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Gayle Young

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A Blueprint for Independent Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Walking through the front door of the Burgoon-style design at Fieldstone Villas for the very first time, you’re bound to experience an immediate sense of coming home. The most popular layout among Fieldstone’s newest construction phase, the Burgoon features a covered front porch that leads into an inviting entryway. Laminate floors spill into an open dining room that’s flanked by a modern kitchen on one side and a cozy living room on the other. It’s clear that great care went into designing this space.

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Topics: Facility News, Independent Living, Planning, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Fieldstone Villas

5-Star Ratings for Sunset House and Sunset Village

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 15, 2018 2:26:38 PM

Sunset House and Sunset Village have each received 5-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS gives longterm care facilities from one to 5 stars related to health inspection results, staffing, and quality of resident care measures, along with an overall rating.

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Topics: Facility News, Why Sunset?, Sunset Village, Sunset House

Rose Atkins: Sunset Village 2018 Nurse of the Year

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 13, 2018 5:02:05 PM

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” —Eighteenth-century poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Rose Atkins has always found von Goethe’s famous quote inspiring. The message—more recently attributed to film actor Bruce Lee—motivates Rose to go above and beyond in serving Sunset Village’s residents and their families. Her much-more-than-enough efforts have earned Rose the Sunset Village 2018 Nurse of the Year award.

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Topics: Facility News, People, Recognition, Why Sunset?, Sunset Village, Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Janet Sulewski, Executive Director at The Woodlands

Posted by Gayle Young on May 17, 2018 9:41:00 AM

Whenever her life gets challenging, Janet Sulewski takes a deep breath and tells herself, “It’s all good!” The pop-culture phrase reminds Janet of her overall good fortune and empowers her to move past any current problems.

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Topics: Facility News, People, Why Sunset?, Meet the Team, The Woodlands

Meet the Team: Rachael Operacz, Admissions Counselor

Posted by Gayle Young on Apr 4, 2018 7:53:33 AM

Rachael Operacz’s official title at Sunset Village is Admissions Counselor. But for new and potential Sunset residents, her role is that of an educator, a sounding board, and a move-in coordinator.

“When people visit Sunset Village, we’re often their first stop as they begin to learn about living options,” explains Rachael. “Listening to their struggles and offering empathy tends to help lessen their anxiety.” 

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Topics: Facility News, People, Why Sunset?, Sunset Village, Meet the Team

Companion Animals and the Benefits They Provide

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 6, 2018 8:55:53 AM

As many people know, animals are capable of incredible things. Whether they are saving lives as integral members of a police force, guiding the visually impaired through their daily routines, or showering those around them with unconditional affection, animals positively impact their human companions in ways that we often overlook.

So it should come as no surprise that there are many benefits to allowing care community residents to have pets reside with them. Clinical studies have shown that elders living in residential facilities with animals exhibit less stress than those who do not have a companion pet. Overall wellness is heightened for dog and cat owners, and their quality of life improves as a result.

Human contact with animals triggers an increase in serotonin production, causing a "feel-good" effect and making heart rate and stress levels drop. Lower blood pressure, increased physical activity, and reduced cholesterol have also been linked to pet ownership.

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Topics: Independent Living, Long-term Care, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Pets

Connecting Across Generations and Distance: Seniors and Students Connect Via Video Chat and Letter

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 21, 2017 5:36:42 PM

Kallie Inman, the Life Enrichment Assistant at Sunset Village, was trying to find new ways to engage the seniors who lived at Sunset Village, when she started a Veterans Group. Turns out, about 17.75% of residents at Sunset Village are military veterans, and Kallie wanted to create a space for them to meet, engage with each other, host discussions, remember, and celebrate.

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Topics: People, Why Sunset?

Inside the Clubhouse: Life at Fieldstone Villas

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 14, 2017 9:56:43 AM

Sylvania Town Crier, Fieldstone Residents, Vicky Bartlett, CEO, Heather McGannon, Senior Sales Professional, Steve Busch, Architect, JMM, Mark Sandretto, SRC Board President and Representatives from Midwest Construction, turn a shovel for the Groundbreaking of Fieldstone Villas Club House.

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Topics: Facility News, Fieldstone Villas

Can I have Visitors if I Live at Sunset Communities?

Posted by Gayle Young on Nov 27, 2017 4:22:41 PM

Absolutely! Sunset Communities knows how important a support system is to all residents – in independent living, assisted living, memory care or rehabilitation. After all, socialization is an important aspect of the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, and a huge benefit to living in a community like Sunset Communities.

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Meet the Team: Nicole Pruss, R, BSN, RAC-CT, and Emily Grohnke, RN, DON

Posted by Gayle Young on Nov 10, 2017 4:02:49 PM

For Nicole Pruss, R, BSN, RAC-CT, and Emily Grohnke, RN, DON, serving seniors is a calling. Nicole, the Director of Nursing at Sunset House, and Emily, the Director of Nursing at Sunset Village, have a combined 40 years of experience in nursing, the majority of which has been spent serving seniors.

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Topics: People