Older Americans Month recognizes the countless ways in which elders contribute to our communities. The 2018 theme reminds us that we’re never too old to make a difference.
Most senior care facilities set and follow strict itineraries, with prescribed regimens for everything from bedtime to mealtimes. But Sunset Communities subscribes to The Eden Alternative, an approach that actually encourages residents to make their own choices about their daily lives.
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.”
Sunset Village is excited to present Aging Parents, Aging Brains, featuring author and national speaker Barbara Brock. Barbara uses heartfelt stores and humorous—but true—facts to explain how our brains age. The interactive program includes group participation in a stimulating brain exercise.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9640 Sylvania-Metamora Road
Sylvania, OH 43560
The most common question rehabilitation patients ask Isaiah Rupp is whether their physical or occupational therapy is actually going to work.
“I tell them therapy will indeed work, as long as they participate in the process.”
Isaiah is part of an eight-person team that provides in-patient and outpatient rehab services at Sunset Village. Programs range from neurological therapy for clients recovering from strokes to physical therapy for those with joint and mobility issues. An important part of the team’s role is educating patients about how rehab aids in their recoveries.
“Many people don’t immediately understand the goal of rehab,” explains Isaiah. “While we don’t treat the conditions that caused a stroke, for instance, we do help patients regain functional ability following the event.”
In keeping with Sunset’s person-centered approach to rehab, Isaiah and his team work to understand their patients’ individual goals. Then, by tailoring programs to each person’s desired outcomes, they help motivate patients to apply the effort required for therapy to succeed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.