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Railroad Excursion

Rose Schnitzer Manor Residents recently took an all-day trip on the Mt. Hood Railroad located in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. They traveled along the river, through forests, meadows and numerous fruit orchards to the town of Parkdale, where they enjoyed a yummy picnic-style lunch.

Unfortunately, the Oregon rain prevented them from exploring the town, but they made the best of it and chatted and shared stories in their coach car dating from the early 1900’s. The Residents and Staff had a fun day and are looking forward to hitting the rails again soon. Check out some of the pictures!

Pictured (L-R): Lenore Selling, Martin Neuwelt, Joan Nelson, Natalie Stone, Annette Gerard, Rocky Robinson, Harvey Keller

Pictured (L-R): Martin Neuwelt, Elizabeth Moore, David Rosen

Pictured (L-R): Betty Leonard and Joan Nelson

Mitzvah Day at CSP

Hernandez Family (L-R): Martin, Romel, Claire, Lucy

On May 23rd, volunteers from Congregration Beth Israel braved the rain to cut and clear ivy on CSP’s Al Lewin Legacy Trail, clean up and add compost to the Miriam Suite garden, and tend to the flower beds around Robison.

The Hernandez Family was among a dedicated group of volunteers who returned for their third year to participate in Beth Israel’s Mitzvah Day at Cedar Sinai Park.

Claire Hernandez explained: “We feel fortunate that we are members of a temple that views community service as something that is important, and we like coming to Cedar Sinai because we can always see the fruits of our labor at the end of our work.”

We are deeply grateful to all the Beth Israel volunteers for their hard work.  Already, we’ve received several positive comments from residents, staff, and families on how beautiful the Robison parking area and other parts of campus look. It truly reflects their caring… and it also shows how their vibrant Pacific Northwest spirits stayed strong amidst the rain and mud!

Pictured: The Hernandez Family (L-R) Martin, Romel, Clair, Lucy

Resident Awarded Volunteer of the Year

L-R: Edith Thomas, RSM Resident and David Kohnstamm, RSM Director

We’re proud and excited to announce that Edith Thomas, a resident at Rose Schnitzer Manor, will receive the Volunteer of the Year award from Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services.  The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will take place on April 28, 2010 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Edith moved to the Manor in September 2001.  Within one month of moving in, she had already launched her RSM volunteer ventures by helping out at the Manor’s gift shop, now called the Stop ‘N Shop. At first, her volunteer hours consisted of driving the manager to various stores in order to replenish supplies.  In time, Edith became head of the gift shop.  She arranged for volunteers and ensured all the various store items were readily available to residents. Now, at least two or three days a week can you see her smiling face at the Stop ‘N Shop.  You’ll hear Edith greeting residents and staff, asking if they need something or have they’ve seen the newest arrival that they just can’t live without.

Edith has also served as the Cedar Sinai Park Resident Council president from 2003-2005 where she quietly but firmly gave direction to the meetings and the outcomes.  Most recently she has joined the voice of residents who are working on solving the ongoing parking problem on the campus. Her focus is not only on making recommendations but also on being part of the follow through for solutions.

Edith says:

I’ve always been a go-er and a do-er from my children’s elementary school days on. I try to be the eyes and ears in helping others…assisting them however I can. Whether it’s helping that new person find a spot in the dining room and introducing them to other residents or opening the gift shop and making it a pleasant place to shop, I enjoy volunteering.

Serving on committees like the Food Committee to ensure culinary services are at their best, the Religious and Cultural Committee, participating as an actress in the Purim Spiel which focuses on a festive Jewish holiday, or acting as a hostess after the weekly Sabbath service, Edith has been an active part of the daily life at Rose Schnitzer Manor. During holidays she helps assemble seder plates for Passover and goodie bags for Purim. Together with another resident, Edith shared fun and engaging stories during “Laughter Is the Best Medicine” in the evenings. She also meets weekly with other residents as part of the Administrator’s Advisory Group to influence decisions around resident life at Rose Schnitzer Manor.

Back home in Indiana, Edith was busy acting as a liason for the local parent-teacher association and with the Human Relations Board in her hometown along with promoting fundraising and community services. Before moving to Oregon, she also received the Woman of the Year award from her community of Chesterton, Indiana.

Award Winning RSM Poet

On February 24th, Murray Kaufman – a resident of Rose Schnitzer Manor – will receive special recognition at this year’s Creative Writing Luncheon hosted by Oregon Alliance for Seniors and Health Services.  Mr. Kaufman’s winning poem entitled “Love”, along with all other top entries, will appear in this year’s publication of Reflections: A collection of writing and poetry by Oregon’s Elders.

Murray began writing poetry about 20 years ago when he retired from teaching.  Over the years, his collection of self-authored poetry has grown to over 1,000 poems.  But Murray isn’t the sole possessor of these works of art.  Each time Murray completes a poem, he sends a copy to his granddaughter.  Now 17 years old, she safeguards these treasures in a binder dedicated solely to her grandfather’s poetry.

