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.

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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.

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Convincing Your Aging Parent to Move

It can be difficult for an aging parent to accept that it’s time for them to move from their own home to the home of their adult child, a retirement village, assisted living or long-term care. According to AARP, over 80% of U.S. residents over 45 say they want to remain in their own homes even when they need assistance. Most seniors see moving from their home as a big step to losing their independence.

It’s best to begin this conversation with your parents, no matter their age, before a crisis situation. By keeping the lines of communication open over time this can be a shared decision between parents and their children. Here are some communications tips to keep in mind as you talk with your parent about them moving from their home.

  1. Respectful and regular conversations. Regardless of your parent’s age or health, it’s important to have respectful and regular conversations with them about their plans for the future. This authentic interest and involvement in their life will show them you love them and have a genuine desire for them to age gracefully in a caring community.
  1. Be their advocate. It’s important for your parent to see that you are their advocate and concerned about their health and safety. Have honest conversations with your parent that show you want to be a part of decisions throughout their aging process. If your parent is interested, set aside time to visit care options with them. Take the burden off your parent’s shoulders and do your own research on care options. [LINK TO BLOG POST CARE OPTIONS TO CONSIDER FOR AGING PARENTS] Ask your parent questions throughout the visits, such as “What do you think? Do you like it here?” Throughout the process of selecting a care option, be your parent’s advocate and ask many questions to determine if it is the right fit for your parent.
  1. Back off if needed. Some parents may completely refuse to entertain the idea of moving, but it’s important not to give up. Back off if needed, but don’t give up. Look for other opportunities to bring it up in conversation, such as, “It worries me when…”
  1. Involve siblings and health care providers. Siblings and health care providers should be involved in the discussion of your parent moving. It’s very important for siblings to be on the same page about your parent’s future home. One unwilling sibling can make it impossible to convince your parent. Also, a parent’s health care provider often will have more persuasion than an adult child. You can ask to attend a doctor appointment with your parent or call the physician’s office to have a note put in their file to discuss care options.
  1. Avoid other issues. Often conversations with parents about moving can bring up other family issues. If this happens, avoid these conversations and focus on what is best for your parent.

While it may take a lot of time and patience to convince a parent to move, there’s a great sense of peace for both the parent and adult child when you find and choose the right care option.

Bristol Village Olympians bring home 27 medals

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Several of the members of the Bristol Village Senior Olympics team pose with their medals in the courtyard of the Glenn Center in Waverly. Pictured are, left to right, Judy Doll, Otto Zingg, Betsy Hall, Marj Andrus, Ken Love, Mary McElhaney, Sherry Sapienza, Frankie Rinehart, Len Nasman and Gareth Baker.

By LANCE CRANMER                                                              lcranmer@nationalchurchresidences.org

WAVERLY, Ohio – When Marj Andrus stepped to the podium to receive her gold medal, the Senior Olympian from Bristol Village ran into an issue.

To combat the hot summer sun in her events – the 1500- and 5000-meter racewalk – the 98-year old is never without a large, colorful hat.

“That’s the problem,” Marj said. “You can’t get the medal over your head with the hat on. You just need a longer ribbon!”

Marj is one of 17 senior athletes who represented Bristol Village earlier this summer in the Ohio Senior Olympics in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. Altogether, the Bristol Village Olympians brought home 27 medals – including 13 gold, seven silver and seven bronze.

“I had to learn a new walk,” said Marj, who for many years has started each day with a long morning walk to McDonald’s for ice cream. “(For the racewalk) you have to walk with your knees stiff. I had to focus so much on my knees that I didn’t have time to get nervous. Then someone stuck out their hand and stopped me and said, ‘you’re here!’”

“They told us Marj probably had a Senior Olympic record in the 5,000 meters,” said Betsy Hall, who organized the athletics team at Bristol Village. “At 98-years old, they don’t know of anyone else that age who has done it.”

