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Volunteering with Sylvan Park

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June was the month for us to celebrate and honor our Father’s by paying tribute to all they’ve done for us. During our special “Donuts for Dads” social we all shared fond memories of our lives with our Dads.

Here at Sylvan Park we had a fun filled 4th of July Celebration! We had an all American BBQ with Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, BBQ chicken, potato salad, fresh fruit, baked beans and both blueberry and strawberry lemonade! Some of the fun activities included a raffle and cake walk. The children played “Dress for the 4th relay”, red, white, and blue balloon walk, and red, white, and blue egg relay! Thanks to all who took the time to come join in on the festivities!

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This month’s outings were to the Esther Short Park, Tea and Hand Bell Concert, Clark County Historical Museum, Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, and a scenic drive up and down Marine Drive! We also took a trip to Stringfield Family Park for the 1st. Annual Multi-Generational Park Clean Up! We were proud to be able to partner with SOLVE! Sylvan Park had over 30 participants consisting of Residents, Team Members, Families, and children. It was a wonderful way to give back to the community and to see all generations work together.

Some of this month’s activities included: Celebrity guess who, Flag Day Fun Facts, Firework Art, and Red, White, and, Blue Wreaths. We decorated sun hats to use during our summer walks on campus. We also had Jini come play the harp for the Residents for the first time!

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July 4th, 2015: Elite Care Celebrates Together

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Every year, I write to recap our July 4th celebrations, which, year-after-year, are always our biggest campus-wide events. This year was no different. We served hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecued chicken to over 500 guests, including 140 Residents. Among those in attendence were also over 350 Team, family, and community members who don’t live in one of our houses, but care about someone who does. I think that speaks volumes about what we’ve created here at Elite Care.

I’ve written in the past about our core values of Belonging, Influence, and Purpose and how we structure our care to make the words a reality in our Resident’s lives. Time spent like this, gathered together under a warm sun, enjoying wonderful food prepared by our Chefs, sharing laughter in community with family and friends represents the best of what Elite Care is. It’s why I love this event so much.

Remember What’s Important

It’s also an opportunity to be reminded of what this holiday really means. Many of our Residents are from generations that sent large numbers of their young men and woman to fight overseas in places like Germany, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, in wide-scale conflicts the likes of which most of us haven’t seen in our lifetimes. When you have the opportunity to sit with these Residents and hear their stories, you’re reminded that July 4th is a holiday that was hard earned by a select few. It’s a humbling experience.

If you came out to one of our campuses to celebrate this year, thank you! Thank you for committing to be a part of the Elite Care community. Your involvement is vitally important for our Residents and we know it means the world to them. If you couldn’t make it out, consider making plans to join us next year. Come down and meet our Residents, listen to their stories and learn about their lives. Our elders are a tremendous source of knowledge and can provide a new perspective for the workaday lives we live. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Plus we’ll feed you all the hot dogs you can eat! Who could refuse that offer?

All My Best,

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Elite Care PREP Panel Series Launching July 29th

Help is Needed

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, including approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have early-onset Alzheimer’s. This mean millions more Americans are caring for family members with dementia and Alzheimer’s. As the number of afflicted Americans increases, the need for local community resources – including panels with local experts, healthcare related resources, and materials addressing the unique challenges caregivers face – will also grow. In an attempt to fill this need, Elite Care is launching its first Professional Resources for Elder Planning (PREP) panel.

When: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Where: Elite Care at Oatfield Estates, Cascade House

Resource Gathering

Learn from a team of local experts about resources and solutions regarding care for your elderly loved one or for yourself. The Elite Care PREP Panels offer an interactive, informal atmosphere where there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

  • 2015 program topics will include: estate planning, financial planning for the golden years, and preparing for downsizing
  • The Wednesday, July 29 program will focus on: Communicating to loved ones at the time of transition. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • The format of the program includes: A 15-minute keynote speaker, followed by a 45-minute panel discussion with a Q&A

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Welcome to Elite Care at Sylvan Park

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Sylvan Park is happy to welcome Amy Knoetzel and James Winther as our two new Activities Coordinators! Amy has 5 ½ years of experience working with the elderly population and has recently graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Gerontology, with a certificate in Human Services Case Work and Administration. James has over 11 years of experience working with the elderly population in a variety of settings. They’re both very passionate about serving seniors and are excited to be joining Rosa and the rest of the Elite Care Team.

This month we had some fun outings, a common favorite was going to the Portland Aquarium! It was a lot of fun seeing how many types of fish there really are; we even got the opportunity to touch a few of them, and boy did that make us laugh! Another highlight for us was seeing the musical group, Va-Va Voom! They had funny skits, wild costumes, and many songs. It was a wonderful performance and we all agreed that it was a blast!

