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Elite Care’s First Annual Boo Bash!

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It’s October and even though the sun’s still shining, we know the start of the Holiday Season is right around the corner. In that spirit I’m pleased to announce that our Oatfield Estate and Sylvan Park campuses will hold their annual Boo Bash Halloween Celebrations on Thursday, October 30th. If you’re a friend or Family Member of one of our Residents, we’d love to have you stop by and enjoy holiday food and drink and spend some time visiting with our Residents and Team Members. Costumes are not required, but we’d love to see as many of them as possible!

The Boo Bash is one example of Elite Care’s unique philosophy towards elder care. We want to make it easy for family members to stay connected and involved in their loved one’s lives, even though they require full-time care. We do this because we see how it enriches our Resident’s quality-of-life, and for caregivers, that’s what the work is all about.

Family members never pay for a meal in our dining rooms when they visit. We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome the moment they walk through the front door. Every month we hold Family Nights where visitors enjoy food and activities with their loved ones. Each of our campuses have, what we call, Stay-Over suites where, for only a small cleaning fee, family members can stay for up to two weeks. There are Christmas parties, Thanksgiving Dinners,
and Easter Brunches. During the summer months we cook hot dogs and serve potato salad to friends, family, and community members. Everyone’s invited.

At Elite Care, we don’t believe that elder care means saying goodbye. It’s a transition, and we want to create an atmosphere that makes the process as comfortable as possible. We’re also motivated by the desire to be open and transparent with those who’ve entrusted us to care for their loved ones.

So if you haven’t yet, stop by and grab a bite to eat or come out to the Boo Bash on October 30th. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

All my best,

Jason

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WE ARE GROWING!

Our alternative to traditional assisted living has generated a large demand and we are looking to expand our Team! Apply today, BUT only if you want to join a company that believes in:

• Resident-directed activities: Growing organic gardens, planting flowers, and working in the chicken coop
• Promoting an atmosphere of belonging, influence, and purpose
• Family Members: Always welcome, always included
• Providing home cooked meals, daily activities, and Happy Days
• Ensuring that our Residents and Team Members alike are Living Well Each Day

AND, if you pride yourself on wanting to:

Be “all about others”;
Do well by doing good for others;
Help make a frail elderly’s minutes, hours and days momentous;
Then we want to talk to you!

Read more

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In Bloom

Each year in August, mythical Veggie Critters emerge from the Elite Care gardens and find their way to the county fairs. What is a Veggie Critter? Veggie Critters spring from the imagination of the Residents and are created entirely from vegetables and plant material. They range from fanciful animals to wacky looking people and are named accordingly. They bring forth an abundance of laughter and smiles as they come to life, joy to fair goers who meet them on their journey, and a lot of blue ribbons. Veggie Critters have also been known to appear on our campuses around Halloween.

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Meet Don Walsh

Ashland House, Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

Don Walsh, the youngest child in his family, grew up in NE Portland, OR. His dad was a traveling salesman and his family owned rental properties in Rockaway Beach, OR. where he spent many summer vacations. Don has also spent time in Hawaii, on the East Coast, and Palm Springs. Today, Don is the proud father of five and enjoys watching OPB, listening to Big Band Jazz, and a big ‘ol open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy!

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Team Member Spotlight

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Meet Kristina Peel: Activities Coordinator at Oatfield Estates

Kristina came to work at Elite Care following a career with Weight Watchers. She began as a Personal Assistant, then transitioned to her current position as Activities Coordinator at Oatfield Estates. Kristina’s favorite part of working at Elite Care is “the Residents — they’re like extended family.”

Kristina’s a native Oregonian, growing up in Coos Bay and North Bend on the Southern Oregon Coast. She enjoys Sci-Fi movies and is most proud of her family— her daughter Tyra volunteers at Oatfield Estates. One of Kristina’s Bucket List items is to go zip-lining!

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There’s No Place Like Home

Founders_BillReed_LydiaLundbergMany of you may have heard us talk about how we keep track of the number of days our Residents spend in the hospital. We pride ourselves on these statistics as compared to the general population, which spends about 10 times more days in the hospital. A paper on the comparison will be presented at the annual Gerontology Society of America meeting in November.

