On Saturday, Sept. 19, a dedicated team of O’Neill Healthcare employees participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Avon, at the All-Pro Freight Stadium, home of the Lake Erie Crushers. This nationwide event raises awareness and much needed funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care and provide support to advance critical research. We are proud to say that our O’Neill Healthcare team raised just over $2,200 for the cause.
Many interesting programs are upcoming at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane. To register or for more information, call 440-835-6565.
What's New at Playhouse Square
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m.
George McNulty will talk about the history of Playhouse Square, and how the theatres survived the wrecking ball in the '70s. He then will review the upcoming productions in the Broadway Series. Two tickets will be given away for an upcoming performance!
Nature Trip to Sandy Ridge Reservation
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m.
We will tour this wetland and wildlife preserve with a Sandy Ridge naturalist. Some seats are available on the tram, or you may walk. Departure is from the Dwyer Center. Cost is $10.
If you missed the Carnival at the Westlake Center for Community Services in August, "there's always next year" – a phrase familiar to us Clevelanders. In the meantime, check out some of the upcoming events in our newsletter found on the City of Westlake website at www.cityofwestlake.com under the Community Services department tab. Please call 440-899-3544 to RSVP for programs, or to request more information. Here are some offerings on deck:
FOR MEN ONLY
Our next Men's Morning is Wednesday, Sept. 16. This monthly program always starts out with a hearty, aka manly, homemade breakfast made onsite. This month's speaker is a return visit by local author Peter Chakerian. The regulars would recognize him from the last time he came to present his book on Browns tailgating. This time he presents on Cleveland's rock 'n' roll heyday and shares stories about co-authoring a book with famed Cleveland photojournalist Janet Macoska. RSVP by Sept. 2.
Several interesting programs will be presented at the Dwyer Senior Center in the coming weeks. To register or for more information, call 440-835-6565.
Cleveland Clinic Driving Evaluation Presentation
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Do you ever think you or someone you love should give up driving? The Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic is available to evaluate a person's current driving ability, assess driving potential and enable the person to return to safe, independent driving whenever possible. Come learn the details of this important program. Lunch is provided.
Art Appreciation with Bill Minnion
Monday, Aug. 31, 1 p.m.
"Placing Women in Art" – Artists are always looking for inspiration and many have chosen idealized but honest and powerful depictions of women. We will view the innocent, the elegant, the motherly, the femme fatale, the young and the old in portrayals of women from 17th century Vermeer to 21st century Andrew Wyeth. Anecdotal tidbits about the artists will lighten up the discussion.
Back-to-school shopping ads, Cleveland Browns Training Camp, and the final Patio Party at the Westlake Center for Community Services are signs that summer is winding down.
Our last patio party was a tropical celebration complete with steel drums and a feast to match. While we are still celebrating summer with a Carnival on Aug. 19, our September "Oktoberfest" celebration is just around the corner. The Sept. 9 "Oktoberfest" will be in honor of National Senior Day. We will celebrate with traditional Oktoberfest food, and non-traditional Oktoberfest drink (root beer instead of beer). The Polka Pirates will be on hand to play traditional style Slovenian, Polish and German music. We expect some spontaneous singing and dancing to occur.
Bay Village Community Services hosted a luncheon June 12 for residents 90-years-old or beyond at Dwyer Center. Thirty seniors having reached their 90s were honored and were treated to a luncheon provided by Towne Center Community Campus and musical entertainment.
O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village held a “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony in celebration of National Nursing Assistants week. Each year, the second week of June is set aside to acknowledge the contributions made by those individuals who have chosen to make the nursing assistant profession their life’s work. These dedicated and compassionate individuals are, quite literally, the heart and soul, not to mention the “hands” of the facility.
Staff from all departments came out to join in the ceremony performed by Dr. Rev. Marcettes Cunningham, of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. “Our hands express the function of caring, whether it’s administering medication, providing rehabilitation, preparing a meal or helping a resident’s family. We are privileged to work for a profession where we have the opportunity to care for others and make a difference in their lives,” said Candy Sanson, administrator.
Gardens at Westlake hosted a Sunshine Cruise Casino Gala for their residents and community members on June 6 which turned out to be a winning event for everyone as fun and excitement abounded. The Gardens was transformed into a cruise ship casino with slot machines, roulette wheels, and black jack and craps tables.
The crew (aka Gardens staff members) pampered guests in true cruise fashion and passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks so everyone could play without interruption. Attendees were excited to win fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.
