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Victory Centre Seniors “ON-THE-GO” Art Exhibit Is Rolling Through The South Suburbs On Their Bus
South suburban Victory Centre seniors armed with paintbrushes and some inspiration from a modern day abstract artist, painted a colorful mural to add “bling” and personality to the sides of the bus that transports them.
For the bus’s design, the seniors mimicked the work of modern abstract painter Chris Johanson. Inspired by his color field technique, they used all of the primary colors to create a vibrant, eye-catching abstract banner. The senior artists can be seen in a photo on the back of the bus. The bus art project stems from Victory Centre communities’ signature ArtPath program, which provides regular and ongoing opportunities for beginning and experienced artists-at-heart to express themselves in meaningful ways through various art modalities.
Older Rescue Dog Gets a “New Lease on Life”: Labrador Retires with Victory Centre of Vernon Hills Seniors
Teddy, an 11-year-old Labrador mix, moved to Victory Centre of Vernon Hills, a supportive living community for seniors, in August and is adjusting well. Victory Centre residents and staff adopted Teddy from Fortunate Pooches and Lab Rescue.
When adopting shelter dogs, many people often overlook the older pooches in favor of puppies. Not so for the seniors at Victory Centre of Vernon Hills who find that Teddy, the older, more mature dog, is a perfect match for their retirement lifestyle. Teddy was the first dog they met, and they picked him on the spot.
“We all knew he was the perfect dog for our community right away,” said Mirka Biegunska, Community Life Manager. “He loves the residents, and they love him!” Although they thought Teddy was about 7 years old, a veterinarian told them he’s closer to 11! Now residents give Teddy a naptime break each afternoon, so he can keep up with them.
Not as Old As I Thought I Was
Georgia Hansen remembers camping when she was 10 as a Campfire Girl, but that's a long time ago.
Pathway Senior Living, which manages Oak Hill, takes elderly campers to Sunrise Lake Campground in suburban Bartlett. On Aug. 19, the organization took about 30 seniors from around the Chicago area to the campground, including Hansen and Ron Jaworski, 78, another Oak Hill resident.
It's part of Pathway's Camp Viva! program.
"Camp Viva! challenges the way we think about aging," Pathway's Lynn Bunnell said in a news release.
If that was the goal, it appeared to have worked for Hansen, a Chicago native. She said she wasn't sure whether she could handle camping again, noting she is hard of hearing and legally blind.
"I found out I'm not as old as I thought I was," she said.
She and the campers stayed overnight, sleeping on cots.
"I found the cot comfortable," Hansen said. "I had a heck of a time getting out of it. Getting in it was no problem."
Pathway Senior Living Earns an ALFA “Best of the Best” Award for Innovative Care Partnerships that Keep Seniors Well
Pathway Senior Living’s VIVA! Plus coordinated care model has earned a 2014 “Best of the Best” Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).
Pathway Senior Living’s VIVA! Plus coordinated care model has earned a 2014 “Best of the Best” Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for its network of select preferred providers who serve as an extension of Pathway’s residential care team to provide truly synchronized care that means better care for residents. This national award honors programs that are advancing business excellence in the senior living field.
VIVA! Plus connects Pathway residents to trusted providers such as physicians, skilled nursing providers, therapists, social service professionals, psychiatric nurses, pharmacists and hospice care providers. Each partner is committed to taking a team approach. Since VIVA! Plus began, residents are more likely to make and keep appointments. There is less opportunity for missed diagnoses or confusion about care plans, and medication management is more effective, Oliva said. In 2013, Pathway reported a 33 percent decrease in 30-day hospital readmissions and an 8 percent decrease in the number of hospitalizations. Pathway also saw a 7 percent decrease in falls and a 4 percent decrease in falls resulting in injuries.
Program submissions were judged for their uniqueness in the industry, innovative use of ideas from outside the industry, impact on residents, their families, staff and operations, embrace of industry core principles, the strength of quantitative and qualitative results and strategic vision.
About Pathway Senior Living
Pathway Senior Living is a privately held, Chicago-based senior living company managed by an experienced team that is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. The innovative, award-winning company develops, owns, operates, and/or manages market-rate and mixed-income independent living and assisted living communities in the Midwest.
About the Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living.
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