Holland Home received a special tribute from the Michigan State Senate today, January 24, 2013, in recognition of Holland Home’s 120 years of service and Holland Home’s commitment to provide services with love, compassion and excellence for its residents.
A certificate, which was presented to Holland Home Board chairman, Carl Ver Beek, Esq., president and CEO, H. David Claus and Holland Home CFO, David Tiesenga, was signed by Governor Rick Snyder, Senator Dave Hildenbrand and State Representative Brandon Dillon.
As their Christmas charity, Holland Home corporate employees chose DA Blodgett, an agency that has been caring for children for 125 years. Employees created “care bags” for children being taken into foster care. In the early 1990s DA Blodgett began giving the children a new backpack with clothing, personal care items, and a toy for when they meet their foster family and move to their foster home, since the children have little, if anything, with them that is theirs. The Care Bags consist of new clothing, personal care items and a toy, book and/or blanket in a specific size and sex which are assembled and labeled. (For more information visit http://www.dablodgettstjohns.org/get-involved/care-bag-drive)
Corporate employees put together 119 bags which were delivered to DA Blodgett on Saturday, December 15. At that time, their stock was down to 15 bags. Employees and volunteers at DA Blodgett were thrilled with the donation.
Shoppers at Woodland Mall were surprised when a group of Holland Home residents staged a flash mob.
(HD version of this video is available at YouTube.)
Helpers of Holland Home Providing Technology to Keep Seniors Safe and Independent in Their Own Homes
Holland Home’s article on how Helpers of Holland Home is helping to keep seniors safe and independent in their own homes through the use of technology appeared in the Grand Rapids Press Health section on Sunday, December 9 and was featured on MLive. http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/12/technology_helps_seniors_stay.html#incart_river_default
Chris Nicely, vice president of marketing for Holland Home, recently appeared on WOOD TV’s eightWest program to answer questions on senior living.
Paula DeLorm, PT, DPT, CEEAA, COS-C, director of Therapy Services for HomeCare of Holland Home, has written the lead article for the American Physical Therapy Associates Fall 2012 quarterly journal. The title of the article is Using the SBAR Format to Decrease Rehospitalization Rates. Congratulations, Paula, on this significant achievement.
Amanda Baushke, director of Masterpiece Living, completed the Ironman Triathlon in Florida in just over 16 hours!! The contest required a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. Amanda has been training since the spring with her training peaking at 20 hours per week. CONGRATULATIONS, AMANDA!! What an awesome accomplishment.
Not sure how to talk to your parent about moving to a retirement community? Not sure how to talk to your adult children about selling the family home and moving to a retirement community? Join us for a soup and salad dinner as our residents and their adult children discuss how to have a dialogue about moving.
November 13, 6:00 pm
2772 Pfeiffer Woods Drive, Grand Rapids
To RSVP call 616-643-2730
Please join us for a tour of Breton Ridge and some pie and coffee at our open houses:
November 15 & 29
2:00 to 4:00 pm
2772 Pfeiffer Woods Drive, Grand Rapids
For more information, call 616-643-2730
Shoppers at Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids,Michigan were surprised on Tuesday, September 18, when a group of 50 Holland Home residents and a handful of staff performed a flash mob in front of the astonished crowd. “We wanted to show them we’re not all sitting around in rocking chairs,” said one resident after the event.
Residents practiced the dance, to the g-rated version of Taio Cruz’s Dynamite, for two months under the direction of Zumba Gold instructor Janitza Sawyer-Ocasio.
Holland Home offers residents on its Breton and Raybrook campuses access to Masterpiece Living, a new initiative created to help seniors live better longer. Based on numerous studies, Masterpiece Living focuses on all the components of successful aging—physical, mental, social and spiritual. The flash mob performance touched on three of those—physical exercise gained by dancing, the mental exercise required to learn the dance and the social aspect of coming together to practice.