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Prepare for old age early
Prepare for old age early

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
EHM Senior Solutions Purchases The 31 Acre Site Which Was Former Home of Sarah Fisher Orphanage

EHM Senior Solutions Purchases The 31 Acre Site Which Was Former Home Of Sarah Fisher Orphanage

 

Click the link below for full story...

 

www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/farmington/2016/08/18/ehm-buys-sarah-fisher-property/88872790/

 

"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" ...

 

 


PRESS RELEASE: Evangelical Homes of Michigan completes purchase of St. Joseph Mercy Saline facility
PRESS RELEASE: Evangelical Homes of Michigan completes purchase of St. Joseph Mercy Saline facility

 

 

 

 

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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MEDIA CONTACT:  Hope Brown, PublicCity PR – 248.346.3399; hbrown@publiccitypr.net


FREE YOGA IN THE PARK!
FREE YOGA IN THE PARK!

 

1866 Woodland Dr. · Saline, MI 48176-1613

Phone: 734-429-3502 · Fax: 734-429-5208

 

www.city-saline.org/parks

 

NEWS – For Immediate Release –

May 24, 2016 

Contact:  Keith Kooperman                                        

(734) 429-3502, ext. 2503                                          

kkooperman@cityofsaline.org

 

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.

 

 

 

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Building and Maintaining an Entrepreneurial Culture

 By Mark Crawford

 
Freedom, empowerment and creativity of thought are the cornerstones of a robust entrepreneurial culture. Entrepreneurial employees constantly think beyond standard expectations to find new ways to add value to the customer experience. Over time, this pattern of thinking can become ingrained as the corporate culture, anchored by the belief that employees should not be afraid to share new ideas that could benefit a customer’s well-being.

The key implementers of entrepreneurial thinking are the front-line employees who work closely with residents every day. An entrepreneurial culture encourages creativity, responsiveness and shared ownership by all members of the team—as a result, when employees see a way to serve clients better, they are encouraged to bring that potential solution to leadership.

“Having an entrepreneurial culture also helps us expand our reach to include serving not only elders, but their extended families and friends, the neighborhoods in which they live and the communities that provide their extended ecosystems,” says Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of Evangelical Homes of Michigan in Farmington, MI.

An entrepreneurial team strives for excellence, continually innovating to make everything from programs and services to the environment and amenities the best they can be for customers—both as individuals and groups.

“We challenge each other every day,” says Julie Thorson, president and CEO of Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge, IA. “We talk about innovation in simple conversations, detailed conversations, at board meetings and even during daily huddles. Residents are encouraged to engage and offer their input as well. Friendship Haven is not a static organization. We are constantly looking for ways to provide innovative and responsive services to aging adults.”

Benefits of an entrepreneurial culture can be transformational, showing significant gains in customer satisfaction, employee productivity and reduced turnover. An empowered staff is a content staff—they feel better about themselves, what they do and the positive impact they have on clients. As a result, they have more ownership in their projects, teams and communities.

“This ultimately translates into everyone being excited to see positive experiences and outcomes for our residents and families,” adds Jennifer Crimmins, vice president of campus development for Friendship Haven.

Carving Out Time for Innovation

“It’s hard to be strategic when facing the tyranny of the urgent.”

That’s how Carol Barbour, president and CEO of Friends Life Care Partners, Plymouth Meeting, PA, refers to the difficulty of setting aside time to think strategically while also dealing with the day-to-day demands of running an organization.

Friends Life Care Partners is by definition innovative and entrepreneurial, as it is the largest continuing care at home (CCAH) organization in the country. Its mantra, in fact, is “Pioneer. Innovate. Inspire.” Even so, Barbour and her staff face the same pressures as any other aging-services leaders.

Getting Used to Change

Building an entrepreneurial culture requires having both a board and a senior management team in place that is committed to it. It also requires training or hiring employees who are open to the challenge of owning their roles in creating a culture that is dynamic.

