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

Dorothea E. McKinley

first_imgDorothea Eloise (Och) (Ashcraft) McKinley, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday evening February 23, 2017 at Manderly Care Center at Osgood, Indiana.She was born November 3, 1918 in the Walker Hill area of Aurora, IN, daughter of the late George Och and Bessie Withered Och.Dorothea was a professional seamstress, loved sewing, quilting, crocheting and gardening. In years passed she worked for the following places, Walker Dry Cleaners on Second Street, dress factory in Aurora, tomato factory in Rising Sun, Dillsboro Nursing Home and Dearborn County Hospital. She loved reminiscing about the early years in Aurora, and how things were then. Dorothea was a violinist, and when younger played in a Symphony Orchestra in local concerts. She attended the Baptist Church, and was also a member and active in the VFW 5312 and American Legion 231 Auxiliaries in Aurora.She leaves sons, Norman (Claudine) Ashcraft, San Antonio, TX., Charles Ashcraft of Milan, IN. and Steven (Glenda) Ashcraft of Aurora, IN; grandmother of eleven and great grandmother to thirteen.She was preceded in death by three sisters, sons Edwin Short and Guy Ashcraft, husbands, Guy Ashcraft and Paul McKinley.Friends will be received Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Pete Bryk officiating.Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more