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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 assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland? 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 independent residents at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland’s care-free condo community? 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 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 assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland? 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.
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 care free living condominium community at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland ?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of their July social calendar.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the The Greens at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland ?
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 assisted living residents at the Shepherd of the Valley Howland community?
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.
Throughout the year, employees at each Shepherd community select employees to honor for their dedication and service. In March, five employees from that group, one from each Shepherd location, were honored as an Employee of the Year. This year the following employees were recognized:
Shepherd of the Valley- Niles: Anna Lisa Fawcett, 10p-6:30a shift aide. “She is always positive and always has a smile on her face,” commented Rick Mattix, Niles Associate Director. “You can tell she truly loves her job and was very appreciative of her most deserved honor. “ She has worked for SOV-Niles for 2 years.
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman: Christina Resek. Christina has been a member of the housekeeping staff at SOV-Boardman since 2009. “Christina is very helpful to everyone,” stated Rich Limongi, Boardman Associate Director. “She goes out of her way for the residents, is always friendly, and a hard worker.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Howland: Lisa Freeman, LPN. “Lisa started at SOV-Howland in 2005 as a housekeeper, studied to become an STNA and is now an LPN,” stated Tamara Salvino, Howland Associate Director. “She is a dedicated employee who always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Poland: Aaron Simko. Aaron has been employed in the SOV-Poland Dietary Department since 1996. “Aaron was chosen by his peers because he is always going out of his way to help the residents each and every morning” explained Kelly Stansloski, Poland Associate Director. “He gives them his undivided attention, warmth, and love. The entire staff at Poland is glad Aaron is on our team!”
Shepherd of the Valley-Corporate/Home Health: Melissa Tustin. Melissa joined the Shepherd of the Valley staff as the Accounts Receivable Supervisor in January of 2010. “Melissa was a good addition to the staff. She is very professional and leads her staff by example,” stated Victoria Brown, CFO/Corporate Office Associate Director.
For 92-year-old Ray Matwich, going downhill is a good thing. ..and the faster, the better. Ray, a resident at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland, was an avid skier, taking his last run down the slopes at the tender age of 72.
“I always liked the snow and winter sports,” said Ray. “Ice skating with my wife and kids on Duck Creek, snowmobiling – I’d hook up sleds in a line to the back so the children and neighborhood kids got to have fun also – and skiing!”
Ray’s dream of schussing down the slopes again became a reality when the SOV-Howland 2nd Wind Dream Team arranged a trip to Brandywine Ski Resort. Ray, along with pal Regis Patrick, who Ray met when he moved to Shepherd of the Valley-Howland, and three staff, Traci Luther, Activity Director, Alisha Hadden (STNA), and Kristine Wilson (STNA), set off for Brandywine one snowy evening in March.
While he may not have tackled a half-pipe or Black Diamond Trail, with the assistance of Mark Gietz and Jason Chonko from 3 Trackers of Ohio, Ray had a sweet ride on adapted ski equipment. With a bi-ski, the skier must be able to assist with steering and Ray was hooked up with tether ropes, Jason calling out instructions as needed on the hill.
“Mark and Jason were great,” enthused Traci Luther, SOV-Howland Activity Director. “The entire time they were getting ready, they explained everything to Ray. That was awesome.”
“I did like how they explained everything to me,” agreed Ray.
Ray’s dream was realized through the financial support of Joe Hueber from Boston Mills/ Brandywine and the expertise of Mark Gietz, President of 3 Trackers of Ohio Brandywine. Hueber covered the cost for Ray and two Shepherd staff and the Lodge store gave Ray a substantial discount.
“I watched him going down the hill,” said Traci, “and it was very impressive…a 92 year old leaning side to side and going very fast, as if he had been doing it for years. Mark looked relaxed holding onto the tethers behind him and Jason was skiing right next to them. What an awesome experience,” she continued. “I was blessed to have had the opportunity to join him on his 2nd Wind Dream, and he has inspired me to Live Life to the Fullest!”
Ray had five runs and no wipe outs.
Four years ago, Fred Kubli Jr., received a rare and distinguished recognition of becoming an honorary colonel and commander of the 910th Airlift Wing. Feb. 3, 2013, Col. (Hon.) Kubli Jr., was recognized again and promoted to honorary brigadier general by Brig. Gen. Brian E. Dominguez, 910th Airlift Wing Commander.
“I can’t believe I get the privilege and honor of promoting a true hero, Fred Kubli Jr., to honorary brigadier general,” said Dominguez.
