Four Winds Community to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week

JACKSON [April 29, 2019] – Four Winds Community in Jackson is excited to participate in National Skilled Nursing Care Week, which will be held May 12 – 18.

The NSNCW 2019 theme, “Live Soulfully,” will celebrate skilled nursing centers and their residents and staff by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls. The theme fits well with United Church Homes’ mission and vision to provide care to the whole person including mind, body and spirit, which includes providing full-time chaplains at all UCH senior living communities.

Below is Four Winds Community’s calendar of events for National Skilled Nursing Care Week:

  • Sunday, May 12
    3 p.m., Mother’s Day program with cookies and punch
  • Monday, May 13
    10 a.m., Resident King and Queen Contest
    12 p.m., Cupcake Kickoff
    2 p.m., Resident Recognition Ceremony (wear your favorite sports theme)
  • Tuesday, May 14
    6:30 p.m., Four Winds Talent Show open to staff, residents and community. Contact Jean Ann Moshier to register. Wear your favorite Halloween costume.
  • Wednesday, May 15
    6 p.m., Barbie Birthday Bash with cake and party for staff, community, residents. Wear your favorite nerd costume.
    Thursday, May 16
    1 p.m., Ice Cream Social and Luau. Wear your favorite luau outfit.
  • Friday, May 17
    First and second shifts, summer of ’69 theme party. Pizza for staff and residents. Wear your favorite hippie costume.
  • Saturday, May 18
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all-day bingo marathon
  • Sunday, May 19
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m., car show registration
    11:30 a.m., veterans ceremony
    12 p.m., All-American lunch (hot dogs, chips, apple pie slices and bottled water) – free for residents, staff and community. Staff and residents are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.
    2 p.m., car show awards

Established an as annual, week-long observance by the American Health Care Association in 1967, NSNCW, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s older adults and people with disabilities.

For more information about Four Winds, visit fourwindsjackson.org.

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About Four Winds Community: At Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio, our loving staff and beautiful campus create a warm, welcoming place to call home. Families appreciate the high quality of care that their loved ones receive here. But it’s more than the dedication of our staff that makes Four Winds so special. It’s the way that Four Winds remains an integral part of the greater Jackson community, where people know who we are and trust what we do.

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 volunteering at the local hospital. Now, he feels fulfilled as a regular volunteer.


Four Winds Community

Four Winds Community organizes a benefit for St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Wellston, Ohio, gathering prizes for a hugely popular bingo benefit. The benefit raised more than $1,800 for the school.


Harmar Place

Harmar Place residents make homemade dog treats for the local humane society. Everyone agreed it was a great idea. Every other Tuesday, residents get together to make the treats, the kitchen staff bakes them and a team member drops them off at the humane society. The dogs at the shelter love these special treats!


Patriot Ridge

Patriot Ridge Community in Fairborn, Ohio, hosts Camp Ageless annually, inviting children and residents to bond over crafts, games, face painting and more. It is part of several intergenerational programs offered at Patriot Ridge, connecting residents with younger generations. It’s a win-win when relationships are formed between older adults and youth, who learn from one another.


Parkvue Community

Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, offers a Patriots’ Day celebration every year, inviting local first responders to enjoy a cookout and socialize with residents.


Mill Run Place

Mill Run Place in Ashland, Ohio, participates in a program called Multi-Generational Mentoring, which links at-risk youth with caring older adults who provide assistance with homework assignments, helping to set the stage for academic success. However, this program is much more. It provides a mutually supportive atmosphere in which students receive encouragement and individualized attention.

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.


Diakonie awardThe 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.

Spirit award 1377The Spirit Award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents and their families of United Church Homes communities.

Ben M Herbster award 1381The Herbster Award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Rev. Dr. Ben M. Herbster, the first president of the United Church of Christ. After his retirement, Rev. Dr. Herbster served as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of United Church Homes.


