Category Archives: Grow Bold

Groundbreaking for the Sam L. Cohen Households

On Friday September 21, Senator Susan Collins shared remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony and climbed aboard an excavator to deliver the first dig for the Sam L. Cohen Households at The Cedars.

A Bold Change to Transform Senior Care

The Cedars is building the Sam L. Cohen Households for skilled nursing care and introducing a new, vitally needed memory care assisted living, as well as renovating our current neighborhoods in households.

The Household Model of Senior Living

The visionary and person-centered Household Model is earning praise across the country and fast becoming the best practice as an enlightened … Read more here.

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The Cedars Hosts Symposium on Aging, Workforce, Creative Solutions

The Cedars, one of Maine’s most comprehensive senior living communities, recently hosted a panel of national experts at the symposium, A Silver Lining for an Aging State: A Bold Approach to Boost Maine’s Economy. Presenters examined the critical issues facing the State of Maine as our population rapidly ages and workforce steadily declines.

They each offered insights into workforce and labor issues at the local, state and national level, shared innovative partnerships to benefit the people and the economy of Maine, and introduced creative solutions through a powerful new model of senior care that will transform how we live the later stages of our lives.

The conversation was … Read more here.

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Symposium at The Cedars

A Silver Lining for an Aging State:
Bold Solutions to Boost Maine’s Economy
Wednesday May 30, 8-10AM
A panel of national leaders will examine the critical issues facing Maine as our population rapidly ages and workforce steadily declines.
RSVP 207-221-7005


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Celebrating Our Heroes at The Cedars

Each month, The Cedars celebrates our Culture Change Heroes – those staff that stand out for their leadership and team work, while embracing person-centered care in their interactions with the older people living at The Cedars. Since December, we’ve had the chance to recognize the following heroes: Joe Gerardo in Environmental Services; Melissa Deering, Amber Schmidt, Connie Poole, Tracy Coburn in Nursing; and Amy Callison, Neighborhood Homemaker. Here is what makes these heroes standout, in the words of their peers:

Going above and beyond to improve the quality of life and care for our residents. Through hard work with maintenance repairs and improving residents’ day … Read more here.

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Sam L. Cohen Foundation’s Largest Gift Benefits The Cedars

In honor of Sam’s legacy, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation has made its largest gift ever—$1.5 million—to support building a brand-new Healthcare Center at The Cedars that will provide truly person-centered care.

“Sam L. Cohen was, first and foremost, a people person. When the Foundation was first established, we researched the gifts Sam had made during his life,” explains Jeff Nathanson, President of the Sam L. Cohen Foundation. “Sam wasn’t here to tell us what he wanted and we hoped to discover what inspired his legendary, lifelong giving to guide us in our grant making.

It quickly became very clear to us that Sam didn’t give to organizations or ideas. Sam gave to people.”

SAM L. COHEN WAS THE … Read more here.

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Kelly Yattaw Recognized by Maine State Ombudsman

We are excited to share that The Cedars’ Kelly Yattaw has been chosen by the State of Maine Ombudsman for the EXCELLENCE IN LONG-TERM CARE AWARD.

Kelly has been working at The Cedars for 10 years – as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Rehabilitation Aide and super valuable team member. Here are some of Kelly’s special characteristics that we highlighted when nominating her for the award:

Understands the value of person-centered care and makes it a priority
Cultivates excellence and strong leadership qualities
Demonstrates sincere compassion and understanding of dementia
An inspiration to watch as she makes difficult situations appear easy
Embraces a challenge
Willing to assist staff, always
States what is on her mind
Infuses her incredible sense of humor in … Read more here.

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Celebrating Our Staff at The Cedars

Thank you, Roxanne, for 30 years of dedication and caring!

The Cedars took the opportunity of a mid-summer cook out to celebrate our employees and community. The residents, staff and families gathered today recognize staff who have been working with The Cedars for 5, 10, 15 20, 25 and even 30 years! Many people were highlighted, and here is some of the attributes and qualities that the team members commended in each other:

Advocates for the residents
Sharing their expertise and experience
Always willing to help
Motivate their resident with love and care
Handles challenging situations with ease and competence
Wears many hats
Teacher, … Read more here.

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CNA Plus Program Graduates First Class

Six individuals graduated from the CNA Plus Program at The Cedars this past Friday, helping to fill much-needed healthcare positions in long term care.  CNA Plus is a result of the collaboration among Southern Maine Community College, the Root Cellar, the Boyne Foundation and The Cedars that trains individuals, including members of Portland’s immigrant population, as direct care workers and transitions them to full time jobs.

The program provides qualified applicants with English Language Learning assistance, if needed, and a full scholarship into the 12 week program. In addition to the CNA (certified nursing assistant) certification, they … Read more here.

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Bold Transitions: Defining Leadership at The Cedars

In the Households at The Cedars, we are committed to encouraging leadership through high involvement, communication, a learning climate, conflict resolution, and teams.

Leadership is a characteristic, not a position – and it’s for everyone, not just for those who have been given a title or managed a department.  Leadership is finding everyday ways to make a difference. We lead when we tune into the bigger environment, listen to critics, challenge assumptions, search for information and knowledge – and see something that others don’t see.

Think of a time in your life when you’ve been a leader – helping your children … Read more here.

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Growing Bold through Learning Circles

As we progress on our transformation into the Household Model, The Cedars is learning and evolving in many ways. One helpful tool in our process has been the Learning Circle. Staff throughout the community are finding the value of this communication method where trust and understanding are fostered and diverse perspectives are welcomed, shared and respected.

The Learning Circle begins when the facilitator poses a question or issue for the group, and then a volunteer responds with their thoughts on the topic. The person on the left or the right of that person goes next, followed one by one around the circle … Read more here.

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