Dr. Henry Heimlich – Deupree House resident & inventor of the Heimlich manuever

January 30, 2013

Deupree House resident Dr. Henry Heimlich recently made news by speaking out against the American Red Cross. Dr. Heimlich stated that the Red Cross’ recommendations of five back slaps and then five abdominal thrusts for someone who’s choking “horrify” him.

Follow the link below to read the article from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130120/NEWS/301200113/IN-DEPTH-Red-Cross-recommendations-horrify-Heimlich

Dr. Heimlich graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. and received his M.D. from the Cornell Medical Collage. Dr. Heimlich is best known for his invention of the Heimlich maneuver in 1974 with a team of Jewish Hospital researchers, but that is only one of his many lifesaving discoveries. Dr. Heimlich moved to Deupree House in 2010 and is currently working on a book of his memoirs, titled Heimlich’s Maneuvers.

A Banner Year for Episcopal Retirement Homes

November 9, 2012

Over the years, we’ve worked hard at establishing a vision, a worth ethic, and way of embracing each and every resident like family, because they are. Proudly, we’ve achieved a level of recognition and reward that demonstrates our dedication and commitment to continuous improvement as demonstrated by our accreditation in 2012 by the prestigious internationally recognized Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC).  Accreditation demonstrates a provider’s commitment to continuously improve service quality and to focus on the satisfaction of the persons served. Laura Lamb, Vice President of Residential Housing and Healthcare for Episcopal Retirement Homes, likens the accreditation to winning the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award on a corporate level, or getting a Consumer Reports’ “Best Buy” designation and a Good Housekeeping “Seal of Approval” on the consumer level.

Episcopal Retirement Homes is also a name that has earned consistently high resident satisfaction scores.  The Ohio Department of Aging 2011 nursing home resident satisfaction survey results came out this year and both Marjorie P. Lee’s Lee Gardens and Deupree House’s Deupree Cottages scored among the highest in the region with a 96.7% positive score on the key satisfaction measure: “Would you recommend this organization to others?” This rating was particularly meaningful as it was given by those who actually experienced the quality service and care offered by these skilled nursing communities. We’ve also been rewarded with industry-leading high Medicare ratings for our care centers.

In addition, Deupree Cottages was one of only six American nursing homes recognized in the newly published book Design for Aging: International Case Studies of Building and Program, for being among those with “excellent agedcare environments.” The book includes a total of 27 nursing homes worldwide and devotes an entire chapter to the Cottages and their innovative design, architectural challenges, and the quality care provided by their non-traditional Person- Centered Care approach.

This year, ERH was also recognized by city officials for its commitment to providing quality affordable living communities to lower income seniors by completing its two-year renovation of St. Paul Village in Madisonville. In addition, it will be closing on agreements to purchase four more communities by year end.

And because we know our organization is only as good as our staff, we’re happy to report we’ve earned  Top Workplace awards— our staff turnover is among the lowest in the country. And to everyone’s credit, we’ve been named among the best retirement communities in Cincinnati.

Doug Spitler, CEO, summed up the year this way:

“We are proud to be recognized on so many fronts for our good work and passion for improving the lives of older adults. It really demonstrates our commitment to staying on the forefront of our industry through continuous improvement and sound financial management.”

Everyone at Episcopal Retirement Homes welcomes the opportunity to serve, both residents and our communities, and we never forget how important it is to make living here, living well into the future.

June wedding memories blossom for residents at Deupree House

June 21, 2012

June Sciarra stands next to her wedding photo, part of a resident wedding photo display now hanging at Deupree House.

I couldn’t help noticing the smile that swept across June Sciarra’s face as she gazed upon her wedding photo among the many resident wedding photos now being displayed at Deupree House.

“Not a hard one to pick out,” Mrs. Sciarra said. “I’m the only one not wearing a wedding dress.”

Not that Mrs. Sciarra never had designs on wearing a beautiful dress. It was just that her then h

usband-to-be, Ivo, had joined the military during World War II and was shipping out to Europe within days of their decision to marry. There was no time for planning the whole kit and caboodle. She smiled again.

“So much to do, so little time,” she said.

So after a quick round of the required blood tests and her parents signing to allow the marriage (she was just 18 years old at the time), Mrs. Sciarra said they went to a pastor’s home for a short ceremony. Within three days, Ivo was off to war.

