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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Four Winds’ Ross Recognized with LUV Award for Demonstrating Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Integrity

MARION [Jan. 17, 2020] – Malinda Ross, a state-tested nursing assistant at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio, has received the 2019 Living UCH Values Award for demonstrating four of United Church Homes’ six core values – compassion, hospitality, respect and integrity. The other two are stewardship and transparency. “Malinda…

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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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Examples of Engagement

Our residents are so engaged, we couldn’t write features on every story. Here are some highlights of other engagement activities by residents and staff of UCH communities from our Community Benefits Program. Cherry Arbors Dwight, a resident of Cherry Arbors, retired when he moved in. To fight boredom, Dwight began…

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Supporters Honored at Donor Appreciation Events

At each event, UCH presented three awards — the Diakonie Award, the Spirit Award and the Ben M. Herbster Award. The Diakonie Award is presented to congregations to honor those who have demonstrated faithfulness in their support of the mission of United Church Homes and its communities. The Spirit Award…

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UCH communities recognized with Silver Quality Award

Chapel Hill, Fairhaven, Four Winds, Harmar Place and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) communities and SEM Haven all received the distinction. In total, 166 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities made the list. The awards will be presented to recipients during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention &…

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Predictive Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence: Tools for Early Intervention

  According to a January 2017 report from management consulting firm NewVantage Partners, approximately 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have made significant investments in big data initiatives within the past five years. The senior living profession is no exception. United Church Homes collects demographic and health data of its…

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Telemedicine Fills Gap for Residents

  The rural setting provides a unique opportunity for the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. Telemedicine uses internet, wireless, satellite and telephone technology to bring the best care services to older adults in the Jackson area. Telemedicine is a rapidly growing component of healthcare…

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