United Church Homes rebrands four senior living communities

Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton offers full range of living and healthcare options

Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio – United Church Homes today unveiled Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton, announcing its four senior living communities in the Miami Valley will operate under the Trinity name as it works to evolve services for tomorrow’s older adults. The Marion, Ohio-based senior living provider operates two communities in Beavercreek, one in Miami Township and one in Fairborn. Together, they offer a full range of senior living and healthcare options for adults age 55 and older.

UCH also renamed Patriot Ridge Community as Trinity Community at Fairborn.

UCH has served older adults in greater Dayton for over 45 years at Trinity Community at Beavercreek and at the former Patriot Ridge Community since 2001. Trinity Community at Beavercreek is in the final construction phase for 30 two-bedroom independent living cottages. It also offers independent and assisted living apartments, short-term rehab, memory care and long-term skilled care. Trinity Community at Fairborn provides assisted living, short-term rehab and long-term skilled care along with memory care. It is home to many veterans and has strong ties with veteran’s volunteer groups in the Dayton area.

The nonprofit senior living provider also added two independent senior living communities to its greater Dayton network in the past three years—Trinity Community at Miami Township, a former Brookdale property, and Trinity Community at Fairwood, also in Beavercreek.

Senior living options are evolving rapidly to meet older adults’ changing needs. Many people are remaining at home longer and those who do opt for a retirement community usually are seeking an easier lifestyle and the fellowship of others.

Making a move is a big decision, and people generally don’t want to move more than once.

“Our Dayton communities offer flexible living options and levels of care combined with an enriching community life,” said Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO. “We aim to meet people wherever they are on life’s journey and that requires expanding our menu of services for a growing population of older adults who want more choices.”

UCH is also an open and affirming senior living provider. The communities welcome individuals and couples from all backgrounds and are SAGECare certified to understand the unique needs of LGBT older adults.

This can be comforting to LGBT older adults who often fear seeking help as they age.

Residents in independent living can choose from a list of personal care and concierge services, such as pet walking and grocery pick-up, that help them remain independent longer. If needs change, they may be able to receive assisted living services without moving. Short-term rehab services are available within the same or a nearby Trinity community.

Laura Farrell, senior executive director of senior living services for Trinity Communities of Greater Dayton, is excited about the changes.

“We understand that every person has unique needs, and that means our approach to serving them is highly personalized,” she said. “We’re able to coordinate care needs across our four communities, which gives residents and families options and peace of mind.”

UCH has also formed a strategic alliance, Ohio’s Hospice at United Homes, Inc., which provides residents with palliative medicine and end-of-life services in their own familiar senior living community. It’s believed to be the first partnership of its kind between a nonprofit, multi-site senior living organization and a regional hospice provider.

Combining all four Trinity communities under one banner is expected to lead to additional collaborations that will benefit older adults in the Miami Valley.

United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living and healthcare services for older adults, with 75 senior living communities in 14 states and two Native American nations.

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Camp Ageless returns to Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) to combat ageism

Camp AgelessFAIRBORN  – Youth age 4 and older are invited to the fifth annual Camp Ageless, a program that combats ageism in the Fairborn area by bringing together youth and older adults for a day of fun and learning.

Camp Ageless will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Main Street Café at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), 789 Stoneybrook Trail, Fairborn. The schedule includes games, a DARE program and a visit from Greene County’s fire truck.

Camp Ageless, an annual, one-day event, grew out of a challenge to create an innovative program for Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) residents. Administrator Jeremy Lemon said all the activities will engage participants in a positive way.

“We invite local youth to join us for a day of fun. In the past, participants have been children of our staff, along with kids from Fairborn and the surrounding area,” Lemon said. “The camp meets ageism head on. Because everyone works and plays together during Camp Ageless, the day helps dispel the myth of what specific age groups like or should be doing.”

Attendees are invited to wear their favorite T-shirts and comfortable shoes. Advanced registration is required and may be made by contacting Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) at 937.878.0262.

For more information about Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), visit patriotridgecommunity.org.

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About Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge): Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) is part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities and a sister community to Trinity Community of Beavercreek, Trinity Community at Fairwood (Beavercreek) and Trinity Community at Miami Township. Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) is home to roughly 96 residents and offers assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care.

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

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week

FAIRBORN [May 3, 2019] – Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in Fairborn 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.

Throughout the week, Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) will host cookouts for all staff. Monday, May 13 is Wear Your Favorite Hat Day. Tuesday will be Wear Your Favorite Color Day and residents will make no-bake cookies. Wednesday, May 15 is Spirit Day, when staff are invited to wear red, white and blue. Staff are invited to wear their favorite sports apparel Thursday, May 16 and Friday is Dress in Your Favorite Decade with entertainment by Rhinestones & Roses at 2:30 p.m. and walking tacos for residents and staff.