1. Rev. Jean Montgomery, St. John’s, Massillon, Diakonie Award recipient. 2. Fairhaven Administrator Lori Marsh, Herbster Award recipients Mark and Nancy Johnson and Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. 3. United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth Daniel, Four Winds Spirit Award recipient Frank Doenges, Four Winds Chaplain Rev. Hannah Niday and Administrator Mary Casey. 4. Allan Norris, Glenwood Community Spirit Award recipient, and his wife, Carol. 5. United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth Daniel, United Church Homes Management Executive Director Karen Messick, Anne Marks Gaertner, Herbster Award recipient, Jim Gaertner, David Marks and Cathy Green, Board chair of United Church Homes. 6. Sherry McKay, Calvary Baptist Church, Parkvue Community Diakonie Award recipient. 7. Members of the Trinity Community Auxiliary, the Spirit Award recipient for Trinity Community.

UCH communities recognized with Silver Quality Award

Chapel Hill, Fairhaven, Four Winds, Harmar Place and 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 & Expo in San Diego, California, Oct. 7-10.

“I applaud this year’s Silver award recipients on this incredible achievement in quality,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “It is a privilege to recognize our member centers and communities that consistently make a positive impact on the lives of the patients and residents they serve.”

The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care.

Based on the core values and criteria of the nationally recognized Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the association’s Quality Award program challenges member providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels — Bronze, Silver and Gold. Members at the Silver award level develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and quality outcomes.

“Being recognized with the Silver award is a significant accomplishment,” said Alana Wolfe, chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “This year’s recipients have shown a dedication to assessing and implementing approaches that result in better outcomes. I commend them on this great achievement.”

This year’s Silver recipients can now advance in developing approaches that meet the criteria required for the Gold — Excellence in Quality Award. On May 31, the association announced the honorees of the Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award. A full list of Silver and Bronze recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award website here. Gold award recipients will be announced later this summer.

The program is sponsored by AHCA/NCAL Associate Business Members: First Quality, NRC Health, and Team TSI Corporation.

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

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 residents that can be used to predict the health status of a particular resident and improve care, said Chuck Mooney, senior vice president of senior living services at United Church Homes.

“To me, data analytics is like the unicorn — often talked about, rarely seen,” Chuck said. “Our cloud-based software platforms allow for a number of things. We’ve invested in hiring Clinical Informatics Manager Kathy Ely. She’s really our resident in-house PointClickCare (PCC) expert. The idea is to figure out how to use the data that we collect in more intelligent ways to, perhaps, predict falls, monitor diabetic status and be able to predict future illness for residents with diabetes.”

According to the PointClickCare blog, much data analytics comes from electronic health or medical records. This can include nursing assessment information, medication usage, hours and types of therapies and more. Documenting relevant data is one side of the coin. The other is the ability to analyze, understand and apply the data that has been collected. EMRs contain a treasure trove of data that can be leveraged to drive positive health outcomes among residents, increase staff engagement and drive operational efficiencies.

Every EMR contains a wealth of resident information, all of which can be analyzed to better understand individual resident care needs, to more efficiently schedule staff on different shifts and even to document whether certain meals have fallen out of favor among residents, according to PointClickCare.

The ultimate vision for UCH is to partner with a college gerontology program to provide an avenue for research-based data collection. Predictive algorithms and artificial intelligence technology can, for example, monitor a person’s movement patterns during a defined period of time. A change in these patterns may indicate a potential problem and, once identified, can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

“All providers in long-term care are required to collect the minimum data set (MDS),” Chuck said. “The MDS record is a very extensive clinical record that draws from the medical record and also from other sources, such as social work notes and chaplain/spiritual services. It captures all that information into a standard data set that is then reported to both the state and federal levels.”

Casper reports are quality metric reports generated from these data sets that have over 2,000 metrics with standard definitions. The reports lend themselves to benchmarking relative to UCH’s peers in senior living.

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 in the United States, according to the American Telemedicine Association. There are 200 telemedicine networks with 3,500 service sites in the country. Nearly 1 million Americans are using remote cardiac monitors and in 2011, the Veterans Health Administration delivered over 300,000 remote consultations using telemedicine.

For Lori and Randy Graman, telemedicine was a natural fit in helping to care for Lori’s mother, Norma, a resident of Four Winds.

Both of Lori’s parents, Norma and Richard, have lived with dementia. Richard passed away Jan. 25 after starting in the Fast Track Rehab neighborhood and moving into memory care following a stroke. Norma moved to Four Winds in April.