He didn’t return for two years.

“He was part of the Battle of the Bulge,” Mrs. Sciarra noted as she recalled the American offensive against Hitler in December 1944. “The whole war experience definitely left him with some very vivid memories, but this was especially moving for him.”

Mrs. Sciarra had known Ivo for awhile. She had met him at a party. She was in high school and he was in college at the time. “Probably not a big thing now, but then … oh, yes!” she said smiling.

After the war ended in Europe, Mrs. Sciarra said Ivo stayed to do war crimes work, helping to identifying the bodies of Jewish prisoners who had died in work camps. He went into the jewelry business when he came home.

“I went alone to the train station that day (that he came home,” Mrs. Sciarra said. “I worried I wouldn’t recognize him. He hadn’t sent any pictures while he was over there. But I knew him instantly when he got off the train.”

Looking over the photo array, Mrs. Sciarra said there is one thing that unites them all. “Such joy on our faces!” she said. “You can’t mistake that at all!”

What memories do your parents share that bring the same kind of joy?

A bucket list dream come true

May 15, 2012

John Cummings, ERH Marketing Manager

 

It’s fun to dream. For some of us, we dream about what we will accomplish once we reach a certain age. Maybeit’s about our kids and giving them opportunities we didn’t get.

For 102-year-old Canterbury Court resident Jo Millhouse, the dream was simple: to ride a motorcyle again.

“I’ve ridden bikes for years,” Jo proudly proclaimed this week. She had ridden many times before – even celebrating her 80th birthday at 80 miles an hour. “I really enjoyed that one,” she said. “I thought then that I’d keep adding one mile per hour in speed every birthday.”

That wasn’t the case this week when she hopped on the bike one more time to celebrate. “I’m not doing 102 miles per hour!”

But Jo still achieved what she set out to do – meet her dream of riding again.

We all should have dreams. Will we achieve them? Who knows. but isn’t it great to know you might just do it – even at 102 years old?

What are your dreams?

Celebrating a new beginning at St. Paul Village

May 4, 2012

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I found myself shaking my head in agreement with one of St. Paul Village‘s residents this week. Following the grand re-opening ceremony at St. Paul, Marjorie Moseley commented to a TV reporter, “It’s hard when you’re in your 80s to get used to change, but change is good.”

That may well be good for Mrs. Moseley – and truly great for St. Paul Village. The change there truly is good. Coming in the form of a $13 million renovation that spanned more than 14 months, apartments at St. Paul are now heated and cooled using geothermal technology. They are larger with more open kitchens that allow residents to visit moreeasily with their guests. And residents can enjoy new gardens a walking paths, plus much more.

Stop by and take a look around. I’m sure you find it worth the visit!

Thoughts on NPR’s “Family Matters” series

April 27, 2012

– by John Cummings, ERH Marketing Manager

 

This morning, as I was reading through some the other blogs I follow, I stumbled upon some great thoughts about NPR’s series called Family Matters. The stories follow a few different families, as today’s GlynnDevins post reminded me:

“The series follows three families:

  • A middle-aged couple whose non-self-supporting 24-year-old son lives with them as they take in her 81-year-old father who has dementia
  • An 89-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer’s who lives with her 66-year-old daughter, and the 43-year-old granddaughter who’s quit her job to provide home care
  • A pair of 40-something sisters-in-law who alternate caring for a barely ambulatory 87-year-old grandmother in their respective homes, balancing the responsibilities of care with parental duties”

Many of us can probably relate to their stories. It’s what many families and caregivers experience and may think about as they look at in-home care options with Living Well Senior Solutions or retirement communities like Marjorie P. Lee or Deupree House. Take a listen to the stories at NPR’s website and help keep the conversation going.

Marjorie P. Lee resident volunteers as science fair judge for local middle schools

March 20, 2012

The Council for Life Long Engagement (CLLE) recently took on a new, unique engagement. Dr. Corning Benton, a resident at Marjorie P. Lee in Hyde Park and a member of CLLE, was presented with an opportunity to be a science fair judge for 7th and 8th grade projects at St. Andrews in Milford and at Nativity in Pleasant Ridge. He couldn’t have been more excited for the challenging experience!

