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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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Tax Time: Avoid Common Errors

The time to file taxes for 2018 is just around the corner. If you’re preparing your own tax return, or tax return for your elderly mom or dad, here are some tips to avoid common errors.

  1. Standard deduction for seniors. If you do not itemize your deductions, you can get a higher standard deduction amount if you and/or your spouse are 65 years old or older. You can get an even higher standard deduction amount if you or your spouse are blind.
  1. Social Security benefits. Many seniors make mistakes when calculating the taxable amount of Social Security. Use the Social Security benefits worksheet on IRS Form 1040 and Form 1040A, and double- and even triple-check.
  1. Credit for the Elderly or Disabled. To receive the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled, you must file using Form 1040 or Form 1040A (not Form 1040EZ). To quality for the credit, you must meet two qualifications: 1) you and/or your spouse are either 65 years or older, or under age 65 years old and are permanently blind, and 2) your income on Form 1040 line 38 is less than $17,500, $20,000 (married filing jointly and only one spouse qualifies), $25,000 (married filing jointly and both qualify), and $12,500 (married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for the entire year). And, the non-taxable part of your Social Security or other nontaxable pensions, annuities or disability income is less than $5,000 (single, head of household, or qualifying window/er with dependent child); $5,000 (married filing jointly and only one spouse qualifies); $7,500 (married filing jointly and both qualify); or $3,750 (married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse the entire year).
  1. Tax assistance programs. For seniors and others with low- to moderate-income, the IRS sponsors volunteer tax assistance programs to help people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age or older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.

With these tips in mind, you can help your aging mom or dad better navigate tax season. For more information, please visit www.irs.gov.

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Fall Activities to Enjoy With Seniors

Pumpkins, crisp air, apples, football. Fall began last weekend. With September being #IntergenerationalMonth, it’s the perfect season to spend time with seniors. Consider these activities and share time with your loved ones:

Pumpkin Decorating

A great activity to do with seniors is decorating pumpkins. You can decorate by carving, painting or creating a special arrangement. Get creative with your loved ones or make it a contest to see who can make the best one.

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Attend a Fall Festival

Fall festivals are a fun intergenerational activity. At a local festival, there’s something for everyone to do. Drink apple cider or eat fall flavored donuts. Go through a corn maze or watch live music. Find a local fall festival here.

Bake Fall Treats

What an amazing way to celebrate fall with your loved ones. Baking fall treats brings all smells and flavors of fall into your home. You can use inspiration from your visit to the fall festival or try one of these treats. 

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Take A Walk

Taking a stroll through the woods is beautiful during the fall. Going for a walk allows you to bond with your seniors and hear stories from them. Walking is also good for heart health! Our residents at Inniswood Village live next to the gorgeous Inniswood Metro Park. These residents can invite their families to come and walk Chipmunk Trail with them and to enjoy the beauty of the fall foliage. Find a park near your community.

What are your favorite fall activities for your family? Leave a comment below!

 

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.

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.

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Bonding Through Intergenerational Activities

Quality time with multiple generations is beneficial for families. When children and young adults spend time with older adults and seniors, it can create a sense of bonding that strengthens families and provides benefits for both parties.

For children, intergeneration activities help build self-esteem, social skills, and happier, healthier attitudes about the future and aging adults. They gain the opportunity to hear stories from the elders in their family and gather wisdom beyond their years.

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For seniors, these intergenerational activities create a sense of joy and fulfillment. Spending time with their children and grandchildren helps promote mental health and helps strengthen the body.

September is Intergenerational Month and it is a great time to begin to think about different activities that families can do together to strengthen intergenerational bonding.

Cooking

Cooking is a great way to bond with your loved ones. Discover a new recipe or share an old family recipe. By using cooking to bond, children gain new skills and older adults get the opportunity to continue to teach those younger.

Experience the Community

Every community is unique and has gems. By discovering these together, it creates memories for both the young and older. Visit the local library, take a class, go to a show (even a high school play!).

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Music

Music is a timeless way to bond generations. Sharing music allows the younger generation to experience things that the older generation treasures. The experiences that we have with music transcends generations. Listening to songs that each one likes or playing instruments together is the perfect intergenerational activity.

Conversation

Sharing stories is important in bonding. The older generation gets the opportunity to share stories about their childhood and the things that they hold dear. These stories are great ways to capture memories as older ones may pass on.

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At National Church Residences, we promote intergenerational activities with our seniors by partnering with the community and through our adult day programs. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved with our seniors, visit our website for more information.

 

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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! 

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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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.