Start early to prepare for old age, nursing home CEO says
By Frank Witsil (Detroit Free Press)
“When I went through that I was convinced I could change the world,” Rabidoux, 60, said.
Now, as president and CEO of EHM Senior Solutions, she is part of a grow-ing industry that is wrestling with how to provide care for adults who seek to remain independent with-out burdening their children, and who are living longer than previous generations.
What’s more, organizations such as EHM — which changed its named from Evangelical Homes of Michigan — will also have to contend with aging baby boomers, the large generation born after World War II, who by many accounts have been reluctant to plan for old age.
To prepare, the nonprofit has broadened, deepened and added to its services. In addition to homes, it now also offers services, including technology to help monitor adults, that elderly people can get to help them while still living in their own homes.
In August, EHM announced it acquired the former St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center in Farmington Hills from St. John Providence Hospital and would be devel-oping the 31 acres to open a new senior living center that offers day programs, as well as independent and assisted living by 2020.
The Farmington-based company employs more than 1,200 people, serves about 5,500 adults in a nine county area in Michigan and has an annual operating budget of about $60 million. It also has offices in Ann Arbor and Monroe.
In an edited conversation, Rabidoux talks about her company’s acquisitions, what folks should expect as more baby boomers retire, and she offered advice on caring for the elderly. ...
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EHM Senior Solutions Purchases The 31 Acre Site Which Was Former Home Of Sarah Fisher Orphanage
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"EHM EHM Senior Solutions, formerly Evangelical Homes of Michigan, a nonprofit health and human service organization that has been providing health care, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan for 137 years, announced its new corporate identity last week, along with a slate of company announcements that signify its expanded focus and continued growth and evolution of services.
“EHM Senior Solutions may be nearly 140 years old, but we are far from behindthetimes,” said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM. “We are growing and innovating, shifting our focus to meet the evolving needs of today’s seniors and their families, which is reflected in our name change. Our new facilities, products and services are being designed to successfully carry EHM through its next century of operations" ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Evangelical Homes of Michigan completes purchase of St. Joseph Mercy Saline facility
Planned "Community Center for Innovation & Education" will House Broad Spectrum of Services & Resources
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 6, 2016 – Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM), a non-profit health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan, is pleased to announce it has officially taken ownership of the former St. Joseph Mercy Saline health building. Transfer of ownership from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to EHM, on the property located at 400 Russell St. in Saline, Mich., was made official June 28, 2016, and EHM has taken immediate ownership. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 100,000-square-foot facility became available when St. Joe's relocated its Urgent Care and outpatient services to Michigan Avenue last July to better serve its patients. Since 2011, EHM has been leasing 22,000-square-feet of the building to operate its Redies Center for Rehabilitation and Healthy Living, a short-term rehabilitation center, and a $5.2 million investment by EHM in a state-of-the-art rehab and wellness facility. The Redies Center employs more than 40 exercise specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and a full complement of nurses and medical staff.
It is estimated that EHM will spend an additional $500,000 over the next year to renovate the Saline facility. “This space, once fully transformed, will offer the community a state-of-the-art resource for educational classes, community events, primary and specialty health care, rehab and wellness programs, residential care, hospice care and so much more,” said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM. “With this transaction complete, EHM can begin to bring our full vision of the Community Center for Innovation and Education to life.”
“We are pleased this sale represents an opportunity for expanded health services in Saline and the greater Washtenaw County community,” said David Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, who oversees health services in Saline. “Together with EHM, we share a commitment to those we serve, and offer a complete continuum of care for the local community from urgent care to senior health.”
In January, when announcing its intent to purchase the Saline facility, EHM put out an open call to the local community, soliciting input from Saline-area residents on their vision and ideas for the future Center. The website received 150 responses, followed by three in-person community forums, which yielded input from another 100 residents.
“Overwhelmingly, the community expressed interest in a vibrant space that offers expanded health care services, community health and wellness programs, educational opportunities and room for partnerships with other mission-driven non-profit organizations, like Arbor Hospice,” said Rabidoux. “And that’s precisely what we intend to deliver. We want to ensure that this building…this community resource…appropriately reflects and represents its neighbors and embodies the spirit, heart and vitality of the people it will serve each day.”
About Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan. Founded nearly 140 years ago, EHM is one of the largest nonprofits of its kind in metro Detroit and one of the oldest in the state, serving more than 5,500 seniors annually. Guided by a board composed of church leaders, corporate executives and community members, EHM takes pride in meeting the growing demands of seniors and their families. For more information, visit www.evangelicalhomes.org.
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NEWS – For Immediate Release –
May 24, 2016
Contact: Keith Kooperman
(734) 429-3502, ext. 2503
FREE YOGA IN THE PARK!
Saline Parks and Recreation receives funding for second year for a free yoga in the park program.
SALINE, MI, May 17, 2016 – Have you always wanted to try yoga? Maybe you already love yoga and want to add another session to your routine? Saline Parks & Recreation is offering FREE yoga classes, 8 – 9 a.m. every Saturday this summer. The outdoor program at Henne Field, 198 E. Bennett St., in downtown Saline, starts June 4, 2016 and runs through August 27.
Certified yoga instructors Liz Knight and Anna Deevers, believe practicing yoga outdoors in the park will intensify the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Detroit personality Lila Lazarus, host of the “Discover Remarkable” series on WXYZ, will be a guest instructor on occasion.
