Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

At National Church Residences, we work hard to keep our seniors safe and healthy. As the weather changes, it is important that all seniors, especially those that live independently stay safe in the winter weather.

We’ve pulled together a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this season.

CAREFUL IN THE SNOW – AVOID FALLS

The number of fall risks increase in the winter time. The snow and ice create an issue for many seniors to navigate. With a couple of quick precautions, the risk of falls can be mitigated:

  • Make sure that you have shoes with non-skid soles
  • Have a friend or family member or even a neighbor clear walkways and driveways of all snow and ice
  • If you have a cane, replace the rubber tip before it wears down

DRESS WARMLY – AVOID HYPOTHERMIA AND
FROSTBITE

Many seniors have trouble regulating their body temperatures and exposure to the cold temperatures leaves them vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite. Here are a couple of tips to help avoid these issues:

  • Make sure you wear layers! Hats, gloves, scarves are a must to protect from the elements.
  • Don’t stay outside too long. Prolonged exposure creates risk.

PREPARE YOUR CAR – CAREFUL ON THE ROADS

Winter time driving can become treacherous! Accidents in the winter mean more risk to those involved. Take the necessary precautions to help avoid accidents in the winter and if in the event you or a loved one experience an emergency, try these:

  • Winterize your car with new tires, windshield wipers, and antifreeze
  • Avoid driving on icy road
  • Have a winter readiness kit in case of an emergency with blankets, first aid kit, roadside flares, shovel and kitty litter

CHECK YOUR ALARMS – AVOID FIRES

In an effort to keep warm, the chance of fire goes up in many people’s homes. Starting the fireplace and using space heaters cause numerous fires during the colder months. Take these safety measures to avoid the threat of fire:

  • Test fire and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Schedule an appointment to have a professional sweep your chimney to avoid chimney fires
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that is flammable

BE READY FOR POWER OUTAGES

In many parts of the country, high winds and ice knock out the power during the winter and for some it can take hours or even days to come back on. Prepare in advance in case of an emergency:

  • Keep a flashlight and extra batteries nearby
  • Make sure you have non-perishable food items accessible
  • Have a battery-powered radio on hand to keep up with the news and any emergency updates

Download a copy of these Winter Safety Tips to keep on hand and keep safe during this season. Click Here.

Tech Gifts to Keep Seniors Independent

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Technology is a great way to keep seniors happy, healthy and home for life. With Christmas right around the corner, consider getting your favorite senior a tech gift that they’ll love, that will keep them connected to family, and keep them safe.

Smart Speaker

The Smart Speaker is an amazing tool for seniors. It allows them to utilize their voice to create lists, play music, check the weather, and even get medication and doctor appointment reminders. The Smart Speaker helps seniors keep track of their lives even when memory fails them.

Click here to purchase a Smart Speaker

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Motion Sensor Lights

Did you know that many seniors fall at night because of the dark? They can’t see the trip hazards! Motion sensor lights are a must. These lights come on as soon as they detect motion within 10-feet. This is great to avoid hospital trips and to keep seniors safe.

Click here to purchase motion sensor lights

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Apple Watch

Instead of worrying about who could be there for your loved one if they fall, get them an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch comes with “fall detection alerts” that you can have sent to you in case they fall. They are also able to contact an Emergency professional right from their watch instead of having to get to a phone.

Click here to purchase an Apple Watch

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Facebook Portal

Do you live far away from your senior loved one? Send them a Facebook Portal. Many seniors use Facebook every day to post pictures and view photos from their families. Facebook Portal takes it to the next level. Video chat with them using this device. The Portal also helps to check who’s at the front door, listen to your favorite music, watch the news and more, hands-free.

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Smart Smoke Detector

Many seniors have a hard time hearing smoke detectors. In case of an emergency, using this smart smoke detector cuts down on the lag time. Receive cell phone alerts when smoke is detected. Nest Protect speaks up if there’s smoke or CO and tells you where it is, so you know what to do. It also lets you know if batteries run low. This keeps the smoke detector working in proper condition to keep your seniors safe.

Click here to purchase a Nest Smart Smoke Detector

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Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2308665, AmazonSmile donates to National Church Residences Foundation? Click this link to purchase your holiday gifts and give back at the same time.

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Partnering With Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and National Church Residences are partnering to offer additional services to Habitat’s Repair with Kindness program participants who are age 55 or older. These benefits can help them live independently and stay in their homes for life. The Repair with Kindness program helps qualified homeowners make critical home repairs that reduce health or safety hazards or improve weatherization for residents.

