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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! 

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.

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

 

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Emergency Information for Your Aging Parents

It’s important to have a plan for emergency situations when aging parents depend on you for care. Even if they are in great physical health, it’s best to be prepared in the event of a sudden illness or accident. You need to make sure you or someone else is legally able to help them in an emergency.

When gathering emergency information from your parents, be considerate to not overwhelm or scare them. You can ask questions and gather information or needed documents over a few conversations instead of all at once.

Here are some important items you should have on hand about your aging parent in case an emergency situation happens. It’s better to be prepared and informed than to scramble to find it in a crisis.

Know your parents’ neighbors, close friends, and place of worship

Find out the full names and phone numbers of your parents’ neighbors and closest friends. Share your name and contact numbers in the event of an emergency they may need to reach you. You may even consider asking your parents to have you listed as their emergency contact in their cellphone if they have one or on a note on their refrigerator.

Also, if you don’t have an emergency key to your parents’ home already, ask if you or someone else may have a one.

Know the name and phone number of your parents’ place of worship and their clergy person. Share your full name and contact info with the church office to save in an emergency file.

Know basic medical information

 It’s important to have a list of basic medical information for your parents, such as:

  •  Their doctors’ contact information, including any conditions they are treating.
  • Prescription medications, dosage and what it’s treating.
  • All over-the-counter medications taken regularly, including any herbal medications and vitamins.
  • List of all allergies.

Other useful information to know is:

  •  Major medical problems
  • Prior surgeries and major medical procedures
  • Birthdates
  • Religious beliefs
  • Insurance information
  • Lifestyle information

Ask your parents who has been designated as their Medical Power of Attorney. This person will make medical decisions on your parents’ behalf if they are temporarily incapacitated. If you are the Medical Power of Attorney, have the document that states this in your possession and make sure that one resides in all your parents’ medical records. If it is someone else, find out their contact information.

Also, talk to your parents about Advance Directives. This ensures your parents’ medical wishes are fulfilled even if they are unable to make health care decisions for themselves. Federal law states that each patient is in charge of their own medical care and medical decisions.

Identify an emergency plan for finances, dependents, and pets

Even if your parents are in the hospital, there will still be bills in the mailbox to pay. If your parents have designated someone as Durable Power of Attorney, it empowers this person to legally pay bills on your parents’ behalf, access a bank account and sign one of their checks. It’s important to have a list of when bills are due to avoid late fees or having utilities turned off.

Also, you should know the location of your parents’ financial records if they need to be accessed and the location of their will.

If your parents have any dependents in their care, such as a sibling with medical or mental health issues, there should be an emergency plan for their care in the event your parents are unable to provide care. And, don’t forget about any pets. If your parent has a pet, plan ahead who will care for the pet in case of an emergency.

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.

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.

 

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.

Welcome to the NEW National Church Residences blog!

At National Church Residences, our vision is to advance better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. Through this blog, our goal is to allow you to see the heart and soul of who we are as an organization. We will do this by sharing the National Church Residences way with you, inviting you into our stories and providing resources that educate caregivers, enabling seniors to enjoy their lives.

This blog will consist of three main elements: Our Stories, Health and Wellness, and Caregiver Resources.

Our Stories

In this section, you can find stories about our residents, our volunteers, and our mission. The residents of National Church Residences have incredible stories to share. From war veterans to pillars of the community, to the formerly homeless, sharing the stories of our people will allow you to get to know who we are.

Here you’ll also meet our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteers make up the fabric of our organization and are an integral part of all we do.

Sharing stories of our mission invites you to connect with what we do. Our mission drives everything we seek to accomplish as an organization, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Health and Wellness

In Health and Wellness, we want to engage senior citizens. Here we will provide solutions to common healthcare issues to help seniors find the answers they need.

Caregiver Resources

With the number of seniors rapidly increasing, many adult children are caregivers to their aging parents. Here you’ll find information and resources to help care for your special senior and keep them home, engaged, happy, and healthy.