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 Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), visit unitedchurchhomes.org/trinity-at-fairborn/.

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

About Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge):  Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) offers assisted living, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care on a beautiful campus located in Fairborn, Ohio. We focus on individualized care in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.

*Events are not open to the public. Media is invited to come take photos. Please contact Alissa Paolella to arrange a visit.

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!


Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge)

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) 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 Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly 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.

UCH communities recognized with Silver Quality Award

Chapel Hill, Fairhaven, Four Winds, Harmar Place and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly 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.

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), Trinity Community honor supporters at Donor Appreciation Dinner

St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dayton received the 2018 Diakonie Award. St. John’s is proud of its involvement with Trinity Community. The church helped found Trinity years ago and takes an active role today. The church hosts a month of birthday parties, takes special offerings for Trinity and visits members and friends within the community.

The 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.

Robin Farinet was the recipient of the 2018 Spirit Award for Trinity Community. Farinet and her late husband, Jim, moved to Trinity in July 2012. Robin was instrumental in the start of the cottage activity planning group. She helped continue Christmas Tea with Gene Williams, planned gazebo picnics and other potluck events and strived to make the cottages a neighborhood.

Judy Baker received the 2018 Spirit Award for Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge). Baker started coming to Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) when her husband was a resident there. They had just gotten their dog, Rocky, from SISCA Pet Adoption Center, as an 8-month-old puppy, and Judy brought Rocky to visit residents of Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge). As Rocky went through a 10-week training program, he visited the community daily. Baker continues to bring Rocky to Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge).

The 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.

The Trinity Community Auxiliary was the recipient of the 2018 Ben M. Herbster Award. The women’s auxiliary began in 1973 with a group of volunteers from the United Church of Christ Dayton Area Women’s Program District. The group has 45 years of service.

Raymond Rusnak was the recipient of the 2018 Ben M. Herbster Award for Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge). Ray retired when his beloved wife, Lois, had special caregiving needs. Years of health complications and difficult care transitions led them to Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in 2014.

Rusnak says the people at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) are extraordinary. The Rusnaks particularly loved participating in community life/activities programming. The staff helped the Rusnaks celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in the community life room at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge). Sadly, Lois passed away the day before her 73rd birthday.

The Ben M. Herbster Award, named after the first president of the United Church of Christ, is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Ben M. Herbster.

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

2018 UCH Golf Outing

 

United Church Homes 2018 Golf Outing

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 1

Schedule for the Day

Schedule for the Day

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Call to Carts

9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

Return to the clubhouse for lunch and prizes after tournament play.

How to Register

Register online:
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  • Registration: $100 per person
    (Register by September 1)
  • Raffle Tickets: 2 for $15

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor

Abundant Life Sponsor $5,000

  • Eight (8) registered golfers, breakfast, lunch, hosted drinks, mulligans and raffle tickets included
  • Event titled with sponsor name and logo on banner and event communications
  • Hole-in-one grand prize sponsor

Lunch Sponsor $2,500

  • Four (4) registered golfers, breakfast, lunch, hosted drinks, mulligans and raffle tickets included
  • Sponsor name and logo exclusively featured on banner in lunch area
  • Sponsor name and logo on banner and event communications

Golf Cart Sponsor $1,500

  • Four (4) registered golfers, breakfast, lunch, hosted drinks, mulligans and raffle tickets included
  • Sponsor name and logo featured on two beverage carts
  • Sponsor name and logo on banner and event communications

Practice Sponsor $500

  • Two (2) registered golfers, breakfast, lunch, hosted drinks, mulligans and raffle tickets included
  • Sponsor name featured on signs at driving range and practice green
  • Sponsor name and logo on banner and event communications

Door Prize Sponsor $100 or Gift Card

  • Sponsor of raffle item (gift cards/certificates) in honor or memory of an individual
  • Sponsor name on signs in door prize/raffle exhibit area

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 Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) (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

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), Harmar Place Receive Silver National Quality Award

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) and Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care Community, both United Church Homes communities, each received a 2017 Silver National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) and Harmar Place were among the 191 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities in 43 states that earned the Silver Achievement in Quality Award. Harmar Place is in Marietta, Ohio, and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) is in Fairborn, Ohio. The award was presented to community leaders during the AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Expo from Oct. 15–18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Members that received the Silver Award developed and demonstrated effective approaches that improve performance and quality outcomes. The Association’s Quality Award program challenges member providers to achieve performance levels through three levels — Bronze, Silver and Gold.

