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

Masters 2019: Five takeaways from a high-scoring first round

first_imgBut even Augusta National can’t break the slump he’s in right now as he finished his day nine shots back of Koepka and DeChambeau at 3-over par.Spieth missed the cut at the players, finished 30th at the Valero Texas Open and has yet to record a top-10 finish this season. He hasn’t even recorded a top 20.He is slumping right now and while Augusta National can bring out the best in players like it has with Mickelson and Day, it has not done the same for Spieth. Masters 2019: Adam Scott acknowledges importance of fast start at Augusta That, along with a rather soft course which came courtesy of rain early in the week, made for an entertaining first round on Thursday.Here are five takeaways for Round 1. Related News Five takeaways from Round 1 at the Masters1. Brooks Koepka might now be the best player in the worldThere’s not much of an argument against this at this point. While Koepka might be ranked No. 4 in the world, he is a threat to win every time he shows up at a major.And how players play on the toughest courses is a great indicator who the best player is. Koepka is playing his absolute best at majors right now.He has three wins in his last seven majors, four top 10s and five top 11s. And after Round 1 on Thursday, he is once again in the lead at a major after shooting a 6-under 66.Koepka simply overpowers courses, but putts like a short hitter. He’s the best of both worlds right now and he is absolutely the favorite to win this week.2. Jason Day is great even if he’s hamperedOne of the most disappointing things about golf in recent years has been the health of Jason Day’s back.A perennial major contender, Day has had to pull out of multiple events due to back pain and once again suffered some kind of an issue with his posterior chain in Round 1.Sad to see…Jason Day is struggling with his back again at #TheMasters.Watch #TheMasters now live on Sports Golf or follow all the action here: https://t.co/e0XwJRg8OM pic.twitter.com/xCAheZNDFH— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) April 11, 2019Despite his issues, though, Day still found a way to not only put up a respectable round, but one that puts him in contention at 2 under.It’s sad Day only has one major win, but the Australian will always have chances to win at big events no matter how he is feeling. Hopefully his pain improves for Round 2.3. Bryson DeChambeau may annoy his opponents but he knows how to golfTons of golfers complain about Bryson DeChambeau’s pace of play while others make fun of his evaluation of air density, but they can laugh all they want because DeChambeau is in a tie for the lead with Koepka after Day 1.His game is different from his iron lengths to use of protractors, but the guy is as precise as it gets and the 18th hole in Round 1 was a perfect example of that precision.Bryson DeChambeau with the shot of the day…Nearly holing it from 200+ yards out, he is now 6- and tied for the lead.#TheMasters pic.twitter.com/XPEbeyMLDo— Sports Plug (@_SportsPlug) April 11, 2019″The Professor” hasn’t won a major yet, but the more time he spends on tour and the more notes he gets in his infamous yardage book will only make him more dangerous to come away with a victory.4. Guess who’s back? Back againLike Jason Day, Phil Mickelson always finds a way to show up at majors and the Masters in particular.The 48-year-old shot a 5-under 67 to find himself one shot back of the leaders in Round 1 — and that was coming off of two straight missed cuts at stroke-play tournament coming into the event.Mickelson has three career Masters wins and is comfortable every time he steps foot on the course at Augusta National. He has every chance to compete at this tournament and it honestly wouldn’t be surprising if he won.5. Jordan Spieth the exception to the ruleJordan Spieth loves playing at the Masters. He’s already won one and he’s been in contention several other times.center_img There’s just something about the Masters that brings out the best in certain players in the world.Some men simply love Augusta National, and no matter how poorly they may be playing coming into the week, they find a way to succeed at the first major of the world. Masters 2019: Tiger Woods tied for 11th after 2-under 70last_img read more

Portland welcomed Nurkic in Bosnian Language

first_imgNBA club from Portland Trail Blazers wished welcome to the member of BH national team Jusuf Nurkic in the Bosnian language via their official Twitter profile.To recall, our center player was traded from the Denver Nuggets to Trail Blazers, while Mason Plumlee went to Colorado.Numerous US media reported the news of Nurkic’s trade, and he announced the farewell message from the Nuggets on his official Facebook profile.Moreover, in the first following tweet after the welcome message, Trail Blazers posted a great block of Nurkic just against Plumlee, who was sent to Denver. (Source: N. K./Klix.ba)last_img read more