“They told me the record for just for the US and Canada,” Marj added. “I thought, ‘Canada? That’s big enough!”

Betsy, a marathon runner for 21 years, has competed in four National Senior Olympics, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Thanks to her enthusiasm for the competition, several of her friends began participating as well.

“It was Betsy,” said Otto Zingg, a medalist in golf and pickleball at the Ohio Senior Olympics. “She started to promote it and encouraged us to participate.

“I thought, well, I’ll do it.”

Otto teamed with Gareth Baker to earn a bronze medal in doubles pickleball – a tennis-like sport played with a wiffleball and paddles – and earned a silver in golf.

“I just turned 80 in June,” he said. “I figured there were not too many others in that age category so I had a good chance to medal.”

Frankie Rinehart also got involved with the Senior Olympics with Betsy’s encouragement.

“Good thing I have this friend,” she said, pointing to Betsy. “I’m kind of an athletic person. So when she said, ‘let’s go,’ I just went.”

Frankie won a gold medal in the 1500-meter and 5000-meter racewalk, a gold in women’s singles table tennis and a silver in women’s doubles table tennis alongside Betsy.

Each of the Bristol Village residents who brought home medals from the Ohio Senior Olympics is now qualified for the upcoming regional Senior Olympics event to be held in Portsmouth, Ohio, in September.

“I can do it. Up to 10 miles. After 10 it’s too much,” Marj said with a smile as she turned to look at Betsy. “If you think I can, Betsy, I will!”

Those who medal at the regional event have the chance to qualify for the 2017 National Senior Olympics in Birmingham, Alabama from June 2-15.

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The 1500-meter racewalk winners at the Ohio Senior Olympics.
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The Bristol Village table tennis team at the 2016 Ohio Senior Olympics.

Bonnie and Jane: A Care Guide success story

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Bonnie Dietz, a resident at Birchwood Apartments in Greeley, Colorado, and Jane Schwarz, a National Church Residences Service Coordinator, pose for a photo after sharing their Care Guide success story.

By LANCE CRANMER                                                              lcranmer@nationalchurchresidences.org

GREELEY, Colorado – Bonnie Dietz and her friends often gather in the lounge at Birchwood Apartments to play cards.

One afternoon nearly three months ago, Jane Schwarz, the building’s National Church Residences Service Coordinator, stopped by the group to check in.

“The lounge is right outside of Jane’s office,” Bonnie said. “She came out and talked to me for a minute and she said, ‘when you get finished with your card game, I want to talk to you.’”

Jane had a question for Bonnie that, at the time, seemed odd. However, it turned out to be a question that may have saved Bonnie’s life.

“Out of the blue she said, ‘have you seen a urologist?’” Bonnie said. “I thought, what’s going on? I have had a bit of kidney problems along with my diabetes. I didn’t know Jane was interested in this. I knew she knew about it. But I puzzled over it for a while. I thought it must just be something she needs to know.”

What Jane was doing was utilizing Care Guide, National Church Residences’ innovative program designed to create better long-term health care outcomes for our residents.

“Sometimes I pull up Care Guide and just look at what I wrote last quarter and I ask residents if they’re still going through the same things. I ask them, ‘are you still doing this or that?’ Or ‘are you still on the same amounts of this medication?’ Or just, ‘how are you feeling?’” Jane said. “Then sometimes they start telling you more about other things.”

Because of Jane’s question, Bonnie decided it might be time for a visit to her primary care physician for a check-up.

“It did instigate me to call and make an appointment,” Bonnie said. “I went in to see him on Feb. 1. He said my diabetes is fine and my blood pressure is fine. They took some lab work. Then he called the next day and said get over to the nephrology clinic because you’ve got some problems.”

Bonnie went to see the nephrologist – a doctor that specializes in kidney care – and found out some shocking news.

“I went over there and they tested my kidneys,” she said. “They said I was down to 30 percent of my function. Anything below that and you have to start thinking about dialysis.”

