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Dining at The Cedars Retirement Community

How to Serve a Quarter-Million Meals a Year and Savor Every Moment

“A full plate tells me someone who needed nutrition didn’t get it and will have to make it up with supplements.  That’s unacceptable to me.  An empty plate tells me someone enjoyed a real meal, made from natural local ingredients with real care.” – David Kessler

When Wendy Bush was admitted to The Cedars senior living community, she worried about maintaining her weight while recovering from a broken leg.  “The food at The Cedars is wonderful!”  she declares.  “When I started looking forward to the next meal, I knew I might be in trouble.  Thank … Read more here.

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Best Senior Care: Intergenerational Programs

Partnering with the Friends School of Portland

by Kimberly Doyon, Life Enrichment Coordinator at The Cedars

The Life Enrichment Department at The Cedars is partnering with the Friends School of Portland to offer an exciting new, intergenerational program for the residents at the Skilled Care Center at The Cedars.  On the first Wednesday of every month, 15 first and second grade students from Friends have been visiting with our nursing home residents to share the lessons they are learning in school.  Examples include reading one on one, singing, drama skits and puppet shows, and games.  Our goal has been to assure the same studentsmeet with the same residents … Read more here.

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Skilled Care at The Cedars: Life Stories

Life in the Neighborhood: Your Life Story Matters

Kim Doyon, Life Enrichment Coordinator at The Cedars

 Life stories recognize the uniqueness of each person. Today the development and use of life stories is one important key to delivering person centered care at The Skilled Care Center. The Cedars staff believes that by placing the resident and their biography at the heart of care, we can better impact quality of life and care for our residents. Life story work is an activity that reviews the past experiences, life events and routines, and creates a biography of the person.  The life story helps us understand … Read more here.

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Life in the Neighborhood

Cedars Resident with C.N.A.

Relationships bloom in the Cedars' neighborhood.

Culture Change

Ask any one, undergoing a culture change in any organization is a hefty task.  But, moving away from the old institutional model of long term care to a more person-centered approach is a tremendous journey, one that is a profound philosophical change.   Today there is a big movement underway in healthcare to shift patient and resident experiences.  In order to promote improved quality of care, more and more nursing care facilities are embracing the philosophy and values of culture change.  The old institutional model of long term care … Read more here.

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