The most difficult part of the building process is overcoming uncertainties about going too far, or making mistakes.

“Post-acute care companies are typically very risk-adverse,” states Paul Stavros, vice president of marketing and business development for Evangelical Homes of Michigan. “High amounts of regulation and a punitive oversight structure have caused … providers to opt for a culture that encourages compliance and avoids risk.”

It can be difficult to get employees to accept change as part of their daily routine. Employees may initially resist because they fear rejection of their ideas and/or punishment should an idea be proposed and then eventually fail. Therefore, it is paramount to establish trust and a sense of empowerment. “Employees must believe that they are truly valued and that senior management will support them, even if their ideas fail,” Stavros adds.

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Friendship Haven

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.

A good way to get started is to frequently discuss the benefits of an entrepreneurial culture at all staff levels, including the C-suite. All upper-level executives should be readily available to staff members to talk about new ideas. “It would not be uncommon at Evangelical Homes of Michigan for employees to pick up the phone and call the senior vice president or CEO directly if they had something to say,” says Stavros. “Similarly, when senior managers walk the halls, they look forward to interacting with staff members, providing a forum for discussion and sharing of ideas.”

Although consultants are not required for developing an entrepreneurial culture, they can be excellent resources for jump-starting the process, especially if short-staffed, or if the opposite kind of culture exists.

“Early on we used consultants, but now we consider ourselves to be the experts,” says Crimmins. “Advice coming from a source with an outside perspective can bring valuable insights that encourage us to think differently.”

A top goal at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, SD, is growth through the creation of new services—a perfect fit for entrepreneurial thinking. New employees, including innovation designers, are hired to develop these services. Many of these designers have experience as entrepreneurs or founders of startup businesses, or did similar work with large health-care providers. The team uses a human-centered design approach, which has been made famous by organizations like IDEO, to focus on the customer and add value to the customer experience.

“Having permission to experiment with potential new service concepts, at a small scale, and even conduct in-market tests, has proven invaluable in creating an entrepreneurial/startup culture,” comments Kelly Soyland, director of innovation and research for Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Soyland is part of Vivo, the Society’s in-house idea shop and innovation program.

“For example, being able to test just 1 community, and 10 or 20 customers, for 6 weeks, instead of a longitudinal study of 500 seniors that costs $3 million and takes 2 years to complete, is a process that is much closer to how entrepreneurs and providers can nimbly react and learn. Affordable learning with customers, and having some allowance for not having everything be perfect before we test, has been liberating, allowing us to move 5 or 6 times faster.”

The Value of Entrepreneurial Governance

When the board of Landis Homes, Lititz, PA, embarked on its strategic planning process in 2008, it began with the Appreciative Inquiry approach, and the board and leadership team contacted 150 key stakeholders of the stand-alone retirement community. This led to a strategic plan focusing on keeping Landis Homes strong and vital, but also expanding its mission in an entrepreneurial pursuit of new affordable living options serving those who do not have the resources for a retirement community, and pursuit of serving persons in their homes, wherever they choose to call home. The board also recognized the importance of creative partnerships with others in support of this mission.

Board-Certified

Entrepreneurship requires a board that supports creativity and is willing to accept a certain level of risk. It must accept that, although some ideas will not work out, the value of encouraging creativity outweighs the potential cost of occasional failures.

Establishing trust between senior management and the board is essential.

“The board needs to be flexible and have outside-the-box conversations early on to establish broad but actionable strategic directions, and then be willing to listen, engage and act quickly when innovative opportunities arise,” says Crimmins.

Trust between front-line employees and their managers is also critical for achieving the greatest innovation. Employees don’t expect their organization to implement every idea, but they do want to know why their ideas were or were not adopted. Open, honest discussion is the key for maintaining commitment to creativity, after ideas are rejected. “Even when ideas don’t work out, we still learn something from them,” adds Thorson. “We regroup together. And we always celebrate the wins—even small ones are important.”

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Good Samaritan Society

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.

