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Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the Gardens residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Executive Director Don Kacmar Set To Retire In 2014
At the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc., Annual Meeting on November 18, Dennis Parks, President of Shepherd’s Board of Directors, announced the promotion of Rich Limongi, LNHA, SOV-Boardman Associate Director to the position of Executive Director Designee for Shepherd of the Valley. This past June, Don Kacmar announced to the staff his intention to retire as Shepherd of the Valley’s Executive Director by the end of 2014. He celebrated his 30th year of service to Shepherd in July.
“Throughout the year, the Board of Directors has worked diligently to select my successor as Executive Director,” Mr. Kacmar stated. “Following a national search, they found that the group of Associate Directors we already have stood out above the external candidates. After a thorough process comparing the extensive skills and talents of our internal candidates, they chose to promote Rich Limongi, LNHA, Boardman Associate Director, to be the next Executive Director for Shepherd of the Valley.”
Limongi brings extensive experience to the Executive Director’s position, which he will assume upon Mr. Kacmar’s retirement. A graduate of Ohio University, he worked for Park Vista Retirement Community for several years before joining the Shepherd staff in 1991. At Shepherd, he has been responsible for the daily operations of Shepherd’s Boardman location, a 109-bed skilled nursing and rehab community, as well as serving as the first administrator for Shepherd’s Poland community. Corporately, he serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, HIPAA Compliance Officer, Staff Education Coordinator, and Integrated Care Delivery Services Coordinator.
“I would like to thank the Board of Directors at Shepherd of the Valley for this great opportunity,” stated Rich Limongi. “Having been an employee of this corporation for 24 years, I have seen the growth of the organization and have sight into future opportunities as well. I would also like to personally thank Don Kacmar, my mentor and direct supervisor, without whose guidance over the years, this promotion would not have been possible.”
Don Kacmar, LNHA, a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, received his BS degree from Temple University which he attended on an NCAA football scholarship. During his tenure as Executive Director, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc. has grown from one location in Niles with less than 100 employees supporting 170 residents to five sites in two counties and a home health agency, At Home With Shepherd, serving more than 750 elderly clients and employing nearly 500 people. He also spearheaded, along with Lutheran Social Services of Northern Ohio and St. Luke Lutheran Community, the Manor at Howland Glen building project which created a 50 unit income-adjusted apartment community In Howland, Ohio, for persons age 62 or older.
“For the last 30 years,” Mr. Kacmar stated, “it has been my pleasure to have worked with some of the finest people in my profession. Our staff and Board members have routinely shown thoughtful care and compassion for those we serve.”
In addition to his responsibilities as Shepherd’s Executive Director, Mr. Kacmar also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Shepherd’s Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation charged with raising benevolent funds to support Shepherd of the Valley’s residents and programs. During this time, he has periodically served as a business consultant for Lutheran Services in America
President Obama celebrated Veteran’s Day with a breakfast for veterans and their families, including the oldest living WWII vet, 107-year-old Richard Overton. While Mr. Overton is still in his own home, as veterans age they begin to need assistance and many could qualify for a benefit that can help pay for that assistance at home or in assisted living or a nursing home.
In 2012, New York Times reporter Susan Seliger wrote an article on this topic that begins …Here’s a riddle: When is a government benefit that pays for caregivers, assisted living and a nursing home not a benefit? When hardly any people know they’re entitled to it.
That seems to be the story with a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit called the Aid and Attendance and Housebound Improved Pension benefit, known as A&A, which can cover the costs of caregivers in the home (including sons and daughters who are paid to be caregivers, though not spouses) or be used for assisted living or a nursing home.
The benefit is not insignificant: up to $2,019 monthly for a veteran and spouse, and up to $1,094 for the widow of a veteran.
Surprised that you’ve never heard of it? You’re not alone….Click here to go to the NYTimes website for the rest of the article.
To download a flyer with local Veteran Services contact information, click here or on the image below.
This year for the annual report, each community and At Home With Shepherd was asked to provide an inspirational story about a resident or client. Join us as we remember some of the high points from 2013. Click on the photo or name for a PDF with the full story…
At Home With Shepherd
We first met Leo Barker when he was referred to us in 2012 following a total hip replacement. He and staff did very well and he reached his goals and was discharged. In August, Leo had his second hip replaced and because he had done so well with the first, he requested our agency for his Home Health services.
Shepherd of the Valley-Niles
How do you spell rehab at SOV-Niles?
