Change is good. Sometimes it creates a little dust here and there, but in the case of our Lakeview floor renovations, it’s well worth it. We’re committed to providing a nursing home experience in the greater Rochester area that is second to none, and this renovation is one example of that commitment.
A good portion of the job of a nursing home administrator these days is to keep up with all the changes going on that have an effect on their facility. The time of change for nursing homes is in full swing right now. Good Administrators have become more like fortune tellers who search the tea leaves of new technology and regulation to stay one step ahead of what might be necessary to have a facility that is relevant to whatever is considered mainstream. It is in that spirit that I share a situation that struck me over last weekend.
Our two “invasions” of Highland Park for Rochester Lilac Festival 2012 held a somewhat disappointing, if not anticipated sight, for those enthusiasts that covet lilac blossoms. This year’s bizarre, upside-down weather with March’s warmth combined with April’s descent into chilly temperatures messed up nature’s cycle. In spite of the spent lilac bushes, both of The Maplewood’s tour groups soaked in sunshine, warm weather and an overall great experience!
Spring is here! What better time to re-focus on our personal health than right now? We encourage everyone to practice healthy living, and The Maplewood is going to do its part. On Sunday (April 15, 2012) we start this year's Eat Well, Live Well Challenge, the healthy living event first introduced by Wegmans in 2003.
How do I know when it’s time for long-term care? What are my options? What are some of the things I should consider when planning for skilled nursing care?
These are just a few of the questions that we’ll address with The Maplewood Podcast. Our goal with the podcast is to create a valuable, easily-accessible knowledge resource by providing useful insight into long-term nursing and short-term rehabilitation care.
Fantasy and wishful thinking are often confused with the idea of positive expectations. Continuous affirming thoughts of surviving a jump off the empire state building or tumbling over Niagara Falls in a barrel aren't going to save you. If anything, studies show that continued fantasizing actually increases risky behavior, which doesn't help your life expectancy!
Spring was trying very hard to barge its way in on Tuesday, March 6. Residents Elsie F and Jane H piled into the van with Activities Assistant Sarah Hodges and myself. It was a splendidly bright day for a coffee break! We rolled into Barnes & Noble and made a quick beeline for the Starbucks set up in the northwest corner of the store.
I am a coffee purist, black worked for me. Jane ordered a root beer while Elsie added cream and sugar to her coffee. Sarah came back with some creamy concoction showered with whipped cream. I stuck to my beverage but the ladies needed more! Sarah, Jane and Elsie plunged into their oversized desserts as if they’d skipped lunch (they hadn’t of course). Elsie did save a corner of her brownie and invited me to try it. Delicious!
Several years ago there was a top hit TV show called Seinfeld. One of the main characters went by the name of George Costanza. George was the guy that somehow always made the wrong call and as a result things never seemed to work out right in any given situation. In one episode, George comes to the realization that he should try to do the opposite of everything he thought he should and in so doing, his luck changes and everything begins to go his way including getting a girlfriend, a job with the Yankees and moving out of his parents' house. In my view, the new age of healthcare is beginning to come into focus and it’s looking a lot like that Seinfeld Episode. In some ways George holds the key to solving our healthcare crisis.
OK I have to admit, I was a little alarmed. A week before the Thursday, February 22 Great Chili Cook-Off, the sign-up sheet resembled whiteout driving conditions. I couldn’t see any names on the sheet, because there were none! Hastily, I penned mine in slot one and hoped a few more people would pick up my example.
What happened to the old fashioned Valentine’s Day? No longer is it a “box of chocolates” occasion for today’s couples in love. It has become a lavish competition, like everything else nowadays. Who can provide the most incredible gift to that special person? People go all out.