1 a quarterly publication of Walnut Hills Re tire ment Community Walnut Creek, Ohio New Era of Transforming Lives Walnut Hills has The community, as well as taken a significant Walnut Hills residents and step toward transforming staff, played a significant its campus and the lives role in making the of individuals who use its groundbreaking a reality. services. Donations totaling $2.57 More than 100 people million were collected gathered on May 15th to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new $3.5-million through a capital campaign for the project. This project will transform Rehabilitation Center. the work we do here and will Helping break ground for the new Rehab Center Despite damp, rainy weather, continue to ensure the next were (from left to right): Mark King, CEO Greencroft spirits were high, and there Communities; Mark Weaver of Ivan Weaver Construction; 40 years of rehabilitation was excitement in the air. D. Blake Wagner of InterDesign (architect); Tiffany services offered by Walnut Today is an exciting Miller, Director of Rehab Services; Sara Raber, Acting Hills will be some of the best day, said Jeremy Kauffman, NH Dietary Supervisor; Al Mast, Chair of Walnut Hills in the region, said Mark Board of Directors; Jeremy Kauffman, Executive Director; Executive Director. We King, CEO of Greencroft Merle Miller, Director of Nursing; Anna Miller, Nursing move into a new era of Assistant; Sherry McCartney, Charge Nurse; Larry Parker, Communities. helping transform lives of member of Board of Directors; and Buzz Baier, Chair of Site work has already friends and neighbors who need rehabilitation. the Walnut Hills Resident Council. begun on the project, and footers and a slab should The new Rehab Center will be 17,000 square feet and will provide 20 private rooms with private bathrooms and showers, a kitchen and dining area, and a 2,800 square-foot therapy gym. The center will be built on to the front of the existing Nursing Home. I can assure you that when this project is finished, you will have a state-of-the-art facility on campus, said Levi Troyer, founder of Walnut Hills. It will be something we can all be proud of and will be a great asset not only to Walnut Hills and Greencroft, but to the much deserving people of this be in place by the middle of June. Framing will take place through August, and interior work will be done throughout winter and spring, with a hope of occupying the addition by late spring or early summer of We know we provide the best care in the county and in the area, and now we will have the space that will match that, added Kauffman. Each year, Walnut Hills provides more than 125 individuals with rehab services, including both in-patient and out-patient therapies. community. 1
2 Students Quest Leads Them to Walnut Hills group of 50 Hiland High School seniors visited the A Walnut Hills campus in early May as part of a project for their English class. The Your Quest and Beyond project was orchestrated by English teacher Carrie Jones as a way to keep the graduating seniors engaged and interested. The project challenged the students to discover that everyone has a story to tell and that there are many lessons to be learned from the life journeys of older adults in the community. The Hiland students worked together to interview 25 residents from all levels of care on the Walnut Hills campus. The day provided a rewarding opportunity to bridge the two groups of seniors. Each student came back Two Hiland seniors interviewed RH resident David Schonauer. excited about the experience and eager to share the stories of those they met at Walnut Hills, said Jones. From the Executive Director... JEREMY KAUFFMAN It is an exciting time at Walnut Hills. With the Groundbreaking Ceremony a couple of weeks ago, we have officially launched our Rehab addition project. This project was first discussed over eight years ago, and we have been in intense planning for over four years. I continue to feel that this project will raise the bar for short-term rehab services and will position Walnut Hills for success for the next 20 years. Projects like these are never easy. It takes hard work and the talents and contributions of many to make them possible. Team members have been vital to the process by providing ideas and key input to help shape the initial design. The architects, InterDesign, worked diligently to take our ideas and put them on paper. Ivan Weaver Construction spent hours in evaluating the plans and working with subcontractors to provide us with accurate pricing. I am grateful for all these groups and individuals who have worked diligently to enable this project to get started. However, none of this would have been possible 2 Jones reported that one student said he wished they would have done the project earlier, so he could talk more with the resident, and other students said they would like to come back to Walnut Hills to visit more. One student even RH resident Mary Allison had a great time with a group of four Hiland seniors who came to learn about her 97-year journey. found her resident on Facebook and friended her. Walnut Hills residents who participated were equally positive about the experience. Many residents said they really enjoyed talking with the students, and some residents said they wished they had more time to share. Another resident said I had so much fun. I even took a selfie with the girls. Hiland plans to share the final projects with the residents and their families. without those who donated money to the Transforming Lives Capital Campaign. I cannot thank enough the Troyer family, who made this project a priority during the sale of Walnut Hills and provided a gift that set the tone for the campaign. Walnut Hills residents and team members supported the project in a big way, which helped demonstrate the need for the project to the community. I would also like to thank those in the broader community, whether businesses or individuals, who saw our vision for this project and were willing to help make it a reality. One final thought on the project. We recognize that with any type of construction there are disturbances to our typical routines and patterns. We will do our best to keep these to a minimum. However, there will be times when traffic and parking will be impacted by the construction. The noise level will be impacted, and we will see many trucks and equipment coming and going for the next year. We ask for your patience as we improve our campus. Please let us know how you are experiencing this process, and we will do our best to make things as smooth as possible.
