Legends at Heritage Place celebrates award

We are extremely proud of our team at The Legends at Heritage Place this morning. We learned they were awarded the Champion of Caring Award for 2014 from Heartland Hospice!

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Heidi and Leanne from Heartland Hospice presented the award with a plaque and delicious cake to celebrate this achievement. A wonderful Alzheimer’s Poem and Caregivers Poem were read during the presentation.

Only 5 campuses in the St Cloud area who are receiving this award from Heartland Hospice.

The plaque read
“Heartland Hospice presents
The Legends at Heritage Place
Champion of Caring Award 2014
Through partnership, dedication, excellence in care practices and service to your residents and their families you have been selected as a Heartland Hospice Champions of Caring Facility Congratulations from the Heartland Team”

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We can’t express how proud we are of our team! Thank you Heartland Hospice for recognizing our amazing team!

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The Legends at Heritage Place is managed by Welcome Home Management Company.  Welcome Home Management is based out of Hutchinson, Minnesota and operates ten senior living communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

For more information on The Legends at Heritage Place, contact Wendy Lang, Marketing Director at 320-281-3343.

Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals impact of the disease on the workplace

On March 19, the Alzheimer’s Association® 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures was released. This annual report reveals the burden Alzheimer’s and dementia places on individuals, caregivers, government and our nation’s health care system, and includes data on the impact of the disease in every state across the nation.

According to the report, the rate at which Americans acquire Alzheimer’s has increased. Every 67 seconds, someone develops this deadly and costly disease, which has devastating effects for the person living with the disease, their family and friends. The publication also highlights the impact the disease has on caregivers in the workplace. In 2013, 75 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers reported being employed full or part time at any time since assuming caregiving responsibilities. Many of these individuals had to make major changes to their work schedules to accommodate these duties. Fifty-four percent said they had to go in late, leave early or take time off, and 15 percent had to take a leave of absence.

Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures also includes a special report, Women & Alzheimer’s, which offers new data on how Alzheimer’s disease impacts women proportionally to men. The report reveals that 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women, and demonstrates how this role affects their time in the workplace. Twenty percent of women as compared to 3 percent of men went from working full time to part time while serving as a caregiver, and 11 percent of women versus 5 percent of men gave up work entirely.

Other data show the growing financial burden Alzheimer’s is placing on our nation. According to Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures, the total national cost of caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will reach $214 billion in 2014, not including unpaid caregiving provided by family and friends valued at more than $220 billion. Visit alz.org/facts to read the full report and watch a video highlighting the key findings.

Community Service Project gets underway at River Pointe of Moorhead

River Pointe will be doing a community service project this May. We will be hosting a shoe cutting party for solehope.com.

We will be cutting out patterns for shoes for those in need in Uganda, Africa. Adults and children in Uganda work and play all day in harsh conditions with no shoes on their feet. These damaged feet are an entrance for many diseases and the home of many parasites.

To make this project successful River Pointe staff are collecting  old jeans, and quilters cotton fabric. Watch soon for more information.

You can check out sole hope on facebook or look upwww.solehope.com for more information.

Family is also welcome to help with this project.

River Pointe of Moorhead is a senior living community located in Moorhead, Minnesota.  If you’d like more information on this project, or would like to help, contact them at (218) 287-6900 or online at http://riverpointemoorhead.com/

 

Ruth’s blankets for Hospice

One of our goals this year is to share the amazing stories of our resident’s and our team members.

Today we want to introduce you to Ruth.

After Ruth’s husband passed away last year, Ruth purchased yards and yards of fleece and started making tie blankets to donate to hospice.

Since that time, she has made and donated over 400 blankets to the hospice program!

We have some of them on display at Potter Ridge – she is selling them for $20 each, however, every dollar will go towards buying more fleece and to make more blankets. Stop in an take a look!hospice blanketsPotter Ridge is located in Red Wing, Minnesota and is managed by Welcome Home Management company.  To learn more about their community, visit them on the web at http://www.wtohdevelopment.com/PotterRidge.htm.

Welcome Home Management is a senior living management company based in Hutchinson, Minnesota.  We operate 10 senior living communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

2014 Awards Banquet

Last night, we held our annual awards banquet for properties managed by Welcome Home Management at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, Minnesota.

Awards were given for Resident Choice, Employee Choice, Best Community and North Star Leadership Awards.  Presenting awards were Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations and Jacob Work, Regional Director for Welcome Home.

Michael Shynes performs at the awards banquet.

Michael Shynes performs at the awards banquet.

Musical entertainment for the night was provided by Michael Shynes, a singer/songerwriter out of St. Cloud.

Resident Choice Award

We are proud to recognize Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place as this years award winners of the prestigious Resident Choice Award.  Welcome Home Health Care is proud of all of the communities due to the high scores given by the residents that live at their community during their annual resident satisfaction survey.  While the average score of each community was 90%, Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place were took home the award, scoring over 97% satisfaction ratings.  Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place were separated by .06%.

Congratulations to the team at Potter Ridge and Excelsior Place for their awards! Congratulations to all of the teams for making your communities such a great place to call home!

