Aloha: Riverside Health System Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

The attributes of a nursing home and the staff that helps bring them alive are at the center of this year’s celebration of National Nursing Home Week, recognized this year from May 11 to 17.

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Newport News, VA (PRWEB) May 16, 2014

From building and opening the first fully deinstitutionalized household model nursing home in Virginia, to bringing more elements of home life to the frontline of all its residences, Riverside Health System is changing the way older adults and their loved ones think about nursing homes.

“We don’t just speak our mission statement – as I age, I will control my destiny in a place of my choosing – we make decisions about how our nursing homes operate to make them a place that people choose to live in their older adults years,” said Bob Bryant, Riverside’s Senior Vice President of the Lifelong Health and Aging Related Services Division.

“We take choice very seriously and are honored each time a family chooses a Riverside nursing home.”

The attributes of a nursing home and the staff that helps bring them alive are at the center of this year’s celebration of National Nursing Home Week, recognized this year from May 11 to 17.

“National Nursing Home Week is a way for today’s care communities to proactively communicate that skilled care centers are light years ahead of what may be thought of as Grandma’s nursing home,” according to the American Healthcare Association.

Earlier this week in Hampton, Va. Mayor George E. Wallace delivered a proclamation at the Riverside Rehabilitation Center there highlighting the City Council’s commitment to improving programing for their aging citizens and those with disabilities.

“Our administration is committed to improving programs that assist older Americans and people with disabilities in achieving their goals, and we embrace the ‘Aloha Spirit’ to show older adults and persons with disabilities patience, kindness, respect and compassion,” Wallace said.

This year, the national association selected Living the Aloha Spirit as the theme of the week and Riverside nursing homes took that theme and planned carnivals, pig roasts and more to celebrate their residents and staff.

“The word ‘aloha’ has a deeper significance than just a fond farewell,” the association wrote on its web site. “By Living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world.”

Key attributes of the spirit include kindness, patients and a respect of others.

“We have 10 nursing homes across Virginia and there is definitely a sense of ‘aloha’ at each one,” Bryant said. “Each is so unique, located along Main Streets in small towns and just outside the heart of Hampton Roads’ core cities. But at every one, our staff truly believes that in order to care, truly care, for the wonderful people we serve, we must care for the entire person.”

Riverside Shore Rehabilitation Center
http://www.riversideonline.com/shore/rehab-center.cfm
Located in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, near stunning beaches and larger cities like Virginia Beach and Ocean City, Riverside Shore offers resident-focused programs. The combination of trusted, experienced care and active, engaging lifestyles sets residents up for success to meet their goals and to reach and maintain their highest level of independence. All residents are encouraged to achieve their highest level of independence whether their stay is short term while recovering from surgery or long term for complete nursing care.

The Orchard
http://www.riversideonline.com/continuing_care/the-orchard.cfm
Tucked away in picturesque Warsaw, near the home of what Virginia Living Magazine voted the number one outdoor festival in the region – the Urbanna Oyster Festival – Dogwood Manor at The Orchard offers 24 hour nursing care and medical care that allows your loved one to age with dignity and respect. Only need the care for a brief stay? An experienced rehabilitation staff is dedicated to the recovery of all its residents, both short and long term.

Riverside Convalescent Center – West Point
http://www.riversideonline.com/continuing_care/rcc-west-point.cfm
For years, the residents of West Point and the surrounding areas have looked to Riverside when they need care for a loved one. The center provides great proximity to Williamsburg and Richmond and offers comprehensive nursing and rehabilitative services. An active group of volunteers help make the center, which can house 60 residents, shine.

Riverside Convalescent Center – Mathews
http://www.riversideonline.com/continuing_care/rcc-mathews.cfm
Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews provides all of the extensive care resources of Riverside Health System in a quaint, small-town package. From the moment you drive past flowering trees and walk into the comfortable living room, you feel the inviting setting. A comprehensive variety of social and therapy programs – designed to keep residents active and able to reach their highest level of independence – compliment the exceptional nursing care. This allows for residents to reach and maintain a high level of social and physical independence.

Riverside Convalescent Center – Saluda
http://www.riversideonline.com/continuing_care/rcc-saluda.cfm
With a scenic patio, spacious rooms, and dedicated team, this center in the heart of Saluda offers a delightful environment and exceptional nursing care. The variety of services here, combined with the diverse therapy team, sets Saluda above the rest in terms of nursing care in its area.

Heron Cove / The Health Care Center at Sanders
http://www.riversideonline.com/sanders/heron-cove.cfm
Heron Cove at Sanders broke new ground when it opened in 2012, becoming the first completely deinstitutionalized nursing home in the state. Heron Cove offers short and long term stay options for older adults on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. With all private rooms and baths in a traditional home design, it brings every aspect of home life to the forefront in conjunction with excellent nursing care.

The Health Care Center at Sanders provides professional nursing, medical, and therapy services for those needing short-term rehabilitation. From home cooked meals to Wii® therapy, there are daily reminders that this is not like other care centers.

The Convalescent Center at Patriots Colony
http://www.riversideonline.com/patriotscolony/
Whether through long-term nursing services or short-stay rehab, whole person wellness is staple of Patriots Colony. Exceptional nursing, medical, and therapy services are the backbone of what makes it the standard-setting nursing home in Williamsburg. But, restaurant style meals, musical performances, and low-impact exercise classes are but a few of the offerings that ensure total wellness and set it above the rest.

The Gardens at Warwick Forest
http://www.riversideonline.com/warwickforest/
In addition to exceptional, person-centered short-term rehabilitation care, The Gardens at Warwick Forest offers multiple levels of service for older adults who needs around the clock care. Centrally located on the Virginia Peninsula, in the heart of Hampton Roads, the entire Warwick Forest campus offers easy access for both Newport News and York County. The Gardens offers 24-hour nursing care, palliative and respite care as well as memory support services.

Riverside Rehabilitation Center at Hampton
http://www.riversideonline.com/continuing_care/rcc-hampton.cfm
Newly renovated throughout, life at Hampton’s first convalescent center embraces comprehensive medical and rehabilitation services for both short and long-term needs. From the staff to the spacious and comfortable rooms, the goal is to combine top-notch care services in the most comfortable, home-like environment possible.

Riverside Convalescent Center – Smithfield
http://www.riversideonline.com/continuing_care/rcc-smithfield.cfm
Providing expert medical and therapy services in a rural, homelike environment sums up Smithfield, which offers respite, skilled nursing, or long-term care. A dedicated staff cares for residents in this beautifully appointed environment. The breadth of services allows Riverside to meet all of its residents’ medical and personal needs.

About Riverside Lifelong Health:
In addition to nursing homes, the Riverside Lifelong Health and Aging Related Services Division offers a full complement of services to care for older adults, including continuing care retirement communities, a dedicated physician provider group, therapy services, Riverside Choose Home, a home visits practice, Programs for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, and advances in technology that allow people to age in place, in their homes. Riverside strives each day to fulfill the Riverside vision – “caring for others as we care for those we love.” Part of that vision is also recognizing there is not a single solution for every resident. The goal in the Lifelong Health Division is to give older adults the tools and offer the services that allows people to age and control their destiny in a place of their choosing.

To find out more about the Riverside Lifelong Health and Aging Related Services Division, visit http://www.riversideonline.com/services/seniors/index.cfm.


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