During National Nursing Home Week May 13-19, the A.G. Rhodes homes celebrated exceptional staff who go above and beyond to care for elders who stay at A.G. Rhodes. Congratulations to our Atlanta award winners (left to right): Jacqueline Moody, LPN …read more
During National Nursing Home Week May 13-19, the A.G. Rhodes homes celebrated exceptional staff who go above and beyond to care for elders who stay at A.G. Rhodes.
Congratulations to our Atlanta award winners (left to right): Jacqueline Moody, LPN of the Year; Jacqueline Thomas, CNA of the Year Runner Up; Kimberly Greene, Rhodes Perdue CNA of the Year; and Rica Johnson, Customer Service Award Winner.
Congratulations to our Cobb award winners (left to right): Chaka Simmons, LPN, Nurse of the Year; Joanna Moore, Rhodes Perdue CNA of the Year; and Tiffany Fry, CNA of the Year Runner-Up.
Congratulations to our Wesley Woods award winners (from left to right): Mary Spikes, CNA of the Year Runner Up; Joyce Thomas, LPN of the Year Runner Up; Thyoris Ball, LPN of the Year; Sheneka Wade, Above and Beyond Award Winner; and Jane Anwuboh, CNA of the Year (pictured under group shot).
How Seniors Can “Engage at Every Age” from A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab May is “Older Americans Month,” a nationwide celebration of what older Americans contribute to society. Use this year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” as an opportunity to …read more
Kids are sponges, absorbing everything that’s thrown their way. Give children a peek into your world by sharing personal stories with them. This could involve connecting with your grandchild, reading to local children at a library or allowing yourself to be interviewed for a student’s project. You will come away with a positivity boost, and they will gain an alternative perspective on the world.
People of all ages and abilities can volunteer. Revisit a cause from your younger years, or take on a new cause you have always been passionate about. Some ideas include writing letters or sending care packages to military personnel, knitting clothes for babies, picking up litter in the local area, planting a community garden, serving as a tour guide, tutoring underprivileged youth or helping at an animal shelter.
No matter how niche your interests are, someone else likely shares your passions. Center your club around a hobby like gardening, reading, cinema or theatre and invite everyone in your local community to join. Even better, you can make your club intergenerational! Schedule special events like harvests, author visits, movie screenings or trips to theatre shows for a nice break from routine.
Active seniors tend to be happier and healthier overall. Even if you have arthritis, a low-impact exercise like swimming, yoga or tai-chi can help you stretch and strengthen your muscles without putting stress on your joints. If you like to move at a faster pace, consider joining a walking or biking group in the community. Keep your eyes peeled for charity walks, races and marathons in your area.
Did you know that 34 percent of seniors 65 and older use social media, 42 percent own a smartphone and 67 percent go online? The internet can connect you with family, friends and even people thousands of miles away. Plus, older voices are desperately needed in the online sphere, which tends to be dominated by the young. If you’re nervous or easily frustrated when it comes to technology, try taking a class at the library or tech store.
You are never too old to learn. Many local community centers offer low-commitment classes at reduced prices if you are just looking to dip your toe into a new subject area. Or, if you want to mix things up, you can attend college or university and earn a degree. There are many scholarships out there for so-called “non-traditional students,” so take a look into those opportunities if you’re interested.
After retiring, many seniors find themselves yearning for the structure and socialization that work provides. If you miss your industry or want to try something new altogether, start searching for low-stress part-time, seasonal or temp jobs. Retail and customer service are always good options, but you can also try something else, like being a driver, working for a nonprofit, doing direct sales, bookkeeping or freelancing.
Life becomes much more fulfilling when you have companions to share it with. At A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, our friendly care team provides long-term care, short-term recovery and inpatient and outpatient therapy and rehabilitation for seniors. We care deeply for our community and foster social connection with regularly scheduled events and activities. Call us at (877) 918-6413 for more information.