A National Church Residences Service Coordinator meets with homeowners identified by Habitat for Humanity and uses Care Guide to assess the needs of community seniors. This program is a great addition to what National Church Residences is doing in the building in Atlanta. This program enables us to reach those who may not live in our buildings but need help identifying services.

Many seniors prematurely enter nursing facilities because they are unaware of the services that are available to them or they have no one to assist them. Our Service Coordinator visits these residents in their homes and helps determine what each person needs. Recognizing that every person is unique, the Service Coordinator takes time to get to know the resident’s health and social needs. They then can arrange a variety of services, including Home Health, Legal Aid Referrals, Budgeting and Financial Literacy training, Emotion Support and more.

This partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity allows us to extend our reach in the Greater Atlanta and surrounding communities, helping us to continue with our mission to enable seniors to stay home for life.

We want you to be a part of the National Church Residences mission. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic, ask a question, or send an email to communications@nationalchurchresidences.org.

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Help Our Garden Grove Residents Recover from the Heartbreak of Flooding

While our prayers are with the families and first responders impacted by Hurricane Florence, the town of Manhattan, Kansas experienced its own devastating flooding due to recent torrential rains in the region.

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Heavy rains caused a creek to burst its banks and flood the Kansas town of Manhattan, forcing more than 300 people to evacuate their homes, including some who were ferried to dry land in boats.

Nearly 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain fell from Sunday night into Monday over Labor Day weekend, causing extensive flooding to National Church Residences Garden Grove senior affordable housing community. All of the residents were evacuated and moved to higher ground as the water on the first floor rose as high as three feet, which resulted in significant loss of personal possessions. It is estimated that it will take weeks to fully restore power to the region – and it could be even longer before these residents can return to their homes.

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The average age of the 62 residents at Garden Grove is 70, and all have modest resources. Most are frail and suffer from one or more chronic conditions. They do not have the means to easily replace all that was lost, and insurance will only cover so much. Our residents need your help.

We are asking you to help us “Restock the Fridge” for the residents of Garden Grove. Your donation will provide food and personal care items to these residents once they are able to return to the building.

This simple gesture to restore a basic human need to these residents certainly will ease their worries as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Visit the Garden Grove Flood Relief crowdfunding page to start a fundraising campaign, or give now.

 

 

We want you to be a part of the National Church Residences mission. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic, ask a question, or send an email to communications@nationalchurchresidences.org.

Celebrating 100 Years

This week, one of our residents celebrates 100 years of life.

Anna Mae Gearhart was born on September 8, 1918, in Mt. Pleasant, PA. She has lived in the area all of her life. Anna Mae lost her husband when she was 50 years old and was left to work and raised her 12-year-old son. She worked at PNC Bank for 35 years as a teller. Anna Mae loved every minute of it. Many of the employees who still work there remember her sassy personality and kind heart. She would have kept working but she wanted to spend more time with her son and family.

In 2005, Anna Mae moved to Ridgeview Apartments where she lives independently.  Anna Mae is healthy and active. She just started using a rollator in the past year but only uses it when she feels like she most needs it or when her friends fuss at her to use it.   She still actively participates in resident council and most of the events at Ridgeview.

Anna Mae has a great community of friends. She enjoys spending time with them and going to McDonald’s for her favorite $1 Hamburger.  They take the bus once a week to the shopping mall or to the Eat N’ Park in Latrobe.  Anna Mae is still very lively and spry. The bus drivers have actually named a bus after her because of her strong spirit and determination to do everything on her own.

When asked what is the key to longevity she said, “happiness.”

At National Church Residences, we work hard to create communities where our residents can thrive and enjoy life. Our goal is to always keep residents, like Anna Mae, happy, healthy and Home for Life.

 

 

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Debunking Affordable Housing

When most people hear the term affordable housing, they think high-rise projects in low income, run-down neighborhoods. There are so many negative stereotypes around what affordable housing is, who affordable housing helps, and if we even need to have affordable housing. At National Church Residences, it’s our goal not only to offer affordable housing, but to educate as many people as possible on what affordable housing is and how to make it a part of as many communities as possible.

Recently, Michelle Norris, National Church Residences Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, sat with Dr. Cody Price, Research Analyst at Office of Housing Policy to discuss the myths surrounding affordable housing and how to overcome them. Take a listen and learn more about what affordable is and what it is not.

