Another Benefit of Water Aerobics – RECOVERY!

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By Alison Kennedy, FPH Wellness Director

You may have heard or read about the many benefits of exercising in water. Improved cardio endurance, weight loss and stress relief — just to name a few. But in addition to these important benefits, working out in the water is a great place to allow recovery to happen, as well.

I’ve been involved with sports a good part of my life – particularly as a runner.  As with any sport, it’s important to have rest days in between rigorous cardio or strength training days because your muscles need time to recuperate and repair.  Water exercise allows you to recover, while still getting in a workout. The lack of impact on the joints and muscles gives your body time to mend. Plus, rest days give the muscles, bones and connective tissue a chance to rebuild.

According to recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine, you should train each major muscle group two or three days per week and leave at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session. That means rest days are just as important as training days. So, don’t skip the rest days. Get in the water and MOVE! Your body will thank you.

Balance Class Announced for August, Open to Community

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls will start Thursday, August 23 at Florida Presbyterian Homes. This 8-week class will be held on Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am in the game room. There is no charge for the class, and both FPH residents and Lakeland community members are invited to attend.

The class is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so please call the wellness department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this class. All participants enrolled in the class will receive a workbook. Light  snacks will be made available at each class.  

Employee of the 3rd Quarter Awarded

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Congratulations are in order for Ronda Nicole Layton, C.N.A. — winner of the Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2018.RondaLayton (1)

Ronda is a Life Coach Team Leader here at Florida Presbyterian Homes. She is known for going above and beyond in her work. Ronda shows great compassion for our residents and is continually looking for special ways to ensure the wants and needs of our residents are fulfilled. Employee of the Quarter award winners receive a cash prize for their efforts and a special parking space for the entire quarter. We thank Ronda for all of her hard work and for being willing to go the extra mile.

FPH Awarded National Recognition For Quality of Care in Assisted Living

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Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Assisted Living Facility has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We are proud to be honored for our commitment to quality improvement,” said Alexis Bautz, Quality Coordinator of Florida Presbyterian Homes. “Our team is extremely proud of the work they do every day to improve our residents’ quality of life. Working together as a team has enabled us to reach this milestone.”

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The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Florida Presbyterian Homes may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“I applaud Florida Presbyterian Homes for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage them to continue on their path to achieving superior outcomes.” The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.

FPH Wins Award from Lakeland Historic Preservation Board

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Congratulations to Executive Director John Hehn and Construction Manager Joe Diaz for their role in helping Florida Presbyterian Homes receive the coveted Residential Preservation Award from the Lakeland Historic Preservation Board.

This award was given due to the outstanding efforts of the FPH team to relocate the O.W. McCallister House (1925) from Lakeside Avenue to 939 S. New York Avenue in Lakeland. In addition to the relocation, the house received a major rehabilitation and restoration.

Click HERE to read the article that ran in The Ledger. Congratulations to John, Joe and all those involved in these award-winning efforts.

 

New Director of Nursing Joins Florida Presbyterian Homes

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Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to welcome a new Director of Nursing to their administrative team.

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Mary K. Ziomkowski, DNP, MEd, RN, BS, RAC-CT, joined FPH in April 2018 and is responsible for the overall operation of nursing services in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations. She will oversee a team of more than 60 nurses, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Dr. Ziomkowski comes to FPH from Michigan with excellent credentials and nursing experience in skilled nursing facilities and sub-acute rehabilitation practice settings. Her family includes her husband Dave, five children and five grandchildren.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Mary on our team,” said John M. Hehn, Jr., Executive Director for FPH. “She has a unique blend of nursing experience combined with a passion for the sciences, having been an educator of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Mary brings us a proven track record in nursing management and we look forward to having her lead our highly qualified nursing staff.”

 Dr. Ziomkowski holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Health Systems Leadership from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she engaged with students as a professor in the College of Nursing. She completed a Master’s degree in Education at GVSU with an emphasis on Adult and Higher Education. Dr. Ziomkowski also obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees from GVSU – one in nursing and another in biology. Prior to that, she received a diploma as a Registered Nurse from the Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids.

Previous to joining FPH, Dr. Ziomkowski was the Director of Nursing at United Church Homes, Pilgrim Manor, in Grand Rapids Michigan. She has also held positions as an MDS [nurse assessment] Coordinator, Health Compliance Coordinator, Clinical Unit Manager, Surgical Nurse and as an educator at the secondary and university levels.

