Parkvue Community Therapy Expansion

Therapy Expansion

In 1992, thanks to the support of a loyal friend of United Church Homes and local philanthropist, Ruth F. Parker, United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, opened its doors with residential living accommodations for seniors. Three years later, Parkvue’s skilled nursing facility opened.

Today, Parkvue Community serves nearly 170 residents in independent living, assisted living and long-term care, and provides therapy and rehabilitation services to individuals in the Sandusky area through our Fast Track Rehab Center.

A few months ago, Ruth Parker made another generous donation to United Church Homes in order to fund the expansion of the therapy department facilities at Parkvue’s skilled nursing facility. As someone who has personally experienced the therapy services at Parkvue, she saw firsthand the need to expand the facility for the benefit of patients being served, and for staff who were working in tight spaces.

parkvue expansion altThis latest expansion, scheduled to be finished by June 2014, will more than double the number of short-term rehab patients who can be served at one time, and will include consolidating physical therapy and occupational therapy into one area. In addition, the project will add new kitchen and laundry space to help individuals in recovery re-learn how to do activities of daily living as they prepare to return home.

The speech therapy area will see improvements designed to make these services more private and dignified, while the ambiance of the therapy department will be improved with additional natural lighting, and the installation of a door leading to the courtyard, facilitating outdoor therapy as the weather permits.

This therapy expansion at Parkvue Community will help serve the Sandusky area residents well with skilled, compassionate care from therapy professionals and state-of-the-art therapy equipment to serve individuals in this ever-increasing market.

“Mrs. Parker has a keen sense of urgency to see Parkvue at the forefront of senior living services in Sandusky. We are so grateful for her ongoing commitment to develop Parkvue in this way,” said the Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes.

Parkvue Hosts April Fools’ Day Picnic for Residents

Parkvue Hosts April Fools

On April 1, Parkvue Community residents played the game “Going on a Picnic.” Each player chose a letter of the alphabet from a basket and had to name something they would take on a picnic beginning with that letter. After the game, the residents were served a picnic of hamburgers, grilled cheese, ham salad and egg salad. Imagine their surprise to discover all the sandwiches were made out of sweets! April Fools!

Musical Guest Inspires Warm Memories for Parkvue Resident

Musical guest visits Parkvue

Elizabeth Van of Parkvue Healthcare found our recent performers, Ken and Mary, to be quite entertaining. After their accordion and banjo performance, she talked to Ken and they exchanged some conversation in the German language. When Elizabeth mentioned a song called “Blue Skirt Waltz,” Mary picked up her accordion and played the song for Elizabeth.

Elizabeth stilled, and tears began to flow. She said she was crying tears of joy for the wonderful memories that had overcome her. She recalled attending dances many years ago, and she remembered dancing with her beau to that song. When asked if she married this beau of hers, she said no. She explained he was of the age to enlist, and ended up going to war. He never returned.

When she would return to Europe, she would visit his gravesite. This song brought her a beautiful memory of a happy time in her life, and took her to a place she remembered with a very special someone. “Touching” doesn’t even begin to describe what transpired.

For more information about Ken and Mary, visit their website.

Justin Kender Named New Chef at Parkvue Place

Parkvue Community recently announced the appointment of Justin Kender to the position of chef at Parkvue Place, a community of United Church Homes. United Church Homes is a housing and healthcare provider, primarily for older adults, responsive to the needs of the whole person and based on Christian values.

Kender brings over 18 years of experience in dining and culinary services. Prior to joining Parkvue, Kender gained extensive experience as a cook, kitchen manager, grill master, sous chef and caterer. Kender has worked with various healthcare organizations like Mercy General and the Senior Citizens Center in Lorain, as well as Red Lobster.

Kender holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Ohio Business College, and has won accolades for his cooking skills in Grill Master competitions.

“We welcome Justin’s experience as a chef, his excellent work ethic and his personal commitment to servicing seniors in the community. We are excited to have him as part of our team,” says Ken Keller, Parkvue Community administrator.

Kender started with Parkvue Community on February 5. He resides in Lorain. As a proud father of five children, he also coaches baseball and wrestling.

Bloomingkemper earns CEAL designation from OCAL

Shannon Bloomingkemper

Parkvue Community Resident Services Coordinator Shannon Bloomingkemper, LPN, completed the Certified Executive for Assisted Living (CEAL) training program offered through the Ohio Centers for Assisted Living (OCAL). The four-day course, held in Columbus, included a combination of hands-on clinical learning, interactive classroom training and guided self-study. Shannon became CEAL-certified after passing the examination on February 7, 2014. Congratulations to Shannon for completing this course and continuing her commitment to excellence! Visit our website for additional information.

No Distance too far, nor time too long between friends

No distance too far

“It takes a long time to grow old friends.”

Peter Crème drove 800 miles from Minnesota to surprise his high school sweetheart, Pat Duck, with a visit at Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio.

Pete and Pat dated in high school. When Pete joined the Air Force, Pat graduated, moved to Sandusky, and soon became engaged to another man. Once when Pete was on leave, Pat went to visit him. She told him that if he would marry her, she would give her ring back to the other man she was engaged to. Unfortunately, Pete still had three and a half years left in the service, and he couldn’t get married right away.

Pat Duck 1949

Pat Duck, circa 1949

The two moved on with their separate lives. Pat married the gentleman she was already engaged to, and Pete went on to marry someone else as well.

Imagine his surprise when, 23 years ago, a woman who Pat used to babysit for called Pete and told him that Pat was still living in Sandusky. After first checking with his wife, Pete began to correspond with Pat via letters and cards. When Pat’s medical condition would no longer allow her to write, her friend June stepped in as ghost writer.

Pete lost his wife a year ago. He spoke with his kids and asked them if they would mind if he visited his long-time friend at Parkvue. His kids agreed it would be good for Pat and Pete to catch up and visit, but warned him not to come back married. Pete visited with Pat for a few days in late October, with both enjoying the simple joys of a friendship and fellowship.

It was the first time the old friends have seen each other since 1951.