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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 the condos at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Take a look at the December social calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the Hillcrest Apartments 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 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 assisted living residents at the Shepherd of the Valley Niles community? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
At Home With Shepherd, Shepherd of the Valley’s home health agency, has been nationally recognized by the 2013 HomeCare Elite™ as one of the Top 500 home health agencies in the country, scoring higher than 96% of the Medicare certified agencies nationwide. The HomeCare Elite™ identifies the top home health agencies in the United States. Agencies are ranked through an analysis of a number of performance measures focusing on the quality of their results, quality improvement, and financial performance. Click here to read the news release.
Victoria Brown, Associate Director and CFO, credits Kris Siciliano, RN, Home Health Director, and all of At Home With Shepherd’s staff with the their ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite. She said, “This is one of the top recognitions At Home With Shepherd could receive. It is through Kris’s leadership and the dedication of our staff that At Home With Shepherd is able to provide premier Home Health services to the residents of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties.”
There is no place like home when you are recovering from injury, surgery, or illness. Being in familiar surroundings provides an additional benefit – peace of mind for you and your family. This is especially true when the high level of care and help you want is provided by a trusted name like Shepherd of the Valley.
At Home With Shepherd is certified by Medicare and has a contract with the VA to provide home care. AHWS offers a full range of home health services to those living in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties that can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
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.
Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” On Thursday, October 3rd, 26 people nominated for the 9th Annual Valley Legacy Awards were recognized for not just making a living, but for making a life. From that remarkable group, six outstanding people received the Valley Legacy Award.
290 people attended the Valley Legacy Awards luncheon, hosted by presenting sponsor, Shepherd of the Valley. Leslie Barrett, WFMJ Evening News Co-Anchor was again the event MC, presenting a certificate of recognition with Don Kacmar, Shepherd of the Valley Executive Director, to each nominee as their biography was read.
Eighteen nominations were received for the Outstanding Senior Award, with six nominated for Outstanding Advocate for Seniors. The nominees received flowers and a Certificate of Recognition for their contributions to the community with WFMJ evening news co-anchor Leslie Barrett presenting the Valley Legacy Award to the two Outstanding Advocates for Seniors and four Outstanding Seniors. Meet the nominees ”up close and personal” by downloading the nominee biography sheet.
The 2013 Valley Legacy Award recipients are:
*Twin sisters Betty Jean Bahmer and Anna Mae Cuchna were nominated together by the Trumbull Retired Teachers Association
Shepherd of the Valley launched the Valley Legacy Awards in 2005 to recognize, in a significant and public way, the contribution, service, sacrifice, and compassionate actions performed by or for senior citizens in the Mahoning Valley.
“Gandhi once said, ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world,’” stated Michele Hoffmeister, Valley Legacy Advisory Board Co-Chair. “Whether nominated as an Outstanding Senior or as an Outstanding Advocate, each of our nominees has used their time and special talents to make the Mahoning Valley a better place.”
Dennis Parks, President of presenting sponsor Shepherd of the Valley’s Board of Directors, stated to the 290 people gathered for the luncheon at Avion on the Water, “It is my personal belief that we are all put here to create and contribute – this is what gives us purpose. As I have reviewed the backgrounds of the nominees for this year’s legacy awards I am honored to be part of a process that recognizes those individuals that have spent a lifetime contributing to our communities and to those who have contributed to the improvement of our elderly’s lifestyles through their professional, volunteer, or civic roles.”
In the past eight years, nearly 240 extraordinary people and organizations have been recognized, with 42 receiving the Valley Legacy Award.
Congratulations to the 26 amazing people nominated for the 2013 Valley Legacy Awards!
