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2018 Annual Symposium: Abundant Aging Through the End of Life

Dr. Byock will present Surprising Opportunities for Well-Being Through the End of Life and What Mortality Has to Teach Us About Living during the Symposium, set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Marriott Columbus University Area, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. Dr. Byock is a fellow…


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First Legacy Leadership Award Honors Rev. Dr. Paul Kiewit

Rev. Dr. Kiewit said he isn’t easily surprised, but he was surprised to receive this honor 72 years after his ordination. “Thank you very much for all that you’ve done for me and all that you’ve given me this evening. I love you all,” Rev. Dr. Kiewit said. The award…


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Telemedicine Fills Gap for Residents

  The rural setting provides a unique opportunity for the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. Telemedicine uses internet, wireless, satellite and telephone technology to bring the best care services to older adults in the Jackson area. Telemedicine is a rapidly growing component of healthcare…


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Parkvue Community Aims to Help Residents Stay Secure, Socially Engaged

K4Connect creates solutions to serve and empower older adults and people living with disabilities. The flagship K4Community product integrates home automation, health data and social engagement software to promote more abundant living for older adults in retirement communities. With K4Connect, residents can fully manage multiple areas of their lives, such…


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WeCare Connect Gauges Employee Satisfaction

WeCare Connect is a program that unites new and existing employees to their supervisors via phone, email or mobile app, and instantly sends an organization’s human resources team email notifications of any issues that may lead to a resignation. UCH’s goals for the program are to reduce staff turnover and…


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Tyson Whistler Brings Passion to Ice Sculpting

Tyson is taking culinary science to a new level with his creative presentations that include a talent he has developed over the past decade — ice sculpting. With this unique skill, Tyson is regularly sought in the Marietta community to showcase his talents. He was nominated for the 2017 Overachiever…


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Four Winds Earns Eli Pick Award

Mary Casey, administrator at Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio, recently was nominated for the Eli Pick Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). Only 11 percent or 1,310 communities nationwide receive the distinguished award. The award uses outcomes-driven quality measures to objectively identify high-performing skilled…


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Two Graduate from CHHSM’s Nollau Institute

Erin Foos, United Church Homes Central Office manager and executive assistant to the president, and Beth Montgomery, Fairhaven Community assisted living director, recently graduated from the yearlong Nollau Institute servant leadership program.The program is part of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ…


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Housing Residents Receive Needed Support

In an Associated Press poll, among families with incomes below $50,000, just 35 percent said they felt financially ready for retirement, while 66 percent of those in higher-income households felt ready. United Church Homes is committed to its mission to provide abundant living for older adults, regardless of their financial…


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Two Find UCH Amid Homelessness

Caroline and Sandy experienced homelessness before moving to Brownstone Terrace, a United Church Homes affordable housing community in Marion, Ohio. Sandy had been sleeping overnight in parks for three months, while Caroline had bounced from one house to another. When Caroline lost her rental apartment due to the landlord selling…


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UCH Board Sees End of Legacy, Welcomes New Member

Sue joined the Board in February 2007 as UCH faced an uncertain future, due to the recession that took a financial toll on the organization. The Board needed to make tough decisions to guide the organization through those difficult times and prepare for a stronger future, she said. Sue’s relationship…


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2017: A Year of Opportunity

2017 Board of Directors: Rev. Kathryn Anadein Dr. Trevor Bates Rev. Geoffrey A. Black Rev. Daniel L. Busch Rev. John Cramton Mrs. Suzanne S. Ellis Rev. John Gantt Ms. Cathy Green Mr. James L. Henry Mr. Robert P. Lee* Ms. Sandy Lindahl Mr. Philip E. Mallott Dr. Alan B. Mikesell…


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Residents Continue Ritual of Giving

  Residents of Chapel Hill, Fairhaven, Parkvue and Trinity communities collectively gave more than $20,300 to local, national and international charities in 2017 through worship service collections. This practice has deep meaning for many people who choose to live at United Church Homes. “The residents love to give,” said Rev.…


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Transforming the Conversation: Weekly Blog Extends UCH Mission, Vision, Values

The goal? To change the way we think about aging in our homes, schools, workplaces, churches, communities and society. Abundant Aging: Transforming the Conversation focuses on transforming aging, including advocacy issues, spirituality and aging, housing- and health-related issues and challenges and opportunities with living longer lives. The writers approach the…


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Fairhaven Community Rededication

In November, United Church Homes celebrated renovations at its flagship location, Fairhaven Community, and launched the public phase of the Campaign for Abundant Life, an effort to raise $20 million over five years. UCH and its supporters celebrated the journey at Fairhaven, blessed the ministry and moved the mission into…


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A Spiritual Journey: Seven Decades in the Making

Carol moved to Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March 2017 and immediately hit it off with Rev. Beth Rodenhouse, the full-time chaplain. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, United Church Homes is committed to providing full-time chaplains in each of its senior living communities. They foster spiritual wellness for…


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UCH Welcomes New Board Member, Makes Leadership Changes

Phil is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church with a law practice that has focused on nonprofit institutions including church-related organizations. He graduated from The Ohio State University and Harvard Law School. He was the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and an associate professor of…


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Longtime Parkvue Leader Retires, Welcoming Back Former Colleague

Ken Keller retired as administrator effective Dec. 15 and Dan Miller was named the new executive director. Over the first quarter-century of Parkvue’s existence, Ken has been a strong leader and friendly face at Parkvue and throughout United Church Homes. Ken began his tenure with United Church Homes in 1989…


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The Three-legged Stool

Often this confusion comes into play because we don’t think we have many worldly possessions, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. Estate planning can be viewed as a three-legged stool, each with a separate and unique purpose. The first leg is the emotional side of planning. This…


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