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Elite News – July-August 2016

Hood and Adams  
Adams and Hood house started this month with the amazing Fourth of July bash. There was face painting, clowns, family, friends and great food. Our Chefs did an outstanding job and everyone had an amazing time! 

We have started an “Art Studio” activity on Thursday mornings and the painting projects have been the Resident’s favorite topic of conversation as of late. We have also started a group called “Armchair Travels” learning about new places and cultures from the comfort of our living spaces. We pick a theme and/or country to start with and have a related ethnic snack of some kind.

We ended the month with a wonderful beach trip and picnic. The weather cooperated nicely and it was a clear and warm day. Perfect time to see the Oregon coast! 

Ashland and Jefferson
For this issue we are pleased to present the story of Resident Murial Jager! 
Muriel has lived at Oatfield Estates since October 2012. Muriel was born in New York city and was a homemaker. Her hobby was Creative Embroidery. Muriel has traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, The Holy Land, and Suez Canal.
Muriel has 3 daughters and one son. She has 110 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, with a twelfth great-grandchild on the way. We’re grateful to Murel for sharing her life with us. 

We had an exciting outing in late July. We went to the home of Jamie Campbell (Operations Manager for Elite Care) to see where she raises bison (sometimes known as buffalo). We got to meet a “Mama” bison and a new-born baby bison, also called a calf. 

It brought so much happiness to Resident Rosie Rabinonitz, Ashland House. It brought back wonderful memories of her childhood days going to her family’s farm in South Dakota. She shared some of her memories with us, and on the way home to Oatfield Estates she told us how much fun she had and that she’d like to go again.

Foot Care Spa

“Listen to my feet and I will tell you the story of my life.” 
– John Bubbles, Father of Rhythm Tap
Please join us for the Grand Opening of Oatfield Estates, Foot Care Spa.  The official Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Event will be held on September 1st, Thursday, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm!  Heidi Corbett is a registered nurse who specializes in caring for feet! She started her nursing career in the hospital ER department and medical surgery unit. According to Heidi, it did not take long to realize her passion was in long term care. During the past twenty-five years Heidi has been in the long term care arena in some form or another; Director of Making Life Easier Home Care agency, Nursing Assistant Instructor, and Regional Director of Education with Extendicare, just to name a few.

Heidi comes to our campus with 35 years of Nursing experience and is passionate about advocating for our elders to remain active and independent for as long as possible. She believes in our philosophy, the power of touch, and loves keeping feet happy! Heidi’s passion extends well beyond nursing.  She brings with her the power of educating residents, families, and staff alike about proper preventative maintenance, offers suggestions for appropriate footwear, and provides tender touch massage to your loved one.  Heidi will make a great addition to our campus at Oatfield Estates.  Don’t miss the campus event and celebrate the grand opening for our foot care spa on August 15th, located in the Helens house, suite B4 (basement).  The schedule is filling up quickly, so hurry and schedule your loved one’s foot care appointment.  Email Heidi at corbetth6@gmail.com and msanders@elitecare.com.  Heidi will send a consent form and Mychal will add you to the schedule. 

Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace.
~Author Unknown

A Place Called Home
Oatfield Estates is a place I called home for many years.  
Hello, my name is Jai Nickerson and I am 14 years old. In 2002, my mom began working in the Marketing Department for Oatfield Estates, and soon thereafter we moved onto campus and together we shared an apartment in the basement of the Helens House with the common area as my play-land. 
Through this experience we embraced extended family and created the role of a “Live-in”. Modeling the philosophy of extended family we were known as “the poster” children for Oatfield Estates.  
I truly thought since I romped around all over campus the entire 6 acres was “my backyard”.  I guess you could say, Oatfield Estates was my first stomping grounds.  It was a magical place where everything happened for the first time; I built my first snowman, slid down the hill (way before there was a gate), and met my first best friend.  
When my mom wasn’t touring newcomers to the campus or studying for nursing school, we were with the Residents. My mom raised me with love and kindness, surrounded by old people (now I refer to them as sacred elders). There was no judgment, just unconditional love.  
I believe Oatfield taught me many wonderful things and through my experience I have grown into a kind person with a strong love for the elderly. My mom says, “Nothing ever stays the same and change is something to embrace.”  
I must admit, it was difficult to walk back on campus.  The flood of emotions was quite intense, yet comforting at the same time. The ponds don’t seem as deep, nor do the trees seem as tall (well, maybe the one behind the office does). The faces have changed, but one thing remains constant, Oatfield is where my heart is!  
I love being back on campus, but mostly I love spending time with the Residents.  I have given myself a title: Resident Advocate.  My goal is by the end of the summer to meet every Resident, know their name, what they enjoy for fun, and most importantly, be an advocate for them.  
Please help preserve Oatfield, it’s special to me and I’m certain to many others as well.
~ Jai Nickerson, Resident Advocate

