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Operation Love Brings Easter Treats to Children

Operation Love 2014 BettyFor close to 25 years, “Operation Love” has brought Easter treats to children in the custody of Children Services of Trumbull County.  ”Operation Love” started at our Niles community where residents and staff put Easter baskets together for the children. Two years ago, our Boardman community joined “Operation Love”, creating Easter baskets for Children Services of Mahoning County.

“This has been a favorite tradition of the residents,” explained Kim Osborn, Activity Director for Shepherd’s Niles and Boardman communities, “because they feel they are giving back to kids who may not receive a basket on Easter.”

Photo: Betty Allen, Niles Hillcrest Apartments, puts the finishing touches on a basket for a child at Children’s Services of Trumbull County.

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Howland Greens April Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents? Take a look at the April calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Greens April Calendar

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Niles Assisted Living April Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at the Shepherd of the Valley Niles community? Take a look at the April calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Assisted Living Calendar

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Hillcrest Apartments at Niles April Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the Hillcrest Apartments at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the April calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Hillcrest Apartments April Calendar

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Niles Garden’s April Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the Gardens residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the April calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Niles Gardens Calendar

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Poland Condo Community Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the condos at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the April social calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Poland Condo Community calendar

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Poland Assisted Living March Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the April calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Poland Assisted Living Calendar

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Boardman Trails April Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the  Boardman Life Enrichment Calendar

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104-year-old Had a Dream

In 1939, Ray and Thelma Thornton built a home on SR 45 in North Bloomfield where they raised their three children, Nanette, Colleen and Corbin, and ran a small farming operation. Ray, the school superintendent, and Thelma, a first grade teacher, owned the property until 2003.

Thelma, a 104-year-old resident at Shepherd of the Valley – Niles, dreamed of going back to visit the place that held 64 years of wonderful memories… and with that simple request, the Dream Team at SOV-Niles sprang into action to make Thelma’s wish come true as part of their Second Wind Dream program.  With a couple of phone calls and a little planning, Thelma’s wish came true on Saturday, February 22.

David and Deborah Brown purchased the home in 2007. They completed an extensive renovation turning the home into a beautiful modern living space which they rented to their daughter Amy, who happens to be a first grade teacher at the same school where Thelma taught, and her husband, Mike Andrella. Another twist to the story, Thelma taught Deborah in school and was close friends with Wes and Donna Campbell, Deborah’s parents and Amy’s grandparents. When Deborah heard about Thelma’s wish to return home, she and her family graciously opened their home.

Thelma was joined by daughters Nanette Tyler and Colleen Aliberti (son Corbin lives in Seattle, WA) who were also eager to see the house. Once Thelma got her bearings in the renovated house, the memories flooded back. Old neighbors and friends shared stories about children being chased by giant red roosters, sliding down banisters, and sleeping in the cellar house.

Amy and Deborah shared photos taken before the renovations started, most of which included original details of the house that Thelma easily recalled with an accompanying story. Amy presented Thelma with a book of letters written to her by her first-graders. Thelma chuckled at one of them which ended with, “Wow, I can’t believe you are that old!”.

Several of those attending joined Thelma and her daughters for lunch at Mary Yoder’s, a favorite spot of the Thornton family. When asked about her big day, Thelma said, “I didn’t know where they were taking me, but then as we were driving I knew exactly where we were going! It all seems like a dream.”

In a note Thelma’s daughter Colleen wrote to the Niles Dream Team she stated, “Mom is still talking about it. The house has changed but the memories we will always have… Nannette and I want to thank you all for the great day.  We had our wishes come true also!”

(back) Virginia Lyman, Nanette Tyler (daughter), Mike Andrella, Amy Andrella, Debbie Campbell, Donna Brown, Wes Brown, Tom Lyman, Jerry Lyman; (front) Colleen Aliberti (daughter), Thelma Thornton, Ronald (Amy Andrella’s nephew)

(back) Virginia Lyman, Nanette Tyler (daughter), Mike Andrella, Amy Andrella, Debbie Campbell, Donna Brown, Wes Brown, Tom Lyman, Jerry Lyman; (front) Colleen Aliberti (daughter), Thelma Thornton, Ronald (Amy Andrella’s nephew)

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Imagine Your Spirit Blooming…

It has been a long, cold, snowy winter and everyone is tired of shoveling and salting.

It’s time to Spring into a maintenance-free life style at Shepherd of the Valley.

Call today and take advantage of the spring specials at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland, Poland, and Niles communities.  Offers are good through the end of May so call today.

Click here or on the image below for the move-in special for the condos at Howland and Poland.
Move-in Special for Howland and Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here or on the image below for the apartment special at Niles.
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Boardman Recognized for Quality Care

Places in Top 25 for Statewide Nursing Home Resident Satisfaction Survey

The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) recently recognized our Boardman skilled nursing facility as one of the top 25 Ohio nursing homes for resident satisfaction. Between August, 2013, and January, 2014, ODA conducted over 27,000 resident interviews at 953 skilled nursing facilities as part of a statewide Resident Satisfaction Survey. The survey is conducted every other year by ODA, opposite a similar survey conducted of Ohio nursing home resident family members.

