Eight projects to get more than $160,000 to improve quality of life in Vermont nursing homes

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced the “Enhancing Quality of Life” grant recipients.  More than $160,000 will go toward measures that will improve the quality of life for residents in Vermont nursing facilities.“These grants will enable our high quality nursing facilities to further enhance the nursing home residents’ everyday experiences” said Governor Douglas. “I am pleased that we will be able to help our elders live better, fuller lives.”The grants are funded from penalties collected from nursing facilities across the state over the last decade for regulatory deficiencies.  By law, these funds must be directed to improve resident life in Vermont nursing facilities.“It took ten years to accumulate enough money to make this grant process successful,” says Jim Beeler, President of the Vermont Health Care Association, the trade organization representing long term care providers.  “That says something about the high quality services our nursing facilities provide.”The competitive grant process was open to all of Vermont’s 42 nursing facilities as well as others interested in implementing quality improvement projects in nursing facilities.  Eight projects were awarded a combined $166,654.  Winning project ideas ranged from creating a courtyard garden to implementing a nationally recognized end of life program for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases.Each applicant submitted a proposal on how they would use the money to make improvements for the benefit of nursing home residents.  The projects were required to have a continuing and long-term beneficial effect on the quality of life of residents in nursing homes. “The winning projects are consistent with our members’ continuous focus on quality improvement and ‘culture change’,” said Laura Q.  Pelosi, Executive Director of the Vermont Health Care Association. “We’re excited because these projects will enhance the individual residents’ experiences in such a positive way.”Grant award recipients include Derby Green in Derby; Mountain View Center in Rutland; Pine Heights at Brattleboro; Porter Healthcare and Rehab Center in Middlebury; Starr Farm in Burlington; Thompson House in Brattleboro; the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington; and PHI in coordination with Bel-Aire Center in Newport, Greensboro Nursing Home and Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Grant recipients were acknowledged at an event on May 19.  In addition, the Vermont Health Care Association will designate the 2010 Nursing Home Gold Star Employers to those facilities that have achieved success in creating a workplace that staff enjoy and take pride in.  To round out the day, recipients of the 2010 Nursing Home Quality Awards will be recognized at this event for achieving high standards of quality service and care to residents.  These awards are presented annually to no more than five nursing facilities by the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living based on stringent criteria. Source: Governor’s office. 5.19.2010###last_img read more

Former Nigeria coach reveals Ighalo’s ‘real’ position at Man Utd

first_imgDaniel Amokachi has revealed why Odion Ighalo cannot replace Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in Manchester United’s starting line-up because he is ‘only a backup’ striker. The 31-year-old made a surprise loan switch to the Red Devils in January on transfer deadline day from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. His arrival at Old Trafford comes on the back of Rashford’s back injury in January as the England international was expected to be ruled out for three months. Ighalo immediately hit the ground running with his eye-catching performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men, scoring four goals and providing one assist in four starts. His convincing showings have now earned him a contract loan extension with the Red Devils until January 2021. The former Watford striker is, however, yet to start a Premier League game for the Old Trafford outfit, with all his nine appearances for the club being from the bench. With the return of Rashford from his injury and Martial doing well, Amokachi reveals Ighalo’s league fortune might not change anytime soon, notwithstanding his impressive performances in the cup competitions. “Manchester United brought in Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua as a back up to then injured Rashford. Now, Rashford is back from injury and so Ighalo has to take a back seat again,” Amokachi told Brila FM. “Our brother Odion was not loaned from Shanghai Shenhua as a starter at Man United but he has scored in the matches he started so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may even decide that he has done well and deserves to have an extended time there, you never know. “We cannot expect him to have more playing time than the likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial because he is only a back up there.” Ighalo has now scored five goals and provided one assist in 14 appearances across all competitions since his arrival at Old Trafford. The forward will hope to continue to play a part when Manchester United take on Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game on Thursday evening. Ighalo retired from international duty after helping the Super Eagles to finish third in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he emerged as the competition’s top scorer. read also:Ighalo thrilled as Pogba, James show off dancing skills (video) Amokachi, meanwhile, is currently the Nigeria football ambassador and played for Club Brugge, Everton and Besiktas among others before ending his playing career. He was part of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and had 44 caps for the West Africans, scoring 13 goals during his time with the national team which spanned nine years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

AABA welcomes Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) decision on national camp boxers

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Amateur Boxing Association (AABA) has welcomed the Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) decision to introduce a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Guidelines for national coaching camps which included a ‘special COVID-19 insurance cover’ for all campers. The secretary of the Assam Amateur Boxing Association Hemanta Kalita talking to The Sentinel said: “It’s a good step and would help the boxers to attend the camp without any anxiety.” According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Guidelines of BFI all the boxers, coaches and support staffs should be insured as per camp norms for medical emergencies and accidents. On the other hand all the boxers returning to national coaching camps will also be tested at the entrance for corona virus and will stay in self-quarantine for five-day (green and orange zone boxers) and 14-day (for red zone) prior to the start of training. However the date of the training is yet to be announced. Meanwhile Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in its new guidelines allowed sports stadiums and complexes to open without spectators. Expressing elation over the development Kalita said: “It is very good news for us that the sports complexes and stadiums have been allowed to reopen. Athletes will get the chance to start their training once again. However we will wait a little to get necessary guidelines and permission from the BFI before we allow the boxers to start their practice.” Also Read: LaLiga clubs allowed to resume group training up to 10 playerslast_img read more

Former manager says Walters was not ready for Lomachenko

first_imgESTRANGED manager of boxer, Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters, Jacques Deschamps, has joined experts like former middleweight champion Roy Jones Jr., in saying the boxer was not prepared for his fight with Vasyl Lomachenko.Walters failed to answer the bell for round 8 during the World Boxing Organisation Super featherweight title bout between the two at the Hotel Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.According to Deschamps in an interview with The Gleaner, “Nicholas was not prepared for his fight against Lomachenko, physically, mentally or technically.”“For a fighter like Lomachenko,” he said, “you have to be well prepared.”According to Deschamps, there should have been a two-month camp, during which, a number of aspects of fighting Lomachenko would have been taken into consideration and prepared for.“Apart from the physical aspects, Lomachenko’s style had to be taken into consideration and sparring partners should have been engaged to do what he was likely to do on fight night. I am sure that this was not done,” said Lomachenko.All is not lost for Walters though, as Deschamps believes that Walters’ ability could see him back at the top of the fight game within a year.Deschamps and Walters fell out over finances during their time together but both parties seem willing to talk, and the former believes he can still help the fighter.“Nicholas is one of the best boxers in the world, and if he applies himself the right way, he can be back to the top in less than a year,” he said.“I can get him back there, if he is willing to listen to me.”Walters has also admitted to not being quite ready for the fight, spending too much time focussing on making sure he was the right weight, rather than the technical applications necessary for the fight.A reconnection of the two could be on the cards as well, based on the conversations Walters has had with The Gleaner.“Mr Deschamps has been very good to me and I owe him a lot. I really do not have any problem with him. We have some differences but we can talk,” said Walters.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more