Lori had provided care for both her parents before their moves to Four Winds. The moves allowed Lori a critical respite from being the primary caregiver for her parents. At the time, Lori had suspected that her mother had stopped taking her medications after her husband passed away.

“The care my dad received here was just incredible,” Lori said. “I can’t say enough about the staff here and the way they treated us — my husband, me and my mom, who was still at home at the time. I knew when the time came for Mom (to move to a senior living community), this is where she had to be. There was just no other place.”

After Norma moved to Four Winds, she started seeing Dr. Mandy Pollack, said licensed practical nurse Tammy Adkins. The doctor changed Norma’s medications and she began to improve.

All this was done through video technology.

The alternative, according to Tammy, was a potential short-term stay in a behavioral unit. But research shows older adults fare much better outside of the hospital setting. Routines are an important part of living in a retirement community and can be difficult to maintain in other settings.

By utilizing telemedicine, Norma’s nurses were able to keep her in a secure memory care neighborhood, and her demeanor has improved greatly. She is settling in as the “mother hen” who takes care of her peers and brings joy to those she meets.

Four Winds named top skilled nursing center in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a division of the Ohio Department of Aging, has released results of the 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey. Four Winds Community, a United Church Homes community in Jackson, ranked the 22nd best skilled nursing center in the state.

The survey, conducted through face-to-face interviews with residents of skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities, gauges residents’ satisfaction with an array of focus areas related to their care and everyday life.

The statewide average score for resident satisfaction in nursing homes was 77.8 (out of 100). The statewide average score in assisted living facilities was 85.2 (out of 100). Full facility-specific satisfaction survey reports are available on the Long-Term Care Consumer Guide website (www.ltc.ohio.gov).

Four Winds received a score of 90.32 out of 100.

“For a decade and a half, the Long-Term Care Consumer Guide has helped older Ohioans and their families make one of the most difficult and important decisions in their lives or that of a loved one,” said Erin Pettegrew, acting state long-term care ombudsman. “The guide and its annual satisfaction surveys are also valuable resources for facility staff and leadership as they continue to reach toward a higher bar for quality.”

Four Winds Administrator Mary Casey said she was pleasantly surprised by the results of the survey.

“I know we do a good job, but it’s nice for that to be reflected in the survey and that our residents feel the same way,” Casey said.

The Love Thy Neighbor program is one unique initiative that takes place at Four Winds.

“All of the managers are assigned resident rooms,” Casey said. “Whoever is in that room is their ‘neighbor.’ They go out every morning before meeting and touch base with their neighbor. They make sure everything is OK in their rooms and address any unmet needs. We do that every day. I like to think that maybe that helped with resident satisfaction.”

Casey credited her entire team with fostering abundant life in residents of Four Winds.

“Our STNAs and nurses get to know our residents,” she said. “They know the residents they are working with. They are committed to person-directed care.”

Beverly Laubert, interim director of the Ohio Department of Aging, congratulated Four Winds for the honor.

“We sometimes forget that these facilities are ‘home’ for those who live there. Residents deserve their homes to be as responsive to their needs and reflective of their interests and values as possible,” Laubert added. “Scores in this and other surveys show us that person-centered care not only drives customer satisfaction upward but also leads to higher quality of life and better health outcomes.”

The 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey was conducted between July and December 2017 by Vital Research, LLC, through a competitive contract with the Department of Aging. Surveyors conducted structured face-to-face interviews with a random sample of residents in each facility. A total of 23,145 residents in 963 nursing homes and 12,849 residents of 687 assisted living facilities were interviewed. Slightly more than half of each type of facility (501 nursing homes and 357 assisted living) scored above the statewide average. In addition to overall satisfaction, the survey measures how well specific aspects of the facility meet the residents’ needs and expectations. Areas explored include environment, choice and quality of meals, safety, care and staff and how residents spend their time. In both types of facilities, residents were most satisfied with the environment (e.g., cleanliness, privacy) and care. Lower satisfaction was reported with meals and how residents spend their time.

For more information about Four Winds Community, visit fourwindsjackson.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

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Four Winds Earns Eli Pick Award

Mary Casey, administrator at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio, recently was nominated for the Eli Pick Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA).

