I am pleased to inform you that the Healthcare Center renovations are moving along nicely. Unit 1, is complete and residents are back in their rooms! The remodeling of Unit 2 is now in progress! Please feel free to visit our community and see the new Beth Sholom Healthcare Center!
As you can see from the photos, our residents are in the holiday spirit. We have many activities planned for the season. I invite you and your families to join us. Please review the calendars. If you are interested please contact Courtney Burrell, Life Enrichment Director for The Healthcare Center or Judy Dewalt, Life Enrichment Director for Assisted Living at (804) 421-5021.
I wish the you all a healthy and happy New Year!
Beth Sholom Lifecare Community began the implementation
of the renovation of the Health Center in February of 2016. There are 5 phases to the renovation project. It’s expected that the entire project will be finished by the end of 2017. The renovation was carefully planned to cause as little disruption as possible for residents. We are happy to report that Phase 1 and 2 are complete. Phase 1 included new administrative offices, rehabilitation gymnasium and wellness center, a new lobby with a bistro and the renovation of the employee lounge. Phase 2 was a complete renovation of resident rooms, dining area, nurses station, medication room, clean and dirty utility rooms and resident spa.
According to Director of Rehabilitation Services, Betsy Cheney, “with the new gymnasium and wellness center we will better be able to simulate Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) which a person may need to perform when returning
Beth Sholom’s continued commitment to providing care and quality of life programs is emphasized by its LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs which are proven effective treatment programs for those living with Parkinson’s Disease and neurological diseases. Beth Sholom has several LSVT certified therapists, including our director Betsy Cheney, OTR/L therapy.
Unit 1 on the first floor is complete. The next construction phase is Unit 2 on the first floor, which is now in progress. It is anticipated that construction on Unit 2 will be completed within 3 months.
Five area high school students received plaques and checks for submitting winning essays themed “Why Should We Care About the Elderly?” This contest was sponsored by Beth Sholom Lifecare Community’s Prevent Elder Abuse Program. Cash awards ranged from $100 to $1000.
The student ceremony was held during Beth Sholom’s Health Fair for elder abuse awareness. Almost 20 health services provided education, informational materials, and screenings.
Held on November 10, the venue was the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. The winning students were the following:
1st place – $1000 – Eric Brenner from Deep Run High School
2nd place – $750 – Allison Kreck of St. Gertrude’s
3rd place – $500 – Alec American from Douglas Freeman High School
4th place – $250 – Lauren Golmon of Glen Allen High School
5th place – $100 – Hunter Leonard – Patrick Henry High School.
The first-place student, Eric Brenner, read his essay to the crowd. “I had to wipe my eyes when he read his paper,” said Trish Hart, a resident of the Beth Sholom campus.
“I’m so pleased that a young person could express himself as well as he did about the seniors. And I congratulate all of them,” added Martha Duke, another resident.
Tovah Kasdin, Director of the EldeSAFE Center at the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, MD, addressed the serious topic. She provided information on the types of abuses, the scope and intervention. Mrs. Kasdin fielded questions from the audience.
Deirdre Arnowitz, Director of Social Work and Resident Services at Beth Sholom added “we wanted to involve our young people in a meaningful way, and we think this essay contest did that.” Mrs. Arnowitz, a licensed clinical social worker, has been serving seniors at Beth Sholom for over 31 years.
In its 71st year, the Beth Sholom Lifecare Community continues to provide a range of services. This includes independent low-income housing, private assisted living facilities, short-term and long-term rehabilitation services, and long-term skilled and nursing care.
Beth Sholom’s Prevent Elder Abuse Program provides education about the nature of abuse and the potential for caregiver burden. Also the Program makes available direct counseling services to the abused and/or caregivers. When necessary, the Program offers temporary shelter to the abused individual. The directors of the Program are Mrs. Arnowitz and Sue Berinato, Administrator of Beth Sholom Woods, the senior apartments. The Program is supported by an Impact Grant from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.
The residents of the Gardens and Parkside enjoyed Desserts and Entertainment Thursday night, December 8th at our Frosty and Friends Holiday Party. Gardens enjoyed the jazzy sound of Jennifer Scott on the piano and Parkside was treated to a trio featuring James Bjork on the Saxophone. The chefs prepared some lovely desserts. Families and residents were definitely put in the holiday spirit.
The merriment continued on December 11th with a Hanukkah Party sponsored by the Parkside Jewish Ladies Volunteers. We were treated to the sights and sounds of Susan Greenbaum and Jackie Jones. The dining staff contributed with a lovely table of appetizers. Residents and families filled the room.
There are some new faces in the Life Enrichment Department at Parkside. Beth Sholom welcomes Judy Dewalt, Life Enrichment Director, Assisted Living and Megan Grubbs, Life Enrichment Coordinator. Judy comes to us from Dayton, OH, where she was the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at an assisted living community with memory care. She completed courses in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Megan is a recent graduate with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and worked at an assisted living community in the area.
Activities will concentrate on three areas; mind, body and spiritual. The activities will focus on keeping our residents’ brains sharp. We will offer giant crossword puzzles, word games and more trivia. Daily exercise will be added to the calendar. We are starting a walking club and participants will be encouraged to keep track of their progress. Residents have also asked for an opportunity to use their talents to work on a charity project. We will start small by making dog treats for “Cook for Your Pet Day”.
In addition we will be adding an Alzheimer’s Support Group for families. We will begin with Parkside, then follow later with The Gardens and Healthcare Center. We believe in education for our families. The goal is to help them have more enjoyable times with their loved ones and build a support system for them as they travel the journey of this disease.
We are very excited for these changes coming to the Life Enrichment Department. As always, we welcome volunteers. Volunteers offer additional support and talents to the activities in our community. For more information contact Judy Dewalt, Life Enrichment Director, Assisted Living, 804-754-0044.
We are pleased to report that our renovation project for the Healthcare Center is moving along nicely. Very shortly residents will be moved back to Unit 1, which has been totally renovated. Completely remodeled resident rooms with new bathing spa areas, bathroom fixtures, lighting, flooring, windows, call bell systems, a new nurse’s station and dining room. By mid-November, we will begin similar renovations on Unit 2. We invite family and friends to visit our community and see the new Beth Sholom Healthcare Center!
As we approach the holiday season, we are planning many activities. We encourage family and friends who would like to volunteer during this season, to contact Courtney Burrell, Life Enrichment Director for The Healthcare Center or Judy Dewalt, Life Enrichment Director for Assisted Living at (804) 421-5021.