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‘Tis the Season
The Village Voice
Tori Couch
January 2015
The Holiday’s are a special time of year, when we are reminded to give thanks and recognize the
importance of friends, family, and celebrating life. Across the Greystone Health Network, our
communities celebrated the holiday’s with festive fervor, getting into the spirit with ugly sweater
contests, BELIEVE trees, and more!
The Club Health & Rehabilitation Center was part of The Villages
annual holiday parade this year, representing Greystone with a
“Grandma got run over by a reindeer” theme, as well as holding an
ugly sweater content for their associates. The winners of their sweater
contest, and their float, are pictured below. The rest of our
communities got in the spirit as well, with the BELIEVE tree at Viera
Health & Rehab and some holiday decorations at Unity Health &
Rehab (bottom right and top right, respectively).
In This Issue
We want to recognize our customers, in the spirit of the holiday
season, and all the joy, laughter, and excitement they bring to our
lives. Our associates as well are an essential part of our team, and
we’re thrilled to work with such capable and qualified individuals
across our network. As January marks the New Year, we’re looking
ahead to reaching even new heights in 2015!
Find Greystone on the Web!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter,
and check out our website for the
latest updates.
Birthdays & Residents
Kitchen Korner
Photo Gallery
Therapy Award! Every member of the team
works hard to rehabilitate our residents and they
From the Desk Of
are very deserving of this honor.
Our Team
Letter from the Administrator
Executive Director
Executive Director
Jane Armitage
Director of Nursing
Kim Joynes
Director of Rehab
Grail McDonald
Director of Admissions
Tina McCarthy
Director of Social Services
Debbie Melton
Director of Nutrition
Victor George
Director of Activities
Tina Callahan
Director of Housekeeping
Nati Quintana
Director of Maintenance
Darrell Lacourse
Director of Marketing
Deanna Wynn
Business Office Manager
Angel Sigmon
Director of Human Resources
Kirsten Thompson
I would like to congratulate our Rehab Department on winning the 2014 Greystone Rehab Star
As we begin 2015, please know that we are dedicated to providing you
the best nursing, rehab, dining and administrative services possible. I
also encourage you to get involved with the great activities we offer.
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!
Truly Yours,
Jane Armitage
January Resident
Ethel Berry
Fleuramise Estime
Helen Altamuro
Diana Wittich
Erwinna Hooker
William Vangaasbeck
Fructoso Lopez
Gladys James
Christine Falangas
Resident of the Month: Becky Ecklund
Becky grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and has a BA in English from the
University of Wisconsin. She worked for 20 years as a program
assistant and raised her son, Matthew, in EauClaire, Wisconsin. Becky
and her family moved to Florida in 2001 for the weather and boating
opportunities. She worked for and retired from the Charlotte County
School District. Becky loves animals, music (classical is her favorite)
and loves to sing (she has a beautiful voice). She also enjoys reading,
listening to books on tape and going to concerts. Becky says she loves
living at Village Place. We are very happy she is here!
From the Rehab Department
By Grail MacDonald, PT & Director of Rehab
I would like to introduce you to our Speech Therapist, Lisa Sabin. She has
been with us at Village Place for about 3 months now. Lisa, originally from
the Daytona Beach area, was in management at Publix and an electrician
for 10 years before deciding to change careers. She wanted to help people
in the medical field and went to the University of Central Florida to
become a Speech & Language Pathologist. Recently, Lisa was recognized
in the Dysphagia Digest newsletter of Dysphagia Diagnostics &
Consultation for her passion, professionalism and expertise in her field.
She was awarded a $ 25.00 American Express card for herself and one to
give away. We thank Lisa for paying it forward by donating it to the
Employee Holiday Luncheon. In her free time, Lisa enjoys kayaking. She is
a great addition to our team and we welcome her!
Lisa Saben, SLP
Falls Among Older Adults: Part Two
Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip
fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health
problem that is largely preventable.
Employee Birthdays
Summer, Therapy
Nyni, CNA
Amber, Therapy
Sue Moran, Nursing
Agne, Therapy
Eva, Nursing
Mimose, CNA
Rose, CNA
Francoeur, CNA
Sean, Nursing
Shena, CNA
Chelsey, Activities
* Please note that some residents
and staff do not wish to have their
birthday shared. If you do not want
your name in the newsletter, please
let Tina (Activities) or Kirsten (Human
Who is at risk?
Fall-related Deaths
The death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade.
Employee of the Month: Jackie Needham
In 2011, about 22,900 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.
Jackie is a Dietary Aide/Cook in our
kitchen and has worked at Village
Place for about a year and a half.
