Cedar Crest Students Plan Intergenerational Festivities for Cedar Haven Residents

Cedar Crest Students Plan Intergenerational Festivities for Cedar Haven Residents

This is the part of a new series of posts showing how residents #EnjoyLifeWithUs at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center. Ray Truex’s Cedar Crest Middle School Class makes regular visits to Cedar Haven to share activities and festivities with our residents (Ray’s photos above were used with his permission).

This week the CCMS students brought St. Patrick’s Day crafts and cookie decoration supplies to treat our residents to some springtime fun. Learn more as their teacher, Ray, answers a few questions about the class’s involvement at Cedar Haven:

Q: What inspired your class to start regularly visiting the residents at Cedar Haven?

Ray: “We started coming 4 or 5 years ago. I wanted to get the kids out of the building to go make an impact in our community, and while we do a lot of good inside of CCMS for charities, I wanted our kids on a van, interacting with others. My Falcons Care group brainstormed several ideas, and this was the one we chose. Concurrently, I had a friend who was a resident at another facility, and my visits to him prompted me to throw this idea out to the class. Fortunately, it was the one the class chose! We have averaged 5 or 6 visits a year for the past 5 years.”

Q: What have been your favorite activities thus far?

Ray: “While playing games has been an easy activity that allows the kids to get to know the residents, my favorite activities have been the ones where kids actually design the trip’s activities, do prep work, and lead once we arrive. We had two girls lead a trip in December, pre-plan the arts and crafts then lead the activities once we arrived. I was so proud of how they saw it through, start to finish! Our goal is to have kids lead the remainder of our visits.”

 

 

Q: What have you learned from the residents or enjoyed through your interactions with them?

Ray: “I would say that this experience has challenged the kids to step outside of their comfort zone and really see someone else’s world. We look for the glimmer of happiness in resident’s eyes as we interact with them, and the feeling of knowing that they brought joy to someone else’s day has had a lasting impact on the kids. Given the right outlets, kids can amaze you, and I always see sides of kids who I would have never expected. I’ve had parent phone calls, telling me how a daughter couldn’t stop talking about the fun they had at Cedar Haven; I’ve seen kids have a conversation with someone who doesn’t talk back, and get a hug at the end because the conversation was so meaningful; I’ve had kids say they are now considering going into nursing. I have kids routinely asking when the next visit will be. It has been a fantastic experience for all of us, and I hope it has been equally beneficial for your residents!”

 

 

On behalf of all of our residents and all of us at Cedar Haven, we would like to say thank you to this thoughtful group of students and their teacher for taking the time and effort to bring such vitality and enjoyment to our residents. While we have many activities at our facility for our residents to choose from each week, an inter-generational event led by compassionate students is such a treat. We all look forward to each time you come to visit. Thank you and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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Residents had fun assisting with preparations for the event by helping make the snowballs. One of our residents knitted the scarf for the large snowman as well as a decoration for his hat!

Winter Wonderland is one of up to 100 fun activities and events that take place at Cedar Haven each month. No wonder our residents are busy enjoying life at Cedar Haven with their friends and the Cedar Haven team. Contact our admissions team at 717-274-0421 to learn how you or your loved one can #EnjoyLifeWithUs.

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Cedar Haven Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility in Lebanon, provides high-quality care in a friendly and engaging atmosphere. Cedar Haven is a premier choice for skilled nursing, short-term rehab, and memory care in Central Pennsylvania. We are known for the high-quality care we provide, our successful outcomes, and the unique quality-of-life benefits that we offer our residents. For example, up to 100 fun activities are offered for our residents each month. Therefore, many of our residents have made meaningful friendships and relationships at Cedar Haven while participating in our social events.

From Roommates to “Instant Friends”

Mafalda and Diane were instant friends when they met at Cedar Haven.  The two women were introduced when Diane moved into Mafalda’s room and they have been inseparable ever since.  They can be found at most of the activities offered at Cedar Haven but their favorites are bocce ball and bowling.  Mafalda and Diane recently participated in a fun activities trip to the Twin Kiss in Myerstown, PA.

Diane said that their friendship works because “we never get mad at each other”. Mafalda is thankful that she found a friend who can help her with things she is not able to do on her own, like riding the elevator or shopping at the Cedar Haven gift shop.

Diane and Mafalda have many friends at Cedar Haven with whom they enjoy playing games and reminiscing about earlier days.  They are both thankful for the activities and the Cedar Haven staff.

These ladies are just two examples of residents whose lives have been positively impacted by the friendships they’ve made at Cedar Haven. Take a look at our current event calendar to view the activity offerings at Cedar Haven this month and contact us with questions or if you would like a tour of our facility.

Thank you for visiting our blog. Please check back for more resident spotlights featuring friends in the coming weeks!

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1. 50 Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents

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2. The “New” Cedar Haven Healthcare Center: From Good to Better to Best

“Cedar Haven has always been a great option for enjoying life in Lebanon when you require skilled nursing or short-term rehab care. We can confidently say that Cedar Haven is now the premier option for these services in 2018 and beyond. What has changed? Cedar Haven has transformed in recent years….” Click to read more.

