MFC added to Dillons Rewards Program
Mennonite Friendship Communities is now included in the Dillons Community Rewards program.
The program is designated for non-profits to earn money easily. Every time a shopper makes a purchase at Dillons with their Dillons card, Mennonite Friendship Communities will get a portion of the proceeds.
Enrolling is easy!
1) Visit www.dillons.com/communityrewards
2) Sign in OR create a new account
3) Click on "Enroll Now"
4) Enter the 5-digit NPO (19969) and search
5) Select Mennonite Friendship Communities and click on Enroll.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email Kristen@MennoFriend.com.
MFC adds more private rooms for health care residents
Mennonite Friendship Communities is meeting market requests by creating eight more private rooms.
At the beginning of 2016, mfc will decertify eight semiprivate rooms and make them private. This will allow mfc to offer a higher level of healthcare experience for incoming residents and will create an improved quality of life for individuals who stay in those rooms.
“As we are planning for the future, we realize that shared rooms needed to be changed to remain competitive in the market,” Lowell J. Peachey, president and CEO, said. “This move will allow mfc to be positioned well in the market for the coming years.”
Studies have found that private rooms are beneficial in improving sleep, which leads to fewer falls; less anxiety; improved continence and gives residents more ease in hosting visitors. The mission at mfc is “enhancing the quality of life of residents, staff and a community at large within a framework of Mennonite values.”
Changing these semiprivate rooms to private rooms will help the retirement community to continue to meet the mission.
The change will take place in the south halls of the healthcare area at mfc.
Living a Legacy
Robert Field smiled as he walked up to a plot of land near the Salt Discovery marker in South Hutchinson.
Placed neatly at the front of a plot of dirt that will be the Reno County Veterans Memorial were six granite markers - each honoring a Veteran who died during WWI. Field didn’t look at the names on the front. He has already seen them. He just wanted to find something familiar on the very top.
“My father placed an identifying feature on all markers he cut,” Field said.
Sure enough, he found it. At the very top was his father’s moon-shaped mark. Field couldn’t be more proud. His father, Brice Field, started sandblasting the markers shortly after the war ended.
“Dad started cutting granite when he was about 20 years old while working for Milligan Granite Shop on East A St.,” Field said.
He knew the markers were then placed on bridges throughout town. Several years after the markers were created, Robert Field, who served in the Army during WWII, was traveling down West Second Avenue when he saw granite markers on two bridges on West Second Street in Hutchinson. He knew they had his father’s moon-shaped signature. Another was found on 11th Street.
Time passed and the markers were vandalized, therefore they were taken into storage at the City of Hutchinson Parks Department near City Park. Only three remained on West Second Avenue.
The other 15 sat unused for several years until the Veterans Memorial Committee made a formal request to the Hutchinson City Council to donate the markers to the Reno County Veterans Memorial, said Matt Stiles, South Hutchinson City Manager.
The markers were in their temporary home in time for the Reno County Veteran’s Memorial dedication and will remain there while the memorial is being built. They will move to a new permanent home - in one of the garden displays on either side of the main memorial - when it is finished, Stiles said.
Brice Field had a similar mission as the Reno County Veterans Memorial – he wanted to respect those who fought. The memorial honors those who fought in every war from the Civil War to today.
The markers that will be placed in the garden displays honor several of those who died during WWI. In all, 55 Reno County residents died in combat or due to illness overseas during WWI, according to The Hutchinson News.
Among the names is J. Lysle Rishel, who was the first Reno County resident killed in WWI, according to The News. He enlisted in the Marines in January 1918 and fought in the capture of Hill 181 and in Belleau Wood. He was 23 and is buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. The American Legion Post 68, on West Fourth Avenue in Hutchinson, was named for him immediately after the war.
Rishel’s name is forever etched on one of the markers that Brice Field created. It’s always a blessing for Robert Field just to know where his father’s work is.
As he stood beneath his WWII veteran hat, Robert Field was excited that a bit of his history is staying in South Hutchinson.
MFC to implement therapy program
for residents with Alzheimer's and Dementia
Mennonite Friendship Communities is introducing a new award-winning therapy program for its Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents this month.
“We’re very excited about the possibility of bringing a proven program to our campus,” Lowell J. Peachey, President and CEO, said. “We are expecting to be able to implement the program features seamlessly in our existing healthcare center. Once implemented there, we will be looking for applications beyond the traditional setting.”
Dr. Govind Bharwani will explain the innovative Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) Program and the science behind it during the information session.
Bharwani, co-director of Ergonomics and Alzheimer’s Care at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, developed the program in coordination with the Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the St. Leonard Senior Living Community.
Since its inception, the BBET Program has received six national awards and has been proven to reduce falls and anti-psychotic medications for Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents. It has been implemented in more than 50 retirement communities throughout the United States.
The program is a person-centered care approach, which is customized to individual residents. It consists of four therapies – all are located in a central BBET Resource Center. Residents have access at any time to a memory prop box, audio therapy CDs, video therapy DVDs and stimulating therapy items. BBET uses the science of cognitive ergonomics and neuroscience research to reduce mental stress.
Each resident has a customized therapy action plan based on their life history and cognitive level. Generally residents are calm for three to four hours after the therapy.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and Dementia, this non-medication program helps to improve the quality of life for residents. Residents in other communities that already have the program are known to eat, bathe and sleep better and they have less agitated behaviors. It typically reduces the stress of the caregiver and provides a calm therapeutic atmosphere.