St. John Medical Center’s Community Outreach program has kicked off their 6-week “Bring It On” health challenge to members of local senior centers. The program, sponsored exclusively by O’Neill Healthcare, focuses on improving the health and well being of seniors in the Westshore communities. The health challenge has two senior centers competing against one another to see whose members can demonstrate the greatest improvement in cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist size.
I recently met with a nursing student from Cleveland State University who was given the assignment to explore a senior center and learn about how such a facility could potentially help her patients. Admittedly, she was quite surprised to learn the wide range and variety of activities, programs and services provided – and mostly how fun it all sounded.
I asked her to describe her picture of a senior center, and she pictured what many do: a room with people just sitting around, maybe playing cards or visiting. While there are definitely card players and lots of socializing, there is also so much more. Basically, we are a health and wellness spa for seniors. Maybe if we changed our name to reflect this, more people would benefit from what some of our patrons call "the best kept secret of Westlake."
O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village has been awarded a very special Certificate of Appreciation from the Marine Corp League, Gung Ho Detachment #650 on behalf of our distinguished veterans. This great group of Marines is the Nursing Home Reconnaissance Party, known for supporting any former Marine who becomes a nursing home resident.
We have been recognized for our support, patriotism and dedication to Marine veterans. This is only the second time the group has bestowed the award. We are thrilled to have received this honor. O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village is a Veterans Administration contracted facility and has developed a number of programs engaging our veterans with outside organizations.
For the fourth straight year the Gardens at Westlake senior living community hosted students from Avon Heritage South Elementary school for a Right to Read Week project. The students came on May 20 to read their stories to the residents.
The students brought their favorite books to read and some students brought books they wrote and illustrated. The 25 third-grade students had a great time, as did the residents of the Gardens at Westlake who enjoyed listening to the stories being read.
The Westlake Women's Club recently joined forces with the Westlake Center for Community Services to honor our residents who are 90 years old and then some! The birthday celebration took place at the Westlake Recreation Center and it included brunch, birthday cake and a formal recognition of all honorees by Mayor Dennis Clough who presented them with proclamations.
Papparazzi were plentiful as there were so many picture-worthy moments. About 100 guests enjoyed the event. Some were residents of our local assisted living facilities: Arden Courts, Devon Oaks, Our House and Brighton Gardens, along with one-third of the honorees who live independently. Pianist Jack Hogue provided entertainment. The oldest attendee was 103!
Mother’s Day was celebrated at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village with a very special Mother/Daughter Tea. The dining room was decorated with more than 100 antique dolls from around the world. A delicious brunch was served to 80 residents and their guests, while they learned about antique dolls from the guest speaker, Evelyn Krause. It was a wonderful afternoon in celebration of great moms.
O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, a senior living community on Bradley Road, had surprise guests on April 24 – Cowboy Bill and his pony, "Silver," of Pony Tales Farm, a non-profit farm in North Ridgeville, which is home to many rescued and rehabilitated ponies. As Silver walked around to greet the residents, Cowboy Bill sang campfire songs from the Old West and played his guitar. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by all.
The long winter is behind us and the seniors at the Knickerbocker Residence in Bay Village are ready to break out. The courtyard has been decorated by longtime resident Chuck McKee and everyone is looking forward to the upcoming blooms.
The Knickerbocker seniors have gathered for an Indians Home Opener Dinner on Friday, April 10, and for an Easter celebration put on by the Bay Presbyterian congregation on April 12. Everyone was so appreciative of the wonderful meal that was presented.
Bay Village is just full of wonderful neighbors.
A lighthearted music video featuring 90-something-year-olds doing a parody of the iconic Beastie Boys hit song, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” has been viewed nearly 2 million times since it was posted to YouTube March 30.
The video features residents and staff of The Belvedere of Westlake, and was filmed by the facility’s program coordinator, Stephanie Gumina.
“I posted a link to the video on my Facebook page on March 30 and when I went to bed that night, there were about 20 views,” says Gumina. “When I woke up the next morning, there were 800. The whole next day, we saw another 10,000 views, and another 10,000 views, and it just kept building. I really don’t know how it caught fire.”
Indians fever was in the air on March 30 at Gardens at Westlake as team mascot, Slider, entertained a crowd that included baseball fans of all ages. Recreating the fun and excitement of a ballpark, people were treated to hot dogs, nachos, pretzels and popcorn, all served from actual vendor carts. With everyone decked out in Indians gear, it really felt like walking into Progressive Field.