Since opening our remodeled short-term rehab unit in May 2012, we have had well over 100 graduates. One client who moved to the top of the class was Bob Streb.
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman
From the simple to the sublime, at Boardman we know how powerful dreams are. A part of the excellent care provided at Boardman includes recognizing those dreams… and sharing the happiness fulfilling them brings to our residents. Joyce Martin, a former Boardman resident, had a wish filled with sugar and spice and everything nice.
This summer the Howland Dream Team helped make a special dream come true for Bob and Esther Shaffer. Esther resides in our nursing community and Bob lives in our condos. This summer, they wanted to renew the wedding vows they took 66 years ago!
Shepherd of the Valley-Poland
The assisted living community at Poland exemplifies the S.O.V. mission statement every day. Nothing sums up what we do better than the following letter received from Lois Davidson’s family. Her daughter wrote: As I walked out of Shepherd of the Valley Assisted Living in Poland on October 15, 2009, the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. After three months of constant worry about Mom, I could finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I was leaving her in a lovely apartment in good and caring hands.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the Gardens residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Our thanks to members of the Trumbull County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and several of the Trumbull County Lutheran churches who held a Day of Service at Shepherd of the Valley’s Howland campus. The Day of Service was organized as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The celebration’s theme is “Gods Work – Our Hands”, which the everyone involved put into practice.
Members of the Trumbull County Lutheran Churches and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans weeded and trimmed the gardens around Howland’s Greens nursing home patio on September 8. After their hard work, the group enjoyed a cookout with residents, staff, and families on the beautiful Green’s patio.
Shepherd of the Valley is so much more than just our great communities! See why our residents, families, and staff love where they are. Find out more about our services, and hear first-hand how Shepherd of the Valley became a name you’ve trusted for decades.
Click here to experience Shepherd of the Valley. (short video)
Frances Frantz, RN, BSN, has joined the staff of Shepherd of the Valley-Niles as the new Director of Nursing (DON). Frances brings a wide range of experience with her, coming to SOV-Niles from Humility House where she was the Director of Nursing.
Frances started as a nurse aide in the 1970s and has worked as a nurse in both the acute and long-term care settings. She also served in the Army Reserves at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas during Desert Storm where she replaced Army nurses deployed to Iraq. While at Ft. Sam Houston, she cared for base families, including a large retirement community, as well as wounded warriors returning home.
“We feel very fortunate to have someone with such a diverse background come on staff as our DON,” stated Rick Mattix, Associate Director. “One of the things that caught my eye was that she started her career as a nurse aide and worked her way up. She knows the business and understands the many roles the nursing staff plays.”
“I like people,” stated Frances, “and think that the older generation has a lot to share…and it’s almost like I am supposed to be here at Shepherd. In one of my classes at YSU a classmate said to me that if I ever wanted a job at Shepherd of the Valley to let him know, and nearly 40 years later, here I am!”
Frances received her RN through the nursing program at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, her BSN from Youngstown State University, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Health and Human Services.
She resides in Newton Falls and is a proud mother of four and proud grandmother of four more.
Summer can mean high temperatures and problems for seniors who are at higher risk for heat related illness.
Higher temperatures are a part of the summer season, but over the last few years it seems that not a summer goes by without a fatal heat wave. Seniors especially are at risk from heat related health problems. These conditions can range from mild discomfort to full-fledged emergencies.
Heat Related Conditions
Heat stress occurs when a strain is placed on the body as a result of hot weather.
Heat fatigue is a feeling of weakness brought on by high outdoor temperature. Symptoms include cool, moist skin and a weakened pulse. The person may feel faint.
Heat syncope is sudden dizziness experienced after exercising in the heat. The skin appears pale and sweaty but is generally moist and cool. The pulse may be weakened, and the heart rate is usually rapid. Body temperature is normal.
Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms in the abdomen, arms, or legs following strenuous activity. The skin is usually moist and cool and the pulse is normal or slightly raised. Body temperature is mostly normal. Heat cramps often are caused by a lack of salt in the body, but salt replacement should not be considered without advice from a physician.
