The Copeland Experience June 2017

by Jun 19, 2017The Copeland Experience

Crandall Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

During National Nursing Home Week, Crandall Medical Center united with skilled nursing care centers across the U.S. to celebrate, “The Spirit of America.”  

“The theme if this special week underscores the bond between staff, volunteers and residents that captures the American spirit,” observed Dave Mannion, CEO/CFO of Copeland Oaks Life Care Community. Crandall Medical Center is located on the Copeland Oaks campus.

Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, National Nursing Home Week provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“Every skilled nursing care center embodies a unique, vibrant spirit and community for residents, volunteers and staff alike. Acts of kindness, generosity and compassion are the daily norm. Stories from proud veterans, immigrants and hardworking people of different faiths and cultures fill the walls of Crandall Medical Center every day,” said Mariann Mannion, RN, Crandall Director of Nursing.

Crandall’s staff and residents enjoyed a variety of events and program during each day of the week that focused on the colorful tapestry that makes the spirit of America strong and unique.

Monday the U.S. Presidents were honored. Residents played “Presidential Bingo” and learned about the history of famous men via “Presidential Trivia.”  Staff dressed in red, white and blue and flags were the decoration of the day.  

Veterans from all branches of the military were honored on Tuesday.  The “Wall of Honor” displayed photos of staff, residents and family members who are currently or have been U.S. service members. Dave Mannion, appearing in costume, presented an interactive program on the Revolutionary war and displayed several historical items from the period. An ice cream social followed the program.

What’s more American than baseball and apple pie? On Wednesday residents enjoyed a “tailgating” party complete with apple pie and ice cream before viewing the Cleveland Indians baseball game on the big screen.

Crandall staff donned cowboy hats, boots and jeans to make Country Western day on Thursday memorable. Staff entered a decorating contest, competing for prizes with the most fashionable, creative cowboy hat. Everyone enjoyed a “chuck wagon” lunch complete with pulled pork, barbecue beans, and brownies.

The best cooks at Crandall had an opportunity to shine on Friday as they competed in an old-fashioned bake-off. Residents voted Coleen’s strawberry dump cake best dessert and Pat Slack’s strawberry poke cake took 2nd place.  “Patriotic Day” on Friday closed out the week with a “Pie in Your Face” game during afternoon festivities.

Recent Events

Copeland Oaks events are always well attended and provide many an exciting story! Last month’s line-up was no exception.

Copeland Celebrates the Longest Day

Crandall Medical Center partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association in observing “The Longest Day” on Wednesday, June 21.

June 21, 2017, is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year when the sun is most direct over the Northern Hemisphere.

“For an individual with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers who face immense challenges, every day is the ‘longest day’,” said Tara Garmier, LPN, director of Memory Lane, the Alzheimer’s and dementia care center at Crandall Medical Center. “And, just as the earth begins to rotate away from the sun, Alzheimer’s disease takes its victims away from reality.”

“Our goal for the Longest Day observance is three-fold: to pay tribute to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, their loved ones and caregivers; to raise awareness of the challenges that come with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease; and to provide funds for continued research for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kim Strabala, LPN, Crandall transition nurse.

Longest Day events at Crandall included a balloon send off in the parking lot at 2:30 P.M. Each balloon carried a tag with the name of an Alzheimer’s patient, someone touched by the disease, a caregiver, or in memory of someone who succumbed to the disease.

The afternoon also included a Chinese auction and refreshments.

Upcoming Events

YACCB to Perform Concert at Copeland

Thursday, June 29

The summer concert season continues at Copeland Oaks with performances by the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band on Thursday, June 29.

The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band (YACCB) is an open community band of 50-plus members who share the love of music.  A diverse group, band members range in age from high school students to senior-senior citizens who come from throughout eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The professional and recreational musicians represent a variety of occupations.

“In all of this diversity, we share a common bond of band music. We have fun, and we take our music seriously. We endeavor to be one of the finest community band programs in northeast Ohio,” said Joseph Pellegrini, conductor.

