Flower Ministry Volunteer Polly Carland Named December Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce that Polly Carland has been awarded the Wellness Star for December 2018. 

This month’s award focuses on both the occupational and social dimensions of wellness. The occupational dimension can be defined as work that utilizes a person’s skills.  Whereas, the social dimension one’s ability to connect with other people. Carland is a great example of someone who uses both of these dimensions in her daily routine.

Since volunteering is such an important factor on the FPH campus, the flower ministry is just one example of residents serving residents. Carland has been participating in the flower ministry for seven years. “The FPH community has been good to me and it is important to find ways to serve others,” said Carland.  “By volunteering, it helps connect you with other residents, keeps you from being isolated, and provides simple acts of kindness.” 

Carland explained that Chapel flowers are taken apart and redistributed in vases as part of the flower ministry. It usually takes about 45 minutes to separate and prepare the flowers. The new arrangements are then taken by a team of flower ministry volunteers to the health center. Carland not only arranges the vases, but also helps to organize the team of volunteers who receive a flower delivery schedule. 

Carland says the FPH chapel is a sacred place and the flowers are part of the chapel. She is very happy the flowers continue to be enjoyed by people who need them. 

When asked what wellness means to her, Carland replied, “Wellness is the ability to live a long, happy, satisfying life.  FPH offers us that opportunity and how we respond to it is inside each of us.”

November Wellness Star Awarded to Tom Brown

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce the November Wellness Star award winner — resident Tom Brown. This month’s wellness star focused on the social dimension of wellness. This dimension refers to an ability to interact successfully with others. It involves developing relationships with others, showing respect for yourself and others, and sharing your God-given skills and talents with others.

Tom was given the November star because he excels in the social dimension of wellness. He was a pastor for 21 years at two churches in Colorado. Tom also spent time as an Associate Executive for church development with the Presbytery and 14 years at FPH as an Associate Director and Executive Director. It was in those days when the motto “home with the heart” was developed.

Tom was happy to be awarded the November Wellness star and said, “I love FPH and want to honor it.” He went on to say that his work in a variety of settings has provided an opportunity to hone his good listening skills. “I listen more than I talk,” said Tom. “You hear a lot more that way.”

Through the years, Tom has become skilled at building relationships with people at all levels and is intuitive about people’s needs, offering a kind word or helping hand when needed. He doesn’t like the spotlight and prefers random acts of kindness without anyone knowing. These acts may include throwing a newspaper closer to someone’s front door, walking a neighbor’s dog or offering words of encouragement at just the right time.

According to FPH’s Pastor Barbara, Tom is the type of person who, whenever there is a strong need, he will be the one to show up and do what has to be done. “Tom sees with his heart and soul,” said Pastor Barbara. “He hears the call to meet a need and then does it.”

When we asked Tom what wellness meant to him, he replied, “Having mental and physical well-being. It is exercise, reading, being social and having discussions with others.”

Congratulations, Tom, for being the November Wellness Star award recipient. We applaud your efforts.

 

 

October Wellness Star Awarded to Velma Purucker for Environmental Efforts

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Florida Presbyterian Homes proudly named resident Velma Purucker as the Wellness Star for October 2018. Velma was recognized for her efforts in the environmental dimension of wellness. “It’s important to consider the environment when considering our overall health and well-being,” said Alison Kennedy, Florida Presbyterian’s Wellness Director. “The environmental dimension of wellness is significant because it promotes green spaces, such as walking paths and gardens, encourages recycling and shows consideration of the environment and our important natural resources.”

Velma Purucker

Kennedy was pleased to acknowledge Velma as the October Star since she is a shining example of Environmental Wellness. Over the past several years, Velma has transformed the front and back of her living area into a beautiful garden with potted plants and flowers. “I grew up tending to gardens and plants,” said Velma, “and I’ve always had a green thumb – even as a youngster!”

Velma said she enjoys growing roses and tries to acquire plants that flower year-round. Velma’s friend, Carol Kahlenberg, helps her with the upkeep. People continually compliment the beauty of the garden area. “Carol and I put a lot of work into it,” said Velma, “and it makes me feel good when others enjoy the garden too.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Velma replied, “It is happiness, joy, being able to do the things I want to do, and being able to take care of myself.”

Kennedy added that regardless of our age, we all benefit from the beauty of flowering plants and an attractive outdoor landscape. “Velma’s garden is a wonderful example of bringing people into the natural environment,” said Kennedy, “and for this, we are pleased to recognize Velma with this month’s star.”

Protecting Seniors from Money Scams

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It’s sad to hear stories about older Americans who fall prey to financial scams. Sometimes these scams are hard to detect; sometimes not — if you’re well informed.

Why not safeguard yourself?

Click HERE to read an informative article with 8 tips to protect yourself and your loved ones — brought to you by the National Council on Aging and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.

 

Balance Class to be Held in January

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an 8-week class set to begin on January 24, 2019. The class, which is open to the community, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am in the game room at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The program will 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 call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this upcoming class. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Protein is Power to Fuel Your Day

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When you eat healthy, you have more energy.

Healthy food rich in proteins

Think of food as fuel for the body. Important nutrients, like protein, help to build muscle and maintain strength.

In the spirit of Active Aging Week, held Sept. 23-29, 2018 to celebrate the positivity of aging and active living, check out the foods on this handout with at least 5 grams of protein.

Click HERE to view.

Preventing Falls: Tips for Older Adults & Caregivers

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Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults will fall this year?

Maybe you even think falling is inevitable as you age.

But the good news is, most falls are preventable.

Florida Presbyterian Homes celebrated Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22, 2018. This special day focused on keeping older adults safe and active.

You can learn 6 simple steps to prevent a fall by clicking HERE.

Tammie Miller Shines as Third Quarter Employee Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce Tammie Miller as the Employee Wellness Star for the 3rd Quarter of 2018. Her journey to a healthy lifestyle has been nothing short of miraculous.

Christmas 2016

Tammie’s story began when she saw a picture of herself from Christmas 2016. She realized her weight had gotten out of hand. Tammie was low on energy and she struggled to bend down and tie her shoes. She wore a knee brace to help cope with joint pain from being overweight. That’s when it hit her. Enough is enough.

On March 29, 2017, Tammie took control of her life. She started walking at night and making changes to her eating habits. She cut out sodas and candy, routinely opted for nutritional shakes, and she didn’t put anything in her mouth after 6 pm. Tammie went from walking one time around the block when she first started exercising to walking 5 miles a day – every day, without fail. She avoided the temptation to binge eat, but instead, allowed herself small treats along the way.

October 2018

Her commitment to health went beyond basic exercise and diet; Tammie made a complete lifestyle change. And this change led her to losing more than 150 pounds in about 18 months, while gaining a much healthier lifestyle in the process.

Congratulations, Tammie, on all of your hard work.

We applaud your efforts to put your own health and wellness first!

 

 

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.

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