The Cathedral Antiques Show raised more than $230,000 for A.G. Rhodes, which was the show’s beneficiary this year. Funds will be used to provide person-centered care for many A.G. Rhodes residents who are living with dementia and who lack the …read more
The Cathedral Antiques Show raised more than $230,000 for A.G. Rhodes, which was the show’s beneficiary this year. Funds will be used to provide person-centered care for many A.G. Rhodes residents who are living with dementia and who lack the resources to pay for their medical and living expenses.
A.G. Rhodes will implement a Living Well with Dementia program, which will include:
“Thanks to the generosity of those who supported the Cathedral Antiques Show, the Living Well with Dementia program will enable elders living with dementia to thrive in a homelike environment, connected to and supported by their families and friends,” said Deke Cateau, Chief Executive Officer at A.G. Rhodes.
About the Show:
The Cathedral Antiques Show is a festival of art, antiques, and floral and interior design held annually to benefit a designated charity. The Show is a major outreach project sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, and has raised more than $5 million for Atlanta-area nonprofits since its inception in 1969. For more information, visit www.cathedralantiques.org.
May 11, 2018
In another significant step toward transforming and improving nursing home care, A.G. Rhodes’ Cobb home became the first stand-alone nursing home in the state to be accepted into the Eden Alternative Registry, which consists of 250 national and international long-term …read more
In another significant step toward transforming and improving nursing home care, A.G. Rhodes’ Cobb home became the first stand-alone nursing home in the state to be accepted into the Eden Alternative Registry, which consists of 250 national and international long-term care communities committed to improving the quality of life and care for the people they serve.
The Eden Alternative is an international, nonprofit organization that provides education and consultation for organizations across the entire continuum of care. With its person-directed care philosophy, it is dedicated to creating care environments that promote quality of life for elders and their care partners, leading to improved quality of care and higher rates of satisfaction. Last year, A.G. Rhodes of Cobb became the first nursing home in Georgia to complete Eden Alternative training, which was an important move toward de-institutionalization nursing home care so that it’s more home-like and tailored to individual needs and preferences.
“Achieving Registry status indicates A.G. Rhodes’ understanding of the unique needs, preferences and desires of those individuals entrusted to its care,” said Eden Alternative’s Chief Executive Officer, Jill Vitale-Aussem. “This significant step demonstrates the organization’s commitment to become a prominent provider for elders in the greater-Atlanta area.”
Working with employees at all levels at A.G. Rhodes, the Eden Alternative provided professional development training in person-directed care, an evolving process that honors the voices and choices of elders and those working most closely with them, thus transforming the delivery of care to the entire community. Throughout this comprehensive Registry process, both ancillary and clinical staff at A.G. Rhodes focused on core person-directed values that included choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.
“There is global initiative focused on transforming nursing home care as we know it,” said Angela Daugherty, Administrator of A.G. Rhodes’ Cobb location. “It’s a culture change movement, and we have been excited to lead the way among nursing home providers in Georgia. We have diligently worked through the preparation to become an Eden Registry Member because our care partner team is committed to improving nursing home care. It’s something we all want for our loved ones, and eventually for ourselves.”
May 10, 2018
The Effects of Creativity on Mental Well-Being from A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab Creative pursuits are good for more than just filling your free time. According to a study from the American Academy of Neurology, participating in the arts can …read more
Creative pursuits are good for more than just filling your free time. According to a study from the American Academy of Neurology, participating in the arts can slow mental decline in individuals of middle or senior age by up to 73 percent. Check out these benefits of nurturing your inner artist.
Hobbies can introduce us to new people who share our interests and may become new friends. By participating in creative activities with a social component, such as a painting or pottery class, your aging loved one could begin making lifelong friendships that will help stave off loneliness as they age.
Art is often described as an emotional endeavor, and, in a way, that is true. Emotion often inspires us to paint, craft, build or write a particular piece, releasing the positive or negative stresses we may have been carrying with us. Seniors can relieve stress and manage negative emotions in a healthier, more beautiful way through art, while also expressing their joys.
According to the American Academy of Neurology study, patients who enjoyed creative passions are less likely to experience memory or thinking problems. This effect is typically attributed to the consistent use of neurons, which in turn strengthens neural connections and networks. Creativity may encourage the growth of new neurons as well.