Theme of the concert will be “Music of the British Isles.” The musical menu will feature selections including “The Irish Washerwoman,” movie themes by James Horner, songs from the Lion King by Sir Elton John and a medley of hits from the “British Invasion” featuring the Beatles.

The concert will be held at 7 Murphy Auditorium on the Copeland Oaks Campus in Sebring. The event is free and open to the public. Concert goers are invited to plan dinner before the concert at the Lakeview Terrace Restaurant in the main Copeland Oaks complex.

2017 Cruise-In Around The Lake & Car Show

Sunday, July 30
12 pm – 4 pm

Join us for Copeland’s biggest summer event, the 2017 Car Show! The event will feature a DJ with 50’s, 60’s and 70’s music, complimentary hot dog bar and refreshments, and dash plaques & trophies for classic cars. Registration for drivers is $5 per vehicle. Questions about the Cruise-In Around the Lake? Call (330) 938-6126.

15th Annual Golf Scramble

Monday, July 17
11:00 am – 7 pm

Start gathering your Golf Scramble Team – the Copeland Oaks 15th Annual Golf Scramble is less than a month away. The day begins at the Alliance County Club at 11 am with registration and lunch just before the Putt-Fore Cash contest at noon. Participants can win up to $10,000! There is also a Skills Contest, Skins & 50/50, cash prizes to the top three teams and even prizes from the Golf Club Pro Shop. The event will end with dinner at 5 pm. Want to learn more or register your team? Contact Development Coordinator at the Oaks Foundation, Angie Marvin, at (330) 938-7769.

Farmer’s Market

Thursday, July 20
11 am – 3 pm

Join us for our next Farmer’s Market, July 27! Vendors will be selling locally grown fruits and veggies, plants, honey, jams/jellies and homemade baked items. There will also be artisans and crafters selling their hand-made items! Vendors will be on campus from 11 am – 3 pm. If you know a vendor who’d like to participate in this event, contact Jamie at the Oaks Foundation at (330) 938-6126, ext. 44224.

A Message from Dave Mannion, CEO

All consumers of long-term care services deserve excellent care. Providing that high level of personal, bedside services is the ultimate goal of the medical professionals at Crandall Medical Center.

Nursing home means a facility in which individuals who, because of illness, physical or mental impairment require skilled nursing and/or personal care services.

Nursing Homes serve consumers needing more medical services than those available through home care, assisted living, and other options. “Nursing Home” does not necessarily mean long-term care; more than half of all nursing homes stays are for three months or less. Increasingly, nursing homes are used to complement and supplement other care options, including assisted living, hospital and home care particularly for short-term rehabilitation. And, this is true of Crandall Medical Center.

A nursing home is licensed to provide personal and skilled nursing care by the Ohio Department of Health. The Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, Bureau of Licensure Operations certifies nursing facilities for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, Bureau of Long Term Care is responsible for conducting on-site inspections of nursing homes for compliance with state and federal regulations and to ensure the quality of care and quality of life of the residents. Each nursing home/facility in Ohio receives at least one unannounced inspection/survey during a 9 to 15 month inspection/survey cycle. During these surveys, all aspects of care and services are evaluated based on state and federal laws and rules.

Crandall Medical Center was pleased to have a team from the Ohio Dept. of Health survey the facility in May. Areas evaluated included: Medical and nursing care, competency, special services provided, affiliations, accreditation, costs, staffing ratios, family satisfaction reflecting the opinions of family members of nursing home residents and resident satisfaction reflecting the perceptions of nursing home residents gathered through face-to-face surveys.

Congratulations to the entire Crandall Medical Center staff for the excellent evaluation received from the ODH survey team! The survey results show that each and every Crandall staff member is dedicated to providing the excellent care that every consumer of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services deserves and expects. Great work!

Meet Isabella Hohnhorst

At age 83, Copeland Resident Isabella Hohnhorst still loves to play with dolls. And, some of them “reside” in a dollhouse, which has taken her 14 years to complete.