3 IN T H E S P O T L I G H T Staff Carol Miller LPN at RH 11 years at Walnut Hills Resident Bryan & Nancy Teague Commons Age: 85 (B); 82 (N) Volunteer Lousie Lautenschleger Baltic Birthplace Wooster Current Residence Sugarcreek Family one son, one daughter, two grandsons; four brothers and four sisters (of which there are three sets of twins, and I am one of the twins) Hobbies reading, spending time with family, camping, traveling Highlights of my life The adoption of my children, my marriage, and trips to Israel, China, Egypt, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Life Mottos Treat others the way I would want to be treated. Life is not about me, but about the One who created me. My dream is to travel and do short-term missions. What I like most about Walnut Hills I enjoy the people I work with, and I enjoy bringing comfort and creating an atmosphere for residents that they can enjoy and is memorable.. Living at Walnut Hills 9½ years Family three children (Phillip, David, and Carol); 19 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren Born in (B) England; (N) Barberton Former Occupation (B) pastor with the Evangelical Friends Church for 44 years, including work as a chaplain for various nursing homes, a prison, and a children s home; (N) homemaker, taught piano lessons, worked in a book store and a fabric store, and served as a pianist and organist for several churches Hobbies (B) golf and talking with people; (N) reading, sewing, and music Highlight of my life (Both) A one-month trip we took to England. We met many of Bryan s relatives whom we didn t know, and we found the house where Bryan was born. Life Mottos (B) To do the will of God the best I can. (N) Others first. What I like most about Walnut Hills (B) I like the freedom and the sense of security. I can come and go as I please, and I don t have to worry about all of the outside work. (N) I appreciate the Christian community. Length of service at WH a little over one year Areas of volunteering mending items for residents How I came to be a WH volunteer A few months after my husband passed away, Tiffany Miller (Activities Director) asked me if I d like to help. When she told me Miriam Miller was doing the mending when she passed away, I just had to do it. Miriam was my fourth grade teacher at Fresno School. What I like most about being a volunteer I enjoy when residents come sit and visit with me. Everyone has such a different story to tell. What I would tell others to encourage them to volunteer It makes you feel good to do something for someone else. Welcome short-term rehab/skilled individuals are not included The Meadows Bill & Liz Jennings, Dresden Richard & Pauline Stevick, Dillsburg, PA Tom & Peg Becker, Monroe The Commons David & Joan Conway, Canfield Atlee & Mary Barkman, Millersburg Mary Harrison, Morgantown, WV Nursing Home Paula Collett, RH & Dover Beverly Glidden, Sugarcreek Jim Mason, Sugarcreek 3 Retirement Home Don Miller, Commons & Walnut Creek David & Esther Schonauer, Killbuck James Bailey, Waxhaw, NC Ross Leedy, North Fort Myers, FL Betty Todd, Akron
4 National Nursing Home Week The Four Seasons R esidents and staff enjoyed special menus, decorations, entertainment, and activities during the week of May 12 to 16. The week s activities centered around a theme of The Four Seasons. The week kicked off with a Mother s Day Tea on Monday. On Tuesday, the focus was springtime, and activities included Let s Fly a Kite exercise and opportunities to pet and hold baby animals. To celebrate summer on Wednesday, residents played a Garden Talk Game and enjoyed a fairy garden demonstration. Thursday was the day to celebrate fall by having a square dance and a sing-along and s mores around the campfire. The week ended with a celebration of winter. Residents made Chilly Willy Penguin centerpieces and watched the movie Happy Feet. The dietary staff also planned meals to coordinate with each day s season. Some of the specials on the menu included