In addition to receiving numerous honors and awards, Dr. Ziomkowski has published papers and presented research relating to her areas of expertise. She holds several certifications and licensures, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association and the American Society of Aging.

Three New Leaders Added to Board of Directors

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Florida Presbyterian Homes (FPH) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our esteemed Board of Directors: (pictured left to right)

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  • Ashley Link – Director of Marketing, Southern Homes
  • Nicole TravisManager, Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Lakeland
  • Alice O’ReillyRetired, President Emeritus, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE)

These new members join the existing Board of Directors, which serves as the governing body of Florida Presbyterian Homes. FPH is an accredited and award-winning continuing care retirement community designed to accommodate the changing needs of residents as they age. The campus is located on 48-acres along the shores of Lake Hunter in the historic Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland.

The Board helps define the mission, vision and values of FPH, and monitors the programs and services offered. The Board also assists with goal setting and planning, forming policies, providing proper financial oversight, selecting, supporting and evaluating the executive director, and ensuring legal and ethical integrity and compliance of the highest standards.

Current Board members include: William Cloyd, Chair; Michael Spake, MHA, JD, Vice-Chair; Elena Nicholas, Secretary; Ronald R. Shuck, Treasurer; Bob Tebbe; Rev. Marilyn H. Cummings, MDiv., MRE, BCC; John Siefert; Jim Verplanck; Maureen Browne; Scott Langston, JD, MBA; Tom Bowles; F. Carter (Bud) Karins; Katie Piperata; and Michael W. Tamney.

Established in 1955, Florida Presbyterian Homes has a rich Christian heritage of serving elders, by offering a wide variety of homes and apartments for independent seniors. Award-winning assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are available on campus for residents should they need them.

Most recently, FPH opened a short-term rehabilitation facility in 2017 that is available to all adults in the community, as well as for residents of FPH. A highly skilled staff provides person-centered nursing care and specialized rehabilitation plans for individuals recovering from stroke, hip fractures, knee/hip/joint replacements, respiratory ailments, heart attacks and open-heart surgery (including grafts, valves and stents). There’s an on-site, state-of-the-art therapy gym, private rooms with in-room bathrooms and showers, and several modern amenities and special touches. Guests experience a warm, family-oriented environment where a speedy recovery, improved function and a smooth transition home are the primary goals.

For more information about Florida Presbyterian Homes’ Board of Directors, contact our administration at 863-577-6035. Visit www.FPHI.org for additional information about FPH. Or, call 863-688-5521 to schedule a tour or request more information.

Housekeeping Staff Member Recognized as Employee of the Quarter

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce Carl Battles from our Housekeeping team as winner of the Employee of the Quarter award. Carl is recognized for having a great work ethic and for always being willing to help when needed. He’s dependable, caring and has great integrity. Carl also shows a lot of compassion for our residents — even calling on his days off to check on them. For these attributes and more, we recognize Carl as an award winner for the second quarter of 2018. Congratulations!

Weekly Cooking Demonstrations Offer Tasty Options for All

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Mark your calendar for Tuesdays at 2 pm for the “Dishes & Diets” cooking demonstration at Florida Presbyterian Homes. We’ve partnered with Elder Pointe Ministries to provide fresh produce on Mondays at an affordable cost. A cooking demonstration using select produce is then offered on Tuesdays in the Porter McGrath building.

Attendees at Dishes & Diets help prepare ingredients to be used in various quick and easy meals. All cooking demonstrations take place on an induction burner that is cool to the touch — making for a safer cooking environment. Recipes are made available following the demonstration for residents to take and try at home.

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“Everyone truly enjoys the sights, smells and flavor of a home-cooked meal prepared right before their eyes,” says Chef Etta Owens, Dean of Residents at Florida Presbyterian Homes. “There are plenty of smiles and empty plates to indicate our residents’ enjoyment of these cooking activities.”

Chef Etta is shown making chicken and rice using a one-pot recipe with the following ingredients: virgin olive oil, green peppers, shredded carrots, roasted red peppers, strawberry onions, scallions, yellow rice, diced chicken and chicken broth.

For more information on Dishes & Diets or to confirm the exact location of these cooking events, contact Chef Etta at 863-577-6027 or by email at eowens@fphi.org.

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