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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.

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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.

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

Spreading Christmas Cheer to Those Most in Need

December 22, 2011

Nearly 200 toys were collected this year

With all of the hustle and bustle surrounding the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that many families are simply struggling to get by during the tough economic times.  One community with many such families is Martin’s Ferry, located in eastern Ohio near the West Virginia border.  The Martin’s Ferry region was hit particularly hard by the recession, and many people in the area are still trying to get back on their feet.  This means a lot of budget tightening, especially during the Christmas season.

But the children of Martin’s Ferry will still be receiving a visit from Santa.  Staff from across the ERH family recently met for a toy drive, collecting presents for the children of Martin’s Ferry.  This is the 14th year in which ERH employees from the corporate office, senior living communities, and in-home and community-based services have gathered to provide gifts for the city. 

With the collective help of the ERH staff, nearly 200 toys were collected this year.  During the holidays it is especially important to display ministry, one of the core values of ERH, by serving others with generosity and compassion, always remembering how lucky we truly are. 

From all of us at ERH, we would like to wish everyone a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Delivery van full of toys for Martin's Ferry children

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!