The mission of the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center is to offer social, educational, and wellness programs for people ages 55 and up that will improve their quality of life. We do this by offering a variety of activities and services, including:
- Exercise classes, from line dancing to tai chi to yoga. We will be offering Silver Sneakers classes in the near future.
- Activities, such as card playing, a fully equipped woodshop, knitting and needlecraft and entertainment programs
- Monthly trips and outings to area restaurants, museums, exhibits and entertainment
- Informational programs provided by community partners and experts
- Book clubs
Valentine’s Day was a hit among the assisted living residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village as 17 members of the Singing Seniors performed. The dining room was decorated with red and pink balloons, not to mention red desserts and paper hearts. The Singing Seniors were dressed for the occasion in red shirts, crazy hats and even added Mardi Gras beads.
One of the former rehab residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village has found an excuse to keep returning on a regular basis. Al Fuller, a jazz enthusiast and sax player, has found the perfect location for band practice.
Every second and fourth Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., you will find the 16-piece M2B2 Band in the main dining room of the facility, playing big band music. M2B2 – or the Martinez Memorial Big Band – named in honor of a former band member, has been making music together for six years. The residents are enjoying the “concerts” and we welcome guests to stop in and enjoy the music.
Every once in a while you run across someone who does their job so well, and with such exuberance, that you find yourself asking, "How did I get so lucky as to have this individual enter my life"? Such is the case with postal carrier Tom Mrvetz!
Since the very first day he walked through the doors of the Knickerbocker Apartments, the residents have been overwhelmed by his kindness and warm friendship.
The Gardens at Westlake was presented with a 2015 Best of Assisted Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in the past year on SeniorAdvisor.com, the premier ratings and reviews site for senior care and services nationwide.
Ring in the New Year early on Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 10 a.m. with a Tropical Island theme! Tom Todd will entertain us Jimmy Buffet-style with island music as well as some classics. Lunch, served at 11:30 a.m., will also be tropical-themed. Cost is $7; RSVP and payment are required by Dec. 22. Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt and dust off that Parrot-Head hat and let's party! We will have door prizes and a non-alcoholic toast at noon to welcome 2015.
If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to try something new, come to our Newcomers Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7. If you aren't new to the Westlake Center for Community Services, then bring someone who is! This event is at 10 a.m. and is an informal introduction to our many opportunities, programs and services. Receive a tour of the facility and meet the staff. We hope that this will encourage you to make new friends and keep coming back! Light refreshments will be available. This free event is open to everyone 50 and older. Reservations are required by Jan. 5.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village celebrated their annual Thanksgiving feast in appreciation of the residents and their families. Nearly 400 traditional Thanksgiving dinners were served. The entire meal was lovingly prepared in-house by our staff. Each of the five dining rooms were filled with families and friends enjoying the feast with their loved one.
This event is a long-standing tradition at the Bay Village campus which is comprised of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living. Candy Sanson, administrator of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, stated: “This is our opportunity to thank our residents and families for the privilege of caring for them.” The residents of the health campus will receive a repeat performance of the meal on Thanksgiving Day.
O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village honored 23 veterans for their military service on Veterans Day. This distinguished group was comprised of 21 men and two women representing every branch of the armed forces and also included WWII veterans from the British and Hungarian armies.
A Color Guard from the North Ridgeville VFW Post led the ceremony honoring our vets and O’Neill Healthcare Hospice was on hand to commemorate each veteran’s service with the presentation of a certificate and pinning ceremony.
Wally Bass is the only former Marine in residence at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village. In honor of Veterans Day, Wally experienced a “mass assault” – a special visit by members of the Marine Corp League.
Four members of the Gung Ho Detachment #650, from Brookpark, led by Senior Vice Commander William J. Mascoll, surprised Wally and presented him with a certificate, and spent time talking about their Marine experiences.
The Knickerbocker is getting spruced up for the coming holidays. The dining room has brand new sheer curtains. The only person brave enough to climb the tall ladder several times, carrying the freshly ironed curtains, was our building manager, Diana Pickering. Thanks, Diana. We couldn't have done it without you. When the curtains were hung, newly made bows were pinned on the gathered part of the drapes, handmade by Mary Varadi, who has created quilts, bows and other works of art for many years.
The residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay enjoyed Trick or Treat with the cutest pumpkins, pirates and princesses that we have ever seen!
