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Franke Tobey Jones Celebrates 90th Anniversary

April 16th, 2014

A Remarkable History Tacoma, WA – Franke Tobey Jones, one of the first retirement communities in the United States, celebrates their 90th Anniversary this year. The cake, coffee and champagne party will be held on Wednesday, June 4th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the M. J. Wicks Wellness Center. At 4:00 pm there will […]

Vocational Wellness at Emerald Heights

March 19th, 2014

Article four in a series of seven. Retirement in our culture is stereotypically viewed as the end of participation in productive activity.  Too many people have accepted this view and see their work life as defining their identity in society.  Ending those endeavors can create a sense of disorientation, at best, and loss of a […]

Mother and Daughter Work Side by Side * Judson Park of Des Moines

January 22nd, 2014

As the fourth of 10 children, Raquel Sernett was used to having tasks delegated to her by her older siblings and mother, Petra Salazar. But after moving to the United States from the Philippines in 2002 and going to work as a housekeeper at Judson Park in Des Moines, Wash., it wasn’t long before the […]

The New Managed Care Environment

January 15th, 2014

As an update, as of January 13, 2014, on Washington State’s development of a healthcare system testing/demonstrating the principles of managed care (joint and separate, population health management and financial alignment), provided below is a snap shot of each of the programs currently in play or soon to be launched.  At each program, provided is […]

Physical Wellness inside Emerald Heights

January 14th, 2014

Article three in a series of seven.  At Emerald Heights, living a lifestyle that promotes healthy body function and longevity defines physical wellness. Physical wellness is an integral part of holistic wellness as it plays a role in good health, peak functional capacity, injury prevention and illness reduction. Emerald Heights provides a variety of opportunities […]

Medication Reconciliation

January 14th, 2014

In 46% of hospitalized patients, one or more regularly taken medications are omitted without explanation.  The potential for harm is estimated for 39% of the cases.  (Cornish Arch Int Med 2005(165) 424-9). These statistics were cited at a 2005 presentation by Dr. Eric Coleman who started the Care Transitions movement and is a nationally recognized […]

Intellectual Wellness inside Emerald Heights

January 11th, 2014

Article two in a series of seven.  Intellectual Wellness at Emerald Heights is achieved by engaging our minds in lively interaction with the world around us. Lifelong pursuit of learning new concepts, improving skills, and actively seeking out new challenges contributes to Intellectual Wellness.  Those who develop their Intellectual Wellness are more likely to maintain […]

Washington Automated announced Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems Approved by CDC, CMS and DHHS

January 3rd, 2014

Washington Automated announced new regulations for health inspectors nationwide that have deemed Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems approved for use.  Aquawing is the only system that has been tested time and again by domestic and international microbiologists and proven to provide total kill on harmful pathogens.  The system provides users hygienically clean laundry and drastically reduced utility costs […]

Quilt Created by Judson Park Crafter Benefits Community and a Veteran

December 26th, 2013

The quilt Joan Dehn graciously donated for a community benefit had a connection with Veteran’s Day.  A raffle held by residents of the community had the planned date of November 11 for drawing the winning ticket.  Who knew as plans were made that the quilt would be destined for a Veteran served at the Seattle […]

Light Up The Night with LeadingAge Washington and Fantasy Lights

December 6th, 2013

We are doing it again for the second year in a row! We’re co-sponsoring the Northwest’s largest holiday lights drive-through event, Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. It’s going on now until January 1. In its 19th year, Fantasy Lights has nearly 300 extravagant displays and thousands of twinkling lights. Visitors are treated to a world […]

Nikkei Horizon Wins 5k Symetra Community Spirit Grant

December 6th, 2013

Nikkei Horizons, a continuing education program that is a part of Nikkei Concerns in Seattle, was recently awarded $5,000 from the Symetra Community Spirit Grant after a 10-day campaign on Facebook. The grant will benefit their EnhanchedFitness Program. Nikkei Horizons had to submit a brief application that outline the EnhancedFitness Program and how it met […]

INTERACT Implementation: SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Result)

November 14th, 2013

Last month we learned all about the implementation of the Stop and Watch tool from the INTERACT program.  This month we will focus on the implement of the SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Result).  Staff members from all departments should now be trained on the Stop and Watch and be using this form when they see […]

A Book Review with a Purpose…

October 15th, 2013

Does a week go by where we don’t have conversations with someone about achieving the triple aim as set forth by CMS? Increasing customer satisfaction, improving outcomes and reducing cost is on everyone’s agenda. I recently had the opportunity to read On the Mend: Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry by John […]

Spiritual Wellness inside Emerald Heights

October 15th, 2013

Article one in a series of seven What is closest to your heart?  What is bigger than all of us?  To ponder either question is to address the spiritual aspect of wellness.  The beliefs and values we rely on determine our attitudes and orientation to life and are crucial to wellbeing at any age.  They can […]

Stop and Watch: Early Warning Tool

October 15th, 2013

When a resident experiences an acute change in condition, it is often the front line staff members who work with the resident day in and day out that notices the change first. The Stop and Watch Tool is a communication tool that allows direct care staff to communicate this change to the licensed nurse. The […]

The 5 Aspects of a QAPI Program

October 10th, 2013

The first aspect of QAPI is Design and Scope. Your QAPI process must measure how you are doing in every department and against every part of the regulation. It is more than a one-time look but is an on-going look. It should include your clinical care, quality of life, resident choice and care transitions. When […]

Fall Has Fallin’ Into Our Laps, It’s Time To Get Engaged

October 7th, 2013

The 2013 Fall Leadership Summit was well received by all, focusing on how to set your community a part from others, helping attendees refocus on customer experience. Gregg Lederman, CEO of Brand Integrity, gave a scintillating presentation to an audience of over 140 attendees. Lederman is also the author of ENGAGED! Employees Outbehave the Competition […]

Judson Park Joins the War on Drugs

October 2nd, 2013

Your medicine cabinet can actually be hazardous to your health. Unused or expired prescriptions can lead to poisoning and drug abuse, so residents at Judson Park in Des Moines, Wash., decided to do something about it. Vella Perry, a resident and former social worker, joined the Des Moines Senior Services Advisory Committee in 2009. The […]

Care Transitions Programs Demonstrating Quantitative Value and Qualitative Outcomes – Gain Recognition

August 15th, 2013

The receipt of a half million dollar grant acknowledges both the incredible reduction in readmissions and the unique approach by John C. Lincoln’s ACO by hiring former military medics to step in as their Transition Coaches. The ability to reduce Medicare readmissions from 18% (national average 20%) to 6% is data which demonstrates how well […]

Seven Aspects of Wellness at Emerald Heights

August 14th, 2013

Wellness is a word that is thrown around with ease and one that takes on a different meaning at each community.  At Emerald Heights, our first step in defining our wellness program was to clearly determine what aspects of wellness were important, give each aspect definition and purpose, and validate the approach in a board […]

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