A Publication of Wexner Heritage Village
October 2014
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Improving Care for Residents, Patients & Families
Restoring Memories with Music

Lullaby, military march, opera, hymn, or good old fashioned rock n' roll: Music has the power to stir our memories and draw out our emotions.

 

And through Music & Memory, a new program coming to Wexner Heritage House early next year, it may give residents suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia the chance to express themselves and reconnect with family and friends.

Taking Urban Zen Home

Wexner Rehabilitation patients who have enjoyed their experience with Urban Zen Integrative Therapy will soon have the opportunity to take the program with them when they go home.

 

"Our practitioners have heard over and over again from patients that they want to take us home with them," said Lori Guth Moffett, WHV's Urban Zen Program Director. "Now, they really can."

Home Care
Wexner Responds to HomeCareGrowing Need for Help at Home

As trends in care for older adults continue to shift away from traditional institutional settings, more and more Central Ohio seniors are finding they need help to remain safely in their homes.

 

And Wexner Home Care is stepping in to fill that need.

 

"We are seeing the impact of care for older adults shifting toward the home," said Erin Keller, WHV Director of Care Coordination. "That, combined with a senior population that is growing exponentially, has really kept us on our toes."

 

As of mid-September, the Home Care team was on track to double the average daily hours of service provided to clients, compared to January 2014.

 

Wexner Home Care's services extend beyond traditional home care by providing every client with professional care management services. Clients are continuously evaluated by geriatric care managers to ensure they are receiving appropriate and high-quality care that can prevent unplanned hospitalizations and promote overall health and wellness.

 

"This value-added service means we truly go above and beyond the industry standard for home care," Keller said. "This is not just about help with bathing, dressing, laundry and housekeeping. This is about keeping an eye on the big picture."

 

To keep up with growing demand, Keller said she is looking to hire a number of new home health aides and State Tested Nursing Assistants (STNAs). There is a particular need, she said, for bi-lingual staff, for example those who speak Russian and Spanish.

 

"As our community has become more culturally diverse, we have worked to eliminate barriers to quality care," Keller said. "One of those barriers is language. Being able to communicate effectively is one way to ensure our clients receive the services they need and are satisfied with their care."
Events
Mark Your Calendar... Don't Miss These Upcoming Events
  • Medicare eventsCounseling  |  October 1, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org.
  • Widow to Widow: The Next Chapter - Work, Play & Dating  | October 3, 11 am to noon  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  October 8, 2:30 to 4 pm  |  by appointment at 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org.
  • Care for the Caregiver: When Is Hospice an Option?  |  October 13, 6:30 to 8 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
  • Medicare Counseling  |  October 20, 10 am to noon  |  by appointment at 614-795-0927 or akuntz@whv.org.
  • Nadav Spiritual Volunteer Program Training  |  October 23, noon to 1 pm  |  614-559-0243 for information or click here to register.
  • Art Therapy: Build Your Own Story Teller  |  October 27, 6:30 to 8 pm  |  614-559-0350 or zh@whv.org to register.
Click here to view a detailed listing of all the programs offered at Wexner Heritage Village.

Health & Wellness
Facts and Recipes to Support AutumAllergiesYour Healthy Lifestyle
Fighting Back Against Four Autumn Allergies

When it comes to seasonal allergies, most people immediately think of the pollen explosion in the springtime. But itchy throat, watery eyes, sniffles and sneezing are not relegated to April and May alone. When the leaves start to fall and the air cools, a host of allergens can cause the same set of symptoms.

Here are four common autumn allergies and some tips for keeping them at bay.

Let Fall Inspire You to Try Something New in the Kitchen

 

The days are getting shorter and the evening colder, but there is still bountiful produce in season. Fall offers a new variety of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Crisp apples and fragrant pears are a good source of soluble fiber and potassium and both are delicious in sweet and savory dishes. Broccoli and cabbage are good food sources of calcium and cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber.

 

Try this recipe for Riesling Baked Pears for a tasty and healthy dessert this fall. 

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