No matter the age, everyone feels good about themselves when they’ve built or created something impressive. For seniors who may be dealing with feelings of dependency and hopelessness, this feeling could be invaluable. Completing an artistic project and feeling proud of the results can significantly boost a senior’s self-esteem in all areas of their life.
Many aging adults, especially those in short- or long-term care or rehabilitation, are struggling with chronic conditions or sudden illnesses that can make day-to-day life tedious and uninspiring. Receiving diagnoses and treatments and undergoing rigorous therapy can make life feel like drudgery. Pursuing art provides an escape from medical problems and declining health, boosting mood and improving overall attitude.
As your loved one ages, they may require more intensive care, therapy or rehabilitation to maintain their quality of life. At A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, we understand that struggling with health conditions can put a damper on one’s zest for life. That’s why we offer a unique array of exciting services for all our residents, including horticultural, music and art therapy and social events. Contact us at 877-918-6413 to learn more about our available care and rehabilitation services.
As people grow older, retirement and rising health care costs eat away at their income. This can make it difficult for seniors to afford necessities like food and housing. Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security certainly help reduce that income gap, …read more
As people grow older, retirement and rising health care costs eat away at their income. This can make it difficult for seniors to afford necessities like food and housing. Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security certainly help reduce that income gap, but there is another program in place to help seniors, although many don’t realize it – the Older Americans Act.
The Older Americans Act (OAA) is a piece of legislation passed by Congress in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson that aims to provide resources to a growing senior population. The initial act established the Administration on Aging, which is the federal agency responsible for overseeing the implementation of OAA programs. Grants fund State Units on Aging – and as of 1973, Area Agencies on Aging – so they can provide resources to local communities.
The OAA has been reauthorized several times over the years. The most recent reauthorization was in 2016 under President Barack Obama, and that reauthorization is for three years.
Technically speaking, any American age 60 and older is eligible to receive the services provided by the OAA. However, there are more than 49.2 million senior adults in the United States as of 2016, and only $1.88 billion available as of fiscal year 2014.1,2 The amount allocated to OAA programs has stagnated over the years, lagging behind inflation.
Simply put, there is not enough money to serve every American senior under the OAA. While is no mandate within federal law that states OAA money must go toward seniors that meet certain qualifications, states make their own rules regarding local distribution of funds.
Despite its limited funding, the OAA covers a lot of ground. Its overall goal is to ensure older Americans have a good quality of life. The OAA offers community services, combats hunger and food insecurity, provides care and establishes advocates for seniors. This allows seniors to be more independent, active and engaged in their communities.
Some specific services provided include:
More than 40 percent of the OAA budget goes toward providing meals and nutrition counseling to seniors.2 The Meals on Wheels program has combined federal funding with donations from corporate sponsors to serve nearly 218,000,000 meals over the course of the program’s existence.3 Funding is divvied up between congregate meals at gathering places like senior centers and home-delivered meals for seniors who may have limited access to transportation or physical disabilities.
Low-income adults age 55 and older may receive job training and part-time job placement via the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This gives them extra income, community and a sense of purpose. Two-thirds of SCSEP participants are women, and nearly one half belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.4
About a fifth of funding goes toward a wide variety of community and health services, including senior centers, adult day care, transportation, legal assistance and home care.2
The OAA helps fund the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). This program assists non-professional caregivers who give their time and energy to their older family members. Caregivers have access to training, respite, counseling and information services. In limited circumstances, supplemental caregiving may be provided.
In fiscal year 2017, 13.9 million dollars went to elder rights support, including Adult Protective Services, the Elder Justice Initiative and Long-Term Care Ombudsmen programs.5 This funding ensures seniors are not abused or neglected, especially seniors in long-term care and those who have cognitive or physical disabilities.
Having served Atlanta as a nonprofit for nearly 115 years, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab has seen many shifts in older adult care. We recognize that many aging American adults feel unheard and unsupported, which is why we strive to provide high-quality care and develop a sense of community for all our elders through social activities and events.
Our caregivers provide long-term care, short-term recovery, therapy and rehabilitation to seniors in the Atlanta area. Call us today at (877) 918-6413 for more information about our community.