Castle Gardens Monthly V O L U M E The Hearth Premier Senior Living S P E CI A L E ST - 1715 Castle Gardens Road Vestal, New York 13850 Phone:607-748-5700 P O IN T S OF I NT E R- Monthly Birthdays Calendar of Fax:607-748-1079 Activities Resident Council Minutes www.thehearth.net Keepsake Village Update If You Keep Moving…..You’ll Keep Improving. Executive Director Pam Stento [email protected] Business Office Manager Courtney Butler [email protected] Director of Community Relations Theresa Farrell [email protected] Keepsake Village Case Manager Allyson Stringfield [email protected] Beauty Salon Cindy Laidlaw, Cosmetologist Activity Director Paula Francisco [email protected] Director of Community Outreach Activity Assistants Andy Papaleo Midge Nirchi, Keepsake Village Robin Richardson, Senior Living Pam Pringle, Kathy Wilcox, Edwin Cole, Chelsey [email protected] Director of Building Maintenance Van Drivers Edward Roosa John Newell Gary Pisano [email protected] Director of Dining Services Christine Weaver [email protected] Wellness Aide Jasmine Payne [email protected] Director of Nursing Tina Torto [email protected] Resident Council Board Sherry Delafield, Ed Daugherty, Janet Gault, Rosella Potter Richard Schmits PRN Physical & Occupational Therapy Network, PLLC 484-5079 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 4 I S S U E 4 A P R I L 2 0 1 5 A Note from Pam Hello Castle Gardens residents, family and friends; Spring is finally here! I look forward to seeing the first Robin, spring flowers and green grass. Plus, I definitely look forward to warmer weather. A few spring items: Spring lawn cleaning and landscaping will begin this month. Please make sure you are using the South side of the building by the shed for walking your dog. Always clean up after your pet. Please don’t feed the birds by tossing bread, crackers or other types of food on the ground or leaving on your balcony. If you enjoy watching the birds and would like to feed them use or purchase a bird feeder. I hope you all like the new server station in the main dining room; it’s much more functional and it looks beautiful too. Your patience during the renovation was much appreciated. Have a great month! Pamela Stento A Look Back on March Resident Spotlight 2 Bible Study Group 2 Birthdays Welcome 3 Alzmail Take Note 3 Calendar of Activities 4 5 Employee of the Month Keepsake Village 6 Resident Council 7 Minutes Dick Black: Finding a picture of himself at the Vestal Museum Getting Kissed for being Irish! Photo Op for visiting the Vestal Museum. And the construction begins! See more pictures on the April Calendars! PAGE 2 VOLUME Resident Spotlight: James Crossett Resident Spotlight: James Crossett James, Jim to his friends, was born in New Castle, Delaware. He attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and graduated from North High School. After graduating he served in the air force as a B-17 navigator, ETO flight officer. He later worked for Universal Instruments metal stamping division as a production controller and expeditor. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy and they raised 3 daughters. James is an active member of the Vestal Methodist Church’s chorus and continues to keep busy in the community. Congratulations Jim! Congratulations Bible Study Group Measuring Up At Easter Time and Always Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13 You must be 44 inches tall to ride Space Mountain at Disney World in Orlando. You must be 54 inches tall to buy a ticket for BATMAN: The Ride at Six Flags Atlanta. For safety reasons, most amusement parks set rules like these. Ticket holders who don't measure up can't ride. It's a great day in the life of a thrill-seeking child when she finally measures up, when she can finally sit down, buckle in, and soar through the sky. Do you ever wonder how you measure up in the eyes of other people? This has nothing to do with physical height, and everything to do with sometimes hurtful comparisons and judgments. Such concerns can nag at us, can drag us down-quickly. An even more important question is: "Do I measure up in God's eyes?" Many believe God "grades on the curve," CASTLE GARDEN MONTHLY but heaven's "height requirement" is "the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." If that gives you pause, remember; because of what Jesus did for you in his cross and resurrection, you measure up fully. Right now, you are loved beyond measure. You need fear neither death nor judgment. As the Holy Spirit works in you, you are continuing to grow up spiritually. You are a work in progress-God's work! You can look forward to all that the Holy Spirit will finish in you. In light of this, it matters little what others think. Our Heavenly Father's committed love for you is beyond question. And one day, you will reach full maturity. You will be at last all that God intended from the first. Dear Lord, Thank you for what your Son did for us in His cross and resurrection; that we may be fully loved and be filled with all the fullness of God. Thank you that "He is Risen Indeed!" Amen. 4 ISSUE 4 Resident Council Minutes BOARD Richard Schmits-absent, Rosella Potter-absent, Ed Dougherty , Janet Gault , Sherry Delafield, Activities, Administration . AGENDA 1. Minutes read and approved. 2. The fund raising committee: Approximately $249.10 is in the fund. The 50/50 raffle went well $44.00 was collected $22 went to Joyce Blaisure, $22 goes to RC Fund . It will held again next month. 3. Maintenance issues. The PRN sign out side their office was knock off the wall. 4. Dietary issues : Renovations have been extended another week. As soon as it is completed the tables that were moved out to the small dining room will be returned to the main dining room, including the residents who sit at them. Residents are reminded to fill out a food service slip on their table, after meals. The next food service meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24 th at 2 pm, all are encouraged to attend. 5. Next due date for collecting supplies and cookies for your soldiers over seas is March 15 th. A list of items needed are in the activity office. Old cell phones continue to be collected. Thank you for supporting our men and women serving overseas. 