Look for a new blog post every week. Don’t miss a post. Subscribe and get blog posts directly in your inbox. In the meantime, feel free to read previous posts.

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. We’re excited to share National Church Residences with you!

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Aging Parents and the Importance of Communication

Conversations between an aging parent and their grown child can be frustrating as the parent ages. Roles have reversed and the grown child is now taking the place as the caregiver for their parent. Instead of asking a parent a question such as, “How was your day?” or “Can you give me advice on…”, grown children will ask “Did you take your medicine today?” or “Why would you do that?”

When communicating with aging parents it’s important to remember their life is rapidly changing and they are trying to maintain a sense of independence. It’s difficult for seniors to rely on others for care and to help solve their problems when they maintained control of their own life before.

Here are helpful tips to keep in mind when communicating with aging parents to keep your relationship healthy and to make the most of your time together.

  1. Take time and be respectful. While adult children are caught up in the demands of family, work, and finances, their parents’ lives have slowed down. They have less of a sense of urgency to get things done and may take time to make decisions. It’s not always about being slow or a diminished capacity. This can be frustrating, but remember, parents have a lifetime of experience to draw from and want to make the best decision, instead of the fastest. Be respectful of their slower approach so they won’t think you are trying to control them.
  1. Make time and listen. A quick phone call to check-in or help out with chores is helpful for your parents, however, these aren’t quality moments to build your relationship. Make time to have quality days with your parents, even one-on-one, to talk and listen. Let your parents guide the discussion and listen and ask open-ended questions. You’ll be surprised what you will learn about your parent, their life and present concerns

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  1. Reminisce about life. Adult children may think they know their parent, but when you take the time to reminisce about life with them you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn. Ask questions to learn more about the situations they faced, people they met or places they lived or visited. These life stories are important for families to understand and appreciate who they are.
  1. Ask for advice. Parents are used to their children coming to them for advice or help, and it’s tough to no longer be consulted by your grown children as you age. While the type of advice a grown child is looking for may have changed, look for opportunities to ask “What do you think of this Mom?” or “Dad, what’s more important to you?”

While these are simple tips, these will help you understand more about your parent’s past and what they are going through day-to-day as they age.

How to Talk About Moving Mom and Dad into Senior Housing

Thousands of adult children face this every day, particularly the youngest of the baby boomers generation – when, what and where to move Mom and Dad into senior housing. Many challenges are involved in this decision, especially if Mom and Dad don’t agree it is time to leave their home.

Here are some thoughts to help you:

Never advise parents, instead have conversations with them. Advising them, telling them what they should do will most likely generate some resistance. After all, they are the parents and you are still the kid (even if you’re well into your adult years.)

Do your research. Consider what your parents like about where they live now. Try to find something that mirrors their current standard of living. National Church Residences communities all have certain amenities that make them unique. Washer and dryer hookups in some units, walking paths and courtyards, clubs and activities all could make the community feel more like a home to your parents if it is what they are used to. Check out our housing and services locator on our website. It breaks down communities by location, amenities and more.

Consider your parents’ perspective. Downsizing, moving and relocating is stressful on anyone – whether they are 20 years old or 80.

If you have questions, want advice on getting started or need more resources, reach out to us! Visit our website: www.nationalchurchresidences.org

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National Church Residences Can Help Seniors Age at Home

Harvard University researchers released the results of a study performed on housing in the United States. The researchers found that the number of households headed by Americans who are at least 70 years old will jump by 8.3 million from 2014 to 2025 – a 42 percent increase. Most of those seniors will choose to stay in their homes.

“The Harvard researchers note that a majority of those households will be aging in place, not downsizing or moving to retirement communities. That will have implications for an array of support services people will need as they age,” wrote Mark Miller, a Reuters’ journalist who reported on the study.

Researchers also note the increase of aging homeowners coincides with a decrease in government funding for programs that assist the elderly. National Church Residences, however, is positioned to address the needs of seniors who want to age in place in ways that are cost effective for them and their community.

