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Spring, 2013


Greetings!
 

 

 

2013 is now officially 1/4th behind us. Easter has come and gone and Major League Baseball has just started. We're still waiting to see which team wins the Final Four. And Spring is officially here but, so far, Mother Nature is denying us warm days and bright spring flowers. Both will eventually arrive.

 

During the season of Lent, we reflect on Christ's journey from itinerant preacher to risen Savior. It's a journey that is full of many strong and conflicting emotions. At Still Waters, we observed the Lenten season in a very spirit-filled way. Some of our activities were spirit-filled in a fun and noisy way. Did you blow an egg? You start with a raw egg, and make a small hole in each end. After shaking it thoroughly to "scramble" the yolk, you blow on it very hard. Several of our guests participated, and we are lucky that no one fainted! Once the eggs were emptied of their contents, they were washed, then painted and used in table decorations.

 

We also observed Lent by helping the church staff stuff several thousand plastic eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sunrise Campus. Our spirit of service and helpfulness was evident during the many hours devoted to that task.

  

Gary KeithlyBut, most importantly, we observed the season with special activities that helped us reflect on and better understand the spiritual side of Easter. Every Wednesday during Lent, Gary Keithly (pictured to the right), a longtime member of Castleton United Methodist Church, led a devotional about Holy Week. In his devotion, Gary talked about what happened each day of Holy Week and why it was important to the Easter story. Gary did a fantastic job of relating to our guests and sharing his faith.

 

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At the request of Mary, one of our guests, we also explored practices of the Jewish faith. Pastor Bill Schwein (pictured left) helped prepare and explain the basic elements of the Passover Seder. We learned about the traditions of the Seder meal and how each food item relates to the story of the Hebrew people as told in the Book of Exodus. We had an opportunity to make and sample Haroset, smell and taste the bitter herbs (horseradish), understand why all yeast must be removed from the household, and learn about the four cups of wine. By learning about other faith traditions, we deepened our own.

 


 

 

I wish you a Happy Spring!

 

Blessings,

Kathy 
Kathy Pellman, Executive Director

 

 

Indianapolis Mayor Ballard Visits Still Waters

  

Still Waters' model of care for older adults attracted several VIP visitors last month, including the Mayor of Indianapolis.

 

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Indianapols Mayor Greg Ballard (center) and City Councilor Mike McQuillen (right) recently visited Still Waters

 

On March 18, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and City Councilor Mike McQuillen visited Still Waters as part of a tour of community sites in northeast Marion County. Ballard and McQuillen enjoyed meeting with Still Waters guests and staff. McQuillen was pleased to observe Still Waters' guests making "paws" for Crestview Elementary School. "My wife works at Crestview and I know how important the paws program is to the students there," he said. "You are doing a great job of connecting with the community."

 

Mayor Ballard also enjoyed his time at Still Waters, noting that his mother resides in a long term care facility. "It's great that these folks can stay in their own homes," he said. "You are clearly doing God's work here."

 

 

On March 14, leaders from the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home in Lebanon toured the Center. "I've heard such great things about Still Waters from my friend, Anne, who is a volunteer here," said Susan Bennett, Communications Director. "After seeing this first hand, I am extremely impressed," she added.

  

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Bud Milner (left) and Rich Lapinski (right) from the UM Children's Home recently toured Still Waters.  Also pictured SW Volunteer Nancy Shryock and SW Director Kathy Pellman

  

 

Bennett, along with Rich Lapinski, Executive Director, Suzanne Killen, Director of Development, and Bud Milner, Director of Residential Services for the Children's Home are part of a task force to explore new areas of ministry. "We believe there is a need in the Boone County area for some type of senior's ministry," said Lapinski. "There is space in our facility that could be re-designed for an adult day program," he continued. "Still Waters has given us a lot to think about."

 

 

 

  
 

 Security Improvements Make Still Waters a Safer Place for Seniors

Thanks to a generous grant from the James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Still Waters recently installed a security system that helps keep guests in, while allowing egress in case of an emergency. The electronic locks, keypads, and alarms have greatly improved the overall safety and security of guests, several of whom wander as a result of their cognitive impairments.

 

Prior to these improvements, Still Waters staff had documented more than 100 attempts by guests to leave the Center over the course of just a couple weeks' time. The security system has also had a positive impact on the staff's ability to spend more time with guests and fewer disruptions.


Stanley Security Systems handled the installation.

 

Additional funding for the project was provided by the Trustees of CUMC.

 
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Still Waters' guests are busy with their Art Therapy projects under the direction of Jessica Buescher
 
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Gena Johnson from Miller's Senior Living leads the group in Chair Zumba
 
In This Issue
VIP Visitors
Security Improvement
Staff Training
A Treat for Feet
Happenings
Staff Receive Training for Dementia Care

  

The staff of Still Waters recently began a 6-part training leading to Dementia Care Certification. The training, provided by Katrina DeGraff-Johnson with Alzheimer's Care Group, covers a variety of topics including "The Science of Dementia", "Problem-solving Difficult Behaviors", "Communication", and "Family Dynamics".


Still Waters has gained a reputation in the Indianapolis community as specializing in care for older adults with dementia. Around 85% of the guests served at Still Waters have a diagnosis of dementia, with Alzheimer's disease being the most frequent type. This training, which has been designed to meet the unique needs of an adult day environment, will benefit staff, guests, and family caregivers.

 

Still Waters volunteers will also have an opportunity to receive training in June. Their session will focus on how to provide meaningful activities to people with dementia.

 

A Treat for Feet

 

Dr. Irene Roge, of Mobile Podiatry, recently began serving the guests of Still Waters. Dr. Roge, whose clinical practice is limited to seniors and others who lack transportation, provided care for 18 Still Waters' guests during two visits to the Center in March.

 

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Dr. Roge attends to Paul's feet in the Still Waters' Salon

 

 

For many seniors, proper foot care is often overlooked and neglected. Poorly maintained feet can lead to a variety of significant health issues including infections, loss of balance, pressure sores, and neuropathy.

 

Dr. Roge provided a foot exam including a check of circulation, trimed toenails, removed callouses, and bathed the feet in alcohol for a cool, refreshing finish. Still Waters then treated everyone to a new pair of socks. For those who needed follow-up care for a more serious problem, she contacted the family with a suggested plan of care.

 

We look forward to seeing Dr. Roge again in June and greatly appreciate her service.

  
  

Recent Happenings a the Center 

 

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Still Waters said "Goodbye" to our long-time guest Leni, who moved to Texas
 
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Denise and George Wright of Synergy Home Care hosted a St Patrick's Day Party

 

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The Bulletin Board displays handmade flowers and a message of Spring
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Friends make every day special.