Shortly after hearing this diagnosis, Bonnie made an appointment with Jane to help her figure out Colorado’s Food Tax Rebate paperwork.

“I thought I was in trouble. She said, ‘first, I want to talk to you,’” Jane said. “She asked me why I had asked her about kidney disease. I explained that it was one of the chronic conditions that we follow up on in Care Guide.”

“I didn’t know that the Service Coordinator did that,” Bonnie said. “She was so tickled that her question had spurred me to go and see the doctor.”

Bonnie’s primary care physician gave her some recommendations on how to help strengthen her kidneys and avoid having to start dialysis.

Bonnie, who is 83 years old, has lived in a few different senior citizen apartment complexes.

“I was a cook in hospitals and nursing homes when I lived in Kansas,” she said. “Before that we were farmers. We had a farm and raised a family here (in Colorado).”

After her husband of 33 years passed away, Bonnie chose to move into an apartment. It wasn’t until she arrived at Birchwood Apartments, however, that she was introduced to a Service Coordinator.

“It’s really helpful,” she said. “There’s so much paperwork and things anymore that she can help me with. I don’t have a car and have to find transportation. It really is a help to have her here. She provides workshops during the week for different things. Right now there’s a living healthy workshop that comes once a week and we go attend that. It’s a real help.”

Jane said that as a National Church Residences Service Coordinator, it was exciting to see the work she does pay off in such a direct way.

“Sometimes it’s hard to see an action when you’re helping somebody because you don’t see the reaction,” she said. “In this case I did and I saw it come full-circle. It was exciting for me to see that take shape.”

Birchwood Apartments is a 173-resident senior apartment complex that has a Service Coordination contract with National Church Residences. Jane said that when Care Guide was first introduced, residents initially had some questions. But today they full embrace the positive impact it has had on their overall health.

“Just having the discussions with them prompts them to think about their health and more forward and talk to their doctor about it,” Jane said. “Bonnie is really good about advocating for herself and she took some action.”

 

 

 

Unique health care partnership signed to benefit central Ohio residents

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(Dr. William Wulf, CEO of Central Ohio Primary Care, and Mark Ricketts, President and CEO of National Church Residences, sign a joint venture to provide primary care physician services for National Church Residences’ central Ohio facilities earlier this month at First Community Village in Upper Arlington.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio ­– The nation’s largest independent primary care group and the nation’s largest non-profit provider of affordable senior housing have officially joined forces to offer a one-of-a-kind health care partnership.

Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians (COPC) signed an agreement earlier this month to provide primary care services in coordination with National Church Residences’ continuum of senior health care services, aimed at helping seniors in Central Ohio avoid unnecessary admissions and readmissions to hospitals or nursing facilities.

“In National Church Residences we have found a partner that puts the patient at the center of every decision,” said Dr. J. William Wulf, M.D., the CEO of COPC. “Over the last three years we have worked together on multiple initiatives and felt that it was time to formalize our relationship in a joint venture.”

The partnership will focus on National Church Residences “Home for Life” program that allows seniors to live healthier lives in their own homes, reducing the need to enter nursing facilities.

“National Church Residences and COPC are jointly making a commitment in central Ohio to help seniors remain at home,” said Mark Ricketts, President and CEO of National Church Residences. “You might even say National Church Residences’ commitment to high quality and reliable ‘At Home Health Care,’ ‘At Home Assistance’ and ‘At Home Hospice Care’ is a senior’s partner at home for life!”

“True population health will require physicians to partner with organizations that can deliver services to the most frail in our care,” Dr. Wulf added. “This will include care for our high risk patients at home and in non-hospital facilities. National Church Residences is an organization focused on providing the level of care needed to improve quality and lower cost.”

