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

Another Fort Hood soldier goes missing

first_imgThe US Army is currently asking for the public’s help after another Fort Hood soldier has gone missing.23-year-old Sgt. Elder Fernandes was reportedly last seen on Monday afternoon after his staff sergeant dropped him off to his home, according to officials in Texas.According to the report, Fernandes’ family reported him missing on Wednesday and Fort Hood issued a missing soldier alert Thursday night.“Our primary concern is for his health and well-being,” the alert stated.Authorities in Killeen, Texas are also investigating the soldiers disappearance.According to their report, the soldier had been in the hospital for four or five days prior to disappearing, however, it is unclear why he was hospitalized.His mother, Ailiana Fernandes of Massachusetts has since traveled to Fort Hood to find answers about her son’s disappearance.Fort Hood has been in the spotlight due to reports of other missing soldiers including 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen who’s remains were found after an extensive search.last_img read more

Clippers Media Day: Doc Rivers’ big challenge will be keeping everyone happy

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That was a hot topic of conversation at the team’s facility ahead of its five-day training camp that begins Saturday at UC Irvine.“I’m not worried about spreading the minutes around as much as I’m worried about winning,” said Rivers, the team’s third-year coach and president of basketball operations. “And if we can do both, that’s great. It’s a long year, so you want to preserve certain guys, obviously, through the year.“You want to create an identity about your team at some point and so that’ll be the job, though, for sure. Just figuring out who fits … will be my challenge.”Point guard Chris Paul lit up when the subject of the deep roster was broached. Paul has never been to the conference finals, and he’s entering his 11th season.“I’m excited about the depth of our team,” Paul said. “We’ve got, I think, a great locker room as far as veteran leadership, guys that have been through a lot of different things in our league, a lot of guys who have improved, just like ourselves. “And I think it’s one of those things that can only help us.”One by one, Paul went down the list of newcomers.“And it all starts tomorrow,” he said. “That’s the time to build and cultivate all that.”The importance of trying to make everything click on a team with so many weapons is not lost on Blake Griffin, the team’s other superstar. “We have so many guys who can make plays,” he said. “We have guys that can shoot the basketball, we have guys with experience, we have guys that can finish. That will all come together over the course of training camp and throughout the season.“Right now, I think our main goal is getting everybody on the same page because we have so many guys, and making everybody feel comfortable with the system and getting everything down.”Crawford said it all, when talking player minutes.“It will be a lot of sacrifice, obviously, to sacrifice minutes,” he said. “Your common goal has to be winning.”Whereas Stephenson could be the most talented of the new guys, Pierce figures to help keep the locker room intact. He did, after all, help the Boston Celtics win the NBA title in 2008 under Rivers.Pierce, who will turn 38 on Oct. 13, admits he has just one to two years left. He sees a lot in this team, or he wouldn’t be here.“If I didn’t think this team had a chance, no matter (coming) home or not, I probably wouldn’t have even signed up to be a Clipper,” said Pierce, who grew up in Inglewood. “But it’s just the perfect time, I believe, the opportunity just to be here and play with a team that I think could possibly win a championship.”As if the Clippers weren’t deep enough, they signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute and forward/center Nikoloz Tskitishvili on Friday.center_img PLAYA VISTA >> Cutting up fair slices of the pie is tough for a big family. The Los Angeles Clippers now have a bigger family than they’ve ever had, what with all the acquisitions Doc Rivers made in the offseason.Key new faces in the mix include Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, Wesley Johnson, Pablo Prigioni and Cole Aldrich. One of the first four will start at small forward. The others will form what Smith on Friday at media day called the “bench mob.”Mix in other reserves such as Jamal Crawford — the two-time Sixth Man of the Year — and Austin Rivers, and suddenly the Clippers are really deep. Conversely, they were anything but that in 2014-15, which ended in a heartbreaking loss to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals.It therefore seems that Doc Rivers’ biggest task this upcoming season may be dividing the minutes properly, to both make players happy and — most importantly — win.last_img read more