April was a busy month here at ACMCC. We had a lot of fun activities for our residents. On April 12th and 19th, two groups of residents, staff, and volunteers went to Frederick Meijer Gardens to see all of the gardens and the Butterflies are Bloomin’ exhibit. The first group got to see more butterflies on their trip as it was peak time, but the second group got to see all the blooms that popped up within a week. A great time was had by all!
Our transportation Coordinator, Lori Rice, brought in a baby goat a few times this month. The whole community enjoyed w atching it run around and jump, and a few got to bottle feed it.
We held our annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter Bunny swung by as well! Grandchildren of our residents as well as children of our staff all came out to hunt for eggs and enjoy some cookies and punch. Two lucky kids were even picked to win a basket of goodies. Thanks to all who helped with these wonderful events, and we are all looking forward to Nursing Home Week 2017!
You’ve seen the rest, now tour the best! ACMCC’s Job Fair 2017 is ACMCC is Allegan County’s only consistently CMS 5-Star-rated, Eden Alternative Community. Learn about our household/neighborhood lifestyle, our fast-paced rehabilitation center, and the Generations Adult Day Care program.
Our job fair is open to RNs, LPNs, and CNAs. Discover our competitive wages, benefit packages, and bonus opportunities. Tours and applications are available on the spot. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, and lighthearted activities for all!
Jonna McKelvey was born and raised within the Grand Rapids Michigan area. Upon High School graduation, I had high hopes of becoming a famous fashion designer or a clothing line owner. I moved to Casper Wyoming and unfortunately, those dreams of fashion went downhill fast.
I transitioned into the field of healthcare as a C.N.A. and fell in love with the industry. A few years later I moved into the kitchen and pursued the Certified Dietary Managers course. Till this day I have been furthering my education in hopes of one day becoming a Registered Dietitian.
I have beautiful children and hope to create a beautiful life for them. I dream of the day I can return to the redwood trees of California and camp on Mount Shasta.
Another success! Patty Yancey returned home this month after receiving some physical therapy after being hospitalized with Pneumonia. This was Patty’s first ever experience with us and her recovery went very well. When our staff asked Patty about her experience here she told us, “This is a fantastic place to be. It’s a very clean, nice place to stay and everyone is taken care of well. I really enjoyed talking to everyone and meeting so many new people. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and always answered all of my questions. This would be my number one choice if I ever need it again.”
ACMCC has recently joined on a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiative to prevent and reduce Clostridium difficile (C-diff) in nursing homes. This initiative will support nursing home submission of data into the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) databank, which will provide analysis and creation of a national baseline for C-diff infections in nursing homes, as well as for additional follow-up measurement periods. When facilities track infections, they can identify problems and track progress toward stopping infections. While 50 states currently report hospital C-diff data into NHSN, only 250 of the country’s 15,700 nursing home currently report C-diff data. We are proud to join this initiative!
What is clostridium difficile anyway? Clostridium difficile [klo–strid–ee–um dif–uh–seel] (C. difficile) is a highly contagious bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis. When a person takes antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months. This leaves room for more resistant “bad” bacteria such as C. Difficile to be acquired and take over. Patients can get sick from C. difficile picked up from contaminated surfaces or spread from a health care provider’s hands. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care
- Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea • Abdominal pain/tenderness
Why is C. difficile such a concern? According to the CDC, it has caused almost half a million infections among patients in the US in 2011. More than 80% of the deaths associated with C. difficile occurred among americans aged 65 or older. 1 out of 9 patients aged 65 or older with a healthcare-associated C. difficile infection died within 30 days following their diagnosis. While there is treatment available for C-diff, the type of medications that can be used are few in number, and sometimes they don’t always work.
What can we do to help prevent this? Take antibiotics only as prescribed by their doctor and complete the prescribed course of treatment. Tell your doctor if you have been on antibiotics and get diarrhea within a few months. Wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Try to use a separate bathroom if you have diarrhea, or be sure the bathroom is cleaned well if someone with diarrhea has used it. (If someone has a confirmed case of C-diff, only bleach products can kill active C. difficile spores).
Remember, proper hand washing is one of the single most effective means of preventing any type of transmissible infection.
Crystal has worked as a CNA with us since April of 2006 and is celebrating her 11th Year with us. She is also celebrating finishing her Nursing Degree at KVCC and has passed her boards to move on to being a 3rd shift Registered Nurse with us. Congratulations to Crystal on all of your hard work, and thank you for your dedication to the residents of ACMCC!
Francis Dunklee has lived quite the life! He was born in Ohio and eventually made his way here to Michigan.
He served in World War II in the Bobcats. After the war, he married his wife and they had 4 children together. He worked as a Small Appliance Repairman and after retiring from that, he went to work for Leeps Farm, until he retired at the age of 85.
Francis loves being outdoors and grew a garden with his wife and continued to do so well into his 80’s. He and his wife sold veggies on the side of the road every year. He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to go fishing and do anything else he could outdoors. He was always very active and remodeled his house and barn when he was in his 80’s
March isn’t just about March Madness and college basketball, for ACMCC it is the time when the HOSA students from the Allegan AESA join us for a few weeks to observe our segment of the health care field and to interact with our staff and residents! HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. For ACMCC, these students are the health care professionals of the future. Several of our current staff members participated in the HOSA program when they were in high school and spent time at ACMCC and then joined our team. Please welcome the HOSA students. There are about 58 of them spending time with us this month. Wow!
Amber Andrews came to work for ACMCC about a year ago, and has been a CNA for about 3 years. She is a mom to a 3 year old.
“Originally I got into this line of work for a more stable job. I honestly wasn’t sure about the change from Fine Arts to CNA. I quickly found out I was equally as passionate about taking care of others, as I am about my photography.” Amber graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a focus in photography.
“I really enjoy taking care of my residents and trying to improve their quality of life. I am very close to my grandparents and find each and every one of my resident’s stories to be of interest to me. At ACMCC, I find I like the quality of care that our residents receive. I haven’t worked at another place that you can actually feel that everyone cares. There is a great atmosphere here and I can’t wait to see where I go from here.
“I enjoy being able to create with and entertain our residents and I find it engages the creative side of me and helps me to feel like I do make a positive impact. This is a line of work that I can go home and feel good about.”
Dawn Vandenboss returned home this month after a successful rehabilitation. Dawn came to ACMCC for some strengthening and rehabilitation after a hospital stay. Our staff followed up with her after her return home and this is what she had to say “This is a great place to go if you need rehab. Everyone was great, I liked everyone there and even the food was good. Everything went well and I had everything I needed when I went home. It’s a great place.”