Trincy Faas accepts the Resident Choice Award for Potter Ridge Assisted Living.

Trincy Faas accepts the Resident Choice Award for Potter Ridge Assisted Living.

 

 

Loree Besser accepts the Resident Choice Award for Excelsior Place.

Loree Besser accepts the Resident Choice Award for Excelsior Place Assisted Living.

Employee Choice Award

We are proud to announce that Orchard Hill Assisted Living of New Ulm, Minnesota is this year’s award winner for the Employee Choice award.  The employee choice award recognizes the communities who score high on our employee satisfaction surveys.  Orchard Hill takes home this year’s award with a high score of 92% satisfaction.  Orchard Hill has become known as a wonderful place to work with a low turnover rate and a high satisfaction rate by their team members.  Congratulations to the team at Orchard Hill for their award!

Yvonne Shell accepts the Employee Choice award on behalf of her team at Orchard Hill Assisted Living

Yvonne Shell accepts the Employee Choice award on behalf of her team at Orchard Hill Assisted Living

Best Community Award

Welcome Home Management Company is proud to recognize the senior living communities who have achieved high level of excellence in senior living. Criteria for the award include employment best practices and employee satisfaction, resident and family satisfaction, resident and staff safety, financial performance, matching resident needs to care plans throughout a resident’s stay, and overall occupancy.  Each of the performance objectives is to assure the proper and desired level of service is provided.

This year’s award winners are: Potter Ridge Assisted Living – Red Wing, Minnesota; Orchard Hill Assisted Living – New Ulm, Minnesota; Excelsior Place Assisted Living – Baxter, Minnesota.

Trincy Faas accepts the Best Community Award on behalf of Potter Ridge Assisted Living.

Trincy Faas accepts the Best Community Award on behalf of Potter Ridge Assisted Living.

 

 

Loree Besser and her team from Excelsior Place Assisted Living accept a Best Community Award on behalf of Excelsior Place Assisted Living.

Loree Besser and her team from Excelsior Place Assisted Living accept a Best Community Award on behalf of Excelsior Place Assisted Living.

 

 

Yvonne Schell accepts a Best Community Award on behalf of Orchard Hill Assisted Living.

Yvonne Schell accepts a Best Community Award on behalf of Orchard Hill Assisted Living.

North Star Leadership Award

We are excited to announce the nominees and award winner for the 2013 North Star Leadership Award.  This award exemplifies those individuals who work in Welcome Home communities for the work that they do with the residents and with their team members.  This award recognizes those team members in our communities who show great leadership qualities.  This award is open to any team member at a property managed by Welcome Home.  Anyone can nominate, from family, to team members, to residents.

This year’s nominee’s are:

  • Diane Wuebkers
  • Amy Anderson
  • Lexie Bosh
  • Nikki Kramer
  • Carly Kramer
  • Sara Gieseke
  • Cindee Schewe
  • Shirley Degavinnie
  • Amber Running Bear
  • Hannah Walberg
  • Amber Bryant
  • Jenna Gruenhagen
  • Teresa Kobernick
Photo of some of the nominees for the North Star Leadership Award.  If nominees were unable to attend, their Executive Director and RN are pictured in their place.

Photo of some of the nominees for the North Star Leadership Award. If nominees were unable to attend, their Executive Director and RN are pictured in their place.

This year, we had a really hard time choosing who was going to win the award.  After reviewing stacks of documents on each candidate, there were three people who just couldn’t be denied.  So this year, we are awarding three North Star Leadership trophies.  And just as in year’s past, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

Our North Star Leadership Award winners are:

Amy Anderson

When Amy was first nominated for this award, we were amazed by the amount of supporting letters for her nomination.  From residents, to coworkers, to her own children, the letters painted a picture of someone who is a vital member of the team at Potter Ridge.

As Trincy Faas and Linda Beyers accepted the award on her behalf, both were brought to tears when talking about how much she means to the organization.  “She is someone who is always there for our team.  She’s always there with the right comment at the right time, and is always willing to step in and help out wherever possible.” stated Trincy Faas, Executive Director at Potter Ridge.

Trincy Faas and Linda Beyers accept the award on behalf of Amy Anderson who was unable to attend the banquet.

Trincy Faas and Linda Beyers accept the award on behalf of Amy Anderson who was unable to attend the banquet.

Cindee Schewe

Cindee was nominated initially by her Executive Director, Yvonne Shell, but it was the letters that poured in from family members and a local pastor that put Cindee in as one of our award winners.

“Cindee keeps my mother and all of the residents moving, entertained, and doing activities that really enrich their last years.  As a company, you should feel very fortunate to have her as a dedicated employee who really has a mission to do what she does.  I feel very fortunate that my mother is where is is and Cindy really cares for her as she does for all of the residents.  I am certain their lives are greatly extended because of her.” Patrick Esser, resident’s family member.

Cindy Schewe speaks to the group after being given a North Star Leadership Award.

Cindy Schewe speaks to the group after being given a North Star Leadership Award.

