Friday, December 18, 2015

Cedarfield Cases of Love Suitcase Drive

How many pieces of luggage do YOU have in your garage or attic? Is there a Barbie or Spiderman backpack hidden in a closet, long forgotten by your child, never to be used again? How can these items be put to good use once more?

It's called Cases of Love. Through the month of November, residents and staff worked together to collect over 130 gently-used suitcases, duffle bags, carry-on bags and backpacks for donation to various local shelters, foster care agencies and Virginia United Methodist Family Services. Just imagine someone with no home, moving from shelter to shelter with only a plastic trash bag to carry their clothes and most prized possessions. This collection drive provided a great opportunity to put these suitcases and bags "back in service."

Additionally, Cedarfield collected and donated more than 100 reusable grocery and tote bags to a local food pantry to use in carrying items home.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Giving Back to the Community

Driven 2 Destiny Outreach Center is a non-profit providing outreach and resources to people and families experiencing temporary set-backs due to unemployment, illness or other life-changing events. The center provides vocational training, parenting classes and more. They also offer Christmas Camps that give children a safe place to spend the day when school is closed for holiday break. 

The center requested art supply donations for the children to use during their Christmas Camps. Cedarfield’s Volunteer Coordinator, Trish, worked with the Art Director, Brenda, to collect any unneeded art supplies from the community. They put together two medium sized boxes of various items to donate. Trish also gathered over 20 jackets from the Cedarchest, Cedarfield’s secondhand shop, to donate to Driven 2 Destiny’s Winter Coat Giveaway on December 21.

For more information on Cedarfield’s community involvement, click here.

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.