But what does this look and feel like in real life? Recently I had lunch with a friend of mine who’s mother (let’s call her “Betty”), lives at Oatfield Estates. I always ask how her mother is doing and she told me the story of 2 different experiences her mother had with the Norovirus. Read more

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Caprese Salad

ChefKate_CapreseSalad Harvest the last of those late summer tomatoes. Chef Kate , from our Oatfield Estates Campus, shares a simple but delicious Caprese salad recipe.

Ingredients:

One large ripe Garden Fresh Tomato

Mozzarella cheese

Fresh Basil leaves

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Wash your tomato and fresh basil leaves, pat dry. Remove stems from basil leaves. You may carefully cut the core from the tomato with a paring knife if you wish. Slice the tomato horizontally into ½ inch slices. Slice mozzarella into ½ inch slices. (Most recipes call for fresh mozzarella, although I prefer the full flavor of a whole milk aged mozzarella. There is no wrong answer here.) Arrange tomato and cheese slices on a plate, (most of the time they are layered between one another.) Gently tear basil leaves and sprinkle over the top. Season the salad with salt and pepper, and finish with a drizzle of your favorite olive oil. (This is the time to use the “good stuff.”) Many recipes also call for a drizzle of balsamic vinegar “reduction” or syrup. This is also delicious, but I prefer the simpler version. There really is nothing like a home grown organic heirloom caprese salad, the tomato still warm from the sun, picked right off the vine. (This recipe is based on a single serving).

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Elite Care Launches Groundbreaking ‘Stop-the-Falls’ Program

A fall can have devastating consequences if you’re an older adult. Consider these statistics:

  • One in three adults age 65 and older will fall each year.
  • Falls cause 2.3 million emergency room visits annually.
  • Over 20,000 seniors die every year from falls.
  • Falls cause 95% of hip fractures and one in five people who fracture a hip die within a year of their injury.
  • Falls generate more than 30 billion in direct medical costs every year.

The numbers are sobering and because Elite Care’s mission is to provide the highest standard of care for our residents, we’re launching the Stop-the-Falls Program at each of our campuses with the aim of producing a significant and measurable reduction in falls. Stop-the-Falls will include these elements:

  • The program will be based on the Center for Disease Control’s national fall reduction program as well as new research showing the importance of vitamin D and calcium sufficiency in reducing falls.
  • Elite Care will partner with Purity Labs to provide its residents with highly accurate, non-invasive blood analysis to better measure their vitamin D levels.
  • Elite Care also joins with Kirkman®, a 65-year old nutritional supplement company known for it’s rigorous ingredient testing for all its products. Kirkman® will provide nutritional supplements to support resident’s vitamin D and calcium levels.
  • In Elite Care campuses, activities will be implemented that will help improve resident’s balance and mobility.

These holistic efforts are another way Elite Care is transforming health and memory care services for the elderly in the Pacific Northwest. If you’d like to learn more about our Stop-the-Falls Program or visit one of our campuses, please click here to contact us!

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We Are Growing! Join Our Team

Our alternative to traditional assisted living has generated a demand and we are looking to expand our Team!
Apply today, only if you want to join a company that believes in:

• Growing organic gardens, planting flowers, and working in the chicken coop

• Promoting an atmosphere of belonging, influence, and purpose

• Family: Always welcome, always included

• Providing home cooked meals, daily activities, and Happy Days

• Ensuring that our Residents and Team Members alike are Living Well Each Day

Get In Touch

If you pride yourself on wanting to:

Be “all about others”;

Do good for others as you do well;

Help make a frail elderly’s minutes, hours and days momentous;

Then we want to talk to you.

Call: 855.653.5656 :: Email: livingwell@elitecare.com :: Visit: elitecare.com/careers

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Jacobson Memorial Dementia Resource Library at Vancouver’s Sylvan Park

Jason Hess would like to share a few words about our recent ribbon cutting ceremony for The Jacobson Memorial Dementia Resource Library at Elite Care’s Sylvan Park in Vancouver:

I am pleased to announce that, in partnership with HOPE, Elite Care has opened The Jacobson Memorial Dementia Resource Library at Elite Care’s Sylvan Park campus August 14. The library is named for and dedicated to Sylvan Park’s first Resident, Ralph Spencer Jacobson Read more