Applications are now being received for the James E. Renz Pinecrest Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000.00 scholarship strives to honor and recognize a graduating high school senior who, through unselfish acts and future plans, has demonstrated a commitment to healthcare, social work, or the works of divinity.
Eligible seniors will either be a member of a Church of the Brethren congregation in Northern Illinois, or an Oregon High School senior, or a home school or private school student from within the Oregon School District.
The Pinecrest Board of Directors established the scholarship, first awarded in 2014, to recognize the lifetime contributions of Mr. Renz, which include 40 years on the board, 24 years as secretary.
While Pinecrest has been serving our community since our very creation, it is counter to the values of the Brethren to boast about our good works. In this modern society where some take advantage of not-for-profit status, we must set aside this modesty and give an account of our impact on the community. For this reason we have created our very first Social Accountability Report.
Editor's Note: Pinecrest is a primary provider site affiliated with the Southern Illinois University Memory and Aging Network. Pinecrest staff gathers data assessment information for their research center. The university asked Pinecrest, among other organizations with which they partner, to help spread the word about state budget cuts impacts to regional memory care services. A post from their website is reported in its entirety, below, with links.
April 9, 2015
'Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers Will Suffer'
Alzheimer's Providers, Caregivers Appeal to Citizens for Help
Thousands of Illinoisans could soon lose access to care and resources provided by the Memory and Aging Network, a system of providers who care for Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients, led by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD). Proposed state budget cuts totaling $1.5 million and the end of a three-year transitional payment would end clinical services for thousands of patients and educational programs to families, caregivers and health providers in extremely rural areas in 93 southern, central and northern counties.
"Without funding, not only will our dementia patients throughout Illinois suffer, but our caregivers will lose as well," said Tom Ala, MD, interim director of the SIU School of Medicine's Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders in Springfield. "When our caregivers don't receive the support or training they need, patients are more likely to end up in costly assisted living or elder care facilities, which cost nearly eight times more than home health or adult day services."
Illinois residents can contact their legislators to ensure Illinois' continued support for Alzheimer's care and research. To find the names of state representatives and senators representing your area, visit http://goo.gl/tTyBDx. For more information, visit www.siumed.edu/news/actnow/alzillinois.
Mt. Morris – (April 23, 2015) ― Pinecrest Community, a pioneer in elder and memory care in Northwest Illinois, has launched its long-planned "Color Me a Memory" watercolor art painting program for the memory impaired. It is hoped the activity, a grant-funded pilot program, will promote more joy, less agitation, and memory retention or recall.
"Color Me a Memory" is led by a mix of specially-trained staff and volunteers. Sessions are observed by students from NIU who are studying in related disciplines. The pilot's success will be determined by residents' indications of interest, joy and participation as observed through a variety of cues. Staff is also monitoring participants' behavioral changes at other times.
Jamie Mayer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University's School of Allied Health & Communicative Disorders, is heading a scientific study of the project, which will be the best way to ensure whether the program is beneficial. Pinecrest hopes to help facilitate its spread to other memory care sites in Northwest Illinois. Activity directors in a variety of sites have indicated interest in the program, which is conducted with specific guidelines designed to meet the emotional needs of those in memory care.
"What I find so exciting about this type of research is that it dovetails with the strides rehabilitation professionals have made in the last decade or so regarding therapy possibilities for those with Alzheimer's disease and similar dementia types," Mayer said. "We now know that there are a number of activity-based protocols that can positively impact quality of life for individuals with dementia and encourage maintenance and utilization of cognitive and communicative skills," she said.
Roger Goodspeed, M.D., retired, of Freeport, Ill., an accomplished watercolor artist, is one of the several volunteers who will be working in the Pinecrest pilot program. In March, volunteers and staff were trained by artist and Alzheimer expert Ms. Susan Frey of Golden, Colo., who runs an Alzheimer's Association project that is similar.
"With Alzheimer's much has been lost, but much remains," Frey said. "The process of painting a picture leads to reminiscing and stories. Often, out comes a memory such as 'the time I took my scout troop to visit the liberty bell' or 'oh yes, we made May baskets every year, filling them with candy and delivering them to all the neighbors,' " she added. "The process of creating can take the artist to a place beneath the dementia and express a piece of who they are."
The A. Charles and Lillemor Lawrence Foundation, based in Chicago, committed to fully funding the pilot in October.
For Immediate Release Mt. Morris, IL – (November 17, 2014) ― Pinecrest Community, a pioneer in elder and memory care in Northwest Illinois, announces it has received a foundation grant to fund a specialized pilot program that seeks to help those with memory loss remember better through watercolor painting.
This memory-care residents’ activity ― called “Color Me a Memory” ― at Pinecrest Terrace, will be guided by a specially-trained art docent, Susie Frey, B.F.A., of Boulder, Colo. In addition, Roger Goodspeed, M.D., retired, of Freeport, Ill., an accomplished watercolor artist, is one of the several volunteers who will be working in the Pinecrest pilot program. Ms. Frey is trained to teach those stricken with memory issues and will lead the project. The program is one of the first of its kind in Northwestern Illinois. Read the entire press release here: Color Me A Memory Funded
Mt. Morris – Feb. 26, 2014 – Pinecrest Manor has attained a top-tier ranking once again, this time by U.S. News & World Report, achieving a "Best Nursing Home" status along with 34 other nursing homes in Northwest Illinois.
Of those within a 25-mile radius, Pinecrest is the largest with 125 licensed beds. And all of those beds are brand new after Pinecrest sought and received funds sufficient from foundations and private donations to replace all of its old ones.
Chief Executive Officer Ferol Labash said the award is indicative of Pinecrest's quality staff.
"Quality begins with our leadership," Labash said. "Jolene LeClere, administrator of health services, and Meg Unger, director of nursing, along with our team of administrative staff, nurses and CNAs lead the way in providing quality, compassionate care," Labash said.
"But it takes the entire staff to continue insuring our residents are well cared for. We couldn't do what we do without our dedicated housekeeping, maintenance and volunteer workers," she said.
There are 141 nursing homes in Northwestern Illinois, 34 of which received an overall rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children's Hospitals, released its Best Nursing Homes 2014 Wednesday, February 26, highlighting the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas, the magazine said in a press release. The ratings cover almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide and are freely available
at U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes.
Now in its sixth year, U.S. News' Best Nursing Homes is designed to help the millions of Americans who will spend time in a nursing home in 2014. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 60 percent of individuals over 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime and over 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for some period.
Best Nursing Homes provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly every nursing facility in the U.S. A searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance as well as by location. Each facility's profile displays health and fire violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.
To create Best Nursing Homes 2014, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. U.S. News awarded the "Best Nursing Homes" designation to facilities that recently earned the agency's highest overall rating of five stars.
In the new ratings, the share of nursing homes with the top five-star rating has reached 25 percent, up sharply from about 19 percent last year. California has the most five-star-nursing homes, followed by Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
"The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging," says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. "It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate."
"Managing the cost and care of an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year," says Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. "We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice, and tools help them make this important decision."
At the top of the Illinois nursing homes list are those with a rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for their overall performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care.
About 22 percent of all nursing homes in Illinois earned an overall five-star rating.