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February 2019

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FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR’S DESK

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers! 

The chapel refresh is nearing completion, as well as another resident room on our 300-wing. It has been a busy start to the 2019 year with the West Virginia Health Care Association Winter Conference that was hosted in Charleston at the end of January.  

Crystal Grapes and I attended a one-day conference/workshop and began to learn how our payment methods will be changing later this year for folks that are here for a short-term stay.  The good news is that as a current or potential resident, you don’t have to do a thing! Our facility will be gathering more details about our residents upon admission, and our therapy department will continue to provide service based on assisting residents to achieve the best outcome possible.  

Another exciting project we are working on is evaluating the need for a new transportation vehicle.  Many of our residents require transportation for medical treatments/services and we want to provide the best experience possible.  I’ll keep you informed as our plans progress.  Wishing you a blessed month.

Kari  

 

ACTIVITIES

The Activity Department decided to liven up January for the residents. We had two Snow Flake lunches, serving forty-eight residents. They had pizza from Fox’s Pizza and soda of their choice along with an Ice Cream Sundae for dessert. They also enjoyed the snowflake decorations in the Activity Room. 

On the 16th we had the Monthly Birthday party. Joe Crites joined us to play and sing. The residents sang along and many requested songs. The residents were served Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheetos and punch. A good time was had by all who attended. 

We thank all of the staff and volunteers who helped in any way to make these days fun and successful for our residents. We also had our regular activities of Bingo, Flip, music, worship, and many other things throughout the month. Don’t forget Volunteers are always needed. Please call if you are interested in being a volunteer, you can brighten someone’s life.

Cindy L. Evans Activity Director

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

This employee of the month for February is Jeremy Helmick. Jeremy has been a housekeeper here at GRCC for six months.

He and his wife Josalynn have three children; Jackson (10), Nikolai (5), and Zareenah (2) as well as another “one on the way!” In addition to his family, Jeremy has two dogs, Princess & Miah.

When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games.

 

NOTES FROM SOCIAL SERVICES

Happy Valentine’s Month from the Social Services office!!!!  As we celebrate Valentine’s Day with the family and residents that we love, it is good for us to remember:  

          Love is patient, love is kind.

          It does not envy, 

          it does not boast,

          it is not proud,

          It does not dishonor others,

          it is not self-seeking,

          it is not easily angered.

          it keeps no record of wrongs.

          Love does not delight in evil

          but rejoices with the truth.

          It always protects, 

          always trusts, 

          always hopes,

          always perseveres.

          Love never fails.

                             1 Corinthians 13:4-8

It takes family members, and staff to provide care for our residents.  We are a team that is working out of love to provide the highest quality of care for them.  These verses can provide us a reminder and keep us focused on our main goal which is to provide residents the best quality of life in their later years.  

Thank you again for the privilege of serving your residents.  We appreciate the ability to love them and take care of them.

Happy Valentine’s Month!

Ravenna O. Redman, MSW, LSW

Director of Social Services

 

INFECTION PREVENTION

Cold and flu season is among us, and with that, we are seeing a rise in the use of antibiotics in the facility.  Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications in long-term care settings, yet reports indicate that a high portion of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary.  Consequences of unnecessary antibiotic use include, but are not limited to: drug reactions or interactions, the development of C. Diff (Clostridium difficile) infections, the emergence of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), antibiotic failure, increased mortality and greatly increased costs incurred by the facility.  In January 2018 Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center implemented an Antibiotic Stewardship program to assist with reducing the need for unnecessary antibiotics.  This program includes educating the staff towards a more responsible use of antibiotics and closely monitoring our residents for signs and symptoms that may require an antibiotic.

Why is it so important to only take antibiotics when they are needed?  So, they work when you need them to!  Your body, over time, can build up an immunity to antibiotics, which means they may not work when you get sick.  Remember, antibiotics are not miracle drugs for everything!  If you have an infection caused by a virus such as a cold, bronchitis, the flu or most types of diarrhea you do not need an antibiotic because antibiotics DO NOT work on viruses.  Other instances when an antibiotic is not needed include having a medical condition, not an infection, such as anemia; or you’ve decided against them, such as near the end of life.

While we understand you have the best interest of your loved one at heart, we also are looking out for their best interest.  Overuse of antibiotics can harm the elderly and is not always the first line of defense. 

If you have questions regarding antibiotic use, contact your physician, myself or the CDC website.

Danielle Berg, RN 

Infection Prevention/Staff Development

 

OTHER NEWS

On January 23rd, we held our 2nd annual Soup-Cook Off! Employees prepared and brought in their favorite soup recipes to share. Once again, the winner was Fran Hedrick! This year, Fran made a delightful Stuffed Pepper Soup that was favored by all. Congratulations, Fran!

 

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