6. Old glasses are also being collected monthly to be given to the Lions Club to give to those who can not afford them. 7. The Cyber Mobile, a library on wheels from the Four County Library will be coming on Thursday, March 12 th at 11:30 am in the activity room. 8. Revised resident handbooks are completed. If you want a copy ask the receptionist for a copy. 9. Reminder: suggestions or questions for the board PAGE can be submitted to them directly or placed in the suggestion box under the big calendar. 10. Valentines went well and the Sweet Heart Dinner was well attended. Thank you to dietary staff for the lovely meal. 11. Residents are asking if the washer lids be left open to air them out. Also the agitator on one of the first washing machines is very dirty. 12. Newspapers are being delivered by activities by 9 am every morning. If you do not get yours by 9 am please call the front desk and inquire about it. 13. Courtney came to talk about annual lease renewals. They are done yearly even if there are no changes. They need to be signed and turned in. Nursing will do the enriched living renewals and Courtney will do the independent renewals. They include a emergency information sheet, the lease, and a medical evaluation. Also to have a completed form the medical evaluation needs to have the box next to TB shot checked off, even if it is not done. These forms need to be completed in a timely manor to be compliant with state regulations. 14. Pam discussed the differences between Independent living and Enriched living. And what EL entails. If there are any questions please see nursing, Courtney, or Pam for more details. 15. Resident Council Board elections will be coming soon. Think about being a board member. A nomination committee will be selected next month. 16. Resident Spotlight: George Pemberton’s article was read and he was given a gift card. 17. Meeting adjourned. Relay for Life Thursday, April 30 th 2:00 pm The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the Hearth at Castle Gardens, will be teaming up to have a “Relay for Life” inside of Castle Gardens! We would like to invite survivors, friends, and family to this very special event. Please join us as we work to make it possible to “Celebrate more Birthdays” 5 PAGE 4 VOLUME Employee of the Month: Ashley Snyder Employee of the Month: Ashley Snyder 4 ISSUE John Sierzant Richard Pass Anne Hollister Nina Briggs Esther Maney Mary Hanzlik Frances Kane Francis Cassidy Frances Murphy Ashley was nominated as the April Employee of the month because of the extra time and effort she has put in making sure that shifts are covered in the senior living community. Ashley has been employed at Castle Gardens since April of 2014 as a nurses aide. Besides working with the residents she enjoys making and selling hand made crafts. She is also a “31” consultant and sells designer bags from their catalog. Congratulations Ashley! Resident Birthdays 4 4/02 4/02 4/02 4/03 4/08 4/11 4/13 4/13 4/18 James Guglielmo Sally Shafer James Crossett Patricia Censak George Pemberton Mark Woitach Gladys Mason Calvin Briggs Nancy Wolf Thank you Troop # 30026 for including us in your group project . We enjoyed your company and friendship. in their project. The residents really enjoyed each of their scheduled visits and the lively engagement they provided. April is here along with egg decorating, Easter, the Birthday Party with Orange Blossom Special, music with George Mann, a seasonal craft, and other specials for the month along with our regular activities that occur each day. April Pickle Winner: Ruth Engler Ruth Engler was nominated for the April Pickle because of the extra hours she has put in covering for activities. She is always pleasant, kind, and helpful to the residents , staff, and visitors. She takes her job seriously and isn’t afraid to ask questions if there is a dilemma. And she always has a smile and kind word for everyone. Ruth lives in Apalachin. She is very close to her children and her grandchildren. She even dogsits for her grand dog. Ruth is also very active in her church Our Lady Of Sorrow and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ruth will be given a special parking spot for the month and the recognition of how helpful she is to others in our community. Congratulations Ruth! The free information update service from the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Delivered to your e-mail inbox. Scientific & medical discoveries Advances in care & treatment The latest legislative news Events & programs in your area Safe return alerts Join today: www.alzcny.org. CASTLE GARDENS MONTHLY 4/19 4/19 4/22 4/22 4/23 4/23 4/23 4/26 4/27 Albert Bailey # 414 Robert Issacson # 23 Sally Shafer # 38 Take Note Introducing alzmail Troop # 30026 3 New Residents Keepsake Village Update Finally Spring is really here! We thought winter would never end. Hopefully soon we will be spending some time out in the courtyard enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. The girl scouts from Troop # 30026 had their last visit in March. They hosted a lovely tea party with sandwiches, fruit, cookies, and punch. All things they made and organized. The past visits with the girls were part of a project they called Operation Happiness. It was a project that earned them the Bronze Award of the Take Action Project. They will be receiving the award at the Young Woman of Distinction Event this month. On behalf of Castle Gardens the activity department mailed out certificates of recognition to all 15 girls commending them for the efforts and thanking them for including us PAGE Spring is here and everyone enjoys watching the birds but please do not throw bread or food out for the birds. It attracts rodents and undesirable critters. Please use bird feeders and be courteous if there is a balcony below yours to not drop food or dirt onto their balcony. The Sunshine Olympic Games will be starting soon. We will begin with Spelling and Checkers in April. Please let someone in activities know if you are in- terested in participating. Other games this year are: volleyball, Frisbee toss, horseshoes, table bowling, team trivia, golf putting, and a cookie bake off. See activities for details. Let the Games Begin! I’m Ok is a morning check for residents in senior living. Residents are responsible for turning over their tags first thing in the morning to say “I’m Ok”. Staff go through after 9 am to check the tags and check on residents. Thank you for your participation.
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