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Wake Robin Honored at Vermont Health Care Association Annual Convention

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Wake Robin is proud to announce that several members of its staff were honored at the VHCA (Vermont Health Care Association) annual convention, held September 24-26 at the Killington Resort.

The Environmental Services team was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Environmental Services Team. Environmental Services at Wake Robin includes the Security, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Laundry, and Transportation Departments.  In addition to the regular day-to-day operations of a large campus comprised of independent living, residential care and nursing care, the Environmental Services staff is tasked with keeping Wake Robin operating smoothly in the midst of the expansive construction and renovation project currently underway.  The staff is managing this task through extraordinary teamwork, while keeping focused on the needs of Wake Robin residents in every setting within the community.

In addition, two Wake Robin staff members were individually honored at the convention.

Tasia Benham was named Occupational Therapist of the Year. Ms. Benham is not only dedicated to her role as an Occupational Therapist, but also delivers challenging and motivating wellness classes on a weekly basis including Tai Chi in Wake Robin’s therapeutic pool (known as Ai Chi) as well as a cardio based aquatic class. Tasia is skilled at modifying and adapting to new ideas, challenges, and resident feedback in a positive and seamless way that continues to drive the success of Wake Robin’s programming.

Amy Lyman was named LPN of the Year. In her over 20 years at Wake Robin, Ms. Lyman has worked every shift, and in every neighborhood, in numerous roles.  The VHCA award recognizes Amy’s organizational skills and ability to transform chaos into functionality and purpose.  Her nomination to this award was submitted by her team, attesting to her leadership skills.

The Vermont Health Care Association is committed to advocating on behalf of residents, staff and communities that depend on Vermont’s nursing, residential care, and assisted living homes as an integral component of the long-term care continuum

Congratulations to all!

There’s a new Sugarhouse in town!

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new sugar shack up on a trailerWake Robin residents and staff have been anxiously awaiting the new sugarhouse’s arrival. On Monday, October 24th – it was finally delivered. Wake Robin’s current sugarhouse will be moved to its new location next to the new sugarhouse later this week. The current sugarhouse will be used as storage.

Voting at Wake Robin

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Outside Wake RobinShelburne News recently published an article about satellite voting at Wake Robin. For sixteen years, Wake Robin has offered satellite voting for the residents that live in this community. Wake Robin was the first location in Shelburne to participate in the satellite voting program. This voting program was also first of its kind in the state. Presently, other communities (such as the Residence at Shelburne Bay, The Wright House and The Terraces) offer this program, giving people the opportunity to get to the polls.

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Wake Robin Celebrates Food Day!

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buffetOn October 24th, Wake Robin celebrated Food Day. Food Day is a nationwide initiative that focuses on local, affordable and sustainable food. Some of the festivities included visits from local farms; Shelburne Farms came and spoke about cheese making, as well as the importance of their educational programs. Bella Farms discussed organic farming and their Wake Robin CSA. Staff also contributed dishes in a food competition in which 50% of the ingredients had to be locally sourced.

This year, there were with more than 7,500 Food Day events happening around the country. In New England 57 hospitals committed to serving meat free of antibiotics. Sustainable and organic farming practices contribute to reduced water and air pollution, richer organic material in soil and healthier farm animals and communities.

Thank you to all the local vendors who participated and made this event such a success!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2014

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flowers

Wake Robin participated in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, September 21st at the Shelburne Museum. It was a beautiful sunny day and over 1000 walkers came to support this cause. $178,000 was raised for the Shelburne Walk and with donations still trickling in we hope to make the $180,000 fundraising goal for the year!

Walkers were given flowers to represent their connection to the disease.

Blue represents someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia

Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.

Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s

At the beginning of the walk, volunteers collected the flowers and “planted” the promise garden for walkers to discover upon their return.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.

Premier Therapy Makes a Splash!

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aquatics demoPremier Therapy hosted an Aquatics Demo at the Wake Robin pool to promote the benefits of Aquatic Therapy. Alyson addressed the group describing how the buoyancy of water decreases pressure on joints and spine. Water also supports and assists movement – which Alyson and Courtney expertly displayed; giving examples of exercises that residents may see during the weekly Aquatics classes offered at Wake Robin. Aqua walking/running can produce cardiovascular results with less impact on the joints! Thank you to Premier Therapy for illuminating us on the benefits of Aquatic Therapy and Exercise!

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