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Portland Maine’s Congress Street: Top Ten Great Streets in America

Congress Street Portland Maine compressedPortland’s “main street” – better known as Congress Street – was recently named one of the top 10 “Great Places in America: Streets” by the American Planning Association. Anyone who’s familiar with Portland would agree that this thoroughfare embodies the culture, history and eclectic charm that are summed up in Portland’s slogan, Life’s Good Here.

What makes Congress Street so special? Here’s a taste of what it offers –

 A delightful mix of historical architectural styles from 18th century Colonial and 19th century Federal to 20th century International and 21st century Post Modern
Arts District with numerous art galleries, theaters, museums, institutes, and schools
First Friday Art … Read more here.

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L’Shana Tova: Happy New Year

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, The Cedars extends to you this insightful message written by a gentleman residing in a retirement community in Canada. Thank you, Association of Jewish Aging Services, for sharing these words with us.

Rosh-Hashanah-2014

As my life unfolds with all its mysteries and surprises
As my world becomes a smaller place
I learn to paint on a smaller palette
I pay attention to the small details,
they are as important as the big ones.
I try to do Tikkun Olam Katan: fix the little things within my reach.
It really comes down to relationship,
how I act and react with others.
Every morning when I … Read more here.

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The Magic of Music: Assisted Living Week at The Osher Inn

Print“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of our souls.”
–PLATO 

This week is National Assisted Living Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living.  This year’s theme, The Magic of Music, celebrates the music we’ve all created, played, listened to and enjoyed throughout our lives.  Throughout the week the residents at The Osher Inn at The Cedars will play games, sing and listen to their favorite melodies as guests share their music with us.

Music is such as powerful force that brings evokes feelings of love, comfort, joy and memories of days gone by.   For people with memory issues, several studies have demonstrated the soothing … Read more here.

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The Cedars: Setting the Standard for Long Term Care

From the Medical Director …

Dr. Richard Marino, Medical Director

Dr. Richard Marino, Medical Director at The Cedars

When we create a personalized care plan at The Cedars, we want to know what each resident’s needs are – even if they can’t express them verbally.  We never stop asking residents and their families, “What’s right for you?” We then decide how to meet those needs with the fewest number of medications possible while using the most current medical research and protocols.

This approach is showing significant results. Our hospital readmission rates have dropped to just 9%, less than half the national average. We have also significantly decreased … 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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Staff Volunteer Spotlight at The Cedars Retirement Community

Mike MorrillMike Morrell has been working at The Cedars for the past 22 years in the Environmental Services and Medical Supplies Departments.  For the past six years, Mike has volunteered his own time to The Cedars through one-on-one visits with our residents, providing assistance with dining on the Neighborhoods, and coming in on Thanksgiving and Christmas to help with the holiday meals. Last year he brought in his young grandson, Harry to join the fun.

Anyone who knows Mike is aware of two things: he has a huge heart and he has a passion for collecting sea glass. “It’s very … Read more here.

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The Cedars Thanks Our Nursing Assistants

CNA Day“They’re the backbone of our healthcare at The Cedars,” Chief Operating Officer Angie Hunt explains, pictured here with CNA April McDonald.  “We wouldn’t be where we are as an organization today without them.”

At last week’s ‘CNA Day” celebration, Angie was extolling the tremendous value that our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) bring to The Cedars.  These men and women,  several who have been working with The Cedars for greater than ten years, provide the daily support and care to our residents living at our Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Centers as well as The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars. Angie continued, “They provide excellent care and are the most kind and compassionate people … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars – Residents Knitters Reach Out

Osher Knitters compressedWhat do you do when you hear about someone in need?  At The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars, a group of more than six residents dusted off their knitting needles and joined forces to help.  A few months ago, a few residents at The Osher Inn heard of a man receiving services from VNA Hospice – who just couldn’t stay warm. They didn’t miss a beat and gathered their friends at The Osher Inn to create a blanket as a donation to hospice.

“It took around three months, with more than six of us working on it”, the group explained.  None of the knitters had picked up … Read more here.

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Assisted Living at The Cedars Welcomes Wellness Manager

Nancy KuligaThe Cedars is pleased to welcome Nancy Kuliga back to The Cedars as the Wellness Manager at The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars.   Nancy is no stranger to our community as she was the Director of Nursing for several years at our Skilled Care Center at The Cedars.

Nancy has a multitude of experiences in senior care: she has served the Director of Resident Services at an area assisted living specializing in dementia care, acted as a Professional Services Consultant/ Director of Clinical Services for North Country Associates and Manager of Clinical Operations for Genesis Health Care.

Nancy has worn many different hats throughout her nursing career and possesses strong skills with nursing … Read more here.

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A Vision of Health: Dynavision 2 at The Cedars Rehabilitation

Dynavision 2“The Dynavision can be used by all three of our rehabilitation disciplines … it really helps motivate everyone.” – HEIDI GRAF

The Dynavision 2 is a cutting-edge therapeutic tool designed to improve the visual and motor skills of professional athletes.  It builds strength, balance and range of motion, decreases reaction time and sharpens cognition.

Today, you’ll find a Dynavision in over 1,000 hospitals and athletic departments nationwide.  Thanks to the fundraising efforts of The Cedars Auxiliary, you’ll also find one in The S.L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center’s therapy gym.

The Dynavision 2 had an immediate impact on our therapeutic programming.  “It can be used by all three of our rehabilitation disciplines,” raves Heidi … Read more here.

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