Friday, October 31, 2014

CARF Accreditation

Dear Friends:

We are proud to announce that Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare has received a five year CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities / Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) accreditation for the second time!

Our September 2014 accreditation as an Aging Services Network positions Redstone as the fourth (4) organization within the state of Pennsylvania to obtain this designation and only the twentieth (20) world-wide.

Attaining and maintaining CARF-accredited status requires a significant effort, strong teamwork, and a commitment at all levels of our organization to providing quality services and enhancing the lives of the people we serve.  This is an international accreditation for providers of health and human services whose goal is to ensure that persons served remain at the center of the service delivery process.

An organization receiving a Five-Year Term of Accreditation has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF–CCAC’s accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CARF–CCAC accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services.

This accreditation comes in response to our continued efforts and commitment to providing quality services and programs that center on the satisfaction of those we serve.

Best Regards,

John R. Dickson IV
President & CEO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Senior Fit is Changing Resident Lives at Redstone!

Senior Fit is Changing Resident Lives at Redstone!

Here is a testimonial....

SENIOR FITNESS is one of the best choices Redstone has ever made on behalf of its residents. A little more than two years ago the residents on all of the campuses were introduced to a program that would make a real difference in our lives. My friend Judy and I have been faithfully participating in the weekly Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions under the expert and energetic direction of our exercise physiologists. The vital areas of muscle building and toning, strengthening and balance are addressed.  Judy and I repeat many of these exercises in our apartment and visit the building's exercise room where machines are available.

Due to this program, I am able to manage the rheumatoid arthritis I have had for the past 35 years without medication. My levels of endurance for daily living demands, 30 minutes of exercise walking each day, plus other activities that require strength and energy have greatly improved. Managing my diabetes has also been positively affected by my participation in SENIOR FIT. My friend's cholesterol levels have been so noticeably affected that her PCP was amazed at her recent annual physical.

We have only two words to say to Redstone in order to convey our excitement for this opportunity to improve our health, particularly to VP for Quality Services Vicki Loucks who championed the program:  THANK YOU! We deeply appreciate Redstone's foresight and interest in improving our quality of life. 

- Barb Melvin and Judy Barry, residents at Redstone Murrysville 

Resident Judy Barry

Resident Barb Melvin

Friday, October 3, 2014

News from the Fund Development Department at Redstone

Fund Development Team (L-R): Brandon Kerr,
Shawna Miller, Lisa Dormire, Brenda Sobota
The kids have gone back to school.  For some, this is a time of year that is dreaded.  For others, the kids returning to school is the best day of the year!  No matter how old we are, I think that we all remember the mixture of feelings with which we welcomed the first day of school each year.  The playful days of summer are behind us now, and it is time to return to the more structured rhythm that back-to-school brings.  It’s not much different here at Redstone.  Summer brings vacations, changes in activity schedules, and families visiting from out of town.  As we look ahead to autumn, however, we know that a chill in the air will soon return, and fall and winter activities will be upon us.  As the seasons change, we have some choices to make, don’t we? Like the child who doesn’t want to return to school, we can stomp our feet and bemoan the season.  Or, like the child who just can’t wait to return to the classroom, we can embrace the possibilities that the new season will bring to our lives.  May we be blessed with a spirit that allows us to continually welcome the changes, new possibilities, and hopes that arise with each new season.  There is much to look forward to here at Redstone Highlands as we embrace this time together!

Lisa Dormire
VP of Fund Development

2014 Highlands Fling: A Night at the Castle
On Saturday, November 15th, Redstone will hold its twelfth annual Highlands Fling fundraising event at the Greensburg Country Club.  The theme of the event will be “A Night at the Castle” and will feature medieval castle-inspired d├ęcor, food fit for royalty, and fun for all who attend.  WTAE’s Sally Wiggin (pictured to the right) will once again take the stage as our celebrity host for the evening.  The traditional auctions and raffles will be supplemented this year with a “Wine Grab” fundraiser.  Additionally, a $1,000 prize will go to the winner of the new Royal Medallion Game, and one lucky attendee will win a weekend “Castle Getaway Package” to the Buhl Mansion in nearby Sharon, PA.  Redstone hopes to repeat its successful track record of raising over $60,000 in proceeds at the Highlands Fling.  

How can you help?  Donations of prizes for both the live and silent auctions are needed.  Items can include sports memorabilia, event tickets, restaurant gift cards, vacation home

getaways, jewelry, and services such as car detailing, spa services, etc.  Bottles of wine valued at $20 or more are also needed to be used as part of the Wine Grab.

If an in-kind donation doesn’t suit you, monetary donations are a great way to contribute!  Individual tickets and table sponsorships are also available for those who would like to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Kerr, Donor Liaison, at ext. 370.  Together we will make this event a great success in support of benevolent care at Redstone!

Community Charities Supported by Redstone Gives Activities!
The Redstone Gives program continues to involve residents and staff in raising funds for several community charities.  Each calendar year, Redstone selects several charities to support through a variety of fundraising projects, seeking to raise at least $1,000 for each one.  During the summer months, there were sales of cookies, blizzards, funnel cakes, and other items to raise funds for organizations like the Humane Society of Westmoreland County and the American Heart Association.  So far in 2014, over $6,000 have been raised for the charities of choice. These charities include the Benevolent Care Fund, the American Cancer Society, the Westmoreland County Food Bank, the American Heart Association, the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

 Upcoming fundraising events will include bake sales at Greensburg and North Huntingdon in October and a Food Drive in November!  Watch your mailbox and email and plan to participate as Redstone Gives in support of these wonderful community charities. 

Fund Development Staff Update
Megan Monack
We are excited to welcome to our team our new intern, Megan Monack!  Megan started working with us in early September and has already proved to be a wonderful asset.  She is a recent graduate of St. Vincent College with a degree in Communications.  Her internship will focus on general fund development work and some of the events related to the Redstone Gives Program.