In the agreement, National Church Residences will proactively identify at-risk individuals through the organization’s revolutionary Care Guide assessment system to provide person-centered care planning that tracks interventions and outcomes. COPC will provide primary care and other diagnostic services to help manage a patient’s health both before and after the need for higher levels of care.

“This joint venture with COPC is unique and exciting,” said Ricketts. “While many senior living organizations in the United States have offered primary care services on campus, few have taken the step of partnering with primary care physicians serving residents in the community.”

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(Dr. John Weigand, National Church Residences Chief Medical Officer, Mark Ricketts, National Church Residences President and CEO, and Dr. William Wulf, CEO of Central Ohio Primary Care, celebrate the signing of a joint venture between the two organizations.)

Mill Run Announces Plans for Alzheimer’s Memory Gardens

HILLIARD, OH – Each year, Alzheimer’s disease slowly steals memories away from the nearly 5.1 million Americans who live with the condition.

For the families and loved ones who feel the effects of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, finding a way to help them remember is a crucial part of providing them with care.

At National Church Residences Mill Run, a senior community located in the Columbus suburb of Hilliard, a plan was unveiled to residents at the annual Christmas celebration on Thursday, December 11, for a one-of-a-kind facility that will provide residents suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia a chance to re-experience happier times.

“The true beauty of everything we do involves life and death. It’s an evolution,” said Linda Roehrenbeck, Executive Director of Mill Run, at the announcement of the plans for Mill Run’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Memory Gardens. “This project will evolve. Just like our lives do.”

Scheduled to break ground in 2015, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Memory Gardens at National Church Residences Mill Run will be constructed in multiple phases, eventually culminating in a beautiful outdoor area complete with a park, a garden, a therapy and art wall and a patio for dining and relaxing.

“This garden is grace. There will be moments of serendipity. It will be a way to bring back moments of their lives that were joyful,” said Roehrenbeck. “It has meaning and purpose.”

To design the Memory Gardens, Mill Run enlisted the services of Linda Wilson, a landscape architect with MKSK, who found special meaning in helping with the project.

Wilson’s husband Ron passed away a year ago at the age of 58 from complications due to early onset Alzheimer’s.

“I first came into contact with National Church Residences because I had my husband in their adult day services,” Wilson said. “(That facility) was (previously) an outdoor garden center that had a nice outdoor space. For me a major concern was the quality of life outside of the four walls.”

With the care her husband received in mind, Wilson began designing early plans for an Alzheimer’s memory garden but did not initially have a plan for its location. Mill Run became the ideal spot after Wilson was introduced to Roehrenbeck through a mutual friend who also had a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s.

“Linda talked to me and asked, ‘What do I know about Alzheimer’s Memory Gardens?’” Wilson said. “We developed a plan for this facility and here we are.”

Wilson’s design for the phases of the Mill Run Alzheimer’s and Dementia Memory Gardens was on display for residents and their families to see during the Christmas celebration. Seeing so many people admire her work meant a great deal to Wilson.

“I teared up,” she said. “It was like, ‘Wow, it’s eventually going to come together.’”

Joining Wilson in the presentation of the Memory Gardens was Pete Trombetti, a commercial builders and one of the project’s initial major donors.

Trombetti’s wife, Maggie, had been a resident of Mill Run from June 2013 until her passing in July 2014.

“We were married for 20 years,” he said. “We traveled the world, the two of us.”

After Maggie’s passing, Trombetti kept in touch with Roehrenbeck at Mill Run.

“I came in to see Linda and she said something about creating a Memory Garden,” Trombetti said. “I said, ‘I’m in!’”

Trombetti said his late wife had a love for gardening and the outdoors in general and that his involvement in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Memory Gardens was on Maggie’s behalf.

“A few of you knew my wife,” he told the audience. “This is for her.”

Trombetti said he was grateful to the staff at Mill Run for the care they gave his wife during her final months.

“Definitely. People like this here,” he said, greeting a Mill Run nurse he knew with a hug. “These are the gems. That’s the reason.”