The Chefs Corner

Tip from Chef Kate for getting boiled eggs to peel easy!
This is the best method I’ve found after trial and error, and lots of tip reading!
Start your egg in boiling water. Gently lower the eggs into the boiling water and cover until it returns to a boil. Eggs should be completely covered. 
Then, turn off the heat, cover the eggs for about 8-10 minutes.  Drain the hot water off the eggs and fill the pot with lukewarm to cool water. 
As soon as it cools a little, you can reach in and crack the shells against the pot. Allow the cracked eggs to submerge in water, and then immediately begin to remove their shells. They should slide off easily, nearly in one piece. I find this works regardless of how fresh my carton of eggs is.
About Chef Kate!
Chef Kate has a special place in Elite Care’s heart: She has been employed with this community longer than any other team member! She has been with us since 2003 as the Chef in Adams House. 
Kate is our go-to person for all things kitchen. When you walk into her kitchen at Adams, you can really feel the environment that we envision for every house. Chefs are a very important component of the house!
Everyone loves Kate, not just for the delicious food she prepares, but also for the way she gets to know all the Residents and makes sure she understands their food likes and dislikes.  Chef Kate has a lot to do with the fact that Adams House rarely has any available suits. 
Thank-you Kate, for your years of dedicated service to our Residents and the wonderful example you set!

From the Founder
One of the challenges when you deal with frail elders’ care and medical needs is communication. In an effort to make this easier for all concerned and for our Team Members to be more responsive, we have established office hours for the Community Manager and the Nurse.
We want to apply simplicity, consistency, and routine to our communications as well. Often the amount of emails and phone calls gets overwhelming and sometimes our response hasn’t been as fast as you might want. In order to help the situation, here is what we have asked our Community Manager and our Nurses to do:
Community Managers and Nurses will spend one hour in the morning, from 9 to 10 am, and one hour in the afternoon, from 3 to 4pm, in their office. During that time they will respond to emails and phone calls.
If you have any non-urgent communications, please send emails to both CM and Nurse. With this new routine of time spent in the office solely for communication, it should be possible for them to be more responsive.
If you have any urgent communications, it is best to text rather than make a phone call. I would like your feedback as to how this is working. Please e-mail me with observations and concerns:lundberg@elitecare.com

Resident Spotlight: 

Vera Diltz
When combing through all of the memorable moments, events, and fun activities this month I couldn’t help but think of our dearly beloved Vera. All of my special, funny, and at times sad moments are all wrapped up and centered on her. Vera is a young and beautiful 94 year old woman who never misses a beat! Every day she is one of the first ladies up, dressed with her makeup applied and outfit properly accessorized. After breakfast you can count on Vera to read out loud to all of the Residents and staff the latest headlines, sports coverage and up-to-date weather forecast for the day.  The staff will always attempt to direct her attention to the positive and upbeat stories yet she cannot be diverted! She faithfully flips to that front page, reading aloud the headlines.
Besides the daily news report, Vera has made it her number one priority to ensure that every Resident is taken care for; that they have a place to stay, and have had a good meal to eat. Every day she will ask the staff; “Where is my young lady friend?” (Another Resident), followed by, “Doesn’t she get anything to eat? I don’t think she has any money to pay for it…I think I might have some birthday money left over…” 
Of course we always reassure that everyone is cared for, and will not take anyone’s word for it! She has to see it with her VERY OWN eyes! Vera’s daily concern assures me of that she IS and ALWAYS will be a woman of generosity, love, compassion, and servanthood.

Sylvan Park Decked Out in Patriotism
Fourth of July proved to be another successful event at Sylvan Park. Residents, families, team members and visitors from the outside all got together to show their patriotic spirit. Faces were painted, red, white, and blue attire was worn, and the entire Sylvan Park Campus both inside and out had decorations galore! Everyone did an outstanding job showing their patriotism during our annual Fourth of July Barbeque.  
Sticking with tradition, the chefs outdid themselves by preparing a delicious barbeque feast that had all the traditional favorites; including watermelon, potato salad and even homemade fresh squeezed lemonade which Chef Perry took the time to make. It warmed everyone’s hearts to the see the children of our Residents, families, and team members come together and enjoy the activities that were put together by the wonderful activities team at Sylvan Park. 
As the day came to an end there were smiles all around as loved ones hugged goodbye. It was no longer about “employees serving residents” it was about family enjoying family. How blessed are all of us to be a part of such a wonderful community?  It is events like this that truly remind us all of what family means. Here at Sylvan Park we are all family; and what better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than by coming together as one? 
We are looking forward to the rest of the adventures that summer will bring. 

Preventing Identify Theft

Join us to learn more about Preventing Identity Theft. Next Thursday, July 14 at 4:30pm. Enjoy great appetizers and beverages, while learning about this important topic.

At Oatfield Estates, 4444 SE Oatfield Hill Road.

Preventing Identity Theft

Elite Care Founders

Royal Rosarians Honor Sylvan Park Residents

Founders Bill Reed and Lydia Lundberg

Founders Bill Reed and Lydia Lundberg

“May a Rose forever grow in your heart,” that’s what the Royal Rosarians wished for all of us who attended the memorial Rose Planting Ceremony at Sylvan Park.