3. Introducing the Fall Issue of LIVEWELL Lebanon

“The Fall issue of “LIVEWELL Lebanon” is now available, with important information about why Cedar Haven is the best choice when you require skilled nursing or short-term rehab therapy following a stay in the hospital.” Click to view the publication.

4. Congrats September Employees of the Month and Quarterly Recognition Award Winners (also see December, June, July, and October)

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5. Congratulations October Nursing Assistant Trainee Graduating Class (also see August, September)

“Congratulations to the latest group of graduates who completed the Nursing Assistant Training (NAT) Program at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center as part of our October graduating class. Our talented staff education department, led by Darlene Weaver, offers a free, paid training course for those interested in launching their career as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Cedar Haven. A CNA helps residents with their healthcare needs under the supervision of an RN (Registered Nurse) or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). Getting certified at Cedar Haven through our 3.5 week training program is a great alternative to paying for a much longer course elsewhere.” Click to view post.


7. Christmas Cheer at Cedar Haven – #EnjoyLifeWithUs

“On December 5th, Santa took a break from all of his preparations and joined us at Cedar Haven to spread some Christmas Cheer among our residents and staff. Thank you, Santa, and the Therapeutic Recreation department, for hosting such a fun and festive event for our residents.” Click to view photos.


8. Students Caroling and Festive Sweaters at Cedar Haven – #EnjoyLifeWith Us

“On December 19th, the Cedar Haven staff proved that they are the most festive and fun skilled nursing facility team in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. This is no surprise to anyone who has visited the decked halls of Cedar Haven at Christmas-time. Even Bentley, the friendly dog who strolls the halls greeting our residents, shared his holiday zeal.” Click to view photos.


9. 70s Disco Dance Party at Cedar Haven

“Whether you are considering Cedar Haven for Short-term Rehab or Long-term Skilled Nursing Care, there are so many opportunities to “Enjoy Life With Us” at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center in Lebanon, PA. Last week our Therapeutic Recreation department transformed our rec room into a disco hall for the enjoyment of our residents and staff. Check out some of the groovy moves in this short clip that gives you a glimpse into the fun.” Click to view post.


10. Unicorn Makes Uplifting Visit, Spreading Joy at Cedar Haven

“Is there any better way to start your day than with a visit from a unicorn? Thank you to our unicorn friend, Spirit, who returned to Cedar Haven to bring some smiles to our residents and staff yesterday. Spirit is a Miniature Therapy Horse who is specially trained to stay calm and spread joy. Thanks for spreading the joy to our residents, Spirit!”Click to view post.

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Christmas Hall Decoration Contest – #EnjoyLifeWithUs

Christmas Hall Decoration Contest – #EnjoyLifeWithUs

This is the third in a new series of posts called “#EnjoyLifeWithUs,” that highlight the uniquely fun activity and event offerings that are a way of life at Cedar Haven.

Santa came to town at Cedar Haven last week to deliver stockings to all of the residents. He was very impressed by the hall decorations put up by staff as part of a fun competition. Our residents enjoyed the festive displays as well:

“(The hall decorations) are the best,” said Richard, a resident at Cedar Haven. Ron, another resident, agreed, saying, “(The staff) did a great job.”

Once the voting was complete, it was announced that the floor decked out in Grinch-themed decorations had won the competition this year. Congratulations to the team on 3c! Second place went to the Christmas Lights themed display on 1c. Thank you to all of the team members who participated in this fun event, making spirits bright at Cedar Haven! You can always view our full event calendar on our Events page.

(Click on the photos below to view them larger)

From all of us at Cedar Haven, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Welcome to Cedar Haven!

Thank you for visiting the Cedar Haven blog. Please contact us with your questions or visit our jobs page to learn more about career opportunities at our facility.

Experienced Team . High Quality Care . Therapeutic Success . Friendly Atmosphere

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Students Caroling and Festive Sweaters at Cedar Haven – #EnjoyLifeWithUs

Students Caroling and Festive Sweaters at Cedar Haven – #EnjoyLifeWithUs

This is the second in a new series of posts called “#EnjoyLifeWithUs,” that highlight the uniquely fun activity and event offerings that are a way of life at Cedar Haven.

On December 19th, the Cedar Haven staff proved that they are the most festive and fun skilled nursing facility team in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. This is no surprise to anyone who has visited the decked halls of Cedar Haven at Christmas-time. Even Bentley, the friendly dog who strolls the halls greeting our residents, shared his holiday zeal (see him pictured in the “Ugly Sweater Day” photo below).

The countdown to Christmas is on! This week we enjoyed a number of fun events and performances from visitors and volunteer groups, including Southeast Elementary School of the Lebanon School District. The residents and staff all look forward to this event and enjoy hearing the carols and songs sung by the children. Thank you all for helping us get in the holiday spirit and keeping it fun. You can always view our full event calendar on our Events page. There has never been a better time to #EnjoyLifeWithUs at Cedar Haven!

Thank you Southeast Elementary students and teachers for bringing Christmas Cheer to Cedar Haven

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Welcome to Cedar Haven!

Thank you for visiting the Cedar Haven blog. Please contact us with your questions or visit our jobs page to learn more about career opportunities at our facility.

Experienced Team . High Quality Care . Therapeutic Success . Friendly Atmosphere

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