Secret Santa Makes Their Day

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Garden Spot Village opened its doors in September of 2001 and from the beginning we have always enjoyed the holiday activities planned by staff. When we built our new households in 2006 and renovated our original building into households, we started to think about how we could have a more meaningful experience for residents, staff and families. We brainstormed with the team and came up with a day that could be enjoyed by all. Continue reading “Secret Santa Makes Their Day”

Highlighting High Involvement at The Cedars

The Cedars, a retirement community in Portland Maine, has long held and worked toward a vision for person-centered life. They have been engaged in learning, practicing, stumbling and achieving minor and major feats moving away from institution toward home.

Lately they have been working hard at High Involvement – engaging a Steering Team and several Action Teams, as well as holding a variety of circles — some for fun, some to work step-by-step through large and often complex decisions. One of the action teams focuses on getting the word out. Continue reading “Highlighting High Involvement at The Cedars”

Flying High with Self-led Teams

MARVIN’S PILOT GOT IT RIGHT!

One of the most unifying and powerful accomplishments of self-led teams is realizing that no job and no person is viewed as greater than another. The equation itself is simple: no greater than or less than, only equal to. So every job is just as important as the next. All the jobs that need to be done in a household are done to help the members of that household have a better day. It doesn’t matter if it is wiping the table or taking out the trash or helping with medications. Self-led teams do not get hung up on titles, you simply get in where you fit in that day. Continue reading “Flying High with Self-led Teams”

Life Soars at St. John’s New CCRC in Albert Lea, Minnesota

Eagle crop2Residents will have eagle eyes watching over them when they move into one of the new households at Fountain Lake in Albert Lea, MN – especially if it’s nesting season.

“We didn’t know a bald eagle’s nest was on the property until about a year after we purchased it,” says Scot Spates, Administrator at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Continue reading “Life Soars at St. John’s New CCRC in Albert Lea, Minnesota”

Ride Again: Rickshaws Bring Freedom

Not to mention a welcome breath of fresh air!

Action Pact has watched with delight as our friends at Brewster Village in Appleton, Wisconsin, have continued to learn and grow while they pursue excellence in the household model and person-centered care. A PersonFirst® organization, they demonstrate their commitment in many ways.  Here’s one.

J on rickshaw-2During her work day as a registered dietitian at Brewster Village, Rikki Profant keeps a small brown notebook with her to jot down notes. It’s not a diary or journal of her own thoughts, but rather quotes and stories from residents she takes on bicycle rides via a newly introduced program aimed at getting the elderly occupants of the rehabilitation and nursing home back outdoors. She keeps the notebook “somewhat selfishly” to remember nuggets of wisdom, but more importantly, to recognize the impact that the
Cycling Without Age program has brought to Brewster Village since it was introduced last summer with its first rickshaw.   
We share this excerpt courtesy of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. Read the full story and watch a great video here.

KEEP IT REAL

HOME-LIKE ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH.

By Glenn Blacklock, Action Pact Consultant

It’s not home if it’s not real. You can’t fake it.
A vendor once tried to sell me a music box that made bird-like sounds. I didn’t buy it. I want to hear real birds sing. It’s the vibrant life behind the
song that makes the difference.

And no matter the packaging or how many advertising dollars are spent trying to convince me that Diet Dr. Pepper tastes like regular Dr. Pepper, my taste buds don’t lie. I know the difference. It’s like that with home. Even the frailest among us knows the difference between homelike and home…

Continue reading Glenn’s terrific article, published in McKnight’s Senior Living on Jan. 30.

Tear Down That Wall!

As a teenager I visited my Aunt Karla who lived in Berlin. I had been there before but was too young to really understand what the city was all about and how significant it was to my life.

It was in Berlin that my parents met and married. My father was an honor guard at the famous JFK speech. My brother was born there. I loved the city with its busy business district, restaurants, and shops, all of which exuded an energy that felt good. But there was some ugliness to it as well with its reminders of the war and the thought of how isolated the people were in the worst of times. And that wall… Continue reading “Tear Down That Wall!”