Dancing 'Happy' at CherryWood Assisted Living

Senior at CherryWood Village Retirement Community

What makes you Happy?

One afternoon someone passed out cards and sharpies and everyone decided to write down things that make them happy. Then someone decided to turn on music and we just had to dance!

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Health-boosting Holiday Spices!

gingernutmegcloves-300x226Certain spices are so strongly linked to the holidays that with a single whiff, we practically start whistling “Jingle Bells.”

Cloves, nutmeg and ginger do more than impart tantalizing flavor and aroma to cookies, eggnog and other holiday treats. Their powerful health benefits make them worthy of a starring role, not just a yearly cameo. Here’s how to enjoy them year-round: Continue reading

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Adventist Health Named Among America’s Healthiest 100 Workplaces

Cherrywood Village praises Adventist Health SysetmsOur partner, Adventist Health, was named among the top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America. We are so fortunate to be affiliated with this incredible organization. The official press release is shown below.

Portland, OR – January 15, 2014
Adventist Health is the only health system in Portland to be named among the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. The announcement was made today by Healthiest Employers, a leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data. Adventist Health was ranked the twelfth healthiest company in the nation due to remarkable and sustainable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives. Continue reading

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March Special!

Special Savings! During the month of March, new residents can reserve a spot on our waitlist for Assisted Living residency for only $99. That’s over $900 in savings! Please contact the marketing department to take advantage of this rare opportunityInflatable Soccer Field. Call 503-408-0404. We look forward to meeting you!March_special
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$99 Move-In Special!

Special Savings! During the month of March, new residents can reserve a spot on our waitlist for Assisted Living residency for only $99. That’s over $900 in savings! Please contact the marketing department to take advantage of this rare opportunity. Call 503-408-0404. We look forward to meeting you!March_special

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The CherryWood Village Difference: Impressions of a Hotel Guy

Randy at band practice with the CherryWood Village Band

Randy at band practice with the CherryWood Village Band

When asked for his reflection on being a team member at CherryWood Village, Randy shared with us this beautiful story about life on a senior living campus and we are delighted to share it with you:

“It was a quiet summer night. I thought my evening manager shift was going to be completely uneventful until the front desk girl came back to tell me that a guest was inviting her up to his room to enjoy a bottle of wine – and wasn’t taking no for an answer! I’d seen it all – from ejecting transients in the stairwells to chasing hookers off the premises. And here was another wrinkle. I had to politely ask the guest to leave my front desk girl alone but I did it in my most intimidating posture, making sure that he took no for an answer this timeNorfolk.

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Caregivers… “Take Care”!

When Flight Attendants go over safety instructions on an airplane, they tell parents that in the case of a loss of cabin pressure they should secure their own oxygen mask before securing those of their children. Are they implying that the children are less important than the parents?  Of course not. The reality is that if a parent is unable to breathe, they will be of no use to their children. But if their lungs are full of oxygen, they will be able to think clearly and assist their children. The same is true for any caregiver. Caring for a loved one can be draining, exhausting, and extremely difficult. In those times of overwhelming stress, taking time for yourself might feel like being selfish; however, if you fail to care for yourself, you are no better off than if you refused the oxygen mask. Taking time to regain your strength and nurture your own well being is essential for you to remain healthy enough to provide care for another person.

There are numerous websites that offer support and advice for caregivers. Below are some recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Association. However, these stress-reducing techniques are meant for everyone who is providing care to others, regardless of the type of care.

  • Get moving-Physical activity, in any form, can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Even 10 minutes of exercise a day can help. Take a walk. Do an activity you love, such as gardening or dancing.
  • Make time for yourself-As a caregiver, it’s hard to find time for yourself, but staying connected to friends, family and activities that you love is important for your well-being. Even if it’s only 30 minutes a week, carve out a pocket of time just for yourself.
  • Become an educated caregiver-As the disease progresses, new caregiving skills may be necessary. The most up-to-date information might provide you with helpful tools and advice necessary to assist your loved one.
  • Take care of yourself-Visit your doctor regularly. Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. Making sure that you stay healthy will help you be a better caregiver.
  • Use relaxation techniques-There are several simple relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress. Try more than one to find which works best for you. Techniques include: visualization (mentally picturing a place or situation that is peaceful and calm), meditation (which can be as simple as dedicating 15 minutes a day to letting go of all stressful thoughts), breathing exercises (slowing your breathing and focusing on taking deep breaths), or progressive muscle relaxation(tightening and then relaxing each muscle group, starting at one end of your body and working your way to the other end).

For more information on Caregiver Stress, feel free to visit the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/care/overview.asp) or the Family Caregiving Alliance (http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=847. Both are excellent resources for advice and support.

References

Alzheimer’s  Association. (2014). Caregiver stress. Retrieved from https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-caregiver-stress-burnout.asp

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Blessed

Last month we began our “Blessings Challenge” in the Wellness Center. Residents and staff were asked to write out their blessings, which would then be posted anonymously. We received one last week that we just couldn’t help but share. A resident wrote:

“My blessing is that I am a resident here, who is very happy and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else if snowed in for a few days-week-or forever how long. Warmth, friendship, prepared food, and security are available at my command, and I appreciate it immensely.I did not come here to grow old, but rather to stay young. The excellent employees hired at CherryWood to serve and teach us how to eat and keep healthy should be thanked from the bottom of our hearts. You fill my heart. Thanks!”

We are so very blessed to have such incredible residents in our CherryWood family. It’s easy to think that as staff, we come to work and then go home and leave it all behind. But the truth of the matter is that this is just an extension of our home and families. And the residents whose laughter fills the dining room, and whose smiles light up the hallways, are our grandparents, parents, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and friends. You fill up our hearts, too. Thank you!

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Creating a Moment of a Lifetime: A Team Member Makes It Count

Stories shared with us about our community heroes make us truly feel what an honor it is to work alongside the men and women who daily create the culture and excellence that is our standard. Some stories so beautiful, simple, and sweet that they must be shared. Here is one. Continue reading

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Parkview Memory Care is Now Open!

 

OWners, staff, residents, and the public watch at Open House ribbon is cut.

The Ribbon is Cut – Time to Party!

At last – CherryWood Village’s Parkview Memory Care expansion is now open!

CherryWood Village’s Parkview Memory Care Ribbon Cutting Video

CherryWood Village residents, employees, owners, friends, family, Portland City officials, and the public all gathered to celebrate our new expansion – a beautiful, innovative memory care community dedicated to the Generations and Adventist Health missions, to excellence, and to serving our community to a greater degree than ever before.

Check out photos from the celebration on our Parkview Memory Care facebook page: Parkview Grand Opening Photo Album.

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