She is originally from New Jersey, but
moved to Florida about ten years ago
with her family. Jackie graduated
from Port Charlotte High School and
has two older brothers. In her spare
time, Jackie likes to stay at home,
read (she enjoys mysteries) and
sleep! Her supervisors in the kitchen
describe Jackie as hard working and
willing to take on any responsibilities
asked of her. Congratulations, Jackie!
Men are more likely than women to die from a fall. After taking age into account, the fall death rate in
2011 was 41% higher for men than for women.
Older whites are 2.7 times more likely to die from falls as their black counterparts.
Rates also differ by ethnicity. Older non-Hispanics have higher fatal fall rates than Hispanics.
Fall Injuries
Resources) know. Thank you.
People age 75 and older who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be
admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.
Rates of fall-related fractures among older women are more than twice those for men.
Over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.15 In 2010, there were 258,000 hip fractures and the
rate for women was almost twice the rate for men.
White women have significantly higher hip fracture rates than black women.
Next Month: Part Three: How can older adults prevent falls?
Information from the CDC
December Highlights:
1/1 ~ New Year’s Party with Joe
There are lots of fun things going on this month. January is
Football Fever, Creativity & Hobby, Bowling, Reminisce &
Celebrate the Past, Trivia, Snowman, Oatmeal, Soup and
Marshmallow Month! You will see many of our activities
planned around these themes. We encourage everyone to
get involved and be active in this new year!
Saturday & Sunday Night Football
Please check the bulletin board for the schedule and join us
as we count down to the Super Bowl in the South Day
Room. It is so much fun to watch, snack and cheer
throughout the game with a group.
Winter Tea Party with Music by Lynn
A sudoku puzzle is a grid of nine by nine squares or cells, that
has been subdivided into nine subgrids or "regions" of three
by three cells. The objective of the game is to enter a digit
from 1 through 9 in each cell, in such a way that:
~ Each horizontal row contains each digit exactly once
~ Each vertical column contains each digit exactly once
~ Each sub-grid or region contains each digit exactly once
Several digits have already been entered; these may not be
changed. Good luck!
1/30 ~ Resident Council Meeting
Your opinion & input matters to
us! 1:30 pm in the Chapel
~ Joyful Melodies with Richard ~
Date to be announced
Wii Fun
Please look at the calendar for
more details, times & locations!
On Monday, January 19th, we will honor this day with
trivia, readings and reminisce.
Every month we have a birthday
party with cake and
entertainment to celebrate
everyone’s birthday that month.
Please join us!
~ Catholic Mass ~
Date to be announced
Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Answers available in the Activities Office.
1/14 ~ Birthday Party with
entertainment by J.C. Messina
January is “Hot Tea Month” and we will celebrate with a
variety of tea and snacks. Don’t forget to wear your hat!
The Wii is an interactive gaming system with lots of
different game options. Please join us for Wii Bowling,
Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and much more. Please
consult the calendar for times and locations.
1/6 ~ Tea Party & Music with
Photo Gallery
Kitchen Korner
The weeks leading up to the holidays were full of fun festivities! The Craft Fair & Bake Sale was a huge success.
Thank you to the residents for making the items, the staff that made baked goods and everyone that shopped!
Congratulations to Diana; she won the snowman prize! The Ugly Sweater Contest was a lot of fun. Francine
from Therapy won for most creative, Christine from Admissions & Activities won for “cutest” ugly sweater and
Darrell, Director of Plant Operations won for the ugliest sweater of them all! Thank you to the residents for
Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (A slow-cooker recipe)
~ 2 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
~ 3 cups cubed potatoes (fresh or frozen)
~ 2 (10.75-ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
~ 1 cup water
~ 1 roasted chicken
~ Biscuits (optional)
1. Place mixed vegetables, potatoes, soup and water in a large slow cooker. Stir to combine.
2. Cook on high for 5 hours.
3. Remove chicken meat from chicken bones. Cut or break apart chicken meat into bite-sized pieces. Add
to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cook for an additional hour until chicken is warmed through.
4. Spoon into bowls and serve with a biscuit (optional).
Holiday Fun at Village Place
Chai Tea Ice in Vanilla Almond Milk
~ 1 1/2 cups brewed chai tea, cooled
~ 2 cups vanilla almond milk
~ 1/4 cup honey
1. Pour chai tea into ice cube trays and freeze for several hours
until solid.
2. Combine milk and honey in a pitcher and mix well.
3. Pour equal amounts of milk mixture into 4 drinking glasses. Add
several chai ice cubes to each glass and serve.
Makes 4 servings
January is hot tea month and we will be trying out lots of different recipes with tea.
Please join us! What better way to spend a winter (even in Florida) day?