Diane Wuebkers

Diane was nominated by many members of her team at Legends at Heritage Place, including her Executive Director, Charles Huyink.

He goes on to say, “Many times in a the professional sports world, one is asked if they could start a team, whether it’s football, basketball, or baseball, who would be the first player they would pick to start that team.  Using that analogy, if I was starting a new community, Diane would be my first pick as an employee.  We would not be the same if she was not part of Legends at Heritage Place.”

Diane Wuebkers is presented a North Star Leadership Award.

Diane Wuebkers is presented a North Star Leadership Award.

“I am really proud of all of our team members.  Those that were nominated and those that won the North Star Leadership Award this year.  As with every year, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we read each of the letters that were sent in for our team.  We have an unbelievable team of dedicated, caring individuals who work in our communities.  I love the opportunity to celebrate the great work that happens in our communities day in, day out.” said Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home.

The team from RiverPointe Senior Living pose for a photo at the awards banquet.

The team from RiverPointe Senior Living pose for a photo at the awards banquet.

The team from Legends at Heritage Place pose for a photo with their North Star Leadership award winner, Diane Weubkers.

The team from Legends at Heritage Place pose for a photo with their North Star Leadership award winner, Diane Weubkers.

Welcome Home Management hosts two conferences per year for their management teams.  These conferences focus on leadership and educational opportunities.

Welcome Home Management operates ten senior living communities in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  For more information about the award winners, or any of our communities, visit our website for more details at www.wtohdevelopment.com.

Once Upon a Time….

Everyone loves a great story – no matter how old or young you are.

For the past few months, the residents of Potter Ridge Assisted Living have been practicing for their newest way to give back to the community – “Once Upon a Time”.

The program was brought about by the resident’s community choir as another way to get out and be active in their hometown.  Once Upon a Time has residents dressing up in story time characters and reading to area children.  “It’s the best of both world’s for us.  First, our resident’s have a great way to give back to the community.  Second, to see the kids and our resident’s interacting really supports our goal for inter-generational learning.” states Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations at Welcome Home Management.

“I just love children and really enjoyed watching the reactions – their big eyes and smiles” stated Lorraine, a resident at Potter Ridge.  Janet, another resident agreed. “I just love the children and enjoyed seeing their reactions when we read to them.  They weren’t afraid to answer and begin conversations.”

“I am always looking for ways that our residents can give back to the community and things that they enjoy.  Intergenerational programs are great ways to communicate to the community that even though you reach a certain age, there are still things to do to keep active,  feel worthwhile, and bring joy to others.  I am fortunate to have so many residents that want to participate and go out and about into the schools.  Even though it may be hard for some to read the pages on the books, I encourage telling their own stories, or like our mother goose, to recite to the children the familiar mother goose rhymes.” states Mickie Schutz, Community Life Coordinator.

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Their schedule of reading’s are becoming quite popular around the area.  They have already had readings at various places around town, but most recently at St. John’s Little Blessings Pre-School.  

Potter Ridge Assisted Living is managed by Welcome Home Management Company based out of Hutchinson, Minnesota.  Potter Ridge is one of 10 senior living communities managed by Welcome Home.

For more information on Potter Ridge or Welcome Home, visit us on our website at: www.wtohdevelopment.com.

Mickie Schutz Honored As Regional Caregiver of the Year

4Mickie Schutz, has been named the Aging Services of Minnesota 2014 District F Caregiver of the Year for her years of service to residents at Potter Ridge Assisted Living in Red Wing. This special award is the highest honor awarded to Minnesota caregivers who dedicate their lives and careers to service older adults.

Ms. Schutz was honored by Aging Services of Minnesota, the state’s largest association of older adult services organizations in Minnesota.

Mickie Schutz, a Community Life Coordinator at Potter Ridge Assisted Living, was nominated for the prestigious award by her peers at Potter Ridge.

“From exercise class, to developing the Potter Ridge Singers who travel and perform, to getting the residents involved in community projects, enjoying a variety of entertainment venues, developing the Potter Ridge Story Tellers where the residents dress up in story book characters and read to younger children, and too much more to mention, Mickie goes above and beyond developing the activity program at Potter Ridge.  Because of the laughing, having purpose, socializing, and physical movement, the residents at Potter Ridge flourish and maintain a healthy status.” Said Trincy Faas, Executive Director at Potter Ridge.

“The Caregiver of the Year award is about honoring the very best of the best. This award provides us with the opportunity to show Minnesotans the face of the people who care for our loved ones when we cannot. Mickie is the kind of caregiver we all hope will be there for us when we need help,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “

Visit the Aging Services of Minnesota for more information about the 2014 Aging Services of Minnesota Stars Among Us awards.

About Aging Services of Minnesota

Aging Services of Minnesota is the state’s largest association of organizations serving Minnesota seniors with membership encompassing over 1,000 organizations statewide. Together with more than 50,000 caregivers, Aging Services members serve 63,000 older adults every day in all of the places they call home, including home care and services, independent senior housing, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities. Aging Services is the state partner of LeadingAge and state affiliate of Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).