Parkvue Residents Enveloped in Support During Pandemic

SANDUSKY, Ohio [June 30, 2020] – The Erie County Community Foundation’s emergency response fund has provided vital support for residents and staff at Parkvue Community, a United Church Homes life plan community in Perkins Township. Parkvue applied for the emergency grant early in the pandemic. The funding was needed to…

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Procurement Team Shines in COVID-19 Under New Director

MARION [June 22, 2020] – When United Church Homes welcomed Phil Darling as its newest director of procurement and supply chain earlier this year, few could have imagined the trajectory of the supply challenges ahead. Running Start for Director of Procurement Darling joined the team March 16, just days after…

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Moving Now – Tips for Finding the Right Community

Once you have decided it’s the right time to move, you can begin your research. Many communities aren’t allowing on-site tours, so you might be viewing the community via video and chatting with the admissions team by phone. Consider asking some of the following questions, specific to COVID-19, so you…

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Is It Safe to Move During COVID-19?

Now may be the best time to move into senior living Our world has been in a constant state of pause for months due to concerns about COVID-19. But with states starting to reopen, it’s a great time to consider a move to a senior living community. There are a…

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Living Loss and Navigating Grief During COVID-19

Pathways of Hope, Ohio’s Hospice Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing grief, even though they may not have experienced the death of a loved one or friend. This is known as a living loss. It is important to identify these symptoms and learn ways to navigate grief.…

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Moving Safely During COVID-19

Learn the Rules of Your New Home As federal and state restrictions begin to ease amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering if it’s safe to move to a new home. While moving now requires extra precautions, the good news is you or your loved one should be able…

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UCH Recertified in LGBT Aging Staff Training

SAGECare LGBT Cultural Competency Training for Senior Living Providers United Church Homes communities have been recertified in SAGECare cultural competency training for those working with the LGBT community. The program is offered through SAGE, a national advocacy and services organization that’s been looking out for LGBT older adults since 1978.…

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From Hallways to Households

United Church Homes' Commitment to Culture Change What jumps into your mind when you hear the words nursing home? Think about it. Did you picture a bright, friendly place, where staff and neighbors are like family? Did you envision an open floor plan and sun-filled community gathering spaces? Chances are,…

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Keeper of the Faith

Donor Spotlight: Lou Dickman Generous with her time and energy, the late Lou Dickman was known as the "helper of the community." Grounded in faith, compassion and love for her family and friends, this former resident of Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, provided holy communion to friends, old and new,…

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COVID-19 Drills Reassure UCH Staff: ‘We got this’

Regular COVID-19 drills and a new human resources campaign recognizing United Church Homes warriors has staff members repeating a simple phrase: “We got this.” In March, the organization wanted to normalize the experience of having a COVID-19-positive resident. “The fear of this virus is with us 100 percent of the…

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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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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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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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Parkvue’s Bethke Recognized with LUV Award

MARION [Jan. 17, 2020] – Shelly Bethke, a state-tested nursing assistant at Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, has received the 2019 Living UCH Values Award for demonstrating United Church Homes’ core values of compassion, hospitality, respect, integrity, stewardship and transparency. A resident of Parkvue’s Ongonz Court Fast Track Rehab neighborhood…

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