Only 11 percent or 1,310 communities nationwide receive the distinguished award. The award uses outcomes-driven quality measures to objectively identify high-performing skilled nursing communities and the leaders who make them excel.

“Congratulations to Mary Casey and the entire Four Winds team for earning this award,” Chief Operating Officer Chuck Mooney said. “The award demonstrates Four Winds Community’s and United Church Homes’ unwavering commitment to quality and leadership development.”

United Church Homes earns Platinum certification in LGBT cultural competency training

The certification, which will be valid for the remainder of 2017 and the 2018 calendar year, comes from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, commonly known as SAGE. The SAGECare program trains residential healthcare providers and others that work with and advocate for older adults.

“Many LGBT older adults may be uncomfortable or fearful being open about their identity or relationships. SAGECare training is a way to communicate that your community is invested in their well-being,” said Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., director of National Projects at SAGE.

“SAGECare Platinum communities have trained at least 80 percent of their staff using SAGECare content, which means eight out of every 10 people that LGBT elder interacts with will have completed at least an hour of LGBT cultural competency training.”

United Church Homes’ Fairhaven Community (Upper Sandusky, Ohio), Harmar Place (Marietta, Ohio), Parkvue Community (Sandusky, Ohio) and Trinity Community (Beavercreek, Ohio) individually earned Platinum certification, meaning 80 percent of their employees completed one hour of LGBT aging training and 80 percent of executives and administrators completed four hours of LGBT aging training or four hours of “State of the Agency” consulting by SAGE.

Communities that earned gold-level certification (60 percent of employees, executives and administrators trained) were Four Winds Community (Jackson, Ohio) and Patriot Ridge Community (Fairborn, Ohio). Silver-level certification, with 40 percent of employees, executives and administrators trained, went to Chapel Hill Community (Canal Fulton, Ohio), Glenwood Community (Marietta, Ohio) and Pilgrim Manor (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

United Church Homes also earned Platinum certification for 80 percent of its 1,800 staff members participating in the training the first time it was offered.

The only other organization in Ohio that is SAGECare-certified is the Alzheimer’s Association, with four of its regional offices having earned the Bronze-level certification. In Michigan, Pilgrim Manor joins six other agencies in its commitment to affirming and celebrating LGBT individuals.

By completing the training, United Church Homes and its senior living communities have demonstrated their commitment to affirm LGBT residents, staff members and all others who step onto its campuses. It is another step in the process that began in 2012 with United Church Homes becoming the first health and human services agency in the United Church of Christ to earn the Open and Affirming designation.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving 4,700 residents of all faiths in 72 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Seven UCH employees honored with 2017 LUV Award

United Church Homes honored seven of its employees with the 2017 Living UCH Values Award that recognizes those who demonstrate the highest commitment to our core values. All LUV Award winners received a certificate and community recognition. Pictured are LUV Award winners (front row, from left) Rebecca Snodgrass, Chapel Hill Community; Shelly Sheets, Four Winds Community; Carol Reep, Fairhaven Community; and Anna Kender, Trinity Community. Second row: Vice President of Human Resources Scott Slutz; Director of Major Gifts and Grants Alissa Clouse; LUV Award winners Sherry Shaver and Bonnie Chesser, both representing Harmar Place; and Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO. Award winner Heather Traxler, of Fairhaven Community, is not pictured.

Experiencing iN2L Engagement Technology

For the past month, Activities Director Jean Ann Moshier has been using It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) in therapy sessions with individuals with dementia and in group activities with other older adults at the community to help bring back memories, improve communication skills, address problem behaviors and provide recreational activity.

The residents at Four Winds, a United Church Homes community in Jackson, Ohio, sing gospel hymns, listen to jokes, watch I Love Lucy and play The Price is Right and Family Feud.

“When they sing, they’re remembering when they were at home and going to church — same thing with the TV shows. There’s a lot of conversation about the old TV shows, a lot of reminiscing. It keeps their minds occupied. But it has a different effect on each person,” Jean Ann said.

iN2L, based in Centennial, Colorado, is a developer of digital engagement technology for senior living community residents. It provides computer software that includes interactive multimedia and cognitive-based games and adaptive devices that keep seniors active, connected and engaged. The comprehensive wellness touchscreen computer offers a custom-designed computer and content package that puts wellness programming into one system.

