburban acres. The problem at Waukee in 2011 was not the aesthetic appeal of the facility, but a minor design flaw with a major impact on residents’ lives.
What Home Care Can Learn from Henry Ford - Increasing Pay Can Lead to Increased Profits...if it reduces caregiver turnover
Just after the turn of the century when Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing by incorporating assembly lines through his factory buildings, he engineered thinking, movement and skills out of the jobs.
Heather Glen Senior Living is a 102-room personal care & memory care community that is currenty under construction in Allentown. Specifically, the senior living facility is on Blue Barn Road in Upper Macungie.
The community is comprised of 62 personal care suites and 40 suites dedicated to servicing individuals diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's, or other memory impairments.
Dementia expert Teepa Snow is speaking on Monday May 2, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest Campus.
Snow is a self-described dementia and Alzheimer’s care expert who trains and helps agencies, facilities, and families. She is an occupational therapist and advocate for those living with dementia and other forms of brain change. Her Positive Approach™ to Care techniques are a practical and structured approach to the complexities of brain failure. It is her personal passion and mission to improve the culture of dementia care worldwide.
In Novermber 2015, HCR ManorCare opened Arden Courts of Old Orchard, on the campus with Old Orchard Health Care Center. The community offer 64 beds and is a free-standing memory care community. Arden Courts features 24-hour care for residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Arden Courts offers specialized programming designed to optimize residents’ dignity and independence, all within in a safe and nurturing environment.
As baby boomers age and the options for assisted living continue to expand, choosing the right type of community can be difficult. The terms ‘assisted living’ and ‘personal care’ community cover a broad range of amenities, levels of care and services.
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