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Memory Garden at Mill Run will be constructed in phases as funding becomes available. To make charitable contributions to the project, please contact the National Church Residences Philanthropy team at (614) 273-3582 or Roehrenbeck at (614) 771-0100.

Volunteer opportunities in developing and maintaining the garden will also be available.

(Written by Lance Cranmer, Media/Public Relations Specialist at National Church Residences. Cranmer can be reached at lcranmer@nationalchurchresidences.org)

HUD Award to Accelerate Intergenerational Care Center’s Completion

Housing and Urban Development awarded $29.7 million to Columbus for redevelopment of the Near East Side, including the site of the Poindexter Village. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), a partner in the project, had been one of six finalists for the Choice Neighborhood grant. The announcement of the award was made June 30 in Columbus.

National Church Residences is planning to open the Poindexter Village Intergenerational Care Center in collaboration with CMHA, Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC), The Ohio State University (OSU), and Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT). The Poindexter Village neighborhood is being redeveloped to create a healthy, financially and environmentally sustainable community where residents have access to safe and affordable housing, quality health care and education, and employment opportunities.

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The Intergenerational Care Center is a catalytic project for the redevelopment of the Poindexter neighborhood and a source of vital services that addresses the needs of both the frail elderly and vulnerable children and families. The Center is designed to house an adult day and child care center, a university classroom, space for intergenerational and community programming as well as outdoor recreation areas. Approximately 85 children and 140 vulnerable adults will be served annually plus an estimated 100 parents and 300 adult caregivers will receive support services each year. In addition, the Center will incorporate:

• An on-site Intergenerational Program Manager from The Ohio State University to develop and administer focused intergenerational and interdisciplinary initiatives.

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• Health and wellness programming, including primary care for frail adults, children,families, and community members. Offerings would also include courses on caregiving, grief and loss, early childhood interventions for children with special needs and Moms2Be programs designed to help pregnant women to have a healthy pregnancy.

• Interdisciplinary research, academic classes, and training for OSU graduate, professional and undergraduate students. Some of their studies would cover the relationships between age and behaviors in the intergenerational setting.

DSC_0357• Collaborative and purposeful intergenerational programming like the supplemental reading intervention program, “Sit Together and Read” (STAR). STAR is designed to pair interested and able seniors with preschool children for 10 minutes of reading together. Faculty and students from OSU would train the adults on how to use specific read-aloud techniques that integrate a scope and sequence of literacy concepts.

• A new playground for the Intergenerational Care Center was developed by KaBoom! This playground, which includes equipment for both young children and seniors, was created thanks to the efforts of neighborhood and project partner volunteers and the generosity of the playground sponsor, Humana.DSC_0342

The Choice Neighborhood grant will accelerate the total redevelopment of the historic Poindexter Village neighborhood, with $200,000 earmarked for the Intergenerational Care Center. That amount goes along with a total of $645,000 already committed from CMHA, KaBoom!, Bob Evans Farms, Huntington Bank, CareSource Foundation and Ingram-White Castle Foundation.

Validation Therapy for Alzheimer's Sufferers - nationalchurchresidences.blog

Validation Therapy for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

By: Linda Roehrenbeck

There have been years of trial and error as we look retrospectively at the practice of caring for an individual with Dementia. Reality orientation, redirection, and restraint are no longer the most effective methods of caregiving for people with Dementia.

Research is still in its infancy. Evidence-based, best practices of care are being identified, providing support for families and caregivers. One such practice is Validation, developed by Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W. Validation theory explains that many very old disoriented people, who are often diagnosed as having Alzheimer type dementia, are in the final stage of life trying to resolve unfinished issues in order to die in peace. Their final struggle is important and we, as caregivers and family, can help them.

Validation is built on an empathetic attitude and a holistic view of individuals. When one can “step into the shoes” of another human being and “see through their eyes,” one can step into the world of disoriented very old people and understand the meaning of their sometimes bizarre behavior.

