Current News for Residents & Patients of ACMCC

Safety Reminders

A SafetyFew Safety Reminders:

The majority of our resident elders have more fragile, thinner skin, therefore exposure to heat and cold can be more hazardous and potential cause injury.

Please do not bring in items that produce heat, such as electric blankets, curling irons, etc. without talking with our care team first.

ACMCC is fortunate to have blanket warmers and professional salon-type dryers in our beauty shop in which temperature can be regulated and controlled for safety. We appreciate your help in this matter. Safety first!

ACMCC is fortunate to have blanket warmers and professional salon-type dryers in our beauty shop in which temperature can be regulated and controlled for safety. We appreciate your help in this matter. Safety first!

 

Posted in Residents, Staff

Fun in the Summertime!

Summertime always brings so many fun activities here at ACMCC! We haparachuteve been enjoying nearly daily (weather permitting) morning exercise class in the courtyard. The rainbow parachute is always a hit and gets everyone laughing and exercising without even knowing it! Our gardens are coming to life with flowers and veggies, but we also enjoyed some indoor fun while painting pots for summer annuals to add to our décor. We are very fortunate that our friend, Lou Thierwacher, is now offering a monthly sing-along of classic tunes.singalong

Posted in Residents

Rehab Success Story: Two Thumbs Up!

Don Simptwo thumbs upson came to ACMCC for some strengthening and rehabilitation after a hip surgery. After a couple weeks of physical and occupational therapy he was able to regain his independence and return home. During a conversation with our staff Don told us “Your therapists have worked wonders on me and I’ve regained so much independence. My friends from church have always recommended this place and I would join that crowd whole heartedly now. If I ever have to, I’ll come back here. Two thumbs up!

Posted in Rehabilitation

A New Flag for ACMCC

Ruth Counflagtiss had a very touching and interesting request for our Administrator, Kim Turcott, back at the end of April. Ruth told her that she looked out her window every morning where she could see the flag, and recites the pledge after saying a prayer. She wanted to know if she could have her husband’s flag that she received after he passed sent up here so she could fly it on the flag pole up front. It would mean a lot to her, to look out her window to say the pledge every morning and know that a piece of her husband flew not far outside her window.

Ruth wanted to do this on May 9th, celebrating not only her husband’s flag, but her 6 month anniversary of living here. Kim put in the request to have this done, and Ruth contacted her loved ones to have the flag sent here. On May 9th, surrounded by a few peers, her caregivers, and staff, her husband’s flag was raised. She requested that we all join her in the Pledge of Allegiance after the flag reached the top. Happy 6 Months Ruth, and thanks for sharing this amazing moment with us!

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Nursing Home Week

We kNursing Home Week icked Nursing Home Week 2017 off on May 13th with a Mother’s Day Tea. This year’s theme was “Spirit of America.” Each day had an American Theme to it and our staff had a decorating contest with a Red, White, and Blue theme. Gardenview won 1st place, Elaine Cochran and Jen Phillips won 2nd, and the Restorative team won 3rd place.

Monday was Auction Day for our residents. Each resident that participated received 30 “Auction Bucks” to spend on various items that have been graciously donated from volunteers and families.On Tuesday, we had “Western Day,” complete with a community wide cook-out and a petting zoo. A special thank-you to Renee Piebenga, Melissa Sanders, Chelsea Johnson, Kim Turcott, Kayla Adrianson, and Jessica Cooley for bringing all of the animals out to visit our folks.On Wednesday, we celebrated American Music by playing a Musical version of Giant Monopoly.Thursday was the Great American Waffle Breakfast that was enjoyed by staff and residents in the morning. We topped Friday off with a bit of ice cream as Coldstone Creamery came once again to give us all yummy sundaes!Nursing Home Week

Thanks to all who helped pull off this fun packed week!

Posted in National Events, Residents

April – A Busy Month!

Abusy monthpril 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!busy month 3

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 Nbusy month ursing Home Week 2017!

Posted in Our Events, Residents

ACMCC Job Fair 2017

Job Fair 2017You’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!

Posted in Job Postings, Our Events

Meet Jonna McKelvey

Jonna McKelvey 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.

Posted in Staff

Patty Yancey – Rehab Success

Another succPatty Yanceyess! 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.”

Posted in Rehabilitation

C-DIFF AWARENESS

C-diffACMCC 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

Symptoms include:

  • Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
  • Fever
  •  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.

Posted in Residents