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July 2019

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FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR’S DESK

It is hard to believe we are half way through the year, but we know that each and every day is a gift as we work toward the next deadline, project, or solution to issues we face in long term care.  We hope that all of our readers had an enjoyable 4th of July holiday.  This month has brought some interesting weather to our region.  Some of our staff were impacted by flooding but our facility was fortunate to continue normal operations.  We are thankful for those employees that made every effort to be here during the recent flooding, as well as those that could not due to safety concerns. 

We continue to work towards an expansion that provides the community more access to long term healthcare when it is needed.  This will be a lengthy process and much detail must go into the planning and renovation of our structure.  While we are still in the early stages of planning, we will continue to provide updates regarding our progress.

Finally, there are many opportunities at our facility for community members to make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers provide residents in long term care a sense of integrity, stability, and contentment, which enhances the other service lines within the organization.  If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at GRCC and make a difference in the lives of others, we encourage you to contact us for more information.

Have a great month!

Kari

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

July’s Employee of the Month is Karen Parsons. Karen has been an employee here at GRCC for twenty-four years. She works in the Environmental Services department as both a housekeeper and laundry aide.

In addition to working here, she also volunteers her time to our residents. She enjoys spending time with them as well as helping them however she can. She is among those employees who join our residents for crafts each month.

Karen has been married for 34 years. Her husband is John and they have one son; Jonathan. She loves spending time with her family, and caring for her goldfish and guppies.

Her hobbies include cooking, baking, reading, and crafting. If fact, Karen would like to open her own craft shop someday!

 

ACTIVITIES

June was a busy, fun month filled with lots to do. We had all of our regular activities along with a few extra things going on as well. 

One evening, the WV Kickers came in to perform their dance routine for the residents. This was enjoyed by all! The Kickers look forward to coming whenever they can, and the residents enjoy the music and action.

The Harman’s played music and sang at our monthly birthday party. The residents look forward to them coming whenever they can. The Harman’s encourage the residents to sing along as well request songs.

On West Virginia Day, we had a picnic for any resident who could join us outside! There they enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch prepared by the dietary staff. All residents were provided this picnic lunch whether they ate inside or out. The maintenance department set up tents on the patio area for the picnic, and the residents had a wonderful time.

We are making more fun plans for July and will be doing some different things.

As always if anyone is interested in volunteering, even for an hour or two, come see us and we will get you started. You will be a blessing to our residents and receive a blessing yourself.  

God Bless,

Cindy L. Evans ADC                                                                                                                         

 

NOTES FROM SOCIAL SERVICES

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  I like to look at Facebook, and see everyone’s vacation pictures, and keep up to date with my friends and families’ lives. 

At Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center we have a Facebook page, and a webpage.  We often have activities, and other information posted on those, so if you get a free moment to check them out, please do.

However, in this age of selfies, Facebook, and Instagram, we try to be very protective of our resident’s right to privacy.  When residents are admitted, we specifically ask them and/or their responsible party, whether pictures can be taken of our residents, and whether or not they can put on the internet.  We also ask whether or not the resident would like their picture posted beside their door or even in the local newspaper.  We do not post their pictures, unless we get permission to do so.

We have various friends and family members that come and visit residents.  We hope you do take pictures or videos with your resident.  Please be aware of other residents that may be in the general area, and please do not take pictures or videos of those other residents.  We need your assistance to protect our resident’s right to privacy.

If you have any questions regarding taking pictures or videos of your resident, please come and see us in Social Services and we would be glad to assist you.  Have a blessed July!  

Ravenna O. Redman, MSW, LSW

Director of Social Services

 

NUTRITION SERVICES

In June, our department helped with the residents’ picnic by preparing Grilled Hot Dogs w/Chili, Potato Salad, Cucumber Slices, Watermelon, and Jello Parfait.

We also prepared a special Father’s Day meal on the 17th that consisted of Spaghetti w/Meatballs, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread, and Banana Pudding. That meal was chosen by Residents’ Council. 

 

IN OTHER NEWS

In June, we said farewell to another longtime employee, Joyce Engle. Joyce was one of our MDS Coordinators, but she also had several other jobs here at GRCC over the years.

She began working here in January of 1990 as a CNA. She later furthered her career by finishing nursing school in 2005. After that accomplishment, she worked as both a floor nurse and a treatment nurse before becoming an MDS Coordinator.

All of us here at GRCC wish her the very best as she moves on to the next chapter in her life. Thank you, Joyce, for everything you have done for this facility and our countless residents throughout your twenty-nine years of service!

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Thanks to our therapy department working with some of our residents, the facility garden project is going strong. There is a variety of plants, including tomatoes & cucumbers, growing beautifully in all the beds.

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On June 20th, we celebrated West Virginia Day and the upcoming first day of summer with a picnic! Staff and residents were encouraged to wear their favorite West Virginia attire for the day as well.

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Residents Lavera Ours & Phyllis Miller completed a beautiful puzzle recently. With the help of CNA, Jessica Stickley, who glued it together and provided a frame; they were able to share their hard work with others. The puzzle can now be seen hanging on the wall of the 300 wing.

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