The technology includes hundreds of apps that help to meet residents’ spiritual, emotional, physical, social and intellectual needs. Residents can watch classic TV shows and movies, listen to music and participate in music therapy programs. They also can participate with interactive exercise videos that improve strength and balance, access virtual art museums and play games designed to improve brain functions such as memory, attention and language.

Four Winds is one of six United Church Homes communities that uses iN2L.

“We’re still learning the system, but what we’ve been able to do with it so far has been very successful,” Jean Ann said. “It’s helped us to address behaviors because the activities give residents something else to focus on.”

Patriot Ridge Community Activities Director Karen LeBlanc said residents at the community in Fairborn, Ohio, enjoy using iN2L for karaoke, trivia, audio books, music and classic TV shows.“It’s a great way to engage people either in group or one-on-one. We use it a lot. We take it to individual rooms for people who are not mobile. It just has so many things residents can do,” Karen said. “It provides mental stimulation or it can be used just for fun. You can travel to different places and our residents really love that.”

Renee Wilburn, memory care coordinator at Patriot Ridge, said the system helps bring back memories for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

“We do karaoke, play matching games, play Hangman, trivia and fill-in-the-blank games. There’s a section called Reminisce that shows old pictures and things that were made (when they were younger). It stimulates the mind, makes them open to talking and makes them happier,” Renee said.

Jack York, president and co-founder of iN2L, said it currently is used in more than 2,500 retirement communities throughout the United States and Canada. Jack and his brother founded the company in 1999 with the belief that there is a better way to treat people living with physical and cognitive conditions, especially those living in retirement communities.

“What matters is having technology that reaches people where they are. We want them to stay connected and engaged,” Jack said. “When older adults and people with dementia are exposed to music, spiritual content or whatever it is that is important to them, they just come to life. It’s fascinating to see how technology can be used to help older adults stay in touch with the world.”

Supporter honored at United Church Homes event

Tommy M. Pennington received the Spirit Award, which is presented to individuals who exemplify volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents of UCH communities and their families.

Pennington is a native of Logan, West Virginia who worked for many years as a maintenance and shift foreman at Number One Southern Ohio Coal and has served as a volunteer chaplain.

He began volunteering at Four Winds in 2013 when his father-in-law became a resident. Pennington transports residents to and from meals and activities and has one-on-one conversations with those who live at Four Winds. He regularly lifts the spirits of the residents and staff.

“Four Winds residents are family to me. The residents and I have a personal relationship, and it feels like being at home,” Pennington said.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked Pennington for his service.

“Your service allows us to continue our mission and create Abundant life at Four Winds,” Daniel said.

About United Church Homes: United Church Homes has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of older adults for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization has more than 1,500 dedicated staff serving 4,500 residents of all faiths in 70 communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Contact: United Church Homes Communications Department, 740-382-4885.

Baby Shower: A Perfect Gift for Mother, Daughter

“She loved it,” said her 29-year-old daughter, Tauna Goble. “It’s been a while since she’s been that alert.”

The shower was a surprise for Tauna, who came to Four Winds on May 1 for what she thought was an annual discussion about her mom’s advanced dementia.

“I was in shock, initially. I was emotional. It meant a lot to me because my mom is not able to be a part of my life. The fact that they even thought of that meant a lot,” said Tauna, who gave birth to her second child in June.

Jean was diagnosed with early-onset, frontal lobe dementia nearly four years ago and given just 18 months to two years to live, Tauna said. The signs that Jean had dementia first were noticed by her boss. Jean was forgetting things and not performing the way she used to.

Tauna, of Waverly, Ohio, and her sister, Robin Dofflemyer, 43, knew something was wrong too, but both were shocked when their mother was diagnosed with dementia because she was only 64 and they were so young.

“She had been slipping probably a whole year before she was diagnosed. We hadn’t had her tested. We had no clue. We just knew something wasn’t normal with her,” said Robin, of Piketon, Ohio. “Dementia never crossed our minds.”