Soyland emphasizes that dedicated resources and skill sets are required. “Not everyone is, or can be an entrepreneur, so we have to have the right DNA, experience and mindset,” he says. “For example, I would not make a great administrator, but I have come to learn that innovation is a great fit for me, and the passion I have to create.”

He has also learned that being an innovator is a full-time responsibility—it cannot be done effectively in a part-time role. This is especially true in a large organization, where being an entrepreneur can be challenging and complex—in part because large organizations are not geared toward taking risks or moving with speed. “They are also pretty good at killing ideas before they see the light of day, or before they can be tested with customers, because they represent risk,” he adds. “Therefore having methods to test ideas in a low-fidelity way that enables affordable learning are essential for building entrepreneurism.”


Moving Forward

To have a meaningful entrepreneurial culture, organizations must be prepared to act on ideas that show promise. This requires investment of time and resources. Creating a strategy that balances the short-term need for quick wins with longer-term, more costly disruptive innovation can be challenging. “Really big ideas take years to accomplish, so organizational expectations and patience are key if this is the strategy,” says Soyland.

Changing from a traditional, compliance-oriented culture to an entrepreneurial culture typically requires a shift in the type of employees that are hired. This can create stress, as employees who are resistant to the entrepreneurial approach leave and new employees are hired. Once the talent is in place, Soyland suggests creating an entrepreneurial center “as a show of the organization’s commitment to the goal, as well as a space that designers and internal and external collaborators can thrive in The size of your ambition and strategy will determine the size of the budget you need to get started, and for each year thereafter.”

Developing an entrepreneurial culture is an ongoing process of improvement. Managers must maintain open-door policies, be visible on the floor and actively engage in the daily activities of the staff. Break down silos and encourage cross-departmental collaboration. Provide sensitive, constructive feedback to employees regarding their ideas. Monthly leadership motivational sessions are a good way to further leadership skills and keeps employees on track.

“Although there are some days where the basics seems to be difficult to conquer, most of the time we are dreaming about the possibilities, asking questions and trying new things,” says Thorson. “Team members develop into transformational leaders, and then these new leaders serve the followers and grow more leaders. I truly believe that embracing this philosophy is essential for creating an entrepreneurial spirit.”

Entrepreneurial Expansion for Survival

Marquardt Village, a single-site life plan community in Watertown, WI, views entrepreneurialism as a necessity—a way to strengthen and grow itself for long-term survival.

The Marquardt Village board and management launched an 8-month strategic planning process in 2013.

“We realized that if we did not grow, if we did not take some risk we would not survive long-term,” says CEO Matt Mauthe. “We would lose our ability to access the capital markets, lose our ability to hire top-quality employees, and we realized we either need to start looking for someone to partner with or have someone acquire us, or we would need to take an aggressive posture and look for our own acquisition or merger opportunities.”


PRESS RELEASE: EHM Announces Letter of Intent To Purchase St. Joseph Mercy Saline Facility
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Paul Stavros
                Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
                Evangelical Homes of Michigan
                734-295-9292
                Cell: 517-575-5875
                stavrosp@evangelicalhomes.org
 
Evangelical Homes of Michigan announces a 
Letter of Intent to purchase the St. Joseph Mercy Saline facility

EHM unveils initial plans to create a Community Center of Excellence and Innovation
 
 
     January 21, 2016 – Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM) and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor today announced a letter of intent to transfer ownership of the St. Joseph Mercy Saline health building located at 400 Russell St. in Saline.
 
     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.
 
     "Evangelical Homes and St. Joe's have a shared commitment to the community, to health care and to those we serve," said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM, which had been leasing part of the building since 2011. “We are in the business of serving older adults and Washtenaw County has been a good home for us. The opportunity to expand our services in a location where we were already operating simply made sense.”
 
     When finalized, EHM's purchase would ensure the building's future as a health resource to the Saline community.
 