Now in its ninth year, the annual event honors civic-minded seniors and senior advocates for their contributions to the Mahoning Valley. All 26 nominees will be recognized and the Valley Legacy Awards presented to four Outstanding Seniors and one Outstanding Advocate for Seniors at a luncheon on October 3rd. Those nominated by members of the community are:
- Alma Apicella, Salem
- Twin sisters Betty Jean Bahmer, Warren & Anna Mae Cuchna, Niles
- Paul Burgeson, Boardman
- Marion Calpin, Canfield
- Carol Faustino, Liberty
- Mary Ann Fees, North Lima
- Wellington “Doc” Hager, Youngstown
- Louise Joachim, Poland
- Kay Lavelle, Austintown
- Bill & Rosemary Lowery, Warren
- John E. Malys, Boardman
- Daniel Mathey, Warren
- Robert W. Ray, Warren
- Jean Rider, Austintown
- Marilyn Schmidt, Canfield
- Thomas Soltis, Farmdale
- Donna J. Tompkins, Warren
- Marjorie Wise, Columbiana
Outstanding Advocate for Seniors
- Carla Chahine, North Lima
- Roberta Cykon, Fowler
- Mayor Ralph Infante, Niles
- Kay Lavelle, Austintown
- David Mirkin, Liberty
- Roxanne York, Warren
The Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon will be held Thursday, October 3, at Avion on the Water, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. Tickets are $25 and the event is open to the public.
For tickets or more information, call Lynn Miller at 330-530-4038, ext. 2057.
Major sponsors: Platinum Level: Shepherd of the Valley, WFMJ-TV, Oldies 106.1, Newsradio 570 WKBN, The Review Newspapers, The Senior News, First National Bank, Keynote Media Group ComDoc, Huntington Bank; Diamond Level: ComfortKeepers/ Hospice of the Valley, ValleyCare Health System of Ohio/Senior Circle, Home Instead Senior Care
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the August calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable calendar PDF.
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.
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman recently welcomed Armand L. Minotti, D.O., as its new Medical Director. Dr. Minotti specializes in Family Practice and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
A graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Minotti completed an internship at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital and a residency in Family Practice at Western Reserve Health Care, now part of ValleyCare of Ohio.
In practice with Prima Healthcare since 2006, part of his responsibility is to follow patients when they go to the hospital. He noted that there is a huge geriatric population in the area for which he likes to care. In coming “on-board” with Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman, he is able to expeience the complete the continuum of care, following patients from the Prima Healthcare offices to the hospital through their rehabilitation and back to Prima Healthcare.
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Minotti is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice and Assistant Professor of Medicine for Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) Rotating Center for Students.
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.
In 2005, the Valley Legacy Awards program was created to honor those who have devoted a lifetime of working to improve the Mahoning Valley, and those who work with the senior population. The program is directed by the volunteer Valley Legacy Advisory Board under the sponsorship of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc.
We invite you to be a part of this uplifting event by becoming a sponsor of the Valley Legacy Awards and join the companies and individuals from across the Mahoning Valley who have sponsored the event through the years. A list of sponsors from previous Valley Legacy Awards can be seen here. Sponsorships are crucial to the success of this event that publicly recognizes and thanks those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.
To date, nearly 230 extraordinary people and organizations throughout Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties have been honored. (Click here for 2012 Nominee Biography Sheet) The Valley Legacy Award has been presented to 45 of those honorees. In 2010, the Cliff Johnson Valley Legacy Memorial Award for Timeless Service was created and is awarded posthumously by the Advisory Board to honor exceptional commitment to the Valley.
Nominations are solicited from the general public. Judging panels comprised of people dedicated to volunteerism and senior advocacy efforts from across the tri-county area carefully review all nominations and select award recipients. The annual awards luncheon draws more than 250 people representing businesses, organizations, friends, family, and numerous community leaders. As each nominee is introduced, a brief synopsis of his or her achievements is shared with the audience.
Download a copy of the Sponsor Form and help us to provide an appropriate recognition for these outstanding people.
The ninth annual Valley Legacy Awards luncheon, celebrating those who leave a lasting legacy of service and inspire others through their actions and deeds, is scheduled for noon, Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Avion on the Water.
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.