Homemade Masks for United Church Homes Communities

As the nation prepares for a surge in COVID-19 cases, more people are dusting off their sewing machines and making masks to support healthcare workers on the front line. For months, public health officials have said healthy people should not wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus. However, experts are…

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Safe Social Distancing: Essential in Coronavirus Response

Editor’s note: United Church Homes published this article on March 27, 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was still rapidly evolving. Information contained in the article may not be accurate in the future due to this fluid situation. Officials are urging the public to practice social distancing. United Church Homes will…

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Coronavirus Response: Want to Help?

Many neighbors and friends in our larger communities have asked how they can support older adults who are practicing social distancing in their homes or in our skilled nursing and assisted living communities. Our community teams are already implementing creative ways to engage residents one-on-one to prevent loneliness and keep…

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How to Stay Informed About Coronavirus

Older adults and people of all ages with underlying health conditions are at greatest risk of having serious complications with the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We, at United Church Homes, wanted to help you stay informed about coronavirus during this unprecedented time. MAKE A PLAN Click here to view and download…

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A Message to Staff About Coronavirus

Our Deepest Appreciation We all realize that our work in healthcare requires 24/7 caregiving, come what may, in the world outside our communities. On behalf of the United Church Homes Board of Directors and the families and friends of those you're serving, I want to express deep appreciation to our…

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COVID-19 Update: Tips to Keep Older Adults Healthy

Older Adults at Greater Risk of Complications from COVID-19 Older adults, especially those over age 80, are at greater risk of becoming critically ill or dying from COVID-19. Their immune systems are more fragile than children and younger adults, making them more vulnerable to complications from seasonal flu and other…

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COVID-19: United Church Homes Restricting Visits

CMS Directs Senior Living Communities to Restrict All Non-Essential Visitors March 14, 2020 – The COVID-19 healthcare situation is evolving rapidly, and senior living communities remain a top focus in the fight to slow the spread of coronavirus. We are amending our visitation policy, effective March 14, 2020, and until…

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UCH Welcomes New Administrator to Fairhaven Community

UPPER SANDUSKY [Feb. 26, 2020] – United Church Homes recently selected a new administrator to lead Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky. Jean A. Smith, a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA), joined the Fairhaven team Jan. 28. She brings years of expertise in skilled nursing administration, including her most recent position…

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Fairhaven’s Schwilk Recognized with LUV Award

MARION [Jan. 17, 2020] – Debbie Schwilk, a dining services assistant at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has received the 2019 Living UCH Values Award for demonstrating United Church Homes’ core values – compassion, hospitality, respect, integrity, stewardship and transparency. Schwilk’s nominator said Schwilk went above and beyond to…

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United Church Homes Announces New Chief Growth Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts Alissa Paolella, communications coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org Amy Bonacuse, 740.341.9557 or abonacuse@uchinc.org MARION, Ohio (December 12, 2019) – United Church Homes announced that Teresa “Terry” Spitznagel, BSSW, LSW, MHA, will join the organization Feb. 10 as chief growth officer, a newly created position that replaces…

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Three More UCH Communities Earn Bronze Quality Awards

Joining seven other United Church Homes-owned and managed senior living communities in their commitment to improve the quality of life and quality of care for older adults, three more UCH communities have been recognized by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living with quality awards. The…

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UCH Executive Leader Retires After 40 Years in Healthcare Management and Senior Living

Chuck Mooney, senior vice president of senior living services and chief operating officer, will retire from United Church Homes in December after seven years of service to UCH and a fulfilling career in nonprofit senior living and healthcare management that spans four decades. Chuck has been an integral part of…

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The Promise of Technology for Aging Abundantly

On Oct. 11, 2019, academics and healthcare professionals joined United Church Homes leadership, staff and friends to participate in the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging Fourth Annual Symposium: The Promise of Technology for Aging Abundantly. Set in the beautiful Renaissance Westerville-Polaris Hotel in central Ohio, the conference offered…

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Ageism: A Prejudice with Dire Consequences for Older Adults

If you’ve been following United Church Homes over the past few years, you’re probably familiar with the term ageism. But what exactly is ageism, and how does it impact the lives of the nation’s older adults? The following is a Q&A with Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of UCH’s Ruth…

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Reflection Ridge Receives Accreditation in Comfort Matters

Congratulations to the Reflection Ridge memory care neighborhood at Fairhaven Community, which received accreditation in Comfort Matters on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Comfort Matters is a memory care dementia education and palliative care program dedicated to improving the quality of care and quality of life for those living with dementia.…

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