     “We are pleased to be able to provide Evangelical Homes with a permanent home in Saline," said David Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston, who oversees health services in Saline. "Following this transaction, St. Joe's will continue serving Saline residents with a
strong network of urgent care, outpatient services, physician practices, and nearby St. Joseph Mercy Ann
Arbor and Chelsea hospitals."
 
     EHM has been leasing 22,000 square feet of the building to operate the Redies Center for Rehabilitation and Healthy Living, a short-term rehabilitation center. The Redies Center provides a full range of outpatient and community services. EHM invested $5.2 million to create a state-of-the-art rehab and wellness program featuring advanced aquatic therapy. The Redies Center employs more than 40 exercise specialists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and a full complement of nurses and medical staff.
 
     St. Joe's and EHM will be entering an agreement that will ensure community benefit in the future. The Community Room located onsite will remain in its original intended use to provide educational classes and events for the community. In addition, the primary care and specialty physician
offices will remain in place.
 
     Simultaneously, EHM also announced that it will sign a long term lease agreement with Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the region’s largest and most respected hospice care organizations. Arbor plans to relocate its inpatient hospice residence, as part of an overall expansion of residential care, to Evangelical Home Saline. “EHM has been partners with Arbor for years. Their services, which include complementary therapies such as music, massage and pet, will enhance the wide array of senior services and support programs that EHM offers. This was a natural partnership and will be a wonderful addition to the space,” Ms. Rabidoux added. The purchase of the former Saline Hospital by EHM will allow this synergy and alignment with Arbor Hospice to happen.
 
     “Arbor looks forward to strengthening our long-standing partnership with EHM while introducing an innovative residential care option offering quality, compassionate end-of-life care for Washtenaw County hospice patients and their families,” said Gloria D. Brooks, President of Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care. “This allows our nonprofit hospice agency to meet the end-of-life needs of our families and enhance the continuum of care we currently offer, while working with a valued community partner.”
 
     In Saline, EHM also operates the Brecon Village retirement community, a memory support center and an adult day program, as well as other products and services that cater to those who wish to age in their own homes.
 
     Rabidoux is inviting input from Saline residents to submit their vision and ideas for the center at http://www.EHMchoices.org/CenterofExcellence. Feedback will be accepted until the end of February 2016.
 
     “Saline is a community with a big heart,” said Rabidoux. “Because we are so early in this process, I want to learn from our neighbors what they would like to see in the space and open ourselves to new ideas and concepts. While EHM will soon own the space, it really is a community resource and we want to keep it that way.”
 
     Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in southeast 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 on EHM, please visit their website at www.EHMchoices.org.
 
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Press Release: DMC Community Share 2015
Press Release: DMC Community Share 2015

 NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact: Paul Stavros
                            Evangelical Homes of Michigan
                            (248) 871-5005
                            stavrosp@evangelicalhomes.org
 

Evangelical Homes of Michigan [EHM] receives a grant from the DMC Foundation to help Create Affordable Care & Services for the Elderly

Community Share of Michigan Program Supports Independence with Flexible, Cost-Effective Home Support for Seniors.
 
FARMINGTON MI, December 21st, 2015 – EHM announced the receipt of a grant from the DMC Foundation to support the development of the Community Share of Michigan Program - a program designed to make non-certified home care services more affordable for seniors.
 
When you are a low-income senior, the government provides a roof over your head through HUD-subsidized housing and basic healthcare through the Medicaid program. But, there are currently no affordable resources available to help with the everyday challenges of daily living, such as making meals, light housekeeping, bathing, medication management, or help with getting in and out of bed. Those services are considered a luxury and available to those who can afford to hire and pay for the services out-of-pocket. On average, an older adult who needs help with minor, day-to-day tasks will pay a private duty service rate of about $24/hour and there is often a four-hour daily minimum to access such help. This can make the service cost prohibitive for seniors on a fixed income. The Community Share of Michigan program allows seniors to reserve assistance in as little as 15 minute increments. This means seniors can get the help they need without having to accept unnecessarily long time commitments.
 