A History of Service: Veteran to Volunteer

In July, United Church Homes presented Roger with the Spirit Award for his volunteer work at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in Fairborn, Ohio. “It was a nice surprise. It was an honor,” said Roger, 55, of Fairborn. “I was just doing it to be pleasing to the Lord. I want to serve people.”

Roger, who grew up in Springfield, Ohio, joined the Army after graduating from Tecumseh High School. He retired from the Army in September 2014 and seven months later began volunteering at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge).

Roger visits Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) seven days a week. He talks to veterans like 96-year-old Charlie Burke. He visits residents who do not have family or friends nearby. He also takes resident dogs, Rusty and Riley, for walks several times a day.

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Activities Director Karen LeBlanc and other staff nominated Roger to receive the Spirit Award. “We wanted to honor him for all he’s done for the residents. He’s just a great person,” Karen said.

Bob Spruance, 95, whose wife lived at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) for more than four years, said Roger makes friends with everyone he meets at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) and in the neighborhood. “He’s just a kind-hearted, good solid Christian,” Bob said.

Phyllis Howard, 80, who has lived at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) more than two years, said Roger often visited her and her husband, Oscar, who served in World War II and the Korean War. “When my husband passed away, Roger saluted him,” Phyllis said. Phyllis said she does not have many visitors, but Roger continues to visit her almost daily. “He always speaks to me and asks me how I’m doing. It makes me feel good. It kind of cheers my day a little,” Phyllis said. “He’s a great guy, a great man.”

Roger, who is deeply religious, visits people in hospitals and long-term care communities to lift their spirits and serve God. “I’m a believer in Jesus and a follower of Him, so I want to honor Him in what we do. I just want to honor the Lord and treat people right,” Roger said.

“I love meeting people. A lot of people don’t have families or their family is far away. I’m here every day. A lot of them are going through dementia, Alzheimer’s and don’t remember what they had for breakfast or lunch. They remember people, though, and they remember Riley and Rusty.”

Roger now works at the National Air Space and Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. While in the Army, he served assignments in Germany, Kuwait, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, Alabama and many other locations.

Generations Unite

Kay Strank, who has a smartphone, laptop and tablet, knows firsthand how Skype can be used to keep in touch with family members. Now, the 76-year-old is part of an intergenerational program at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in Fairborn, Ohio, that uses Skype, a video conferencing app, to connect residents with students more than 20 miles away at Greeneview High School in Jamestown, Ohio.

“I like connecting with the younger generation. I like hearing about what they’re doing for fun. It kind of keeps us in tune with what’s going on,” said Kay, who previously has used Skype to communicate with her daughter in Virginia.

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) residents began Skyping with Greeneview students about three years ago after a staff member asked the school principal if students would be interested in participating in an intergenerational program, said Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Activities Director Karen LeBlanc.

During the half-hour class every Wednesday, residents talk about their education, careers, families and experiences in the military. In September, one resident even shared her concern about family members in Florida who were affected by Hurricane Irma. The freshmen have talked about their plans for the future — where they would like to go to college and what they plan to study. Some students played musical instruments.

“When we Skype, the residents feel like they’re involved and know what’s going on in the world,” Karen said. “It’s an opportunity to bond with the younger generation.”

The class is just one of several intergenerational programs and activities offered at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), a United Church Homes community.

Hundreds of mixed-aged programs and activities like the Skype program and Camp Ageless, a one-day youth camp at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), exist nationwide, said Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts.

Donna said intergenerational programs are increasing due in part to the rising number of older adults in the U.S.

“People are living longer and they’re also living healthier. (Older adults are) going to continue to do that and they want to give back,” Donna said.

The programs are a win-win when relationships are formed between older adults and youth. There are psychological benefits for older adults who feel more optimistic about the future and feel they have a reason to get out of bed.

“Young people, they learn not to fear their own aging. They’re not put off by seeing older people. They’re not put off by seeing wheelchairs, walkers or someone with a cane,” Donna said.

Shanon Benton, an English teacher at Greeneview, said the class helps students with communication skills and teaches lesson planning and compassion for others. “It gets them out of the bubble of me, me, me and it shows them that we are all the same,” Shanon said.

Destiny Laymon, a freshman at Greeneview, enjoys the video chats with residents at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge).“It was very nice to hear their stories and their points of view on different subjects. It was also very neat hearing what differences there are from when they were younger to now. Things have definitely changed and it was a unique experience hearing that firsthand from people who were actually there to experience the change,” Destiny said. “This is something I will definitely remember and I hope that this continues on for other generations.”

