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Nat'l Day of Prayer Service at StoneRidge

On Wednesday, May 2, the nation came together to pray. The National Day of Prayer (NDOP) has been observed on the first Wednesday of May since its inception by Congress in 1952.  Many residents at the various StoneRidge campuses came together as well, whether formally or informally, to pray. Pictured here is StoneRidge resident, Nancy Kulp, who joined a NDOP event at Poplar Run's Theatre on Main led by Chaplain Dana M. Logan.

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Retired Nurses Celebrate Nurses Day With Tea

The Retired Nurses Group at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown held a celebratory tea in honor of National Nurses Day.  The active group meets monthly and remains engaged with one another and with their profession.  The 17 retired nurses represent many years of dedicated service to the nursing profession.  Areas of practice ranged well beyond the traditional hospital bedside and include operating room, home health nursing, teaching nursing students, addiction training programs, foreign medical missions and as nurse midwives.  Many of these women earned undergraduate and graduate degrees before it was industry standard to do so as it is today.  Bravo dedicated nurses! 

 

 

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Easter Egg Fun at Towne Centre

This past Easter, StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for team members, their families and the public.  Three different egg hunts were held for different age groups where many hundreds of Easter eggs filled with candies and prizes were hidden.  Guests were treated to a light lunch and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.  Pictured above is nursing team member Amanda Torres, her husband Ty, and their daughters Adalynn and Kyleigh.  Kyleigh is proudly showing the gold egg that she found for which she received a large, filled Easter basket.

 

 

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StoneRidge Awards Scholarships to Practical Nursing Graduates

The 99th graduating class of the Practical Nursing Program of the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center received their diplomas and nursing pins at a ceremony at the center’s auditorium.  Of the 33 graduates, five received scholarships from StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities.  The awarding of the scholarships was based on each graduate’s academic performance throughout the program. 

Angela Snader, who ranked first in her class, received $500; Theona Wagner ranked second and received $400 and Lal Tamang ranked third and received $300.  The nursing faculty nominated two additional scholarship recipients.  These include the student who overcame the most obstacles in the completion of the program, Alaina Maguire who received $150; and the student who showed the most improvement in the program, Alyssa Rivera who received $150.  Pictured from left is Lal Tamang, Angela Snader, Jenny Neidigh (director of the Practical Nursing Program), Sharon Hoke (vice president of corporate compliance of StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities), Alyssa Rivera and Theona Wagner. 

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StoneRidge Begins Team Member Wellness Initiative

In an effort to improve the overall health and well-being of its over 600 team members, StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities kicked off their Team Member Wellness Program at all four of their campuses.  According to Dictionary.com, wellness is defined as “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of deliberate effort.”  It is “an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life as opposed to treating diseases.”  Tom Maiello, StoneRidge director of public relations and communications said, “The wellness of our team members is critical to the success of our mission as an organization.  Well team members are healthier, happier, more fulfilled and perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively.  This affects the wellness of everyone in our StoneRidge communities, most importantly our residents.”

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is crucial to living a higher quality life.  Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being.  In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions.  Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.  The National Wellness Institute tells us that: 

* Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential

* Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment and

* Wellness is positive and affirming 

Kristin Tobias, who is coordinating the corporate wellness initiative shared, “As you can see, the concept of wellness is broader than just our physical health and may be applied to most areas of our lives.  At StoneRidge, we have established five pillars of wellness on which to focus.  These include Physical Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Financial Wellness and Spiritual Wellness.  Each month activities in these five areas will be offered to help our team members as they work to increase their overall fitness.  These include short classes on physical fitness, financial budgeting, spirituality and knowing when to seek help and where to get it.” 

Pictured above is the StoneRidge Living Communities Wellness logo.  It features the five wellness pillars on which the program will focus. 

 

 

 

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Garden Club Achieves Certification from Penn State

The Stone Ridge Garden Club at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown, whose entries at area fairs and gardening events each year reap many winning ribbons and accolades, has worked toward and achieved a certification from the Penn State Cooperative Extension. The garden property at StoneRidge has been designated a "Pennsylvania Pollinator Friendly Garden." This certifies that the property provides food and habitat for native insects and animals which in turn provide the pollination needed to protect our plant diversity and food sources. Club President and Certified Master Gardener Doris Yochum was delighted that the club achieved this important certification. "It is an important designation for us and for the environment.  It also affirms our commitment to maintain the natural integrity of the property for which we are responsible," Yochum said.