Our Home & Community Services is a Medicare- and Medicaid-certified home health care agency serving Ohio seniors, and offering affordable alternatives to institutional skilled nursing and assisted living care, with the objective of keeping seniors active and independent in their own homes, at a fraction of the cost. We provide multiple options for individual needs, so you decide on the approach that’s best for you.

Our services include: 24-hour response; round-the-clock care; skilled nursing; assisted living; homemaking service; service coordination; personal care (bathing, grooming, dressing, medication reminders); Hospice; physical, speech, occupational and rehabilitative therapies; private duty; and adult day services (in Franklin and Delaware counties).

For more information about National Church Residences, visit http://www.nationalchurchresidences.org/services/home-and-community-services. To view the Reuters article about the study, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-column-miller-housing-idUSKBN0FF1PV20140710.

Seniors: The New Gamers

elderly_man_playing_video_games-e1310062170825The next time you take a video game away from your teen, instead of putting it on a shelf or letting it collect dust, consider giving it your parents – to play!

Studies conducted by separate institutions, the University of Iowa and the University of California-San Francisco, and published in 2013, showed that playing video games improved memory and other cognitive functions of the brains of the studies participants.

Cognition has to do with how a person understands and acts in the world. It is a set of abilities, skills, or processes that are part of nearly every human action. Cognitive abilities are brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex.

The University of Iowa study involved nearly 700 adults 50 and older. A control group was given computerized crossword puzzles, old-people-playing-psand the other groups played a video game called Road Tour for various amounts of time. Over the course of a year, those who didn’t play the game at all saw no improvement in their brain capabilities, and those who played the game the most saw the big improvements – three to four years of cognitive improvement, according to the Iowa study.

At the University of California-San Francisco, adults ages 20 to 85 were involved in the Playing-video-games-avoids-elderly-from-depressionstudy. First, 20 to 70-year-olds played the video game NeuroRacer to establish a baseline on how they played. Younger players were found to multi-task in the game far more than older players. Then a separate group of 60-85 year olds were trained how to play the game.

After the four-week training, some players as old as 80 were beating players as young as 20!

Road Tour and NeuroRacer were specifically designed for their studies. Researchers of the studies say their findings build grandpa-playing-video-gamesupon research performed in the 1990s on improving memory, reasoning, and visual processing speed. They warn against sitting on your couch and playing video games for hours at a time with a bag of chips by your side and expect brain improvement.

The brain, like the rest of your body, needs challenges to stay healthy. But their findings are an indication that we are not helpless bystanders while our brain functions decline. It may be possible to prevent that decline, or even improve our brain functions as we age.

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Long Distance Holidays with Aging Parents

Extended families are often scattered and it’s expensive to travel to be together for the holidays. If long distance, work, or other family obligations prevent you from being with your aging parents for the holidays, you can still celebrate the holidays with them. With a little creativity, you can make the holidays special for your parents by using Facetime, Skype, Google Hangout, or another mobile video-conference service.

The next time you visit your parents before the holidays, teach them how to use Facetime or Skype. This is a great way to keep in touch throughout the year, and allow your elderly parents to enjoy different aspects of the holiday season with you. Some holiday moments that you can enjoy together are Christmas concerts for grandchildren or opening gifts together.

For those who have extended family scattered across the country, a virtual holiday party is a great way for everyone to be involved. With Skype or Google Hangout, you can host an audio or video conference with multiple people for free. Prior to the virtual holiday party, make sure there’s a family member responsible for connecting at each location who understands the instructions to join and participate in the conference. During the virtual holiday party, family members can take turns greeting each other and sharing how they’re celebrating at their location. You could even sing a couple of favorite Christmas carols as a group, read the story of Christ’s birth, or pray together.

It’s important to also stay connected after the holidays with elderly family members. You could schedule weekly audio or video calls each week or send weekly email updates with photos. Also, don’t forget the importance of sending handwritten letters with photos. Your aging parents will love sharing these photos with others and placing them around their home.

These are just a few ideas to celebrate with aging loved ones from a distance. Please share additional ideas with others in the comment section below.