In preparation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month (June), we’ve been doing purple themed crafts to show our support of this important cause. We decorated our lobby purple, made a wall of purple handprints, designed purple shirts, and even made purple jewelry! In June, we’ll continue to show our support by attending the “Turn the Town Purple” dance in support of Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

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The month of May was filled with new excitement and faces! We celebrated our Mothers and Grandmothers during our Mother’s Day Tea. Each Mother and Grandmother received a beautiful long stemmed rose handed out by Lici and Maria’s adorable little children. We all recognize how influential these women have been in our lives as well as all of yours and feel blessed to have them a part of our family here. The Tea was brought to an end by sharing stories of our mothers with one another as we listened to Mother’s Day poems shared by Rosa and Amy.

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Ripe for Grazing

Feel free to wander through the Elite Care gardens and pick fresh, delicious snacks. Lettuce and other greens are ripe and ready to eat, as are strawberries, peas, cherries, blueberries, and herbs. But remember this safety tip: if you aren’t positive what it is, don’t eat it!

We had rose displays at each campus the week after the Rose Parade, and the fragrances were lovely. Looking ahead, we’ll have a study on all sorts of garden insects and look at some preserved in resin. We’ll hatch our own praying mantis egg case at each campus, and release around 150 babies into the gardens. The seeds were also sown in spring to create a special butterfly habitat, which we’ll raise at each campus as well.

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May Activities at Oatfield Estates

Adams & Hood Houses

May has been a perfect month…lots of incredible weather and fun activities. We began our month with delicious strawberry shortcakes with vanilla ice cream at Tebo’s Restaurant. After all, strawberry season came early this year!! We just had to indulge!

Another favorite outing was to the Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, just outside of Salem. We got a little stiff on the way there due to the distance, but it was all worth it!! We picked up Subway sandwiches and had a picnic lunch, when we first arrived. Then we toured around the grounds finding ourselves astonished at how many different varieties of Iris there are! The weather was perfect and we found ourselves having a wonderful time.

There was a very special Tea-Cup and Topics for Mother’s Day. We called it “Mothers and Daughters Day,” because it includes all of our lovely ladies at Oatfield Estates! All of the Chefs contributed delicious finger foods. Sarah, the Activities Coordinator for Rainier, had everything decorated and beautiful. Our Mothers and Daughters hopefully felt the love on their special day!

We’re looking forward to the outings planned for June. We’ll be visiting Al’s Nursery, where we’ll be picking out hanging baskets for our porches. Then, we’re going out to the Evergreen Aviation Museum, where we’ve set up a presentation by one of their knowledgeable staff members. Later in the month, we’re planning on eating petite sandwiches and cakes, while drinking tea with our pinkies up, at the Dollhouse Tea Room. A trip to the Portland Memory Garden will finish out our month.

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Elite Care & SOLVE Partner for Success

Park Clean Up Event is a Wrap

Thank you to everyone who came out to Elite Care and SOLVE Oregon’s first collaborative clean up event at Stringfield Park on June 25th. In total, 76 members of the Elite Care community (41 Residents, 24 Team Member, and 11 children) gathered on a beautiful summer morning and together collected over 4oo pounds of garbage. Your hard work made a tremendous difference in the appearance of a community resource and made wonderful memories for everyone involved. Thank you again!

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Iris Blooms for Ashland & Jefferson Houses

Schreiners Iris Garden“March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.” ~English Proverb

Hello from Ashland and Jefferson Houses! We enjoyed the month of May with several outings and fun activities here on campus.

We ate lots of yummy food at the Olive Garden (including their amazing breadsticks!). We also spent a wonderful afternoon at the Schreiner’s Iris Garden, just outside of Salem. We ate a picnic lunch, walked around the gardens, and even purchased some of their beautiful cut flowers. We couldn’t get over all the beautiful colors! We were extra happy that the rain showers held off until we got on the bus to go home.

As we close out the month of May we’re already looking forward to, and planning for, our 4th of July celebration, here at Oatfield Estates. This is one of the biggest parties we throw all year and we invite you to volunteer your time to help out. If you’re interested, please contact your Activities Coordinator to sign up!

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Cooling Fans Needed for Homebound Seniors

The Mercury’s Rising

This week we’ve seen a string of record-high temperatures in the Portland metro area, and the upcoming weekend is forecast to be even hotter. For most of the city, heat waves are a temporary discomfort, but for frail, home-bound seniors without air conditioning, persistent high temperatures pose a life-threatening risk.

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Portland’s Meals on Wheels People serves this vulnerable community through nutritional assistance and socialization and they’re asking community members to donate cooling fans to help help keep these seniors cool in the oppressive heat. Fans can dropped off at their headquarters at 7710 SW 31st Ave in Portland or at any of their 32 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties.

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