Monday, November 23, 2015

Congratulations Cedarfield Team - Walk to End Alzheimer's 2015

It was a rainy November day for the Walk to End Alzheimer's this year, but Cedarfield residents, staff, family members and volunteers showed up strong to represent the community. The Cedarfield Team came in 2nd place for fundraising, topping off at $15,000. This total includes all resident contributions, staff fundraising, yard sale proceeds, purple sneaker sales and the Small Steps event held in October. A special thanks to Ashley Bentley, Team Captain, and her committee for a job well done in organizing the fundraising events.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cedarfield Veterans Honored

Over 85 of Cedarfield's resident veterans were honored during the Veteran's Day Celebration on November 11, 2015. The Henrico High School ROTC presented the colors before Cedarfield welcomed Capt. John F. Meier, first commanding officer of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), as the guest speaker. The USS Gerald R. Ford is the Navy's newest class of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, scheduled to join the U.S. Navy fleet in 2016.

Capt. John F. Meier discussed the Navy's newly scheduled fleet, the technology involved and the future of the United States military, as well as personal stories. The speech concluded with Capt. Meier pinning the veterans an act gratitude for their service, sponsored by Intrepid Hospice.

To conclude the celebration, Capt. Meier invited the oldest and youngest veteran in the room to join together in the ritual cake cutting. Together, these veterans used the ceremonial sword to cut the patriotically colored dessert.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Active Aging Week

Cedarfield residents recently celebrated “Active Aging Week,” by participating in new and creative forms of exercise. Zumba, line dance and a special belly dance class were all big hits!

Wellness and Leisure hosted a friendly competition during the week to encourage the community to engage in different classes and activities.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Second Childhood

Cedarfield's very own resident, Martha Newell, is living her second childhood at 93 years old. With the help of her American Girl Doll, Samantha, she has created over 150 outfits for her great-granddaughters' dolls. Read her extraordinary story from the Richmond Times Dispatch here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Person-Centered Care: Exactly What is It?

A lot of talk is going around these days about person-centered care. Its not a new concept, but one that has been slow to take off, especially in nursing homes.

Person-centered care focuses on the individual needs and desires of each resident, rather than institutional processes designed after hospital models, with strict schedules and no choices. However, with person-centered care, a resident chooses when he wants to get up in the morning, rather than being told when to rise. A resident has his morning cup of coffee, maybe while reading his newspaper in the privacy of his room, enjoying the quiet - just like he did at home.

Cedarfield has begun to move away from the traditional institutional method of care and is implementing the person-centered care philosophy in the health care center. Staff from all departments are currently training, by attending classes and in-service programs, to learn this new concept and how to provide individual resident-driven care. It's an exciting time for everyone! Watch out for more news to come.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blood Drive Success!

Cedarfield hosted its third annual blood drive this past week, in collaboration with Virginia Blood Services. Over 15 residents and employees participated in the drive. Thanks to our participants, Cedarfield was able to donate enough blood to save up to 45 people within the Richmond community.