The “Mothers of Pre-Schoolers” group from Bay Presbyterian Church came in two days before Halloween with 35 children, dressed in costume and ready for candy.
The Red Hot Chili Steppers was the moniker for this year's Westlake Walkers, an over-50 walking group organized by the Westlake Center for Community Services. The group walks the equivalent of a marathon over a six-month period, meeting twice a month at different park locations. Each walk is two miles. The season kicks off with a motivational breakfast and ends with a celebratory brunch where members also earn their certificates of achievement.
Medicare Open Enrollment, the annual period for beneficiaries to review coverage and consider making changes for next year, began on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.
Who should be concerned with open enrollment?
Once per year, everyone who is eligible and wants to enroll or already is enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan and/or a Medicare Advantage Plan/Medicare Part C can either enroll without penalty during this time or review their current plan to see if it is still the most advantageous based on their current situation.
O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay residents enjoyed an evening of music and dancing at the annual Stepping Out dance held at St. Ladislas Catholic Church in Westlake. Each year the church donates the use of their church hall and invites nursing home and assisted living residents from the local area to come together for an evening of fun. This year the residents sang and danced the night away to the musical renderings of the Johnny Pastirik Band.
Residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay Assisted Living were invited to submit their original artwork at the annual Northern Ohio Association of Activity Professionals art show, held at the 78th Street Studios in the Gordon Square area of Cleveland. The fine arts complex is known for its extensive artistic talent and has over 50 art studios. Bradley Bay residents have been honing their artistic talents in the use of watercolor over the past three months as part of the activities programming. Each artist received a participation ribbon and an art lesson from one of the resident artists of the Studio. Our senior artists came back inspired to expand on their artistic skills – we can’t wait to see what their creativity brings.
Sunday, Sept. 7, was National Grandparents Day, and at O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay it was celebrated in style! On a “picture-perfect” weather day, 175 residents and guests gathered outside. Musical entertainment was provided by the Johnny Pastirik Band while residents and their families enjoyed root beer floats. Volunteers from Providence Church and the Lake Breeze Youth Group joined in the fun, and along with the Bradley Bay staff made sure that every resident felt honored and cherished for the special gifts that only a grandparent can give.
After 40 years of northern Ohio weather, the Knickerbocker Senior Apartment building was showing signs of its age. When the wind and rain hit the sides of the building, the water would run off but during the winter ice forms on the bricks and freezes in the cracks in the cement.
Little by little the cement crumbles, the masonry falls apart and water seeps into the walls and damages the flooring. Temporary fixes helped, but this year tuck pointing had to be done. Last month the bricklayers began their tedious job.
A new monthly program underway in our Assisted Living at O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay may lead us to discover the next Henri Matisse! Watercolorist Mary Lou Palermo has created a program, focused on the senior population, to help individuals develop their own unique painting style. Classes can be enjoyed by all Bradley Bay residents, regardless of their artistic ability.
One year ago, an innovative music program called “Hear My Song” was introduced at the Gardens at Westlake for members in its Residence Club, a transitional memory care program geared toward early to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias. Dr. Cameron Camp, Ph.D., from the Applied Research for Dementia Association, developed “Hear My Song” to teach people with early to moderate forms of memory loss, known as Mild Cognitive Impairment, to play musical instruments. This type of music therapy is shown to enhance the ability to retain short-term memory.
Meet Cleopatra, aka “Cleo”, the only four-legged member of the O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay team. Cleo is an 8-year-old Pekingese therapy dog. Her owner is Kathryn Hiendlmayr. Kathryn is a retired teacher from Fairview Park and became a Certified Therapy Animal Handler in 2010. She and Cleo have begun volunteering at Bradley Bay and the residents are really enjoying their new furry friend – and Kathryn too!
On Wednesday, July 30, the residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay experienced an evening of joy – joyful music that is – listening to the glorious singing of the talented Joyful Hearts Choir. Volunteer members of the choir belong to the Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. With almost 50 residents in attendance, we sang and moved to the choir who brought joy to everyone in our community. They promised to be back in the fall – and we can’t wait!
Weddings are traditionally shared with the bride and groom’s family and friends but this mother/daughter caregiver team made a last quick stop to Arden Courts Memory Care Community to share their joy with their residents. Michelle and Brittany Yereb have been caregivers at Arden Courts for over three years and consider their residents part of their extended family.
“The residents have been hearing about the wedding since Brittany and DJ became engaged. We just had to stop by and let them all see her in her dress,” said proud mom Michelle.