Welcome, Premier Therapy!

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5 women sitting on a rock wallWake Robin is pleased to welcome Premier Therapy Services to the community! The new therapy staff bring an exciting new set of skills and expertise to the campus. They are already offering services such as Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy along with expanded exercise groups and new programs focusing on maintaining health and well-being. Great things are already happening in the community!

Welcome, Patrick McKee!

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Patrick shaking handsYesterday, Wake Robin hosted an open house to give the community an opportunity to meet our new President & CEO, Patrick McKee. Patrick shared some impressions from his first few weeks during a recent Cup of Conversation:  “All of my initial interactions have taken place within a starting point of mutual respect both with residents and staff. The history here of active involvement within a dynamic community is evident and continuing.  There is work being done that makes the community a national leader.  The commitment to healthy and local food is just one example.  The professionalism and commitment of the staff is immediately evident.  The great level of caring shown in health services is clear as is the high level of skill.  It is difficult to single out a department because this seems to be the standard throughout Wake Robin.”

Welcome, Patrick McKee!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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team photoGo Team Wake Robin!

This year a team of staff and residents collaborated to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. As a group they raised over $4,000 bringing the total raised this year’s walk to $140,000! That is double the amount raised last year. And donations are being accepted until October 31st. Wake Robin is a corporate sponsor for the walk, and hopes that the efforts of all groups will not only raise badly needed money for research, but also raise awareness that this debilitating disease affects 1 in 3 seniors.*Please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information, including the 10 signs to look for if you suspect you or someone you know might have the disease. http://www.alz.org/ . Wake Robin hopes to be part of the solution to this costly and widespread problem.

*Facts from The Alzheimer’s Association website.

20th Anniversary Gala

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The Wake Robin community and special guests enjoyed a beautiful evening of good company, incredible food and fond memories on Friday, September 20th. As Jazz music by local band, Greenbush, filled the air, guests dined on hors d’oeuvres and reminisced about the early years of the community. Guests included Corporate Board members, past Management staff, and members of the Shelburne community, as well as current residents and their families. There were smiles and hugs all around as friends greeted each other warmly and caught up with one other. Dessert was served following a brief, but heartfelt program of acknowledgments and remembrances. A beautiful evening…

Big Event at the Bee Hive!

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052914_1245_bigeventatt1Last Sunday, we observed a swarm of bees – probably 10,000 or more – beside the path leading to our apiary.  We don’t yet know from which hive it came.  The swarmed bees were sending out scouts to look for a permanent home.   They were all gone later that day, so apparently they found a hollowed out tree somewhere nearby.  The scouts came back to report possible home sites and, by consensus, the colony decided which one was right – just like in a Vermont town meeting (or by a Wake Robin resident survey).

The swarm took the queen with them, so the workers that remain (about half the colony) will now have to create a new queen by feeding “royal jelly” that they make for that purpose.  It turns worker larva into queens.  Amazing, isn’t it?

Aside from that, the apiary is doing very well, and we’re hoping for a good honey harvest.

Vermont Health Care Administration Awards

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This year, five Wake Robin staff members were honored for Excellence at the Vermont Health Care Association’s Annual Conference. Wake Robin’s Linda Phypers, RN, LNHA, was named Nursing Home Administrator of the Year. Kathleen King, was selected as Dining Director of the Year. Anne Levesque, received the Human Resources Director of the Year award. Brenda Weston was honored as Recreation Assistant of the Year and Cecile Wagner, RN received the Outstanding RN Award.

The Vermont Health Care Association represents more than 90 licensed nursing home, residential care homes and assisted living facilities in Vermont. Its awards recognize excellence for dedication and commitment to residents and the senior living community, teamwork and dedication to their profession.

Allie Stickney, Wake Robin’s President/CEO commented, “It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with these incredible staff members. I am delighted that they have received this much-deserved recognition for their skill, compassion, and professionalism.”

Seafood Throwdown

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seafood on plateEven though the temperature was a chilly 57 degrees, it was a flaming hot day at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Wednesday, October 24. Chefs from Fletcher Allen, Central Vermont Medical Center and Wake Robin, competed in the first annual “Seafood Throwdown” sponsored by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. The chefs came prepared to clean and prepare a mystery fish, and serve it to the judges, who would then declare the winner. There was fierce competition but in the end Wake Robin chefs Pasquale Amedore and John Gallaher presented a gorgeous plate to the judges. Poached Cod with spinach, tarragon, grape tomatoes and roasted potatoes.

The purpose of the event was to raipeople cookingse awareness about a new venture called Healthy Food in Health Care. HFHC is part of a larger initiative that is being adopted by health care organizations worldwide, called Health Care Without Harm. The focus of HCWH is on providing environmentally sustainable health care, including healthier, local foods, best practices for safe cleaning, and medical waste disposal, and using cleaner technologies. http://www.noharm.org/

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