Allegan County Medical Care Community Archive of Residents

September: Exciting Month at ACMCC!

September was an incredibly exciting month at ACMCC! Fair time is always a favorite time of year for residents, staff, volunteers, and family members alike. 2017 was no exception.

ACMCC participated in the Allegan County Fair Parade with an incredible group and were thrilled to receive the honor of “Best of Show” for our parade float.

The Fair featured a theme this year of “Where Memories are Made” and with 5 generations involved in our float that theme was incredibly appropriate. Our Fair Float as always included the participation of our elders on the float and in the bus.

Our now centenarian, Lucile “Jerry” Nyberg (pictured at right with her birthday cake) was one of our beautiful ladies featured on the float, just two weeks prior to turning 100 years old and allowing us to celebrate with her on September 28th.

ACMCC was also honored with a “First Place” ribbon for our booth in the Agricultural Building; such a proud moment for the numerous staff and residents involved in designing the booth and providing crafts, vegetables, canned goods, flowers, and antiques to the memories of “Grandma’s Kitchen” brought to life.

 

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Karen Wagner: Our Rehab Success Story

Karen WagnerDuring the month of July, Karen Wagner suffered a serious fall with a back injury leaving her weaker and needing assistance with her care. Mrs. Wagner shared with us how our services had been highly recommended by family and friends. She also told us how initially she was quite frightened from poor experiences with other facilities many years past; therefore it was with great skepticism and trepidation that Karen agreed to come to ACMCC and allow us to help. Today, we are very proud of Karen. With just over 10 days work with our physical and occupational therapists, she is ready to return home safely. Karen will be leaving with a renewed faith in skilled nursing facilities such as ACMCC and with herself. Karen’s message to those reading is a powerful one. “You might think you can just go home from the hospital. You might think you can do it all by yourself. But when you get home, you don’t realize how weak you are and how much help you need and you may even be too proud to ask. There are a lot of good people out there that want to help you. Don’t be afraid of a challenge! These people are trained and know what they are doing. In the long run, it’s going to be so much better. Thank God for places like this.”

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Upcoming Events: September 2017

We have some great upcoming events this fall. In September, the Allegan County Fair will be upon us! This year the theme is, “Where Memories are Made!” which is perfect for us. We can’t believe how fast this year is going. We will be once again entering a float in the parade as well as a booth in the Agricultural Barn. We plan on taking our residents that wish to go the fair, and we’d like to thank the Allegan County Fair for once again allowing our Residents and Volunteers/Family/and Staff that goes along to help, to get in free during those times. If you would like to volunteer to help with our fair outings, please contact EricRittenhouse at 269-673-2102 at extension 4976.

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Flying Away at the Air Zoo!

Oair zoour Men’s group has been meeting for the last few months and they decided they would like to take a trip to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. A fun day was had by all, and we were able to enjoy a meal from McDonald’s. There is nothing like a good cold coke, a burger, and some fries! For next month some of the gentlemen had decided instead of the Air Zoo, they would like to go to the Gilmore Car Museum.

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Safety Reminders

A Safety RemindersFew Safety Reminders:

We have put together some safety reminders to keep our residents safe. The majority of our resident elders have more fragile, thinner skin, therefore exposure to heat and cold can be more hazardous and potential cause injury.

Please do not bring in items that produce heat, such as electric blankets, curling irons, etc. without talking with our care team first.

ACMCC is fortunate to have blanket warmers and professional salon-type dryers in our beauty shop in which temperature can be regulated and controlled for safety. We appreciate your help in this matter. Safety first!

ACMCC is fortunate to have blanket warmers and professional salon-type dryers in our beauty shop in which temperature can be regulated and controlled for safety. We appreciate your help in this matter. Safety first!

 

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Fun in the Summertime!

Summertime always brings so many fun activities here at ACMCC! We haSummertimeve been enjoying nearly daily (weather permitting) morning exercise class in the courtyard. The rainbow parachute is always a hit and gets everyone laughing and exercising without even knowing it! Our gardens are coming to life with flowers and veggies, but we also enjoyed some indoor fun while painting pots for summer annuals to add to our décor. We are very fortunate that our friend, Lou Thierwacher, is now offering a monthly sing-along of classic tunes.Summertime

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A New Flag for ACMCC

Ruth Counflagtiss had a very touching and interesting request for our Administrator, Kim Turcott, back at the end of April. Ruth told her that she looked out her window every morning where she could see the flag, and recites the pledge after saying a prayer. She wanted to know if she could have her husband’s flag that she received after he passed sent up here so she could fly it on the flag pole up front. It would mean a lot to her, to look out her window to say the pledge every morning and know that a piece of her husband flew not far outside her window.