In the lower level of her Copeland Oaks villa, Isabella has a display of over 300 dolls, many of which she has made from scratch. Each and every one is wearing an outfit that she designed and created with her sewing and needlework skills. Her talent as an artist shines in beautiful, delicate facial expressions that gives each one of her dolls a “personality” all of its own.

“When I was a child in England there were no toys because of the War. We really had nothing to play with and there was much work to be done,” Isabella said. “So, I am just making up for lost time!”

Isabella often starts creating a doll by pouring, cleaning, firing and painting the head, arms and legs from porcelain. One of her favorite hobbies is dressing Barbie and Ken dolls…she has dozens on display. She has designed each outfit choosing color and style, then crocheting the dresses, blouses, slacks and coats with tiny loops and thin thread. The styling and detail are intricate.

Her dollhouse is not your grandchild’s toy! Constructed and furnished over more than a decade, the farm house style house has 4 porches, 3 stories and 9 rooms including a parlor, sewing room, child’s play room and a large country kitchen…complete with a tiny cat “licking” up spilled milk from a thimble-sized bucket on the floor.

In the master bedroom of the dollhouse is a picture of Garrington in Oxfordshire, England, where Isabella was born and grew up during World War II. The same large print is in the living room of their villa.

After the war, she met Terry Hohnhorst who was stationed in England with the Army Air Force. The couple moved to the U.S. in 1959. Terry is a civil engineer and surveyor and works as a consultant in the office/drafting room he has created in the other half of the lower level of the couple’s Copeland Oaks villa.

Why does she love dolls? “When I was a child in England there were no toys because of the War. We really had nothing to play with and there was much work to be done,” remembered Isabella. “So, I am just making up for lost time,” she chuckled.

The one toy which she had in Garrington was a teddy bear, which she still owns. “Thaddeus” is her prized possession. She has cleaned and “groomed” him through the 80 years they have been together. He proudly sits on a rocker in her bedroom…but now has a couple of “friends.”

The Hohnhorst’s have lived at Copeland Oaks for the past 2 years coming from a large farm in Deerfield. Isabelle ran the farm while Terry worked as an engineer for many years. When she decided that she did not want to mow and till their fields into the future, the couple researched retirement options. “We love the beautiful Copeland campus with the lush lawns and lovely gardens…and we don’t have to mow one foot of it. We just enjoy all of it,” said Isabella.

Meet Steven Theil: The Teen Top Chef

In the 4 ½ years I have worked at Copeland Oaks, I have never encountered a more positive, hard working dietary aide,” said one of Steven Theil’s co-workers in nominating him to be recognized as the Copeland Oaks Employee of the Month.

Steven has worked the evening shift as a short order cook in Lakeview Terrace and as a server during supper in Assisted Living. The honor is especially timely for Steven as he is a 2017 graduate of West Branch High School, receiving his diploma and the Oaks award just a few days apart.

“When Steven is here, his attitude and work ethic always make it a better day. He never hesitates to go the extra mile,” his colleagues agree.

Steven plans to continue working part-time in the Copeland Oaks Dietary Department as he begins his journey at Youngstown State University to pursue a degree in accounting.

A resident of the Damascus area, Steven worked milking cows on a local dairy farm before joining the Copeland Oaks staff.

“I really enjoy cooking,” said Steven of his time at the grill in Lakeview Terrace Restaurant. “My co-workers are fun to work with and the Copeland resident are a joy to meet.  Every day is a new adventure here.”


Apartment or Villa – which option is best for you?

Move into a lovely villa or Lakeshore apartment by the end of June and play a round anytime for free…cart included! Enjoy a free golf membership to the Berlin Lake Golf Club, formerly the Sebring Country Club, just a short fifteen-minute drive from campus!

We’ll Help With Moving Costs!

Move into a Lakeshore Apartment by June 30th and we will help with your moving costs!

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