Ninety-three-year old Kubli, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and holocaust liberator, has been a part of the Youngstown family since the early 1980s. From his continuing support of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station Wing Base-Community Council to other 910th activities such as the Pilot for a Day Program and volunteering in more than two-dozen local organizations, Kubli continues to put others first and does not seek the limelight for what he does.
“The past 30 years he hasn’t worked for a paycheck,” said Dominguez, “He gave and gave and gave and he continues to give and give and give. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you.” Dominguez recognized that Kubli was not able to accomplish all he has without the support of his wife of 69 years.
“The reason Fred has been so successful is because of you, LaVerne,” said Dominguez. “You’re his soul mate and teammate.”
Kubli expressed his thanks and appreciation for the 910th family and his joy for getting to work with the Air Force community for more than 30 years.
“I’m honored beyond any expectations,” said Kubli. “I will do my best to honor this position, so help me, Lord. It’s been a great experience and I will continue to enjoy it and will make this my number one project.”
Credits: Press release and photograph provided by Maj. Brent Davis.
Throughout 2012, Shepherd of the Valley has celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its founding in 1972. On November 19, three individuals who were instrumental in the formation of Shepherd of the Valley were honored at the 40thAnnual Meeting with the Helen R. Stambaugh Award. The recipients were:
Pat Niswonger: 40 years ago, Shepherd of the Valley was an idea waiting to happen. Pat Niswonger was the president of the Lutheran Women’s League during the formation of the corporation. She was instrumental in securing the first major gift for the building campaign, presenting a check for $10,000 from the Lutheran Women’s League.
Rev. Gary Schreckengost: Pastor Schreckengost has supported Shepherd of the Valley from its inception. He served on the original Shepherd of the Valley Steering Committee and continued his service through the decades on the Board of Managers. Pastor Gary is currently the senior pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Youngstown.
Ernie Sigle: Mr. Sigle played an instrumental role in the formation of Shepherd of the Valley. He served on the original Board of Managers and was the second Board President (1974-1975). Mr. Sigle has remained involved with Shepherd of the Valley over the years, helping to ensure quality leadership as a member of the Board’s Nominating Committee.
The Helen R. Stambaugh Award recognizes individuals, businesses, or organizations that have provided extraordinary contributions of time, talent, and/or treasure that have had a profound and long-lasting impact upon the residents, staff, and Shepherd of the Valley communities. The award was first presented in 2008 to its namesake, the late Helen Stambaugh.
On Wednesday, a visit to Animal Charity on Market Street turned into more than a pet blessing. It became a college reunion.
“When I saw the information about the pet blessing in the paper,” said Liz Smith, “I wondered if that was Jimmy Brandis. I just had to come and see if it was.”
It turned out that it was indeed Jimmy Brandis, who Mrs. Smith knew from their time at Theil College. Jimmy Brandis is now Pastor Jim Brandis, Corporate Chaplain for Shepherd of the Valley. “It’s been 40 years, but when she asked if I recognized her, I knew her right away,” he said.
After catching up, Lola, the Smith’s dog, enjoyed a special blessing, as did several other dogs brought to the shelter by their owners, including Blade, a Border collie mix, and Mosa and Mano, 4-month-old Boxer/German Shepherd mix puppies. Pastor Brandis also blessed all the cats and each of the dogs awaiting their “forever homes” at Animal Charity.
The pet blessing was held as part of Operation Santa Paws, a drive by Shepherd of the Valley, spearheaded by its Poland community. Operation Santa Paws, in its fourth year, collects needed items for the dogs, cats, and other critters cared for by Animal Charity of Youngstown, Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary in Salem, and The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County in Warren.
Donations will be accepted at all Shepherd of the Valley locations, Copper Zone Tanning at the Southern Park Mall, and Pet Supplies Plus in Boardman through Monday, December 17. Click here for suggested donations or call Shepherd of the Valley-Poland, 330-726-7110, ext.0.
The events of 9/11/01 created a resurgence of patriotism and respect for our veterans and what they have done and are currently doing for us. Over the years I have been fortunate to meet many of our residents who are veterans. One noticeable trait is humility and dedication to their flag and country.
Tom Brokaw called them the “Greatest Generation” and we are fortunate to be there to offer our support to them, recognizing all they have done to give us the freedom we all enjoy and often take for granted.
Please make a special effort to “thank a vet” in November for what they have done for all of us!
As veterans age, many are unfamiliar with a benefit that can help pay for care at home or in assisted living or a nursing home.
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 New York Times website for the full story written by Susan Seliger…
To download a flyer with local Veteran Services contact information click here or on the image below.