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The Cedars Celebrates Groundbreaking for the Sam L. Cohen Households

The Cedars welcomed our community to join us in commemorating a powerful and pivotal moment in the Grow Bold With Us Campaign.

THE DAY BEFORE the groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated Sam L. Cohen Households, construction crews arrived at The Cedars to begin tearing down a building set on the corner of our campus, clearing the way for the construction to come. By the time honored guests, supporters, community members, staff, and residents arrived on September 21, enormous excavators surrounded the crisp white event tent. The air was charged with excitement, optimism, and change. After so much hope and hard work, the … Read more here.

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Music and Memory Gives the Gift of Music

Nick Viti“We experience a deeper connection to events in our lives that we associate with music,” says Nick Viti, OTR/L, Manager of Life Enrichment at The Cedars. “Certain songs conjure up very rich and specific memories. For anyone experiencing memory loss, music is a powerful tool.”

Thanks to a generous new grant from the nonprofit group Music and MemorySM, The Cedars has exciting new ways to use the power of music to help residents preserve and protect their memory, calm or uplift their emotions and enrich their lives.

The Cedars received the entire … Read more here.

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Healing Leads to a Homecoming: The Skilled Care Center at The Cedars Retirement Community

The PochebitsWHEN Mary Carol Pochebit began experiencing increasingly severe medical and mobility issues, she and her husband, John, faced a difficult choice. They wanted to stay together in the home they had shared for over 50 years. But Mary Carol needed more assistance with the activities of daily living than John could provide, and more acute medical care than she was eligible for at home.

“We have a big, close family,” John explains. “But only one of my sons lives close by. I couldn’t even get Mary to her doctor appointments without calling him.”

Like many seniors, the Pochebits had many apprehensions and misconceptions about … Read more here.

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The Cedars: Moving Up and Giving Back

Angie Hunt 2 compressedDuring the process of refurbishing our Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Centers, The Cedars has enjoyed the opportunity to partner with several wonderful organizations in Portland – all in the name of giving back.

The Cedars is currently working on some extensive renovations – which will result in more upscale accommodations in our Rehabilitation Center and more comfortable, homelike living spaces for our Skilled Care residents.  As we were preparing for the first phase of furniture deliveries, we wanted to find a loving home for our older, gently used furniture.  Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer (pictured here during the transition) contacted several local non-profits … Read more here.

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Rehabilitation Therapy at The Cedars Senior Living Community

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN INPATIENT REHABILITATION STAY by Heidi Graf, Manager of Rehabilitation Services at The Cedars

Heidi 1Are you anticipating a short-term, inpatient rehabilitation stay in the near future?  If so, The Cedars Rehabilitation Team would like to provide you with some insight into the experience.

As patients enter the rehabilitation process, we recognize that they are not feeling as “whole” as they had been; they’re suffering a loss of health and may be uncertain about putting trust into the rehabilitation team.  This key team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, nursing staff, dietician, physician and care coordinators who are all there to assess your needs … Read more here.

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Round-the-Clock Care for Seniors: The Cedars After Dark

 “We let families visit whenever they want. All they have to do is ring the doorbell, just like home.” —HANNAH TEMPLE, RN, The Skilled Care Center at The Cedars

THE CEDARS is a bright and bustling place during the day, but the compassionate care and sense of community don’t stop when the sun goes down. In fact, they don’t even slow down. It gets quieter, but The Cedars still hums with activity after dark.

“Part of creating a homelike environment is letting residents and patients create their own schedules,” explains Hannah Temple, RN, Evening Shift Supervisor. “We have early risers and we have night owls—and we take the … Read more here.

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Health and Healing in Senior Living

Exploring Guided Imagery by Alyson Bishop, Care Coordinator at The Cedars

Last month I reviewed the basic principles of Progressive Relaxation, with the main benefits of that practice being improved comfort and stress relief.  Another complementary exercise that I often recommend is called Guided Imagery.  Guided Imagery offers similar benefits, but can be more widely used and requires less physical skill; it is one of the more attainable adjunct therapies. 

Guided Imagery is essentially an elaborate name for directed daydreaming, with the vast possibility for changing one’s mood and sense of wellness.  All types of people, from star athletes to patients with significant illness, have successfully used … Read more here.

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Retirement Community Education: Dr. Marino Presents on Frailty in the Elderly

Medical Director at The Cedars, Dr. Rich Marino, presented to a captive group of nurses and physicians assistants today at The Cedars Retirement Community, on the subject of frailty and malnutrition in the elderly.  Nancy Rodick RN, nurse at The Cedars, explains that the presentation was particularly beneficial to her as a nurse working with the fragile, long term care population.

Dr. Marino outlined a host of episodes that could occur in a frail, elder person’s life which could trigger a decline.  These events may range from the flu to a fall or a death in the family.  “They just don’t have the reserve that younger people have, and any of these episodes … Read more here.

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Best Retirement Community: COPD Awareness

Since November is COPD Awareness Month, the nurses and therapists at The Cedars would like to share some easy tips on ways we can make life easier for someone suffering from this disease.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is an incurable disease that affects the lungs and other parts of our body.  The main cause of COPD is cigarette smoke, as well as work-related exposure to inhaled substances.  People suffering from COPD have difficulty breathing, primarily due to the fact that their lungs have lost elasticity, which makes inhaling and exhaling very difficult.  In addition, increased … Read more here.

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Best Senior Care: Skilled Nursing Care at The Cedars

The staff and management at The Cedars have a constant eye towards providing excellent care in a compassionate environment.  Making this commitment to ourselves and the community requires continual insight and self-evaluation.  For the past ten years, The Cedars has held an annual Family Forum which brings together the families and friends of our Skilled Care residents.  The Forum creates the opportunity for us to hear from our family members what is working well for their loved ones and where we can make improvements.  

The general topics of discussion stem from results of a survey that are sent to residents and families in advance of … Read more here.

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