Open House at The ShoresOCEAN CITY, N.J. — While human shelter comes in endless variations, everyone seeks comfortable, welcoming and functional spaces. How do healthcare organizations create residences for seniors coping with frailty and chronic illness who typically spend significant time in medically-oriented surroundings?United Methodist Communities (UMC) at the Shores has transformed their healthcare residence into three new households. At the October open house, Larry Carlson, UMC president and CEO reported, “After many complex conversations, we have begun to enact culture change, tilting the institutional model on its side. I want to commend The Shores for leading this dynamic organization-wide transition.”Executive Director Jennifer Courlas welcomed guests who had the opportunity to tour the intimate dining rooms, cozy living rooms, and inviting working kitchens. Courlas shared the staff’s love for the transformation. Consistent staff on each shift in each household builds rapport among residents and associates and fosters the household model. To facilitate flexibility and build teamwork, all staff has been cross-trained.Knowing that creating a comfortable sanctuary starts in the smallest of ways, associates learn the simple pleasures and preferences of residents, reflecting their individuality. This model gives residents more self-determination and steps away from a busy every minute mentality. Residents decide when they will rise and go to sleep, eat their meals, bathe, and what level of activity suits their needs.Three volunteers present at the open house speak to the connections formed. Wendy Kern, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, welcomed and directed guests outside the third floor elevator. She offered, “I volunteer because The Shores did so much for my parents. I’ll always have a home here.” In addition to more than six years’ volunteering at The Shores, Kern also visits a former neighbor, who has moved there.A mother and daughter duo, Maureen Grant of Margate and Karen Grant of Somers Point, registered open house guests. Maureen stated, “When I left The Shores following a rehab stay, I felt so thankful that my daughter and I decided to volunteer here together.”NJ General Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak commented, “The Shores’ households make a home and family at a time when seniors need it the most. This happy accomplishment provides for our community and our area.”NJ General Assemblyman R. Bruce Land presented a commendation on behalf of the NJ Legislative District 1, which includes the two assemblymen and Senator Jeff Van Drew.Mayor Jay Gillian also presented a commendation and reflected, “The care at The Shores is second to none. Thanks for all you do for Ocean City.”United Methodist Communities’ remaining four full-service campuses are each at a different stage developing households. For information about United Methodist Communities at The Shores call Patti Smith at 609-399-8505 or visit UMCommunities.org/TheShores.About United Methodist Communities at The ShoresThe Shores is owned and operated by the United Methodist Communities which was established in April 1907 in Ocean Grove. With approximately 240 residents of all faith backgrounds, The Shores, a care continuum, offers Assisted Living, Memory Support, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Respite and Hospice. The six-acre site has access to Ocean City’s beaches, boardwalk, Music Pier, Aquatic Center, and cultural activities in “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” For additional information about The Shores visit UMCommunities.org/TheShores or call Patti Smith at 609-399-8505. About United Methodist CommunitiesUnited Methodist Communities is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors affiliated in ministry with the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. The mission of the United Methodist Communities is compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life. With over 109 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to ten communities offering affordable senior housing, independent and assisted living, long term care, rehabilitation, memory support, respite, and hospice to persons of all faith backgrounds. read more
Batesville, In. — The Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville would like community members to participate in the 2019 Community Perception Survey.This survey will ask community members to express their thoughts about a variety of topics around substance use and abuse. The Coalition will use the results from this survey to look at what the community perception is on specific topics to allow them to create what their focus of work will be over the next year and beyond.All who take the survey will be put in to a drawing for a $50 gift card if you choose to include your name and e-mail address at the completion of the survey.Click here to take the survey.
Detroit big man Blake Griffin finished with a team-high 26 points. Andre Drummond added a double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds while Stanley Johnson had 13 points off the bench in the Pistons’ fifth consecutive win.Curry finished with 27 points in 37 minutes on 10-of-21 shooting. He knocked down three of his nine 3-point attempts. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he could have done a better job handling the team’s rotations with Curry back on the court. “I did not like our offense tonight. I’ve got to do a better job,” Kerr told reporters after the loss (via The Mercury News). “Tonight was probably a game that I can mark down as one of my worst performances as a coach, honestly … We had some combinations out there that we hadn’t planned on going to that clearly were not effective, and that’s my fault.”Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points. Studs of the NightKnicks forward Kevin Knox scored a career-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers, off the bench as New York outlasted the Bucks in overtime, 136-134. John Wall poured in 30 points in the Wizards’ win over the Nets. He also finished with nine assists. Kawhi Leonard helped the Raptors continue their hot start. He scored 34 points in Toronto’s 106-95 victory over the Cavaliers.Dud of the NightWhile Wall had a hot night for the Wizards, D’Angelo Russell struggled to get things going for the Nets. He scored just eight points in the 102-88 loss and was minus-20 when he was on the court.HighlightsDamyean Dotson made a 26-foot 3-pointer to put the Knicks up for good. Draymond Green injury update: Warriors F ‘unlikely’ to return on road trip Dotson drills the clutch go-ahead trey!#NewYorkForever 135#FearTheDeer 13438.5 to play in OT on #NBA League Pass: https://t.co/L3VurkatG8 pic.twitter.com/vMSZzQsuYx— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2018Griffin sent Durant spinning on this play.Blake Griffin head fake and SLAM!#DetroitBasketball 24#DubNation 23💻📱: https://t.co/L3VurkatG8 pic.twitter.com/cQYP2ZneHA— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2018Hello Hayward! Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 30 points in the Celtics’ 118-109 win and knocked down four of his five shots from long distance.Gordon Hayward (season-high 27 PTS) extends the @celtics lead from distance!#CUsRise 113#AllEyesNorth 1031:23 to go on @NBATV pic.twitter.com/DCW8BHD0FB— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2018What’s Next?Clippers (15-6) at Mavericks (10-10), 7 p.m. ET — The Clippers moved atop the Western Conference on the heels of a four-game winning streak. Los Angeles will now have to face Dallas on Saturday. The Mavericks have won seven of nine and their last six games at the American Airlines Center. Warriors star Stephen Curry discusses his performance in return from injury But, that didn’t stop a streaking Detroit team.At one point in the second quarter, the Pistons led by as many as 11 points and they entered halftime with a 54-46 advantage. Related News Stephen Curry is back. But, his return was spoiled when the Warriors fell to the Pistons 111-102.The two-time MVP, who missed the last 11 games as he recovered from a strained groin, failed to connect on his first three shots — all 3-pointers — but then drove to the basket for an old fashioned 3-point play on the first possession of the second quarter. read more