Thursday night, the Visiting Nurse Association of NWI held their annual recognition dinner to honor its staff, volunteers and supporters. The evening welcomed and awarded VNA staff and supporters who continue to help those who need it most.
The Fat Tuesday tradition of carb-loading must have paid off for the residents at Valparaiso’s Rittenhouse Village, as the entire senior living center seemed to be hopping and bopping to the rhythm of the beat at the center’s Valentine’s Dance.
When a loved one faces a life-limiting illness, choosing the right next step can seem daunting, and may even feel impossible. End-of-life care decisions are never easy, but they become more challenging the longer frank discussions are delayed. For many, the decision to contact a hospice organization is seen as the last resort, when in fact, reaching out to a trusted hospice care provider earlier in the process can create an invaluable support system.
In the realm of senior care and senior care facilities, few topics take as much precedence as fall prevention. As a serious concern for many seniors and their families, it’s important to find a facility that recognizes the dangers and works to combat them early on.
Each year, the VNA uses the holidays and it’s spirit of giving to shed light on their Christmas for the Elderly drive. With a focused effort on raising funds for the cause, the spirit of giving shines through during the colder months of the year.
The healthcare world can be difficult to navigate, however with the Continuity of Care Association’s (COCA) monthly networking meetings, healthcare workers can rest easy knowing they are connected and updated with the latest in the field.
The Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults organization of Franciscan Health Hammond welcomed its latest members during a swearing-in ceremony recently in the chambers of Lake Superior Court Civil Division Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider in Crown Point. Probate Commissioner American McAlpin, seated, officiated this year. The program, instituted in 2001 and the brainchild of then-hospital president Tom Gryzbek, is a collaborative effort between the hospital and the court system. It provides trained and supervised volunteers to serve as court-appointed legal guardians to assist the elderly and the courts in decision-making regarding seniors’ needs.
A block party brought out the best in Rittenhouse Village at Portage Friday morning. CJ Richard, director of facility operations, said there are about 36 residents who call the village their home. Events like the annual block party, complete with cookout cuisine and desserts, add a lot to the Rittenhouse Village experience.
The majority of us have some kind of relationship or have been touched by the services offered at one of the amazing, friendly senior living residences. As the baby boomer generation moves into their 70’s and older, senior living homes are improving each and every day to house those that need specialized care. Whether it is new technology and treatment plans, modern, independent living arrangements, or fun, engaging activities to engage in, the Northwest Indiana businesses focusing in senior healthcare brings good news to their residents and patients every day.
Indiana University Northwest’s Center for Urban and Regional Excellence offers free workshops for those aged 55 and better through its Senior University program. Workshops take place at various locations on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, Ind.
Tom Gryzbek, Franciscan Health senior vice president and chief operating officer of post-acute care and compliance, was the main speaker at a memorial service Aug. 30 to honor Vanessa Nathan, former manager of Franciscan Health Hammond’s Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults program, which she had run since 2004.