The Community Share of Michigan program provides service and care in affordable housing communities to assist low-income seniors to age in place and remain independent for as long as possible. The “sharing” of home health aides and private duty services essentially reduces the financial barrier that may keep many older adults from accessing services they need to stay independent. Through this program, older adults can share staff and services on an as-needed basis as a way to reduce costs. It essentially reduces the cost and eliminates the minimum daily time requirements, so that older adults are only paying for what they need, when they need it.
 
EHM is working in partnership with one of the country’s largest low-income property managers for seniors, National Church Residences (NCR). In the initial phase, EHM will target two low-income congregate housing complexes in Detroit, which will directly impact 130 low-income older adults. It will also enable EHM to begin to offer services to the nearly 109,000 older adults who reside within a five-mile radius of the properties. In phase two, EHM hopes to implement the model in 13 other low-income congregate housing complexes and their surrounding communities in Southeast Michigan.
 
“EHM has been providing services to seniors in Michigan for over 136 years. This grant allows us to expand our efforts to provide support to seniors who need a little extra support and would not benefit from this type of help without this program,” said Denise Rabidoux, EHM’s President and CEO.
 
As part of the Community Share of Michigan program, each participant will have access to technology to help monitor their activity. If needed, a client will be provided with a medical alert system to detect falls. In addition, each client will have access to a health and wellness web-based program called LivWell™ Health. LivWell™ Health provides the client with an avenue to talk directly to a wellness coach and/or a nutritional expert, as well as arrange for transportation services. Perhaps most important, the client can use the technology to communicate with family members or other clients, which helps to decrease the isolation experienced by many seniors.

About Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM) is a health and human service organization that provides healthcare, housing and community services to seniors and their families in Southeast Michigan. Founded 136 years ago, EHM is one of the largest non-profits of its kind in Metro Detroit serving more than 5,500 individuals annually.
 
EHM employs more than 1,000 people and believes in community outreach and social accountability by providing 12,000 home delivered meals, administering over 800 flu shots, participating in employee food drives to stock local pantries and provide homeless children with school supplies. EHM also contributes nearly $2M annually in charitable care to help those who are unable to pay the full cost of care and services.
 
Industry groups and community leaders have consistently recognized EHM for its leadership and innovation over the years. Recognition includes Business of the Year by the Saline Chamber of Commerce, a Leading Edge Award from Aging Services of Michigan, the Best and Brightest Places to Work in Metro Detroit and the "Business Deal of Year" awards by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. Crain's Detroit Business ranks EHM as the 13th largest non-profit in Southeast Michigan and named EHM's CEO the Healthcare Hero of the Year in 2014.

About DMC Foundation
The DMC Foundation is dedicated to promoting the welfare of the general public in the metropolitan Detroit area through the support of health-related research, education and activities that benefit the community. The DMC Foundation is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

 


Wellness Blog: How to get better sleep
Wellness Blog: How to get better sleep

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.

 


Wellness Blog: Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

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

                          -Weakness

                                 -Fatigue

                                 -Headache

                         -Sweating extensively

                  -Dizziness or Lightheadedness

                                 -Confusion

                                 -Irritability

                                                          -Low Blood Pressure

-Increased Heart Rate

-Visual Problems

 

Examples of Heat Related Illnesses

Heat Cramps:

Painful muscle contractions, the muscles can feel firm to the touch

Heat Syncope:

Lightheadedness due to high temperatures

Heat Exhaustion:

Body temperature can reach 104°F. May feel nausea, clammy skin, headache, and weakness

Heatstroke:

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

Stay hydrated

Know your medical risks

 

 

 

 

 

Resource: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048167


Wellness Blog: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The importance of these essential fats

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

- Inflammation

            Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been                 shown to help:

  •      prevent heart disease and stroke
  •      help to control lupus, eczema and rheumatoid arthritis
  •      play a protective role in cancer and other conditions

 

Research:

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


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