People diagnosed with early-onset dementia often are in their 40s and 50s with children, careers and may be caregivers to their parents when symptoms begin. About 5 million people nationwide are living with a form of the disease, but only 5 percent or 200,000 have early-onset dementia. Most become symptomatic before the age of 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Krysten Garcia, a licensed practical nurse at Four Winds Community, said the diagnosis can be particularly challenging for young families.

18275146 10207024094281069 4520896034694126405 n“Typically, they are pretty upset. They don’t understand the process. They want to know how to fix it,” Krysten said.

Tauna and Robin took care of their mother for two years after her diagnosis, but Tauna struggled to take care of both her mom and a toddler. Jean always was trying to escape and wandering off. Going grocery shopping was difficult, Tauna said.

“Moving her into Four Winds was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I searched all over the place before I found Four Winds. But even after I put her in there I felt guilty. But quickly I felt I had made the right decision,” Tauna said.

Jean’s quality of life improved after she moved into Four Winds and it may have extended her life, Tauna said.

But the disease has slowly robbed Jean of her mobility and ability to communicate.

“She quit walking six months ago. She’s not really able to talk. She sometimes shakes her head yes or no. I believe she still recognizes us. She still smiles when she sees us,” Tauna said.

Watching their mother’s decline has been an emotional rollercoaster for their family. It was especially difficult for Tauna while she was pregnant and delivering her baby.

“At a time in my life when you usually have your mom to share things with, like having babies, I don’t have that,” Tauna said.

But the pregnancy and baby shower were gifts that brought Jean and her daughter closer together.

Amanda Baxter, a nurse at Four Winds, said nurses wanted to make the event special for Tauna, and sought out help from Robin, Jean and other residents who helped make decorations.

“Our intention was to make this as close to the real thing as possible, meaning a mother throwing a baby shower for her daughter and not a ‘facility-type party.’ We felt that it was important for Tauna and her mother to share the experience of having a baby shower,” Amanda said.

Robin said Jean showed signs of dementia when Tauna was pregnant with her first child. She slept during the labor and delivery, but was present, Robin said. It was tough for Tauna to go through the pregnancy and delivery of her second child without their mother, but having her at the baby shower was big, she said.

Jean was unable to attend a baby shower thrown by Tauna’s in-laws weeks earlier and she misses other family events because of her advanced illness. But Tauna and Robin said seeing their mother smile, laugh and hold onto the baby clothes was special.

“Anytime that we see Mom go back to her personality, even if just for a second, it’s special,” Robin said.

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Abundant Life Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $10,000|close

  • Registration for (8) golfers, lunch included
  • Event titled after sponsor on banner at registration
  • Sponsor name featured on banquet room signage
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursomes
  • Hole-in-one grand prize sponsor
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Hospitality Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $5,000

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Sponsor name featured on large banner in breakfast and lunch area
  • Sponsor name featured on beverage cart
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Mission Sponsor (limited, FOUR available) $2,500

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Prize hole sponsor – longest drive, closest to the pin
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Golf Cart Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $1,500

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on golf carts during tournament
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Spirit Sponsor (unlimited) $1,000)

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hole sponsor
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Hosted drinks, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome

Practice Sponsor (limited, TWO available) $500

  • Sponsor name featured on sign at practice green
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report

Door Prize Sponsor (unlimited) $100 or Gift Card

  • Sponsor name featured on signage in banquet room
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report

Memorial Donations (unlimited) $50

  • Memorial name listed on signage

Matt Hatten Named Nursing Hero at Four Winds

Image of Matt Hatten, R.N., with a resident at Four Winds

Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) has named Matt Hatten, Registered Nurse (R.N.) and unit manager at Four Winds in Jackson as its hero for February 2016.

Matt will be featured on the OHCA website (www.ohca.org) during the month of February, and will be recognized at the association’s annual convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Residents and staff are incredibly proud to nominate Matt for this well-deserved honor. With his kind, compassionate nature, Matt exemplifies an attitude of customer service at all times. He is truly a hero of long-term care.

United Church Homes is proud to have Matt Hatten as part of the staff of Four Winds Community, carrying out the mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. Congratulations!

To read the full story, see Spirit Winter 2016 edition to be released in February.