Category Archives: Skilled Care

CNA Plus Graduation at The Cedars

On June 25, The Cedars graduated another class of certified nursing assistants from The Cedars CNA Plus. For the past year, The Cedars has been partnering with Southern Maine Community College and the Root Cellar to provide opportunities for bright, compassionate people to start a career in healthcare while addressing the growing need for caregivers, particularly for our aging population.

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer and Susan Dionne-Jones, Director of Nursing, congratulated our graduates and gave a heart-felt thanks to Nancy Rodick, RN Instructor for her guidance and expertise over the past several months of class and clinicals. CNA Plus not only provides … Read more here.

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New Educational Program: Living with Heart Failure

When you are walking through a grocery store, have you ever stopped to wonder why there are so many cereal boxes advertising for heart health? According to Emory University, approximately 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year! That is a lot of people who are affected by this diagnosis; this does not account for the people who have had a stroke or a heart attack. Many of these people have to go to rehab facilities, like The Cedars, in order to better take care of themselves.

To help address this issue, The Cedars has introduced the CHF Program … 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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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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Opening Minds through Art – The Cedars is Recognized

_sah5394Nick Viti (OMA Facilitator Class of 2015) has launched a highly successful OMA program at The Cedars in Portland, Maine. The facility has already begun their third OMA session. They partner with the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England, where students receive college credit to participate in the OMA program.

The site had their first art show in June as a part of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, a monthly community event. They also plan to exhibit at partnering universities. OMA Artists have an exhibit at USM in Lewiston, ME right now! Check out their video featuring an OMA … Read more here.

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Opening Minds through Art

Everyone who visited the UMVA Gallery at CTN5 during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk in June saw first-hand the beauty and insight our artists express and felt how much it meant to them to share it. With help from the Union of Maine Visual Artists, The Cedars mounted a breathtaking gallery show filled with our artists’ work, their words, and photographs of their process, and opened it to the public.

Our artists mingled with a joyous multigenerational crowd of local art enthusiasts, friends, family and community. They received enthusiastic praise and thoughtful questions from the First Friday crowds, an affirmation that they can still communicate with and contribute to their world.

Grow bold with us.


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Opening Minds through Art at The Cedars

_SAH5547What can an art therapy program for seniors with dementia teach all of us?

All the participants in this Opening Minds through Art (OMA) class sing “You Are My Sunshine” as sunlight pours across worktables and paint is poured into palettes. Before the studio work begins, Pamela Moulton, artist in residence, sparks curiosity and delight with a performance art piece.

“I want to wake us all up,” Pamela explains, showing off her vibrant hat and whimsical apron. “Intergenerational play infuses all my art. We all crave that joy.”

It’s true. Smiles are everywhere as the artists, who are residents of The Cedars with dementia, … Read more here.

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Opening Minds through Art at The Cedars

OMA ArtworkEach Friday morning this fall, the residents at The Cedars Skilled Care Center are opening their minds through art. Thanks to a partnership between The Cedars and the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department at the University of Southern Maine, seniors and students are spending this semester learning, creating and growing together.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia, founded on the basis that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. There is a growing body of evidence that creative expression actually improves the physical and psychological well-being of people with dementia.

At The … Read more here.

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The Cedars CNA Awarded Excellence in Care

Misty Seeley Excellence in LTC The Cedars

Melissa Jensen, Skilled Care Nurse Manager; Misty Seeley, CNA; Maine First Lady Ann LePage; Angie Hunt, COO at The Cedars

On September 18, the Ombudsman Program held its 13th Annual Excellence in Long-Term Care Awards event at the Blaine House in Augusta. Sixteen of Maine’s direct care workers were honored with the Excellence in Long-Term Care Award – including The Cedars very own Misty Seeley, CNA.

Maine’s First Lady, Mrs. Ann LePage participated in this special event presenting awards to the workers. Each recipient was chosen by an … Read more here.

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The Cedars at The White House Conference on Aging

logo-WHCOA2015Kathy Callnan, President and CEO at The Cedars, joined other leaders in long term care at the May 28 Regional Forum in Boston Massachusetts. At the fourth and final regional forum leading up to the Conference in Washington, DC in July, gathered together are seniors, caregivers, advocates and community leaders to discuss the issues facing older Americans. Check out the video of the morning’s presentations, which was followed by four breakout sessions: Elder Justice, Retirement Security, Long Term Services and Support, and Healthy Aging.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging will highlight the contributions of older adults today and help inform the landscape of aging … Read more here.

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