In previous classes, Karen said Greeneview students taught residents about iPhones, iPads and apps. Residents have taught students about the “simpler life,” such as living on a farm and what it was like before cellphones, computers and the internet.

Shanon and Greeneview principal Brian Masser received the LeadingAge Ohio’s Social Commitment Award in September at the LeadingAge Ohio Awards Luncheon.

The partnership between the community and the school reflects the growing understanding that connections between elders and children, often vulnerable groups, are an essential part of our national health, according to a 2017 report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation.

“We are grateful for the many partners who recognize the dignity and worth of older adults in their local communities,” said Kathryn Brod, president and CEO of LeadingAge Ohio. “In engaging in the Skype project, Ms. Benton and Mr. Masser are helping to foster a future generation of age-friendly Ohioans.”

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Administrator Stacie Ward said she is extremely grateful for the partnership with Greeneview and expects it will change the way youth see older adults.“I love the energy of the students and how they bring out the energy in our residents through their discussions and activities. I think this type of program is essential to providing abundant life in our community,” Stacie said.

Jackie Logan, 89, a resident at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), said young children seem to be way ahead of people of her generation.“I feel like they are eons ahead of us because they have all of this equipment that we have no idea about. They’ve grown up with this and they’re way ahead of us,” Jackie said.

Jim Hutchinson, 73, another Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) resident, said Skyping with the students is interesting. “They’re so full of energy and have so much life left to live. I think we can learn a lot from each other,” Jim said.

Kay added: “Maybe they can learn that it’s not the worst thing in the world to get old.”

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.”

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) 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 Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly 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.”

Supporters honored at United Church Homes event

David’s United Church of Christ received the Diakonie Award, which is presented to congregations that have demonstrated faithfulness, generosity, compassion and encouragement in their support of the UCH mission and its communities. The church has partnered with Trinity Community for years.

Mary Tymeson and Ethel Lucile Phillips received the prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award. The award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Dr. Ben M. Herbster.

Tymeson, a native of Marysville and a Miami University graduate, has been a Trinity donor for more than 10 years and has an endowment established at the Dayton Foundation in her name. The Tymeson Society of Stephen Fund distributes an annual check to Trinity.

Phillips has been a Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) volunteer and donor for several years. She said she enjoys working with Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) residents and staff.

“I feel I give them a small portion of myself each time I visit. I feel I owe a debt to those residents who are veterans of our armed services for their unselfish service and that I, in my own small way, let all the residents know they are not forgotten by their community.”

Frederick Feicht, a Trinity resident, and Roger L. Blakely, Jr. received the Spirit Award. The award is presented to individuals who exemplify volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents of the UCH communities and their families.

Feicht, of Dayton, has volunteered at Trinity for decades. He plays the organ at chapel, Sunday services, during the Christmas season and every Friday morning. He also volunteers to greet residents and visitors at Trinity and calls bingo games

Blakely is a retired chief warrant officer in the United States Army and currently works for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. He has been volunteering at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) since April 2015.

Crystal Swayne was honored with the President’s Award of Distinction, the highest honor for staff and board volunteers. Swayne will retire this year after nearly 35 years of service at Trinity. During her tenure, she provided daily values-driven work in her role as Activity Director, but also was personally responsible for relationships that led to $1.1 million in gifts to enhance Trinity.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked Crystal for their service with this special award exclusively for individuals who have done something of such merit and impact that it creates transformative change.

“Your service allows us to continue our mission and create Abundant life,” 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.

2017 UCH Golf Outing

 

United Church Homes 2017 Golf Outing

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 1

Schedule for the Day

Schedule for the Day

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Call to Carts

9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

Return to the clubhouse for lunch and prizes after tournament play.

How to Register

2017 UCH Golf Outing Brochure

Register by email:
csandridge@uchinc.org

Register by phone:
740.382.4885 ask for Cale

Register by mail:
Complete the registration form

United Church Homes
170 East Center Street | PO Box 1806
Marion, OH 43301-1806


  • Registration: $100 per person
    (Register by September 1)
  • Raffle Tickets: 2 for $15

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Importance of Community Chaplains

Rev. Beth Rodenhouse, Rev. Erin McCreight, Rev. Catherine Lawrence, Rev. Sandy Hutchinson (back row, left to right) Rev. Becky King, Rev. Dale Brown, Rev. Dr. Robert Smitley, Rev. Greta Wagner, Rev. Hannah Niday (front row, left to right)

Providing spiritual care and comfort for people who are experiencing life’s difficulties, and having trained and credentialed pastors present and available when residents, families, friends and staff struggle with illness, grief, loss, or pain.

