Willow Brook News
Marlene Andersen, at Willow Brook Christian Village, was honored the other day at the annual conference of Resident Activity Personnel in Ohio banquet. RAP is the organization dedicated to long-term care activity people who are support the recreational, social and psychological needs of aging residents. RAP maintains the quality standards for certification, promotes professional growth, and develops ethical guidelines for members. Marlene received the “The Innovation Award” for unique, innovative programming. It is quite an honor, and we are all very proud!
The roof is on, the windows and outside doors are in, siding is almost complete, and in November, the assisted living residents who had taken up temporary quarters on the apartment side of Delaware Run will move back home. Then construction will be completed on the second and third floors. Folks should be able to move into their new homes in late winter. Save the date of April 17, 2014 for the grand opening!
Willow Brook offers a continuum of services and living arrangements for older adults – everything from independent living to skilled nursing care, with three or four steps in between. We didn’t pioneer the concept, but we most surely have taken the pattern and “kicked it up a notch,” as celebrity TV chef Emeril Lagasse would say. All things at Willow Brook are done with flair – carpet in our nursing homes, restaurant-style dining (yes, even in the nursing homes), creative architecture that works with the natural undulations of the land and is accommodating to precious trees.
We meet our old friends where they are, and serve them in the lowest-cost setting that best meets their needs, not what will produce the most revenue. A few years back when we opened our adult day care center at Willow Brook Christian Village, a colleague from another senior community shared his observation that this new service might deflect admissions to our assisted living centers and nursing homes. “You’ll lose a lot of revenue,” he said. True enough. But the way we see it, if someone’s needs can be met in a daytime setting for one-third the cost of a nursing home, then we would be negligent to not encourage it.
And that reminds me of one more thing we have kicked up notch – integrity. We will always be straight with you. Our motives are pure. Your needs and wants have always driven our decisions. And that, as you know better than anyone, makes all the difference in the world.
With love to all, Larry Harris, CEO
Village volunteers, the Rainbow Kids, were just awarded the 2013 Intergenerational Volunteer Service Award at the LeadingAge Ohio awards luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in Columbus today.
Recognized for their weekly visits at the Willow Brook Christian Village Cherith Care Center, the Rainbow Kids have been gathering for nearly a decade. They share songs, chat with residents, and three times a year collaborate with the Willow Brook Singers to produce musical shows to entertain on the Delaware campuses.
Mercy goodness gracious sakes alive! We did it again! Willow Brook was voted number one in July’s Taste of Worthington food fair. This was our seventh first-place win in nine years. Willow Brook Christian Home’s culinary leader Madelyn Turner and her ace crew won the dessert division of the competition. They were up against some of the top restaurants in Worthington/North Columbus, and sailed right through to the top. Typically about 3,000 people attend the event, and they vote for their favorites.
It is clear that some in the competition just show up at these events, but for Madelyn and her bunch, it is a top-priority year-long project. You could see and feel the energy under the Willow Brook tent that Friday night. I offer my congratulations to the Home’s entire culinary team – especially to Eric Radcliff, creator of the winning entry.
So what does this Taste of Worthington win mean to you? It is just one more indication of Willow Brook’s commitment to excellence. We strive for the best in every aspect of our ministries, and it is rewarding to see those efforts recognized. Other recent accolades include the federal government’s five-star rating for our two nursing homes, their high ranking in the state’s resident satisfaction survey (placing both facilities in the golden “top 25” – of 964 nursing homes in Ohio), and both facilities making the “Top Nursing Homes in the Nation” list compiled by US News & World Report.
With love to all, Larry Harris, CEO