Murray is 91 years young, energetic and politically active.  When he’s not busy advocating, organizing or fund raising for charitable causes, Murray delves into writing more than just poetry.  He has also written several plays and is now trying his hand at screenplays.

Murray’s poem “Love” won recognition at this year’s Creative Writing Contest, but Murray will tell you that it’s not his finest work of poetry.  This special designation is reserved for “Love II”, his favorite self-authored poem.

“Love”by Murray Kaufman

Love—with the biggest L you can find—
tell me, s’il vous plait, is there any flexibility
in your complexity? Will you explain—how
does this mysterious enigma work? How does
it begin? The French say—a coup de foudre—
a stroke of lightning; others—the cynics—
say that the eyes become distorted in a wishful
way, and they see an idealized image—like me—
handsome, rugged, tall with beautiful black hair,
so fair, it would look gorgeous on a mare—and
there’s more: the wrinkles get lost, and the pot
belly gets tossed, and the dreamy woman with
stars in her eyes, thinks there is my man,
naturally, across that crowded room, but when
her head clears and she sees the reality, and
especially the white hair, she cries out: “No, no,
this is not fair, I want his black hair!”

Ah bien, so how does a white-haired man find
his love? Is love a chemical thing that needs not
a ring? Or, perhaps, love is a lily of the
valley in bloom, soft and tender, and ready to
surrender; or, a mysterious potion that leads
to a crazy notion that two random people—
I’m one—groping for an opposite in this universe,
finds themselves eloping—count me in—as their
souls interface, regardless of race, as their bodies
are suspended and upended into a feverish thrust
as love bubbles up, in a moment of incredible joy,
and a simple kiss blesses the union, and a million
stories begin as nature’s irresistible force, the catalyst
of history and life, drives you and me—(my fantasy)
to our inevitable task: not to ask, but to do: this
mysterious enigma offers both of us its flexibility as
it searches for our love in its complexity.

“Love II”By Murray Kaufman

My newspaper ad reads:

Searching for a woman with a face
bathed in grace
perhaps, an amalgam of the
human race. Her eyes — a
liquid green, with a high cheekbone,
rarely seen.

Has age etched lines in its gentle
contours? And did her beauty fade in
this savage raid?

Is she fiercely independent and does
she walk to her own drummer –
yet reach out with love to a kindred

Does she have a sense of humor and
love adventure? Is there a soul to quell life’s
fears And kiss her tears?

Is it of a luminous sort that cannot
be bought, rare in the purity it has
wrought, and eternally sought?

If this is so, remember this: a
wrinkled face–where love, honor,
and all the virtues shine, is a face
forever divine…

The answer came: I have a weather-beaten
face, wrinkled and full of grace. I have the
body of a woman of magnificent vintage.
Is this fine?

My search has ended. She is mine.

Caregivers Awarded for Training

Twenty one caregivers from Cedar Sinai Park’s assisted living facility, Rose Schnitzer Manor, will receive recognition awards on September 17th for their completion of over 340 hours of training. Caregivers received college credit for their training in over 27 different subject areas ranging from body mechanics and behavioral conditions to medication and fall prevention.

“It is an incredible training program,” said David Kohnstamm, Rose Schnitzer Manor Director. “With this work based learning model, caregivers have access to ongoing education that supports continued growth. In the end, our caregivers are better skilled and are happier, and their success ultimately helps us to provide better care to our residents.”

The majority of training sessions were held on the campus of Cedar Sinai Park, and three days of train-the-trainer sessions were held at Portland Community College. All work based learning courses were free to caregivers. Training costs were covered by Cedar Sinai Park, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hitachi Foundation, and Portland Community College.

The caregivers’ award presentation will take place in Zidell Hall at Rose Schnitzer Manor from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Caregivers’ certificates will be signed by executives of Cedar Sinai Park, The Alliance of Seniors and Health Services, Oregon Health Care Association, and Portland Community College.
Rose Schnitzer Manor’s work based learning program is an innovative practice among long-term care employers, as evidenced by recognition from the state earlier this year.

In April, Rose Schnitzer Manor received an award and special recognition for its work based learning program from Oregon’s Department of Seniors and People with Disabilities. This special recognition was awarded to the top three applicants in the state for an Innovative Practice Program in the area of Workforce Recruitment and Retention.

Rose Schnitzer Manor’s work based learning program is affiliated with Jobs to Careers, a national initiative that seeks to advance and reward the skill and career development of low-wage incumbent workers providing care and services on the front lines of our health and health care systems. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Hitachi Foundation through the national program office of Jobs for the Future, this educational training program in partnership with Portland Community College has been a three year program of effort supported by Cedar Sinai Park’s Rose Schnitzer Manor Assisted Living.

Project evaluation is being completed by both the University of North Carolina Institute on Aging and Portland State University Institute on Aging.