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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.

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?

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.

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

“Our residents say it best”

January 13, 2012

Marjorie P. Lee, retirement community, senior living, Cincinnati, OH, OhioI love talking with our residents. Regardless of the community they choose to call home, I rarely pay a visit to them that doesn’t include a wonderful smile and wishes for a good whatever part of the day it is. And I just enjoy the happiness I see around the campuses – in meeting neighbors for coffee or a chat about a book they’re reading, in working on a jigsaw puzzle, or simply in a passing “hello” while they read a book. Just talking with them brings so much joy!

That’s what makes the videos we just finished for Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee so wonderful. Residents get to share their smiles and their stories about what makes these communities home for them. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to enjoy them!

“Blanketed with Love” at Deupree House

November 14, 2011

Deupree House residents ensure local homeless & homebound will stay warm throughout the winter

A rainbow of color covered the Deupree House event center in October as residents showed off their handiwork – over 70 hand-crafted fleece blankets – destined for the shoulders of some of Cincinnati’s less fortunate to help them stay warm this winter.

Members of Deupree House’s Outreach Committee – a group of residents organized this past summer to do charitable work – created the blankets for “Blanketed with Love”, a local group that distributes donated blankets to people who are homeless, homebound, poor, ill or disadvantaged. They fashioned the blankets using instructions from the organization, tying together two pieces  of fleece to create a layer of warmth during the cold winter months, or even just when someone feels the need to wrap them- selves up for a little while.

“The committee’s goal when they started was 50 blankets,” said Rochelle Dietz, Life Enrichment Director at Deupree House. “They wound up finishing 75 by the middle of October – a real testament to their concern and determination to help other people.”

The blankets will be distributed throughout churches and faith organizations that are part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network to offer meals and overnight accommodations to people in need.

To find out more about Deupree House, call Gini Tarr at (513) 561-4200 or visit http://www.deupreehouse.com.

The Garden that Jack Built

October 10, 2011

I’m often amazed and awed by the talents of residents living in ERH communities. A great case in point: Jack Fix, resident at Deupree House.

Since he and his wife Helen moved in several years ago, Jack has showcased his many artistic talents in a variety of ways. His art – a wonderful handmade collection of sculpted wood and other media – have been placed on display at Deupree House. He has also offered his expertise to the Council on Lifelong Engagement as a speaker to students at various schools.

But Jack is also an avid gardener. He worked with us on a video showcasing the work he’s done on a garden located near the Deupree House kitchen. Once a desolate spot, Jack has worked with the helping hands of other Deupree House residents to develop the plot into a sanctuary for relaxation and reflection, all the while taking in beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed. Take a look for yourself and enjoy!

Get Fit for Fall – ERH Living Well into the Future

September 26, 2011

“Where did the day go?”

Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you to go through your e-mail, you could fit in a good workout? We’re not talking about giving up 60 minutes either; all you need is 10.

Just 10?

Forget the “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to exercise. Fitness does not live or die by 60 minute workouts; there is middle ground. Short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, have been shown to share similar benefits of longer workouts.

Your body will reap numerous benefits just by becoming more active. This approach is perfect for times when you want to start off slowly and build up a routine. And, you have the opportunity right in the convenience of your work place!

Easier Than You Think

Treat these 10 minutes like you would a regular workout. Take 1 – 2 minutes to warm up and get the muscles ready, including stretching. Follow with at least 7 minutes of exercise at a medium or high intensity. Then make sure to include a 60 second cool down.

Since it’s brief, it’s important to work at a moderate to high intensity to obtain all of the benefits. Work at raising your heart and respiration rates. Just like regular workouts, try to include cardio, strength training and flexibility work in your shortened routine. Either knock out all three during the 10 minutes, or plan a 10 minute segment for each area.

Example: Push out 10 minutes of cardio on the stationary bike. For strength, do push-ups, wall sits or lift dumbbells. For flexibility, it’s helpful to just stretch every day. Work different muscle groups and keep it simple. After 10 minutes, you will feel healthier and be on your way to developing solid fitness habits.

But I Still Don’t Have Time

It only takes 30 minutes a day, broken up into manageable chunks of 10. Start with a quick exercise when you wake up. The second session? A lunch break or afternoon break is the perfect time to re-energize and get the blood flowing again. The last 10 minute blitz could come in the evening, even while you are watching TV. It’s an ideal way to involve the family as well. Go for a power walk after dinner with your spouse or ride bikes with the kids.

It is all about convenience; if you try, you can fit exercise into your schedule no matter where you are. Do it at home or at work, outside or in the living room. Start building exercise spurts into your daily routine and you’ll start feeling better.

ERH offers “Get Fit for Fall” program to staff

During the months of September and October, ERH will show their staff members how this is all possible! Beginning September 19th,  ERH will offer their staff members weekly walking groups, a variety of 10 minute fitness classes such as stretching, strength training, yoga and more. ERH will host Family Swim Nights at the Marjorie P. Lee and Deupree House pools, both located in Hyde Park. ERH will also be sponsoring 10 minute foot and hand massages for relaxation.

At the end of the six week “Get Fit for Fall” program, ERH will host their first All Company Walk!

ERH wants their staff members and YOU to live well into the future. For more information on the wellness programs at Deupree Houseand Marjorie P. Lee, visit deupreehouse.com/wellness and marjorieplee.com/wellness.

Away we go!

August 26, 2011

We’re off and running!

Episcopal Retirement Homes is starting a blog … and it is off to an amazing and awesome start! Just getting a look at all we can do here is wonderfully refreshing.

Of course, as we continue to build this presence we will look to you, our readers, for input on potential topics. We’ll certainly talk about what’s happening around the ERH family of communities, in-home and community-based services. But we also want to focus on the people that make our communities and services so terrific in the first place. After all, they are the heart of who we are!

There will be other items of interest, too, based on your feedback. Do you want to read about care options? What about what’s going on with something like Alzheimer’s or dementia care? Would tips on staying active and healthy at home be of interest?

Please let us know using the comments feature here, or email us at erhmarketing@erhinc.com. After all, this blog is for you! We look forward to talking with you in the months and years to come!