I was honored to help plant the rose in memory of the residents who have passed away since we opened Sylvan Park. We had great attendance from the residents and families, there were snacks and refreshments as well as canopies for shade. The team members at Sylvan Park did a great job putting on a worthwhile celebration.

So when you wander around the Sylvan Park grounds and come upon the rose garden, I hope you pause and enjoy the budding rose bushes and remember the loved ones who have passed. We hope to do this every year.

Thanks Royal Rosarians for honoring us. They are: Ambassadors, Community Service, and Tradition. By Mayoral Declaration, the Royal Rosarians serve as the Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the City of Portland and surrounding areas. Rosarians are dedicated to community service through the charitable activities of the Royal Rosarian Foundation. We honor our legacy of tradition with rich pageantry and ceremonies from the mythical Realm of Rosaria.

– See more at royalrosarians.com

Hope Demenia Support

‘There’s Always HOPE’ Carnival Extravaganza

Enjoy a Festive Afternoon in the Park & Help a Great Local Cause!

You’re Invited! Grilled brats & dogs, apple nachos, cotton candy, face painting and one-of-a-kind photo ops with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and Planters NUTmobile!

Attractions are available for a suggested $1-$3 donation. All proceeds benefit HOPE: A Vancouver-based non-profit that provides advocacy, support, and education to individuals caring for people with all levels of dementia.

Learn more at hopedementiasupport.org

Sunday, August 23rd
Elite Care at Sylvan Park
2410 NE 112th Ave
Vancouver, Wa 98694

Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for June, In June

Spruce & Cedar Houses

June ushered in a whole new month of outings, arts, bingo, and musical events for the Residents to enjoy. Our first outing was to The Painted Plate in Old Town Sherwood where the motto is, “You pick it, you paint it, we fire it!” The Residents had their choice of over 60 colors of paint and 250 pieces of pottery such as tiles, mugs, plates, bowls, and vases to choose from. The results were fantastic!

NW Alpaca Farm where the Residents were introduced to this fascinating animal by the owner, with a half-hour presentation of interesting facts and a bag of fleece shorn from one of the farm’s animals everyone was encouraged to feel. The owner also introduced us to a seven-day-old baby alpaca that we were able to pet! On the way home we stopped off at The Smith Berry Farm for milkshakes to help us cool off from the heat of the day.

We had a wonderful lineup of musical artists to tickle our ears this month, including the stunning and vocally gifted Rachael, some down-home country tunes by Cowboy Bill, beautiful piano music with Monte, and Dee, who has an amazing vocal range and a repertoire of hundreds of songs he sings from memory.

We celebrated June’s birthday on June 22 at High Tea with a phenomenal chocolate cake prepared by Chef Eric, handmade birthday cards from the Residents, and a boisterous rendition of the Birthday Song! June was actually born on June 21st, however, she was with her family on her actual birthday. June’s husband, Mel, was present, which made her birthday celebration extra special!


Thank Goodness for Trees

We’ve had hot temperatures for extended periods lately. I think we all need to give a nod to trees, which are nature’s cooling system. Trees can cool the air temperature 10 degrees, and the ground temperature between sun and shade can differ by 36 degrees!

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, in “Forest Notes”

Lately, residents have made seed balls and have patiently waited for the Praying Mantis’ to hatch. July will be all about butterflies and the plants that attract them. August will bring an array of unusual plants that will amaze and astound us. We’re also experimenting with making plant impressions, so watch for the artwork in each house. Remember to water yourselves as well as your plants – we don’t want any of you wilting!

Sylvan Park raised garden beds

Volunteering with Sylvan Park

Elite Care Sylvan Park Campus

Merwin & Lacamas Houses

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!

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!

Elite Care Senior Community

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

A Team of Experts

MARIA CURA (Keynote Speaker), a Long Term Care professional, has been serving Clark County seniors since 2009. Her expertise includes assisted living, memory care, home care and home health. Ms. Cura is an advocate for quality healthcare and life enrichment in older adults. Maria is a Parkinson’s Support Group Facilitator, and a member of the Sole Support Walk for Parkinson’s Committee through Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon.

THERESA GIDDINGS, founder of Soft Landings, Solutions for Seniors, has over 25 years of experience in accounting and financial planning. After helping many people achieve their retirement goals, she saw a need to help them with their next transition of downsizing and moving. She is currently a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

STEVEN ESTES is a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed based in Lake Oswego. With nearly a decade of experience in the industry, Steven works closely with his clients in planning for major goals such as retirement, tax savings, and wealth transfer. Steven is committed to meeting people from all walks of life to help them navigate the ever-changing financial markets.

JOHN BOYLSTON is a Portland native who believes in building up, strengthening, preserving, and protecting families. As an estate planning and elder law attorney, John is particularly passionate about making sure that every family has the Will, Trust, Incapacity and/or Tax Plan, that best fits their family.

RSVP Today

Phone: 971.276.1893 or email: jjarman@

Sylvan Park lobby

Welcome to Elite Care at Sylvan Park

Elite Care Sylvan Park Campus

Yale & Mayfield Houses

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.

Merwin & Lacamas Houses

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.

Fanno Creek gardens

Ripe for Grazing

Gardening Resident

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.