That’s one way to describe what makes United Church Homes different and distinctive. We believe that quality of life — and with it a healthy approach to aging — stems from addressing an individual’s physical, emotional, AND spiritual needs.
We call this concept wholeness. Our mission is to build a culture where wholeness is both visible and viable.

After recently adding four new chaplains — all of whom are ordained and endorsed by the church — UCH now employs full-time chaplains at all of its healthcare communities in Ohio. In addition to having backgrounds in patient and family care settings, all UCH chaplains bring clinical pastoral education (CPE) training and experience to their positions. CPE provides a framework that emphasizes the actual practice of ministry with people of all faiths with pastoral supervision, self-reflection, and the support of peers in small groups.

Our chaplains have well-developed skills in spiritual direction, grief counseling, crisis intervention, and spiritual wellness. Whether they share their gifts by praying with folks or simply being a sounding-board, the intent is to help people heal emotionally or regain a sense of spiritual well-being. UCH continues to invest in people that are passionate about personalized care and ministry, and focused on the whole person, regardless of their faith.

At Parkvue Community in Sandusky, our new chaplain is Rev. Catherine Lawrence, who most recently served for seven years as pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, Fireside, in Bellevue. After earning her Master of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, she was ordained in December 2008, with full standing in the Northwest Ohio Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. She also served on the Board of Directors for United Church Homes for four years.

Rev. Hannah Niday is now the chaplain at Four Winds Community in Jackson. Hannah most recently completed her chaplaincy residency at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She also worked at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is currently working toward board certification. Hannah earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2015 from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is ordained through the Alliance of Baptists, accompanied by an Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Harmar Place and Glenwood Community in Marietta welcome

Rev. Erin McCreight to their teams. Erin previously worked as a chaplain for Harbor Light Hospice in Akron. She completed her CPE internship at the VA Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and her CPE residency in South Carolina. Erin earned her Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2010.

Rev. Dr. Robert Smitley is the interim chaplain at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge). With over 30 years of ordained ministry serving churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, Bob is no stranger to spiritual care. He has earned his Master of Divinity degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Emmanuel Baptist University. Bob was ordained into the Gospel Ministry at the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference United Church of Christ, and has been in full standing with the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2011.

Compassionate caring, including a focus on spiritual care, is a cornerstone of what United Church Homes does every day. It is our mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness, and peace. For more on pastoral care and the chaplains in UCH communities, please contact Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, director of outreach and mission integration, at blong-higgins@uchinc.org.

Our mission is to build a culture where wholeness is both visible and viable.

Trinity and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Communities Honor Faithful Donors

Donor Dinner Awards

(Beavercreek) – Trinity and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Communities honored faithful supporters at a special dinner event held on June 5, at Beavercreek Golf Club. This year, three awards were presented; the Ben M. Herbster Award presented to devoted donors, the Spirit Award to an enthusiastic volunteer, and the Diakonie Award to a supportive church congregation.

The honoree for the Ben M. Herbster Award for Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) was Mr. Bob Messmore, and for Trinity were Shaun and Susan Nicholson. Honoree for the Spirit Award for Trinity was Mrs. Eileen Kriner, and for Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), Mr. Matthew “Todd” Anderson, and for the Diakonie Award, Hawker United Church of Christ was recognized.

Individuals whose spirit of generosity led them to provide the necessary financial resources created United Church Homes almost 100 years ago. This tradition of generosity continues to be crucial to the ministries of United Church Homes. “The honorees were chosen based on their commitment to the mission of United Church Homes, and furthering this mission with their support. We are grateful to all of the volunteers, employees, individuals, and congregations that continue to rally with us in their generosity each year. This is just one way we choose to say thanks for all they do for United Church Homes and their residents,” says President and CEO, Rev. Ken Daniel.

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Earns National Award for Quality

 

Quality Award

(Fairborn) – Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) healthcare community owned and operated by United Church Homes has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the “Bronze Commitment to Quality” award for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through dependable quality care.

The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors communities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Based in Marion, Ohio, United Church Homes is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality housing and healthcare services to seniors, responsive to the needs of the whole person, and based on Christian values.

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

Communities begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze award winners must demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system, as determined by a team of trained examiners. As recipients of the “Bronze Commitment to Quality” award, Four Winds, Fairhaven, Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), Parkvue and Chapel Hill communities may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the “Silver Achievement in Quality” award, as their predecessors, SEM Haven and Trinity communities, are now doing.

President and CEO, Rev. Ken Daniel, says, “United Church Homes celebrates the shared commitment of doing what is right, and focusing on the needs of our residents. These communities exemplify the mission of our organization with their dedication to positive outcomes.”

The award will be presented to these United Church Homes communities during AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.