Advocate for Older Adults Looks to Parker Center’s Bright Future

Thought Leaders in Action “We are up against a headwind, supporting older adults, including the aging myths that suggest individuals 60 years and older don’t have value anymore and that their lives are on a downward slope,” said Rev. John Cramton, a founding funder for United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost…

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Abundant Impact Newsletter – April 2020

UCH Warriors on the Front Lines In a world filled with stories of anxiety, a common refrain is, “What can we do?” This question is familiar to anyone in nonprofit service, especially these days. With the whole world focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, our first instinct is to act.…

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Loneliness in the Time of COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, between 30 and 40 percent of older adults were already experiencing consequences of isolation and loneliness. It will be months, maybe years, before we understand the full effects of physical distancing on the general population. Mental health experts are already weighing the potential mental and emotional…

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United Church Homes Accepting Medical Supply Donations for COVID-19 Response

MARION, OH – United Church Homes and its skilled nursing and assisted living communities are accepting donations of needed medical supplies as the state and nation prepare for an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases. The supplies will to help protect vulnerable older adults and healthcare teams in UCH’s 10 skilled…

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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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All UCH Skilled Nursing Communities Recognized for Quality Improvement

MARION, Ohio [March 9, 2020] – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living has honored all 11 qualifying United Church Homes’ owned and managed skilled nursing communities for meeting quality improvement goals set by the AHCA/NCAL last year. The Quality Initiative Recognition Program challenges long-term and…

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Independent Living in Community: What Are the Benefits?

As Americans increasingly live longer and healthier lives, many are weighing the pros and cons of moving to a retirement community or staying in their own home. Regardless of whether you choose to move to a senior living community, you can remain independent longer. Read on to learn more about…

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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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Columbus Colony Elderly Care, United Church Homes Announce Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Amy Bonacuse, director, marketing and communications, 740.382.4885 or abonacuse@uchinc.org or Alissa Paolella, communications coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org Columbus Colony Elderly Care, United Church Homes Announce Partnership COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 3, 2020) – Columbus Colony for Elderly Care Inc., a not-for-profit licensed skilled nursing community in…

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United Church Homes Recognizes 12 Employees with LUV Award

MARION [Jan. 17, 2020] – United Church Homes recently honored 12 staff members with the 2019 Living UCH Values Award for their outstanding commitment to the organization’s core values. Nominations for the LUV Award may be made by staff, volunteers, residents or their families. Each month, UCH communities recognize recipients,…

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Chapel Hill’s Burbage Recognized with LUV Award for Demonstrating Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Integrity

MARION [Jan. 17, 2020] – Brittany Burbage, an administrative assistant at Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, 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 values are stewardship and transparency. “Brittany…

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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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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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