Photo caption: This protected swale is part of the gardens maintained by the StoneRidge Garden Club.  The swale contains a variety of native wild plants and flowers including this lovely deep-purple colored aster in the foreground. 

 

 

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Santa Meets With Children for Breakfast and Fun

StoneRidge Retirement Living held its annual “Breakfast With Santa" program on Saturday, December 9 at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown.  The free event was open to the children and grandchildren of team members at both the Poplar Run and Towne Centre campuses and to the public.  Guests were offered a breakfast of French toast, sausages, orange juice, milk, tea or coffee.  Santa Claus was on hand to talk with the children, listen to what gifts each wanted for Christmas and have their photo taken.  Each child was given a gift, a holiday coloring sheet and the photo taken with Santa in a Christmas folder. 


Santa visits with Isabella and Noah Nielson, children of Courtney and Blake Nielson of Newmanstown.  Courtney serves as Personal Care Administrator for StoneRidge Poplar Run and Towne Centre.

 

 

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Christmas Tree Hat Project at Church of God

Once again, the nimble fingers of residents at Church of God Home in Carlisle have been busy knitting and crocheting children's hats.  And not just a few hats - dozens of hats of all styles and colors to be a blessing for area children.  The annual Christmas Tree Hat Project is in full swing.  Once the hats are crafted, they are hung on a special Christmas Tree in Letort Manor.  A basket placed near the hat tree is nearly full of hats as well since the tree is already filled to capacity.  Once completed, the handmade, Christmas-inspired hats will be distributed to surprised schoolchildren in the Carlisle School District.  Nice job Church of God!  What a blessing you are to the community!

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StoneRidge Receives Employer of the Year Award

It was a time of celebration for StoneRidge Poplar Run and for the many Lebanon County professionals who advocate for the dozens of employees with disabilities who are excelling at their work.  The awards banquet, which honors these local employees as well as selected area employers who display impeccable support to all employees regardless of disability, was held at Salem Lutheran Church in Lebanon.  StoneRidge Poplar Run was one of the recipients this year and was happy to receive the Large Employer of the Year Award by Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.


The annual banquet is sponsored and hosted by the Works With Me Committee, a coalition of government entities, MH/ID/EI, provider agencies like Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley (DDS) and school districts who believe that all people in Lebanon County should have the opportunity to work in a safe, accessible and supportive work environment that is free of bias.  The committee meets monthly to share information, educate and advocate so these goals may be accomplished.  Jessica Penchard, vice president of development for DDS, stated, “Award recipients embody the spirit of advocacy as they devote their efforts to employ persons with disabilities and to making the challenge of working with a disability much easier.  The nominees commit themselves to helping individuals strive for great accomplishment and professional distinction.  Every success achieved by someone with a disability encourages others to overcome and succeed, promoting the values of commitment, hard work, and the desire to excel.” 


DDS Employment Specialist Bob Barry nominated StoneRidge to receive the Large Employer of the Year Award.  The committee reported that Bob spoke very highly of the people he has associated with at StoneRidge with regard to David Light, a dietary worker, who has worked at StoneRidge for six years and is doing an excellent job.  Tom Maiello, director of public relations and communications at StoneRidge, stated, “David is a wonderful man and does a good job for us.  We are happy he is on our team.”  He went on to say, “We are thankful for this award, and we remain committed to providing employment opportunities to members of our community, including those with developmental delays and various disabilities, who are capable and are seeking a path towards independence.  We salute the good work of Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley and the Works With Me Committee.”


(Photo caption: From left, David Light, Tom Maiello, StoneRidge Executive Chef Nate Schumacher and Jo Ellen Litz)

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StoneRidge Retirement Living Receives High Ratings from National Magazine

StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities received near perfect ratings from US News and World Report for the skilled nursing care it delivers at its communities.  Specifically, Church of God Home, in Carlisle, received an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown received an overall rating of 4.7 and StoneRidge Poplar Run, also in Myerstown, received an overall perfect score of 5.0!  Congratulations to the professional, hard working team members who are truly dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care to our residents.  Good job team!

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