 

We want you to be a part of the National Church Residences mission. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic, ask a question, or send an email to communications@nationalchurchresidences.org.

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Legacy Village Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Friday, August 10, the residents of Legacy Village and the community came together for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new apartments. The Xenia based campus is adding one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartments to meet the needs of seniors in the area.

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The residents and the community enjoyed a bluegrass concert from Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, community tours, live remote radio from WBZI Real Roots Radio, and food from Gibbs Ole Tyme Hamburger Wagon, Purely Sweet Bakery and Young’s Dairy Ice Cream.

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The campus where Legacy Village sits has a rich history. In 1869, the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans Home was established here. The home was commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln on land donated by Ohio Civil War soldiers – originally serving children who lost their fathers in the conflict. The community continued to grow and was operated as an orphanage for more than 100 years!

The groundbreaking ceremony included Matt Rule, Senior Vice President of Development for National Church Residences, Mayor of Xenia, Sarah Mays, President of Ruscilli Construction, Jim Cetovich, Amy Becker of Huntington National Bank, and Peggy Reynolds, special resident of Legacy Village.

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Peggy Reynolds is a special part of the Legacy Village Community. She worked for the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home on campus for 20 years! Peggy worked at the Peter Pan House (K-5th Grade) in the Food Services Dept. until 1980 when she transferred to the main dining room, now called the Shindler Center. There, she worked her way up to a cook, and eventually a supervisor before retiring. Peggy was an important part of training the children in the foodservice industry, ensuring they were able to provide for themselves when they left the home.

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The bustling community included a farm, hospital, residences, chapel, school and many other buildings. In 1978, the home’s name was changed to the Ohio Veterans’ Children’s Home and operated until the last graduating class received their high school diplomas 1996. Eventually, Legacy Village Retirement Center was built on the land in 2009.

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The expansion of Legacy Village involves a new 51-unit independent living, senior mid-rise apartment building that will sit on 42 acres that housed the Ohio Veterans’ Children’s Home. The new three-story building will be connected to a one-story clubhouse with a common dining area, lounge and fitness room. These apartments will be available to middle-income seniors who are looking to become a part of this active campus while continuing to enjoy Xenia and the offerings of surrounding communities.

Construction for the new apartments is underway and is expected to be completed in about a year.


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Join Us For Mission Day!

At National Church Residences, our mission is to provide high-quality care, services, and residential communities for all seniors. We are motivated by four core values, one of which is mission: “We are driven by a deep sense that our work should serve God and always produce good for others.” This is why Mission Day is so important to our organization.

Although Mission Day is an event, it is a daily attitude motivated by the culture of National Church Residences. Mission Day benefits the residents of National Church Residences by creating fundraising events and service opportunities. Residents, employees, local businesses and the community all participate in Mission Day, whether through attending events at National Church Residences properties or by serving the community through service projects.

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From Detroit to Atlanta and from Columbus to Sacramento, Mission Day fundraising over the past 22 years has made life better for residents in National Church Residences communities – purchasing vans with wheelchair lifts to transport residents where they need to go, adding fitness equipment to keep seniors well, providing workshops and other programming for our residents and much more.

We want you to partner with us and support Mission Day. There are several ways to join us:

Participate in Mission Day activities at your local National Church Residences community

Contact the property manager at your local National Church Residences community and ask about their Mission Day activities. We currently have over 60 properties participating in Mission Day. Although festivities will vary by property, get out to enjoy a variety of fun activities such as games, contests, bake sales, giveaways and more.

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Help supply a need for a community by donating to Mission Day 

You can give directly to the Mission Day fundraising campaign. All contributions support the mission and produce good for the residents. Your gift will make a difference in a community by helping to provide activities and things that enhance their experience. Donate online, or you can mail your payment to National Church Residences Attn: Foundation, 2335 North Bank, Columbus Ohio 43220. Anything you donate helps our seniors remain happy and healthy.

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Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to produce good for others by creating a fundraising campaign

Invite others to do good with you! When you are passionate about the mission like we are, you’ll want to share it with as many people as possible. Crowdfunding allows you to do just that. Creating a crowdfunding campaign enables your goodwill to multiply by your bringing your circle of family, friends, and colleagues into the mission. Set up your page here and spread it like wildfire!

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Share the Mission Day campaign link through an email, text message, or on your social media

Maybe you’re not in a place where you can donate or visit a local community. You can still be a part of and support the mission!  Share this post or the Mission Day campaign link with your friends, family, and colleagues in an email, a text or on your Facebook page. The more people who know about the mission, the more we have an opportunity to support the residents.

