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.

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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.

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.”

Bronze

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.

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