Ruth wanted to do this on May 9th, celebrating not only her husband’s flag, but her 6 month anniversary of living here. Kim put in the request to have this done, and Ruth contacted her loved ones to have the flag sent here. On May 9th, surrounded by a few peers, her caregivers, and staff, her husband’s flag was raised. She requested that we all join her in the Pledge of Allegiance after the flag reached the top. Happy 6 Months Ruth, and thanks for sharing this amazing moment with us!

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Nursing Home Week

We kNursing Home Week icked Nursing Home Week 2017 off on May 13th with a Mother’s Day Tea. This year’s theme was “Spirit of America.” Each day had an American Theme to it and our staff had a decorating contest with a Red, White, and Blue theme. Gardenview won 1st place, Elaine Cochran and Jen Phillips won 2nd, and the Restorative team won 3rd place.

Monday was Auction Day for our residents. Each resident that participated received 30 “Auction Bucks” to spend on various items that have been graciously donated from volunteers and families.On Tuesday, we had “Western Day,” complete with a community wide cook-out and a petting zoo. A special thank-you to Renee Piebenga, Melissa Sanders, Chelsea Johnson, Kim Turcott, Kayla Adrianson, and Jessica Cooley for bringing all of the animals out to visit our folks.On Wednesday, we celebrated American Music by playing a Musical version of Giant Monopoly.Thursday was the Great American Waffle Breakfast that was enjoyed by staff and residents in the morning. We topped Friday off with a bit of ice cream as Coldstone Creamery came once again to give us all yummy sundaes!Nursing Home Week

Thanks to all who helped pull off this fun packed week!

Posted in National Events, Residents

April – A Busy Month!

Abusy monthpril was a busy month here at ACMCC. We had a lot of fun activities for our residents. On April 12th and 19th, two groups of residents, staff, and volunteers went to Frederick Meijer Gardens to see all of the gardens and the Butterflies are Bloomin’ exhibit. The first group got to see more butterflies on their trip as it was peak time, but the second group got to see all the blooms that popped up within a week. A great time was had by all!busy month 3

Our transportation Coordinator, Lori Rice, brought in a baby goat a few times this month. The whole community enjoyed w atching it run around and jump, and a few got to bottle feed it.

We held our annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter Bunny swung by as well! Grandchildren of our residents as well as children of our staff all came out to hunt for eggs and enjoy some cookies and punch. Two lucky kids were even picked to win a basket of goodies. Thanks to all who helped with these wonderful events, and we are all looking forward to Nbusy month ursing Home Week 2017!

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C-DIFF AWARENESS

C-diffACMCC has recently joined on a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiative to prevent and reduce Clostridium difficile (C-diff) in nursing homes. This initiative will support nursing home submission of data into the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) databank, which will provide analysis and creation of a national baseline for C-diff infections in nursing homes, as well as for additional follow-up measurement periods. When facilities track infections, they can identify problems and track progress toward stopping infections. While 50 states currently report hospital C-diff data into NHSN, only 250 of the country’s 15,700 nursing home currently report C-diff data. We are proud to join this initiative!

What is clostridium difficile anyway? Clostridium difficile [klo–strid–ee–um dif–uh–seel] (C. difficile) is a highly contagious bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis. When a person takes antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months. This leaves room for more resistant “bad” bacteria such as C. Difficile to be acquired and take over. Patients can get sick from C. difficile picked up from contaminated surfaces or spread from a health care provider’s hands. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care

Symptoms include:

  • Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
  • Fever
  •  Loss of appetite
  •  Nausea
  • Abdominal pain/tenderness

Why is C. difficile such a concern? According to the CDC, it has caused almost half a million infections among patients in the US in 2011. More than 80% of the deaths associated with C. difficile occurred among americans aged 65 or older. 1 out of 9 patients aged 65 or older with a healthcare-associated C. difficile infection died within 30 days following their diagnosis. While there is treatment available for C-diff, the type of medications that can be used are few in number, and sometimes they don’t always work.

What can we do to help prevent this? Take antibiotics only as prescribed by their doctor and complete the prescribed course of treatment. Tell your doctor if you have been on antibiotics and get diarrhea within a few months. Wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Try to use a separate bathroom if you have diarrhea, or be sure the bathroom is cleaned well if someone with diarrhea has used it. (If someone has a confirmed case of C-diff, only bleach products can kill active C. difficile spores).

Remember, proper hand washing is one of the single most effective means of preventing any type of transmissible infection.

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