Airing of the Quilts

This story was shared with us by Susan Clark of Uniting in Australia

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Recently our home, Caroona Kalina, hosted a two-day event showcasing a large selection of quilts. Our residents had expressed how much they love quilts and would love to have more involvement. This involved inviting residents, staff, families and the public – including our local Quilting Club – to air their quilts. In the end, we had nearly 200 handmade quilts on display! Many of our residents spent weeks preparing for the event during their art and crafts sessions. Our local Mayor officially opened the evKalina Car Quilt2ent, and we had an overwhelming response from the public, with people traveling significant distances to attend.

 

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Our residents were extremely proud to show off their home and could not believe how popular the event was. It was also an opportunity to showcase our newly opened ‘Splash Café.’ As a result of the quilt show, relationships have been established between the community and our home, which will continue over time.  All money that was raised went to Kalina’s Creative Ageing Program. Kalina quilt 1

Quilts2The event made the local newspaper and received lots of positive press from our Mayor. We are very proud of our home and the smiles it brought to those we serve. The event brought the community, family, friends and residents all together for a bright, colourful, happy weekend.  Enjoy the photos!!!

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Telling Your Story

When good things are happening in your community, it’s a great idea to share the story with the wider communityThe benefits are numerous. You become familiar in the area, with positive associations; employees feel proud, and it’s an opportunity to share the message of culture change. It’s good all around! Here are some examples of campuses or larger organizations telling their good stories. See what they’re doing:

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  • Sentara Rehabilitation and Care Residence, Chesapeake, VA: Sentara is replacing their current building with a brand new household model community, which will open in November. Irvin Land, Administrator, tells the story to the local newspaper. Read all about the project
  • Fair Haven and Wesley Manor, sister communities within the Methodist Homes of Alabama and Florida, have announced major expansion and construction projects as they move to the Household Model.  Read the press releases.

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“Caught” doing the right thing. Has it happened to you?

This story was shared with us by Alison Scott, a Choreography of Culture Change graduate with UnitingCare in Australia. (Note: Terminology in Australia can be a little different than ours in the U.S.)

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Yesterday the Accreditation agency visited for a no-notice site visit. Nothing unusual you say, except that at the exit meeting she spoke about this ‘amazing’ interaction she witnessed between several residents and a couple of staff members – a Lifestyle Officer and the Pastoral Care Worker whilst doing her ‘sophie’. She clearly described a Community Circle, observing that the residents in the circle were of mixed cognitive ability, and those with a cognitive deficit took an active part and could easily follow the process of the discussion. 

The community circle was not a planned event. Residents had cancelled the trivia game originally planned, so the circle was a spur-of-the-moment change of program.

Events like this confirm that what we do on a daily basis makes a difference.


A Hard-Hat Chorus Line?

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Decked out in hard hats are staff of Jewish Senior Services in Connecticut who are
standing in one of the 23 household kitchens of the 
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus, now in the final stages of completion, with an expected opening in Spring 2016! The new campus will offer the first household model of care in Connecticut with 14 private bedrooms and baths, shared kitchen, living room, den and patio in each household. The campus also has 28 private rooms for short term care with indoor and outdoor courtyard therapy centers and aqua therapy in the new indoor pool. Assisted Living Residences will offer one bedroom and studio apartments with meals and membership to the new 18,000 square foot fitness center complete with a 25-yard four lane swimming pool. The campus will also offer a host of community services including: Home and Hospice care, Out Patient Therapy, Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, Institute on Aging, Senior Choice at Home Program and Child Development Center.  

Ed:  Now you know why they look so happy!


New WNYT_MUSIC-blog427ays Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’

If you read the blog article about the “magic” of music, and are fascinated by brain research and what scientists have learned about music, here is a mustread article just published in the New York Times!  Amazing things are being learned.         Read it here.

 


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The Magic of Music

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Enjoying and appreciating music may still appeal to persons living with dementia, but music may offer a lot more than pleasure: a connection to memory and emotional expression that might not be otherwise accessible. Read these simple but powerful stories to be reminded of the myriad ways we might incorporate music into daily life, to both entertain and ENGAGE! Continue reading

Honoring Dining Traditions in the New Year

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No doubt our thoughts during this past holiday season turned to home and rekindled wonderful memories of special treats, meals, and rituals around the food in our lives. Whether we recreate the memories and carry on established traditions or start new traditions of our own, food remains at the heart of our celebrations.

Recent stories from Action Pact organizations at varying stages in the transformational journey illustrate the unlimited opportunities to start new traditions and honor the old. Continue reading

Shaking up the Status Quo

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Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national service for America’s booming 50+ population, has begun a year-long project on aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging. The most recent article – A New Twist on Planned Senior Communities, by Beth Baker, describes four communities that focus on wellness and quality of life. Continue reading