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Carlisle Adult Day Center is enrolling new clients

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) defines Adult Day programs as “a professional care setting in which older adults and adults living with dementia…receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day.”

Carlisle Adult Day clients enjoy gardening with the Master Gardeners from Penn State.

Messiah Lifeways Adult Day services go above and beyond in providing a positive, nurturing programming to meet a variety of needs in clients, especially those with a dementia diagnosis. Music, art, exercise, gardening, service projects, a hot lunch, special events… everything is geared towards socialization and maintaining the cognitive and physical abilities of each client. We don’t dwell on what has been lost; we focus on what is still possible.

We’re also keenly aware of the difficulties facing caregivers in Central Pennsylvania. Adult children need to continue working, devoted spouses become weary with caregiver burnout, families and neighbors feel ill-equipped to help. Adult Day programs like ours provide a safety net – a safe haven – for the clients and their loved ones. The Messiah Lifeways Adult Day programs are also strongly connected to the Alzheimer’s Association which adds an extra layer of support through training, resources, and caregiver support groups that help the entire family.

If someone you love is unable to stay safely at home during the work week due to memory impairment or another age-related concern or you know someone who would benefit from the services at a Messiah Lifeways Adult Day Services, please feel free to help spread the word. Some additional points of interest about Messiah Lifeways Adult Day programs:

• They’re secured and thoroughly equipped to put the caregiver’s mind at ease.
• They employ team members, including several Registered Nurses, who are well trained in therapeutic programming, validation and remotivation therapy, and more.
• Focus on the client – their memories, their interests, their hobbies, to make each day meaningful and positive.
• May help to reduce the unwanted behaviors that sometimes challenges families and caregivers.

Our Mechanicsburg Center is currently on a waiting list but our Carlisle Center does have openings. Melissa Brandt, the Carlisle Center Coordinator would welcome the opportunity to give tours and talk about the admission process with anyone who is interested. The Carlisle Adult Day program is located at The Meeting House, Carlisle Campus, 1155 Walnut Bottom Road.

Melissa can be reached at: 717-243-0447 or via email at mbrandt@messiahlifeways.org

To learn more about Messiah Lifeways Adult Services, please visit MessiahLifeways.org/AdultDay.

 

New Private Nursing Rooms Set to Open

The first phase of Project Envision is ready to be celebrated!
On Sunday, July 30, guests are invited to Messiah Village for self-guided tours of the brand-new Engle and Greenwood Nursing Neighborhoods. The open house will run from 2 pm – 5 pm. Each neighborhood will be home to 16 residents who will enjoy private suites with a personal bedroom and bathroom with shower. Each neighborhood boasts an open concept kitchen and a great room and living room with fireplaces and built-ins to provide plenty of bright, common space. The views from these new areas are spectacular!

The Engle Neighborhood is named in honor of former Messiah Village residents, the late Dr. Harold H. Engle and the late Miss Alma Engle. The siblings were both well-known medical professionals and their combined estate gifts were among the leading charitable gifts for this project. A special art commission by noted calligrapher Timothy Botts honoring the family and celebrating their naming gift will be unveiled at a private reception in late July.

Residents should begin moving into these private rooms in August. At this time, there are still a few private rooms available for qualified applicants. If you are interested in a loved one moving to one of these new nursing neighborhoods, please reach out to the Messiah Lifeways Welcome Center at 717.790.8201 or email life@messiahlifeways.org.

Fitch Ratings Affirms Messiah Lifeways as Stable through April 2018

In a press release dated April 5, Fitch Ratings affirmed the Messiah Lifeways ‘BBB-‘ rating on the following bonds issued on our behalf:
–$24,080,000 West Shore Area Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project), Series A of 2015;

–$10,000,000 Cumberland County Municipal Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project) Series A of 2008.

“This is great news,” stated CEO Curt Stutzman. “It’s good confirmation that we are remaining financially stable during the Project Envision expansion. I’m grateful for a solid team that manages our finances with great care.”

The bonds mentioned here are related to the first phase of Project Envision, a major Messiah Village campus expansion.  Construction on three separate sites is now over 60% complete with some spaces expected to open in late July or early August.  Village Square, the Hopewell personal care neighborhood, and the Engle and Greenwood private nursing neighborhoods are all expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2017.

To read the entire release, visit the Fitch Ratings website here.

Campus Expansion in the News

The campus expansion at Messiah Village made front-page news in the February 6 edition of The Sentinel. Reporter Phyllis Zimmerman interviewed VP Kristen Heisey and others to bring readers all the latest news from Project Envision. If you missed the Sentinel’s great coverage, catch up here. It’s estimated that the project is at nearly 60% completion. The Greenwood & Engle nursing neighborhoods could open  as early as August 2017.

Seniors Running to Keep Fit

Senior Games Exemplify Fitness & Friendship

Journalist Rachel Wolfgang wrote a beautiful feature on the 2016 Cumberland County Senior Games for the Sentinel. Read her article here and then visit our Messiah Lifeways Facebook page for additional photo albums. It was a great day for competition and camaraderie, proving once again that age is just a number! Special thanks to Deputy Secretary of Aging Terry Barley and Commissioner Jim Hertzler for joining in the festivities.

 

Terry Barley Champions of Better Health Award

Cumberland County Director Wins Award

Messiah Lifeways Community Support Services directors Megan Stedjan & Geli Losch nominated Terry Barley, Director of Aging & Community Services for Cumberland County, for a 2015 Champions of Better Health Award. On Monday, June 8 at a reception at Dickinson College, Barley was named the winner in his category, Professional of the Year. The Champions of Better Health Award is sponsored by Carlisle-area foundation, Partnership for Better Health. According to their website, the 2015 Champions for Better Health is intended to recognize distinguished community volunteers, health care providers, business leaders, philanthropists and youth whose work plays a vital role in advancing the health and wellness of our region. Barley, a long-time public servant and advocate, was nominated by Messiah Lifeways primarily because of his outstanding partnership with our 2 senior centers in Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg.

In her letter of support, Messiah Lifeways team member Geli Losch shared this thought, “He is clearly well respected among his colleagues at various other agencies as well as among those at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Many professionals seek has input. I’ve enjoyed hearing his creative solutions to significant budget changes when he’s had to cut costs while causing the least amount of disruption to his team and those neighbors they serve.”

Congratulations, Terry, and thanks to the team at Partnership for Better Health for helping our community be active and well!