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Best Senior Living: Recreation in the Neighborhood

  Recreation in the Neighborhoods By Kimberly Doyon, Director of Life Enrichment “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead The Cedars is at the forefront of an important cultural change, transforming our resident wings into person-centered “neighborhoods.” Recreation therapy plays an important role in this new model. Neighborhoods are distinct, home-like environments with central dining and activities rooms. Each wing/neighborhood will be staffed by cross-trained clinical and non-clinical staff. This enables our staff to get to know your loved ones personally, which in turn meets their unique needs more successfully. Because we know that residents in facilities with this culture have better quality of life, we are moving towards a more person-centered approach. And this means we are changing the way we plan, design and implement our daily activities. Our recreation...

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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 the resident and will help to promote relationships and facilitate delivery of care.  Many of our life enrichment activities are based on life stories and what residents deem as important.  The Cedars asks the family members for help with the development of a life story for...

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Best Independent Living: Heart Healthy Tips

Heart Healthy Tips from Sharon By Sharon Leddy-Smart, Lifestyle Coordinator at The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars  The American Heart Association has long appointed February as Heart Healthy Month and Sharon Leddy-Smart, Lifestyle Director and wellness expert, is sharing her tips for staying healthy and happy in 2012.  Eat Right: We all live longer and stronger with a healthy diet.  Be sure to focus on whole grains and fiber; breads, fruits and vegetables are also great options.  And don’t forget your calcium and protein needs by enjoying foods like milk, yogurt, cheese, beans, fish, and eggs. Drink Your Water: The American Medical Association recommends drinking six to eight glasses of water daily, especially with increased fiber intake and exercise.  Keeping our blood and tissues hydrated also helps to lubricate the joints and moisten the lungs to allow for healthy breathing, which all contributes to slowing down the effects...

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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 the event.  Through thoughtful design, we ensure that the Forum facilitators create an open and encouraging atmosphere for discussion.  The feedback and suggestions we receive are highly valued and ultimately incorporated into our planning processes and program development.  This year, follow up meetings with...

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Retirement Living in Maine: Winter Comfort Foods

The Atrium’s chef Heath Pollard enjoys preparing a variety of nutritious and delicious dishes for the members of our independent living community.  During the winter months he receives several requests for his satisfying comfort foods.  Here is Heath’s recipe for Macaroni and Cheese – which is a favorite dish for our members during the colder months in Maine! The Atrium’s Macaroni and Cheese:  For the Topping: 1/2 stick unsalted butter 2 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs 1 ½ cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese For the Macaroni and Sauce: 1 stick unsalted butter 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 cups whole milk 6 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni Preheat oven to 400°F Topping: Melt butter, then combine with bread crumbs and topping cheeses in a bowl Sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat and stir in flour. Cook the...

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Best Retirement Community: Yoga at The Cedars

Posted by Sharon Leddy-Smart, Lifestyle Coordinator at The Atrium, independent living at The Cedars. “TAKE A DEEP BREATH.” That’s where Jessica McKneally, BA, RYT, yoga instructor for The Cedars, begins her chair yoga class each week. Her students find their chairs and begin to stretch their bodies, focus their minds and find their centers. During the long Maine winters, yoga in the sunlight is a deep breath of fresh air. Yoga classes designed especially for seniors are just one of the many holistic wellness options available to The Cedars community. All winter long, members of The Atrium and The Osher Inn practice tai chi, work out in the gym or in water aerobics and swam laps in the pool. Patients in The Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center gain strength and mobility through therapeutic exercises in the spacious, sunny therapy gym. Delicious, heart-healthy menu choices, wellness lectures and round-the-clock access to...

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Best Senior Living Community – Kathy Callnan

Posted by Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO at The Cedars, Southern Maine’s premier retirement community. I have been reflecting on my thirty-plus years with this wonderful organization. I came to The Cedars as a nurse, and I still believe that the compassion and comfort we offer Maine’s seniors and their families is still our greatest strength. I am so proud of our rich history, the wide range of living choices we provide as well as the quality of care and service for which we continue to be celebrated today. There is no place in all of Maine like The Cedars. We set the standard in senior living choices. As a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, we are constantly confronted with the harsh realities of today’s fiscal climate. More and more, we are forced to make difficult choices between our well intentioned aspirations and the rapidly growing costs of maintaining basic services...

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Nine Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

With the recent winter-like weather, The Cedars has some suggestions to keep seniors safe this winter whether you’re at home or out and about.   1) If you are driving, be sure to have your tire air pressure, anti-freeze levels, belts and hoses (check for cracks or leaks), checked.  And ask about switching to a thinner grade of engine oil for better performance in the cold. Make sure your windshield wipers work. 2) To help prevent wintertime falls wear shoes with non-skid soles and stay on sidewalks or that have been cleared of snow and ice. Use railings!  3) More home fires happen during the winter months than any other time of the year mainly due to home heating devices and people age 65 and older are three times more likely to die or be injured in a home fire as those younger. If you haven’t already, install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of...

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Three Pieces of Holiday Advice from Larry Minnix

Larry Minnix, President and CEO of Leading Age, offers his insight for the holidays. The holiday season is powerful. It brings the unique mix of strong emotions that we carry throughout our lives, from the great feelings of joy we have in the presence of those near and dear to us—and the sadness we feel when remembering those who have passed on and expectations not fulfilled. Overlay the frenzies of shopping, cooking, visiting, special religious programs, and you have perhaps the most complex time of year in our lives. I can’t prove it, but it is my impression that many residents lived for the holidays so they could see family one last time and say goodbye. Those without family (or worse: without family that was willing to visit) were the saddest. At any rate, there always seemed to be an inordinate number of deaths after the holidays. So, how...

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Gift Ideas for Residents in Senior Living Communities

The holiday season is here and I have found in my family that finding the right gift for loved ones living in a Skilled Care Center is a challenge.  Here are ideas that are some of the most thoughtful gifts you can give:  1)      Scrapbook –  a book of photos with labels of family names, events, dates, etc. is a wonderful gift for your loved one.  Staff love to look through scrapbooks with our residents.  It is a pleasure to get to know our residents better and a fun reminiscing activity for residents to share their lives with us. 2)      Personalize – a pretty comforter that is machine washable is a nice gift to personalize and brighten your loved one’s room.  Framing a family photo or creating a shadow box that reminds your loved one of home, a special event or vacation is a wonderful gift.  If your loved...

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