Heat exhaustion is a warning that the body is getting too hot. The person may be thirsty, giddy, weak, uncoordinated, nauseous, and sweating profusely. The body temperature is usually normal and the pulse is normal or raised. The skin is cold and clammy. Although heat exhaustion often is caused by the body’s loss of water and salt, salt supplements should only be taken with advice from a doctor.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Heavy sweating
- Pale, clammy skin
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dizziness, fainting
- Nausea, vomiting
- Muscle and abdominal cramps
- Mild temperature elevations
If your body temperature goes above 104 °F, or if coma or seizure occurs, you may have heat stroke.
Heat stroke can be LIFE-THREATENING! If left untreated, heat stroke can quickly lead to heart attack and death, so immediate medical attention is essential when problems first begin. Other symptoms may include confusion, combativeness, bizarre behavior, faintness, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, lack of sweating, possible delirium or coma.
Preventing Heat Related Health Conditions
- Wear light-colored, lightweight, clothing that is loose-fitting for air circulation.
- Wear a hat or use an umbrella when outside, even if you are not in the direct sun. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater anytime you go outside.
- Water is the beverage of choice in the summer. Drink water before outdoor activities and drink water at regular intervals during the day. Avoid beverages with caffeine or alcoholic beverages that can aid dehydration.
- Try to schedule outdoor activities for cooler times of the day–before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- During outdoor activity, take frequent rest breaks and drink water every 15 to 20 minutes, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you have clear, pale urine, you are probably drinking enough fluids.
- If you have a chronic medical problem, talk with your doctor about additional precautions you should take to prevent heat related illness. Some conditions and medications may place you at higher risk.
If you show any signs of heat related illness, try to get to a cooler place as soon as possible, sip some cool fluids, and sponge yourself off with lukewarm tap water.
Reprinted in part from About.com Senior Health
Sameh I. Youssef, MD, has been named the Medical Director for the Shepherd of the Valley communities in Howland and Niles.
Dr. Youssef brings with him 17 years of experience in internal medicine. He is the chairman of the Department of Medicine at Trumbull Memorial Hospital (second term) and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee.
Obtaining his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Cairo, he served an externship with St. Elizabeth Health Center through NEOUCOM. He also was in residence with the Internal Medicine Department at St. Elizabeth from 1993 – 1996 after which he joined the Trumbull Mahoning Medical Group.
He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. In 2004, he was named the best internist in Trumbull County by the Tribune Chronicle Best of the Best.
A resident of Canfield, Ohio, Dr. Youssef is married to Amany Youssef. They have two children, David, a medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Sandra, who is a student in the Pharmacy School at Ohio Northern University.
Interested in activities and outings planned for The Hillcrest Apartments at the Shepherd of the Valley in Niles?
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Interested in activities and outings planned for The Gardens at the Shepherd of the Valley in Niles?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the July calendar.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the July calendar.
Spending time with seniors is probably the best gift you give them. So why not make a fun family project out of it? Here is an article from Senior List with some ideas that will allow you to spend time with the people you love and create great memories for the future.
When spending time with your loved one, showing an interest in their past can trigger magical memories you may have never known and provide you a wealth of stories to pass on to grandkids and future generations. For example, you may start by asking a senior to gather special mementos and photographs they may have saved over the years. They can get out all the little things that people save over the years that remind us of who we are and where we’ve been. You want to capture all their emotions and excitement about these keepsakes. So maybe you could have them create a scrapbook / journal. They can write about the people in the photographs or the moments surrounding a memento. You’ll be amazed at the journeys they’ve taken and all the little details they remember. This is even great for people with onset dementia or memory loss. Remembering what happened today or last week may be difficult for them but insights from decades ago can often stay with them.
Want to create an oral history of your loved one? The National Public Radio founded a nonprofit organization named StoryCorps ©. They record the personal history of people’s lives onto CD and then preserve them at the Library of Congress. This audio is saved for all future generations and is completely free for everyone. You can find out more information by visiting their website at www.storycorps.org
Where did I come from? How about creating a family tree with your loved one? You can start a genealogy project and use photos to develop a photographed family tree. This is a great way to learn about your family’s history and with all the online resources now available a project like this is easier than ever.
Why not create a digital photo album? You can take all your favorite photographs with your one and create a DVD that plays the pictures in a slide show. Just start by scanning all the photos into your computer. You can then add captions describing the moments or add music or audio to best capture your seniors’ history. This is a great way to preserve the past and tell our loved one’s story.
These are just some of the ways you can spend time with your loved and create a historical record that shares insights you may have never known previously. The most of important part of this is spending time with those you love and sharing fond memories together. These projects of course also create new memories.
Provided by Seniorlist.com.