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Mission Day is an integral part of what we do at National Church Residences. We couldn’t do everything we do without your support. Join us in our mission to keep seniors home for life. Become a part of Mission Day! 

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Running for a Good Cause

A team of affordable housing industry leaders will be putting on their running shoes this summer for a good cause.

The group, Running for Shelter, is taking part in the 200-mile Hood to Coast Relay in August with the goal of raising $100,000 for National Church Residences’ (NCR’s) hospice program, which would be a group record, says team captain Paul Cummings, senior vice president and director of originations and capital markets at the National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT). Close to $70,000 has been committed to date.

The 2017 Running for Shelter team at the finish line.
The 2017 Running for Shelter team at the finish line.

The funds will aid in the creation of two in-patient rooms at two of NCR’s communities as well as the expansion of its Memorable Moments programming.

In its 20 years, Running for Shelter has logged thousands of miles and raised over $800,000 for different nonprofit affordable housing organizations.

“It’s a unique way to fundraise for affordable housing,” says race veteran Cummings, adding that the event is also very collegial, bringing together people from different areas of the industry.

Mark McDaniel, CEO of Cinnaire, ran on the team in 1997 and 1998 and calls it one of the top activities he has participated in his life. He recalls getting to know his teammates during the course of the event.

“We came to realize all of us were driven to help people have safe, decent affordable housing, and we were all very competitive,” he says. “I could write a small book on the impact of this race on all of us. It pushed all of us to our limits, but it was so satisfying when you realized over and over again what it was for.”

The challenging Oregon race, dubbed “The Mother of All Relays,” consists of 36 legs and takes about 24 hours to complete. Teams have a maximum of 12 runners and must run in rotating legs. Over the past 20-plus years, the team has run through scorching temperatures and torrential downpours but always crossed the finish line.

“I will never forget the beauty of the mountains, lakes, rivers, the city at night, and finishing on a Pacific Ocean beach,” says McDaniel. “But the most satisfying thing was knowing we were helping people have a safe and affordable place to live, helping to change lives.”

A new team takes the course this year. This year’s team features several people well known in the affordable housing business. In addition to Cummings, the team includes Michelle Norris and Matt Rule of NCR, Jim Bowman, formerly of NAHT, Elizabeth Flannery of Community Housing Development Corp., Lisalynne Quinn of Red Capital Group, Anne Fennema of National Equity Fund (NEF), and Dan Mendelson of Chesapeake Community Advisors.

The affordable housing connection isn’t limited to the road warriors. Running for Shelter has been supported by a number of different affordable housing corporate sponsors. Over the years, they’ve included Cinnaire, Enterprise, NEF, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Sugar Creek Capital, Gallagher Evelius & Jones, Kantor Taylor, Bocarsly Emden, Holland & Knight, and the Kresge Foundation.

For more information, visit www.200MilesForHospice.com.

 

We want you to be a part of the National Church Residences mission. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic, ask a question, or send an email to communications@nationalchurchresidences.org.

 

 

originally posted on Affordable Housing Finance

photo credit: Hood to Coast Facebook

 

Helping Formerly Homeless Find Employment

One of the main hindrances to the formerly homeless finding success is that they lack the training they need to find and keep employment. Our employees recognized this issue and created the Right Track program.

This program was designed to assist residents of our Permanent Supportive Housing Communities in vocational education training, giving them the tools they need to be successful and gain additional independence. We found that other programs that were offered were too long and didn’t provide the essentials that these residents need to make the proper next steps. Right Track is a five-day program with critical information that changes the lives of those who attend.

In the program, there are three days of work readiness training. In these three days, the trainers teach a variety of hands-on skills including mock interviews, communication skills, financial literacy, and stress management. Residents who successfully complete the training attend a graduation where many of them invite their family and friends to help them celebrate their accomplishment.

After completing the program, the residents are given a four-week training experience where they work directly with our maintenance staff in National Church Residences communities and other community partners, gaining on the job training. These residents enjoy the opportunity to gain work experience and additional money to supplement their social security income. Each resident employee’s caseworker helps them through this process, checking up on them and making sure that they arrive to work on time.

This program has made a difference in the lives of several of our residents. Since the beginning of the program
186 residents enrolled
106 completed supportive employment experience
53% of those who have graduated are employed

This program is making a difference in the lives of those who otherwise would have little to no options. We are proud of this program and look forward to expanding it further.

 

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