FPH Hosts USF Gerontology Students

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USF class

Dr. Brianne Stanback (left) and Dr. Sheila Bosch (fourth from right) with Aging in Space and Place students. (Photo courtesy of USF.)

USF Students Help Older Adults Age in Place

by Bonnie Beth Silvestri, Director of Strategic Communications

We all love having a place to call home that feels special and reflects our identity; but as we age, our homes may someday become a hazard. A second floor may become inaccessible or a seemingly innocuous lower cabinet may become a threat to our health and safety. Nonetheless, the vast majority of adults approaching late-life wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

Dr. Brianne Stanback, Instructor and Internship Director in the School of Aging Studies, has taken the next step by creating a service-learning course called Aging in Space and Place in partnership with Florida Presbyterian Homes, a continuing care retirement community that offers a variety of choices for independent living and assisted living. She received a mini-grant from the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships to support the implementation of the course. Read more of the story on the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships website.

Moving Forward

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Comments heard by/expressed to the marketing department by residents following the extended Chat with John that focused on the new community/wellness center on July 16:

  • We have a strong brave leader, who is going through so much but is still able to move us forward.
  • We needed to hear these answers; I feel so much better.
  • This needs to happen, and we know that it will now.
  • We need to knock down the sixplex immediately and be ready for the new phase.
  • The sixplex eyesore should be condemned right now!
  • We are happy to hear of our plan to move forward!
  • He did a great job!
  • God bless John and his family; he still shows the strength to create positive changes for our community.
  • Let’s get this show on the road!
  • I understand now that it is not just what John wants, but what he is directed to accomplish.

This blog post was created by Public Relations Manager Jennifer Olivier.

Market Research Needed

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July 15, 2014 Board of Directors Strategic Planning Committee Meeting

The group spent a good amount of time focused on the new community/wellness center at the beginning of this meeting. That is what we will share in this post.

An operating costs proforma was reviewed showing how paid memberships could support programming and operation of the building. Bud Karins suggested findings from a scientific study could provide realistic expectations as far as offerings that folks would be willing to pay for, and other useful data. Mindful of the residents who live here currently, Skip Frye suggested there are many ways to compromise. For example, some programs or time slots could be reserved for residents, others open to paying members. Some activities, such as a lecture, could be open the general community and reinforce our image as a leader in senior living.

Making Senior Exercising Safe and Effective

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Wellness ctr mtg June 19 bGood news! City of Lakeland Planning & Zoning approved our requested changes to the PUD, so we can build residential units where the McArthur Center sits now and build the new community center at the site of the sixplex on the lake.

June 19, 2014 meeting: Today we focused on the right side of the building, which will house the gym, group exercise room, activity studios, micro clinic, showers and lockers. In attendance were representatives from the rehab company that we are currently contracted with, our architect Angela, construction consultant Frank Fralick, several residents and staff members, and a representative from the exercise equipment company HUR.

The Nitty Gritty of Community Center Design

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June 9, 2014: Getting into the small spaces – questions beget more questions…

June9MtgA group of about 20 residents and staff members met today to review the most recent design plan. After reviewing current vs. slated space and storage needs for pottery, art/painting, sewing and woodcarving, the big question became, is that what we need to maintain? Which ones would grow if they were given more space? If woodcarvers only meet once a week, how can the space be utilized on the other days? Currently, the woodcarvers meet in the multipurpose room inside the McArthur Center. In the new community center design, the multipurpose room will be on the south side of the building, designed as more of a lecture hall. All the crafts groups are designated to meet in the row of studio classrooms on the north side of the building.

Focus Turns to Bungalow Court

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P:40062a4006200_Arch_Central_2014_coxa.pdfApril 22, 2014: The Gresham team returned with beautiful revised concepts for the community center and Bungalow Court residential area. We were fortunate to have LRMC’s Dr. Haight, Associate Vice President of Community Health join us. We love his excitement and valuable insights as we explore the future of healthy aging together as a greater community. Today’s group included our Board’s strategic planning committee, several staff members and a few residents.

Healthy Aging Spaces & Places — a “dream team” is assembled

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New Community Center Part 3

March 2013: The University of South Florida School of Aging was hired to conduct focus groups. Dr. Kathy Hyer and PhD candidate Christy Haley interviewed groups of residents, potential residents, employees and community leaders affiliated with aging services. These preliminary meetings were crucial to discovering what amenities would be needed in the new center and what concerns our residents had.

July 2013: The Strategic Planning Committee on the Proposed Town Center – A motion was made and passed for recommendation to the Board to continue planning a community center that considers alternative revenue streams and enhances the security, safety, and fulfillment of care, services, and supportive lifestyle of residents living at FPH. Read Executive Director John Hehn’s proposal.

The Future of Neighborhood Wellness – a living laboratory?

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New Community Center Part 2

2012 was a year of discovery and research, which revealed that the trend is to create venues where residents of a retirement community and residents of the greater community can come together to learn, socialize and improve health and wellness. They are:

  • Intergenerational
  • Places of learning
  • Places where community collaborations can occur

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