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Potato & Ham Bake

Chef Courtney, Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

This delicious and filling casserole recipe has become a favorite in Hood House. The ingredients are simple, and easy on the pocket book if you have some leftover Holiday Ham to use up.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes, sliced.
  • 1, 8 oz tub light cream cheese spread with chive & onion.
  • 8 oz cooked boneless ham, cut into bite-size cubes.
  • 1 lb asparagus spears, cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces.
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • 1 tbs fresh tarragon or 1/2 tsp dried tarragon, crushed.

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A December Dispatch from Sylvan Park

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We’ve had another great month celebrating the holidays together here at Sylvan Park.

We saw Winter Wonderland at the Portland International Raceway, The Nutcracker at Fort Vancouver High School and The Singing Christmas Tree at Church of the Nazarene in Ridgefield. Santa Jim came to visit in December and he handed out stuffed bears to all the Residents and children. We’ve shown multiple Christmas movies on our projector. One of our favorite movie nights was the Pajama Party/Movie, where we had Ice Cream Sundaes and other goodies for New Years Eve. It was a lot of fun and the Residents enjoyed it! Read more

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Meet Kaki Bixby

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We welcome Katharine “Kaki” Bixby as one of our newest Residents to Oatfield Estates! She’s a product of the Northeast, where her parents raised her and her brother, Tom. Kaki later attended Wellesley College and National Louis University in Chicago, receiving a Masters in Education. During her time in school, Kaki married Frank “Bix” Bixby and together they raised four children.

She comes to us now from the Chicago, Illinois area, where she spent the past 60 years working and living. Kaki loves the memories of her travels across the globe, the farm in Wisconsin that held a beautiful cabin nestled in woods overlooking the Mississippi River, and her Chicago life–visiting museums, and attending plays and symphonies. Welcome to the Elite Care family, Kaki!

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A Holiday Update from Fanno Creek

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FC_chirstmas and newyears 022The month of December has proven to be one of the busiest months of the year for the Residents here at Fanno Creek. With visits from family members to decorating the Christmas Trees, to making center-pieces during arts & crafts for our Family Night, this month has been quite memorable.

Throughout the beginning of the month the Residents had a couple of delicious dessert outings at their favorite places, like the Village Inn and Rose’s Restaurant. Some of the Residents later had the opportunity to check out our local glass Read more

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A Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Has Stanford University Found the Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?

In the December 8th, 2014 edition of the UK newspaper The Telegraph, science editor Sarah Knapton reviewed exciting new research out of Stanford University that may hold new hope for an Alzheimer’s cure.

Researchers discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits, stop working.

These cells, called ‘microglia’ function well when people are young, but when they age, a single protein called EP2 stops them operating efficiently.

Now scientists have shown that blocking the protein allows the microglia to function normally again so they can hoover up the dangerous sticky amyloid-beta plaques which damage nerve cells in Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers found that, in mice, blocking EP2 with a drug reversed memory loss and myriad other Alzheimer’s-like features in the animals.

Read Knapton’s entire article here.

 

 

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Remember When…

Jack_Early April 2011This Month’s Resident’s Corner

is dedicated to our long-time Resident of Oatfield Estates, Jack Jenkins, whose wit and humor graced this column of our monthly newsletter for the past several years.

Jack, a member and a leader of Helens House at Oatfield Estates for 8 years knew Read more

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Elite Care Gives Back

Jason_adjusted_600pxWe Have a Few Mantras Here at Elite Care

They’re words or phrases we use regularly, reminding us of our mission, and focusing our attention where it matters most. One of our favorites is our belief in doing well by doing good. These words don’t just speak to our mission in elder care, they’re a call we heed in our larger community. 2014 was a great year in giving back. Here are a few of the highlights:

Employee Holiday Fund

This year you gave $15,032 to Elite Care’s Employee Holiday Fund, which was an 11% increase over last year! Elite Care matched every contribution over $10,000 for a grand total of $20,064. That’s enough to give an average of $206 to every direct care giver at Elite Care. Thank you for generously showing appreciation to those who make so many lives healthy and happy throughout the year.

One of our favorites is our belief in doing well by doing good.

Turkey Tours

During the months of November and December, Elite Care partnered with Meals on Wheels People by donating two holiday meals for every campus tour conducted. 70 tours later, Elite Care donated 140 holiday meals to Meals on Wheels, whose mission is to provide hot meals and needed companionship at no cost to seniors in our community. Thank you to everyone who took a tour and helped spread the word!

Employee Family Giving Tree

As the holidays approached, we asked the Elite Care community to nominate Elite Care Team Members or families who needed a little extra help buying clothing, toys, or food. Through your generous donations to our Family Giving Tree, Elite Care was able to help make the Holidays merry and bright for 5 adults and 14 children.

Tualatin School House Pantry Food Drive

Team Members and Family Members of Elite Care’s Oatfield Estates and Fanno Creek campuses held a food drive in November and December to benefit the Tualatin School House Pantry, a part of the Oregon Food Bank. Their efforts brought in over 160 pounds of food donations that helped fill the plates of needy families in our area this winter.

These are four wonderful examples of “doing well by doing good,” and further proof of the unique community we’ve built here at Elite Care. I’ve been proud to watch these generous initiatives succeed and proud of the Elite Care Team Members and Family Members who participated. Generosity is in Elite Care’s DNA and I’m excited to see what good we, as a community, can do in 2015.

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Campus Update: Fanno Creek

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Spruce & Cedar Houses

The houses at Fanno Creek started out the month with a trip to the John Tigard House. The Residents’ thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It’s hard to imagine such a large family in such a small house. The interesting history included facts about the city of Tigard as well.

Our trip to the Rice Rock and Mineral Museum was  Read more

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Elite Care Carees: Resident Service Coordinator

We Are Growing

Elite Care is growing and we’re looking for a Resident Service Coordinator to join our Team.

Summary of Position

As the lead care administrator in the house Care Team, the RSC works under direction of the nurse and the CM to ensure the best possible care is provided to the Residents. The RSC sets the positive tone in the house, leads by example:  in care; interaction with the Residents and adherence to Elite Care Policies.  The RSC’s major responsibilities are divided into three categories:  Personal Assistant (caregiver) Mentor/Trainer, Medication Management and RN support. Ultimately your responsibility is to lead your Team in providing the best possible Resident care.

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