Finding the right kind of fitness at mfc
When Zetta Kinser isn’t volunteering, she laces up her shoes and starts walking.
Every day, she checks her Fitbit that her children gave her to see how far she has to go before she reaches her goal of 10,000 steps. To her, fitness is a way of life. She enjoys walking inside and out. She will circle the hallways of senior living during the cold months of the winter to make sure she gets her daily allotment.
When it’s nice outside, Kinser makes sure to take a trip around campus. She knows how far she’s gone thanks to mile markers around the Mennonite Friendship Communities campus. If she’s adventurous enough, she will test out the trails of the new “SureWould Forest,” located between the Graber House and the duplexes on Friendship Road.
If she needs a rest, she can stop at the pond and enjoy the dock while sitting on one of the new benches.
“I’ve always liked to walk,” Kinser said. “I used to walk around the mall or after work. I enjoy walking around mfc.”
She is often joined by Twila Nisly, who likes to get out and walk whenever she can.
As the temperature warms up, now is the perfect time to explore the walking options that mfc has to oﬀer.
Exercise is important because it reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of
developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
Furthermore, exercise can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension and it helps control joint swelling associated with arthritis.
At mfc, there are several options for residents or friends who want to stay active and go outside.
A new trail system, located in the trees next to the Graber House, provides an added benefit for the nature lover.
The trail system, created by a resident in senior living, includes new educational plaques that name various trees throughout the “forest.” There are seven entry/exit spots that are clearly marked with a blue dot or triangle.
There are also birdhouses, rain gauges and benches for anyone who wants to spend time in the forest.
Anyone who ventures into the forest should wear sensible shoes and walk carefully. Like any wooded area, there are bugs, so put on some bug spray!
SOUTH HUTCHINSON TRAIL SYSTEM
MFC worked with the city of South Hutchinson in 2014 to connect the city’s trail system to campus. This gives a safer way for anyone who wants to walk or ride their motorized scooters to town.
From mfc, the trail goes around the pond and winds its way between the campus and Collins Bus before it connects with the sidewalk on 6th St.
In the meantime, anyone who wants to take a break while walking the trail may stop at the dock on the pond. Residents and staﬀ are allowed to fish at the pond, and benches were added for additional comfort.
MFC encourages “catch & release” fishing, but anyone who plans to keep their fish are limited to three per day per person.
Please remember that no boating, swimming, wading or skating is allowed on the pond, and wildlife must not be disturbed.
MFC TRAIL MARKERS
Anyone who wants to stick around campus may walk the sidewalks and check their progress with 1/4 mile markers.
The signs are placed along Friendship Road and Sunnydell Circle. MFC frequently welcomes walkers and runners who want to venture through campus as part of their route.
If you have any questions about the walking paths, call us at (620) 663-7175
Select Rehab joins team at MFC
Mennonite Friendship Communities welcomed Select Rehabilitation to join the Wheaton House on March 1.
Select rehabilitation oﬀers physical, occupational and speech therapies to encourage a safe recovery. Program Manager Emily Sichley, who is an occupational therapist, has 16 years experience working in skilled nursing. She is certified in Lymphadema management.
Her dream is to do therapy overseas in lymphademia management.
Sichley is excited to be at mfc and can’t wait to meet anyone who needs some extra therapy.
“I have always felt like the Lord led me to this type of setting,” Sichley said. “I love working with the elderly. Tey have a lot of wisdom. I love history and it’s great to hear how things used to be.”
Tymber Jacques, occupational therapist assistant, and Arlene Miller, physical therapist assistant, remain at mfc, where they have been working for several years.
Other staﬀ that guests might see if they come to Wheaton House are Christina Klinkerman, occupational
therapy assistant; Kelly Smith, physical therapy assistant; Kay Kennedy, physical therapy assistant; and Phillip Beatty, speech therapist who also specializes in Vital stim certifcation.
As always, therapists and staﬀ at the Wheaton House provide quality care so guests can return home as soon as possible. Each guest has a private bedroom and fully accessible bathroom. Te guest has control of their own temperature, and Internet access is available.
Therapy is oﬀered in the Wheaton House or as out-patient therapy. Anyone who feels like they would benefit from therapy by Select Rehabilitation should receive a referral from their doctor.
For more information or to visit, call (620) 663-7175 or stop by the Wheaton House.
Select Rehabilitation accepts Medicaid, Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
New bus arrives at mfc
Mennonite Friendship Communities is excited to announce that the first of two buses is on campus!
Lowell J. Peachey, Mark Oswald and Kristen Birket picked the 14-passenger bus up from Collins Bus Corp. on July 19 and drove it the short way to the mfc campus. The second bus is expected to arrive in late summer/early fall.
The bus that has arrived is a Ford Transit with a standard lift. It is able to seat 14 passengers and up to two wheelchairs.
The second bus is a part of Collins' low-floor models. After making modifications specifically for mfc, this bus can hold 10 passengers with one wheelchair, eight passengers with two wheelchairs or six passengers with three wheelchairs. This bus has a ramp for easy loading, instead of the standard lift.
Thank you to all who have given to provide this valuable piece of transportation for residents. MFC is still taking donations to help cover the cost of the two buses.
If you'd like to make a donation, call us at (620) 663-7175 or send a check to 600 W. Blanchard, South Hutchinson, KS 67505.
Dillons Rewards Program
More private rooms added
Living a Legacy
BBET helps with dementia
Finding Fitness at mfc
MFC welcomes Select Rehab
New bus arrives to mfc