The decorations are starting to up at the Robison Jewish Health Center in preparation for Chanukah!
Residents of Robison and participants in Adult Day Services are looking forward to some of the things they love most about the holiday, including:
- Latkes (with or without apple sauce),
- The chance to light the candles on the Menorah and saying the appropriate blessings each night,
- Fancy cakes,
- The joy of seeing wonderful children,
- The game of Dreidl,
- Gelt coins filled with chocolate
The needs of the aging population are changing and Cedar Sinai Park is changing with them. CSP is committed to helping elders age in place whenever possible and to this end, we are committed to new models of care. We will break ground in July on construction of households where we will provide long-term care and memory care; a three-story one for acute care and a one-story memory care facility. Robison will later be fully renovated to provide state-of-the-art rehabilitative care.
As part of our process going forward with building the new Harold Schnitzer Health & Rehabilitation Care Center and renovating our current building, the two halls which comprised the Residential Care Unit have been closed. All of the residents of the Residential Care Unit were able to either move to Rose Schnitzer Manor or a room in the nursing home at Robison. A small number of residents relocated to other facilities.
To honor all of the wonderful residents and staff, as well as the journey of the Residential Care Unit, an “Honoring the Journey Tea” was held in late May. The farewell event was attended by RCF residents (then current and former), family, friends and staff of the unit. Speakers at the event included Jack Honey, Robison Jewish Health Center Administrator and Dorcas Kish, RCF Health Services Coordinator.
Here are Dorcas’s comments from the day:“
Honoring the Journey”
…I attended a conference several years ago in Washington, D.C. The conference began with the question: “Are you ready to answer the call for Culture Change?”
After the conference, I was excited to share my new knowledge! My administrator was excited too and she challenged us to start the journey of Cultural Change on the RCF.
We accepted her challenge and started with simple changes, such as setting up breakfast in the Solarium for residents that wanted to sleep late (as they should in their Golden Years).
This led us to patient-centered care. We began to learn more about our current residents, as well as new ones, by simply saying: “Tell me about yourself.”
Quickly we learned about their families, how they met their spouse, their children, their previous occupations, and much more. Then we would ask for details about their typical day, what time they liked to wake up, when and how often they wanted to shower, when they liked to go to bed, and what they might want a little help with in their daily lives.
We began to include residents in more decision-making, including things such as the creation of our unit’s mission statement, new staff hires, and service plans. We ended our journey this June with resident-directed care.
We had fun while we worked — it was caring with love and respect — for residents we were honored to serve. Some fun times included “Mother Tea Parties” where our creative and wonderful nurse Judy brought in some of her antique doll collection and china set. It was like having friends and family over for tea. So as not to leave out the men, we held “Father Breakfast Time” with our staff coming in to set up and cook. “Sports Night” was fun as well with a trophy awarded and special dinner served in Levi Dining room.
I want to personally thank all of the staff of RCF for accepting the challenge of Resident directed care and for providing amazing care … with love. It has been a wonderful journey!
Here’s hoping you are having a relaxing holiday season and that 2014 was a wonderful year for you and your family.
As 2015 approaches I hope you will consider a year-end gift to Cedar Sinai Park in support of the our beloved elderly residents at Robison Jewish Health Center. Many of our residents cannot cover their cost of care even with Medicaid and need our help to be able to stay here at Robison – their home.
Your year-end contribution to Cedar Sinai Park not only supports our elders in need, but is tax-deductible and can reduce your 2014 federal income tax bill. Online donations made by Wednesday, December 31st will count as 2014 contributions.
Thanks for considering a year-end gift to Cedar Sinai Park and thanks for all you do!
Here’s to an amazing 2015!
David Fuks, CEO
Cedar Sinai Park celebrates the arrival of the new year early! Who can wait?!
Robison Jewish Health Center residents greeted 2014 with a cocktail party at 3:00 p.m. on the 31st and Rose Schnitzer Manor residents followed suit at 4:00 p.m. and with New Year’s Eve Trivia at 6:45 p.m.
Robison residents enjoyed a jazz band. Both parties included cocktails and sparkling wine. There was dancing and good company. Everyone joined in for the countdown and the Auld Lang Syne…wishing you and yours a Happy New Year too!
Hopefully more party pics from both sides of Boundary street soon!
Please consider supporting our efforts to create a home-like environment for our residents. Donate online now. Thank you for your generosity!
Cedar Sinai Park is thrilled to have Rabbi Abby Cohen join our team. She proclaimed that “this is my dream job in my dream city!” Rabbi Abby heard of the opportunity from a knitting colleague and looks forward to doing crafts with our residents.
Rabbi Abby grew up in New Jersey, studied art and music at Bennington College and attended Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theology Seminary of America in New York City. Prior to moving to Portland, she completed Chaplaincy training in Berkeley California. Her experience e doing hospice work and serving in a hospital will be a great asset to our mission.
She is passionate and committed to social justice. Abby mentioned that our society is stratified by age and is primarily a youth culture while noting that age and health is fluid. She is excited to work with this population by providing a listening ear and sharing what she has learned. Cedar Sinai Park is honored to have Rabbi Abby Cohen as Director of Spiritual Life!
The Renaissance comes alive during the Rose Festival at Cedar Sinai Park
It’s the time of year when the Rose Parade festivities occur and the roses are in full bloom all throughout the region. Here at Cedar Sinai Park, we participate in the Portland tradition of celebrating the roses with our own set of festivities. This year both Rose Schnitzer Manor and Robison Jewish Health Center ceremonialize the “Renaissance of Roses.”
Loud applause and cheers of “Huzzah!” filled the halls as the six princess and prices were named. Each facility nominated six male and female residents to be in the running to be named Queen and King of this year’s Renaissance of Roses. The royalty court was randomly selected by picking a name out of a hat. We want to congratulate Queen Esther Hanson and King Marvin Klein at Robison Jewish Health Center. As well as, Queen Julie Feinstein and King Murray Kaufman from Rose Schnitzer Manor. Huzzah!
Last week was filled with opportunities to celebrate the Rose Festival. Tuesday was the RSM and RJCH kick off party. Magic filled the air as everyone gathered in Zidell Hall for an afternoon of snacks and music. It was fun having the Ensemble De Organographia, Philip and Gayle Neuman, play traditional Medieval music. They performed on period instruments including: recorders, cittern, bandora, violin, sackbutts, carnival whistle, curtal, racketts, tartold, krummhorns, schreierpfeife, and pipe & tabor. Their concerts are entertaining and informative, combining text and song to bring to life the musical art of the distant past.
Field trips to the Rose Garden, a riveting juggling performance and a trip to see the floats kept the residents busy the remainder of the week. We look forward to the upcoming activities including a field trip to Rose’s Deli, a performance of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and a visit from Rojo the Llama. As many residents reminisce on their past Rose Festival experiences, they mentioned this is one of their favorite activities of the year. It is an honor to keep the Portland tradition alive for our cherished elders!
Princess Lenore Weston
King Marvin Klein and Princess Ruth Goodman.