During his time at the schools, Dr. Benton judged over ten different projects, ranging from activity pulse rates and music affecting heart rates to wind turbine blade aerodynamics. He was amazed by the hard work each student put in to their projects, from their display boards to their science fair reports.

Spending time at the science fair was by no means time wasted for Dr. Benton. “I enjoyed every minute of the experience. The displays, presentations and knowledge of the students spoke marvelously of the skill of the science faculties.”

Dr. Benton hopes to participate as a judge in future science fairs.  He is also excited to partner with schools this fall with the start of a new school year to help prepare students for their science fairs. Dr. Benton will share some personal insight on what students can expect at the science fair and tips for what judges look for in projects.

For more information, visit the Council for Life Long Engagement’s website at www.clle.org.

If you are interested in starting a CLLE program in your community, contact Laura Lamb at llamb@erhinc.com or 513.272.5555 ext. 6606.

Deupree Residents Donate Blankets to Tornado Victims

March 7, 2012
Deupree House resident loads blankets for tornado victims in Moscow, Ohio.

Deupree House resident Phil Maechling loads blankets to be donated to tornado victims in Moscow, Ohio.

Last Friday, Deupree House resident Phil Maechling was wondering where to store the more than 20 blankets the Deupree Knotters group had assembled.

He didn’t have to wonder for long.

“I followed the news about the tornadoes last Friday, and when I woke up Saturday and saw the devastation just down the road, I knew those blankets might be needed,” Maechling said. He called the Bethel Fire Department in Clermont County to find out how to donate the blankets their knotting group had finished.

“The fire chief told me nearly 90 residents of Moscow (Ohio) had lost nearly everything in the tornado,” Maechling said. “So we knew those blankets would keep at least a few people warm.” He and his wife Joan loaded their car and drove to the Bethel Fire Department. Officials there took them from there to the nearest donation center.

The tornado blanket donation is just the latest in a string of similar donations from the Deupree knotting group. More than a dozen Deupree House residents meet each week to knot blankets together using fabric bolts they purchase on their own. The group takes donations to defray the cost of buying the fabric.

“We started knotting the blankets last year after getting involved with the Blanketed with Love project,” Maechling said. “It’s something simple to do that does so much good.”

The group has so far donated over 100blankets to Cincinnati area homeless shelters, foster care programs and a respite center for homeless persons discharged from the hospital. “We’re always looking for places to donate them,” Maechling said. “We just enjoy doing things for others.”

Deupree House is owned and operated by Episcopal Retirement Homes.

Two ERH Executives Selected for Statewide Senior Advocacy Organization

February 7, 2012
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ERH is proud to announce that two members of our executive team have been selected for positions with LeadingAge Ohio, a statewide senior advocacy organization!  R. Douglas Spitler, President and CEO of ERH (above photo), was appointed to the LeadingAge Public Policy Congress as one of four representatives from LeadingAge Ohio.   This means that he will represent the state association and its members in identifying and setting national senior service public policy priorities. He is also a past chair of the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors.

Laura Lamb, Vice President of residential housing and healthcare at ERH was also selected to join LeadingAge Ohio.  She oversees all management aspects for Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community and Deupree House and Deupree Cottages, which serve about 450 residents and employ 300 people.

Congratulations to both members of our team, continue to make us proud!

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ERH VP of Residential Housing and Healthcare, Laura Lamb

Gary Saves the Day for Marjorie P. Lee Residents!

January 31, 2012
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Our Wonderful Driver Gary!

At ERH, one thing we are very proud of is the dedication of our staff, and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.  Driver Gary Morgenroth is the perfect example of this enthusiasm and devotion. Recently, he took a busload of Marjorie P. Lee residents to Union Terminal to see the OmniMax film Rocky Mountain Express. Although the tickets had been reserved in advance, they were mistakenly sold before the residents arrived.  Gary found himself with a busload of disappointed residents.  Since Gary is a current volunteer docent for the Historical Society Museum and has worked previously as a city surveyor, he used his knowledge to take the residents on an extensive tour of the city.  The residents were thrilled and commented that Gary’s Cincinnati tour was so interesting and informative that they would recommend everyone receive one!  Great job Gary, thanks for saving the day!

If you are interested in brightening the lives of older adults, visit our Volunteer Page, Deupree House Meals on Wheels Page, or the ERH Home Page.