Five Reasons to Choose Pilgrim Manor

If you’re native to Grand Rapids, Michigan, you are probably familiar with Pilgrim Manor, a United Church Homes community. However, it’s not likely you have explored getting to know more about Pilgrim Manor, unless you or someone you love are considering a move to an assisted living community. For those…

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Holiday Visit Alert: Families urged to celebrate a virtual Thanksgiving with senior living residents

We understand that families want to spend time with loved ones during the holidays. This year has been difficult for everyone, with COVID-19 separating family and friends in the name of safety. At United Church Homes, we’ve followed state and federal guidelines to reduce the risks of exposure to your…

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UCH Welcomes Executive Director to Pilgrim Manor senior living in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kim Vagnetti Joins Grand Rapids Team United Church Homes, a senior living provider based in Marion, Ohio, has welcomed a new executive director to lead its Pilgrim Manor campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kim Vagnetti, LNHA, joined the team Tuesday, July 21, with a wealth of experience in the senior…

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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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Pilgrim Manor Awarded COVID-19 Emergency Grants

GRAND RAPIDS [June 16, 2020] – Two local organizations have awarded COVID-19 emergency grants totaling $21,000 to Pilgrim Manor, a skilled nursing and assisted living community in Grand Rapids, to help cover increased costs of protecting residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hearts in Community Through Heart of West…

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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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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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