Posts Tagged ‘Deupree House’

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?

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.

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.