Validation is a theory that very old people struggle to resolve unfinished life issues before death. Their behavior is age-specific.

Validation techniques offer disoriented elderly an opportunity to express what they wish to express whether it is verbal or non-verbal communication. Validation practitioners are caring, non-judgmental and open to the feelings that are expressed. When unresolved feelings are suppressed for many years, they grow more powerful. When we listen with empathy for these expressions, the intensity of emotion lessens and the person with dementia communicates more freely and is less likely to withdraw further.

Based on the collaboration with health care providers and with family members the resulting findings need to emphasized and translated into best practices for healthcare environments, home, hospital, adult day care, assisted living and long-term care.

Family caregivers of people with dementia carry the weight on their shoulders, and often developing stress, poor health, and financial strain as a result. While many caregivers want to “live in the moment” and hope that they will not have to face the challenges posed by the dementia progression, most ultimately will. Therefore, we believe that these family caregivers of persons with dementia deserve the same level of anticipatory guidance to ensure that they are prepared for each new transition. Using the Validation theory as a framework for the development and implementation of clinical and educational approaches, we can play a pivotal role in the health and well-being of persons with dementia and their family.

The Principles of Validation Therapy are that:
1. All people are unique and must be treated as individuals.
2. All people are valuable, no matter how disoriented they are.
3. There is a reason behind the behavior of disoriented old-old people.
4. Behavior in old-old age is not merely a function of anatomic changes in the brain but reflects a combination of physical, social and psychological changes that take place over the lifespan.
5. Old-old people cannot be forced to change their behaviors. Behaviors can be changed only if the person wants to change them.
6. Old-old people must be accepted nonjudgmentally.
7. Particular life tasks are associated with each stage of life. Failure to complete a task at the appropriate stage of life may lead to psychological problems.
8. When more recent memory fails, older adults try to restore balance, in their lives by retrieving earlier memories. When eyesight fails, they use the mind’s eye to see. When hearing goes, they listen to sounds from the past.
9. Painful feelings that are expressed, acknowledged, and Validated by a trusted listener will diminish. Painful feelings that are ignored or suppressed will gain strength.
10. Empathy builds trust, reduces anxiety, and restores dignity.

Linda Roehrenbeck, BSN MBA, is the executive director of National Church Residences Mill Run, and a Certified Validation Worker. Linda provides in-house guidance, support and small group presentations in the practice of Validation.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

As an organization that values service unto others, National Church Residences takes pride in our volunteers by recognizing them for their hard work. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we will celebrate volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service to our mission. Volunteers who have served more than 100, 500 and 1,000 hours will be recognized with award ribbons.2013-02-27 12.46.58

Those who have served 4,000 hours or more will be honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award which is issued from the President of the United States of America. Finally, two individuals will be recognized as volunteer of the year based on nominations from staff that see their service as deserving of this award. All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter regarding their nomination. Volunteers receiving service recognition must be registered as a National Church Residences volunteer and record of their service hours on file.

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National Church Residences has a new partner for finding volunteers. We will work with VolunteerMatch to assist site staff in the recruitment of new volunteers. VolunteerMatch is a web-based tool that allows organizations, such as National Church Residences, to be more efficient and effective at involving new volunteers who otherwise may not know of an organizations’ volunteer needs. The use of VolunteerMatch is a way to increase community involvement and benefit National Church Residences residents and communities.

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Director of Volunteer Services Stacey Kyser shared, “Sixty-four million Americans volunteer on an annual basis so there is no shortage of those willing to serve in our country. VolunteerMatch is a tool to assist us in getting the right people at the right community in the right volunteer role and providing them with the opportunity to engage with our residents and produce positive outcomes.”

For more information on the Volunteer Program and ways to get volunteers involved in your community, please contact Stacey at volunteers@nationalchurchresidences.org. You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities at http://www.volunteermatch.org.