dandelion gravy, strawberry pudding dessert, grilled hot dogs and bratwurst, watermelon, barbecued rib sandwiches, potluck potatoes, crab cakes, asparagus, and ice cream sandwich dessert. Martha Wengerd helped make Chilly Willy Penguin centerpieces. n Beverly Glidde ng tti pe at took a turn g held a baby goat bein istant ss A by Activities k. Wanda Schroc Jane Murphy-Hanlon took a peek at one of the fairy gardens. Several staff members helped out with the square dance. Easter at Walnut Hills More than 100 children came out to participate in the annual Walnut Creek Community Easter Egg Hunt, held on the NH front lawn. RH resident Ruth Mullet helped color several dozen Easter eggs. Several residents of The Meadows and The Commons volunteered at the Easter Egg Hunt. 4
5 HAPPENINGS CAMPUS ON Our Walnut Hills volunteers were treated to an Appreciation Breakfast at Der Dutchman Restaurant. Guest speaker Darcy Miller encouraged the volunteers to keep sowing seeds. RH resident Angie George helped pass out ice cream treats to students at Walnut Creek Elementary School as a thank you for their participation in the Read with Me program. Tammy Koser and Beth Beechy, friends of Walnut Hills, and Chaplain John Miller provided music for the first Service of Remembrance at the Retirement Home. The service included staff members sharing special memories of residents who passed away in Even our NH therapy dog, Rosie, got into the spirit of the Kentucky Derby activities. This group of card sharks including residents Maxine Stutzman, Olis Miller, and Evelyn Schlabach and some friends from the community enjoyed a friendly game of Rook. After a long, hard winter, this mama robin protecting her young outside the NH laundry room was a welcome sight. Laina Snyder and Emily Molnar, members of the state champion West Holmes Lady Knights basketball team, shared with RH residents about their undefeated season and earning the championship trophy. 5
6 Walnut Hills ECHOES May 2014 CEO, Mark King Executive Director, Jeremy Kauffman Editor, Paula S. Miller Board of Directors: Alva Mast (Chair), Carol Mullet, Gail Mast, Eric Miller, Paul A. Miller, Larry Parker Walnut Hills Retirement Community, Inc. P.O. Box Olde Pump St. Walnut Creek, OH or WalnutHillsLiving.com Walnut Hills is a not-for-profit organization and an Affiliate of Greencroft Communities, Goshen, Indiana (greencroft.org) Walnut Hills does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its program, service and activities, or in employment. Help for Caregivers Planning a summer vacation and need someone to care for your loved one while you re gone? Our Respite Care Program can provide you with peace of mind that your loved one is being well taken care here on our beautiful campus while you take a few days off from care giving. For more information, call Betty Miller at extension Art is Ageless Contest & Exhibit Honoring imagination and creativity among seniors Saturday, August 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to amateur artists from Holmes County, ages 55 and over. Entry forms will be available in June and are due by August 8th. Entry forms are available at Walnut Hills, at the Darb Snyder Senior Center in Millersburg, and on the Walnut Hills website *INDEPENDENT LIVING Campus Living Options The Commons One- and Two-Bedroom Homes, Garages 780; 1,020; and 1,120 sq. ft. floor plans Purchase-Occupancy option now available The Meadows Two-Bedrooms, Den, Screened Porch, Basement 8 floor plans - 1,120 to 1,515 sq. ft. Reserve your site for future construction. *CATERED LIVING Efficiency and One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments *ASSISTED LIVING Private Rooms and Suites Memory Support Household **SKILLED CARE Rehabilitation, In-Patient or Out-Patient **LONG-TERM NURSING CARE Shared and Private Rooms *Assisted Living, Catered Living, and Independent Living Call Betty Miller, ext **Skilled/Long-Term Nursing Care Call Merle Miller, ext WalnutHillsLiving.com