Pre-registration is encouraged by calling Saline Rec Center, (734) 429-3502, ext. 2500. Comfortable clothing, a water bottle, and a desire to participate are all you need to enjoy the program. Mats are furnished (or bring your own.) All abilities and ages are welcome to attend.
The Yoga in the Park program is funded through a joint sponsorship between St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Evangelical Homes of Michigan.
Saline Parks and Recreation is a department of the City of Saline. For more information, please contact Keith Kooperman, (734) 429-3502, ext. 2503.
By Mark Crawford
After an exciting visit from All Ability cycles of Jefferson, Iowa, Friendship Haven team members set their sights on raising enough money to offer this great experience to residents.
Kelly Soyland, standing, with a team of Good Samaritan Innovation Designers discussing a wellness service the team is testing with 20 seniors they have equipped with wearable activity and sleep-tracking technology.
Most of us have had difficulty sleeping at one time or another. There are many factors that can affect the quality and length of our sleep: The changing seasons with the shortening of daylight hours along with keeping an irregular sleep schedule can affect our circadian rhythms; stress from work and relationships can make it difficult to fall asleep; drinking alcohol close to bedtime can cause awakenings in the night; even using electronic devices can affect the quality of your sleep.
The following suggestions may help if you have been struggling to sleep or stay asleep.
1. Maintain a sleep schedule (even on days off). I’m listing this as number one because this was the most difficult step for me to follow, personally. Try to wake up at the same time EVERY morning and go to bed at the same time each night. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and will, in time, contribute to a restful night’s sleep.
2. Upon waking, immediately drink a full glass of water, even before your coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverage. When you wake up in the morning you are at your most dehydrated. Drinking water first thing may help reduce fatigue throughout the day and keep bowel movements regular. Simply keep a glass of water next to your bed when you go to sleep then drink it when you wake up. Develop this habit and you will begin to crave it every time you wake up! Try to get your fill of water as early in the day as possible to avoid waking up in the night to urinate.
3. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Choose an activity which avoids bright light and sets your mind at rest. Reading or meditating are a couple of my favorites.
4. Avoid naps throughout the afternoon. This may seem like a quick fix for fatigue, but if you’re having trouble falling to sleep at night, napping could be the cause.
5. Use bright light in the morning. Immediately upon getting out of bed, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Get as much sunlight as possible to help you wake up. This will support a healthy circadian rhythm.
6. If you can't sleep, get out of bed, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. This can also be quite challenging when you feel so sleepy that you tell yourself “I feel like I’m going to fall asleep at any moment.” Do it anyway, then go back to bed when you are tired again.
7. Use your bed for sleep and sex ONLY! Your bedroom should feel relaxing. Don’t sit in bed and work, surf the Internet, or watch TV.
8. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening. Alcohol may help you feel sleepy, but after its initial effects wear off, it will make you wake up more often overnight. Nicotine is a stimulant and can cause insomnia. Big meals at night overload your digestive system, which affects how well you sleep.
9. Block your clock. Do you glance at it several times a night? That can make your mind race with thoughts about the day to come, which can keep you awake.
10. Know when to see your doctor. Let her know if your sleeplessness lasts for a month or more. She can check to see if a health condition -- such as asthma, acid reflux, arthritis, or depression -- or a medicine you take is part of the problem.
When exercising the body works to cool itself down via perspiration (sweat). However when exercising in a hot and humid environment our body’s natural way of cooling itself (perspiration) doesn’t always work to the same effect that it does in cooler environments. The heat places added stress onto the body when exercising. By doing so the body sends more blood to the skin to circulate, causing the working muscles to get less blood flow, which in turn will increase heart rate and also body temperature.
Symptoms of Heat Related Illness
- Muscle Cramps
-Nausea or Vomiting
-Dizziness or Lightheadedness
-Low Blood Pressure
-Increased Heart Rate
Examples of Heat Related Illnesses
Painful muscle contractions, the muscles can feel firm to the touch
Lightheadedness due to high temperatures
Body temperature can reach 104°F. May feel nausea, clammy skin, headache, and weakness
Can be a life threatening emergency situation that occurs when body temperature goes above 104°F. The skin can be hot
Tips for Exercise in the Heat
Be aware of the temperature
Become acclimated with the environment
Know your own fitness abilities
Know your medical risks
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats that our body does not produce naturally, but can be consumed by the foods we eat. Foods high in Omega-3 include:
· Fish/fish oil supplements
· Vegetable oils
· Nuts (especially walnuts)
· Flax seeds/flaxseed oil
· Leafy vegetables
· Omega-3 supplements
Why Omega-3 fats are considered an essential contribution to our health:
· They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body
· They affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes
· They bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function
· They provide a foundation for making hormones that regulate:
- Blood clotting
- Contraction and relaxation of artery walls
Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help:
The strongest evidence regarding the effect of omega-3 fats has to do with heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to help the heart beat at a steady pace and prevent dangerous or potentially fatal irregular rhythms. Such arrhythmias cause most of the 500,000-plus cardiac deaths that occur each year in the United States. Omega-3 fats have also been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function, and, at higher doses, lower triglycerides. Omega-3 fatty acids may also aid in easing inflammation, which plays a role in the development of atherosclerosis.
Reference: Leaf A. Prevention of sudden cardiac death by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. J Cardiovasc Med. (Hagerstown). 2007; 8 Suppl 1:S27-29