Boardman had an overall satisfaction score of 96.11 out of a possible score of 100, placing it 15th in the top 25 of facilities in the survey; statewide, the average score was 87.5. The survey asked questions of nursing home residents regarding satisfaction in areas such as direct care, activities and dining; as well as whether or not they would recommend the facility to a family member or friend and if, overall, they liked the facility.  Visit http://aging.ohio.gov/news/pressreleases/2014/20140303.htm.

“I am very proud of our staff,” exclaimed Rich Limongi, Executive Director Designee and former Boardman Associate Director. “We take great pride in our organization and the quality of care we provide to our residents. Having this commitment overwhelmingly recognized by our residents is a direct validation of the care and concern of everyone that is part of Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman has for our residents.

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Employees of the Year Named

Throughout the year, employees at each Shepherd site select a number of their peers to honor for their dedication and service.  In March, five employees from that group, one from each Shepherd site, were honored as an Employee of the Year.  This year the following employees were recognized:

Jessica Hunt_SOV-NilesShepherd of the Valley- Niles: Jessica Hunt. Jessica is a Nurses Aide at SOV-Niles, joining the staff in 2008.  According to her supervisor Carol Chandler, RN, “Jessica can handle any task that is presented to her. She is a team player and always lends a hand to help her co-workers. She takes initiative to complete any task that is required. I join the rest of the staff in congratulating Jessica on a job well done.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShepherd of the Valley-Boardman: Charles Mayfield. Chuck joined the SOV-Boardman staff in 2009 after 28 years as a supervisor with Amweld Building Products. Environmental Services Director Joe Gear states, “Chuck is always willing to go out of his way to help out. I know I never have to worry. Chuck will get things done.” Happily married for 35 years, Chuck is retiring at the end of April and looking forward to traveling with his wife. (Photo: Executive Director Designee Rich Limongi and Charles Mayfield)

Rosemarie Beil & Tamara Salvino-SOV-HowlandShepherd of the Valley-Howland: Rosemarie Beil. Rosemarie joined the SOV-Howland staff in 2009 as a part-time evening receptionist and is now the full-time day-turn receptionist.  “Rosemarie goes above and beyond to help our residents, families, and fellow staff,” stated her supervisor, Candy Wetzel. “She is always willing to give a helping hand and is very dependable, never missing a day as shown by the perfect attendance award she received again this year!”  Rosemarie resides in Howland with her husband and has four beautiful daughters and a grandson.  (Photo: Rosemarie & Associate Director Tamara Salvino)

Marilyn Michalak & Kelly Stansloski-SOV-PolandShepherd of the Valley-Poland: Marilyn Michalak. Marilyn joined the SOV-Poland staff in July 2008 as a Residential Assistant in the Nursing Department where she has made a huge impression. “Marilyn goes over and above all of her job expectations,” noted Trish Ahlswede, RN.  “She is always on time for work, never reports off and covers others’ shifts when needed.  Marilyn always demonstrates the true meaning of teamwork and treats all co-workers and residents with the utmost respect.” Marilyn lives in Columbiana. (Photo: Marilyn & Associate Director Kelly Stansloski)

Michelle Benedice & Victoria Brown-Sov Corporate-Home HealthShepherd of the Valley-Corporate Office/Home Health: Michelle Benedict.  Michelle joined the SOV-Corporate staff as the Human Resource Assistant in 2003.  Her supervisor, Human Resources Director Celina Williams, noted “Michelle is the kind of employee that every company wants.  She is hard working, efficient, and dependable.  You never have to wonder if the job is going to get done.  She is also the kind of person that other people love to be around – fun, friendly and a great listener.  Shepherd of the Valley and the HR department is very lucky to have Michelle on our team!”  Michelle resides in Austintown with her husband and son. (Photo: Michelle & Associate Director/CFO Victoria Brown)

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Howland Condo Community March Social Calendar

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 March calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Howland Assisted Living March Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland? Take a look at the March calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Howland Greens March Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents? Take a look at the March calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Niles Assisted Living March Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at the Shepherd of the Valley Niles community? Take a look at the March calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Hillcrest Apartments at Niles March Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the Hillcrest Apartments at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the March calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Poland March Assisted Living Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the March calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Boardman Trails March Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the Boardman Trails Life Enrichment Calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Volunteering Opens Doors to A Richer Life

Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said, “…one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Have you considered volunteering your time and/or talent at one of the Shepherd communities?  Our seniors would welcome your attention.  Many of them no longer have family in the area.  They often feel forgotten and alone.  Your presence can brighten their day, whether you read to them, play cards, or just sit and talk.  Or you can share a talent to brighten someone’s day.

Sometimes people are  concerned that they need to commit to a large amount of time.  On the contrary, we are happy for the time you can lend. Tell us when you are available and we will work with your schedule.

Consider giving a few hours of your time each month to volunteer at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles, Poland, Howland, or Boardman.  We would love to have you and your life will be richer for lending a hand.

Download the Volunteer Menu and see what volunteer opportunities are cooking at our communities.

 

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