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STORY ANGELS RETURN TO PARK VISTA AND MORNINGSIDE

Oscar Janeway
Fifth-grade students from Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton, California, recently created digital biographies of residents of Park Vista Health Center as part of the school's "Story Angels" program. Park Vista resident Oscar Janeway displays the written version of his biography.

FULLERTON, Calif. — After months of video recordings and interviews as well as hours of revisions and editing, fifth graders from Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton, California, returned to Park Vista Health Center and Morningside retirement community to present the residents with a digital record of their life stories.

More than 70 fifth graders from the school interviewed and recorded 40 seniors over the past several months to capture a memorable experience from their lives. Working in teams of two to three, the students used iPads to record the seniors and turn their interviews into finished digital biographies. The residents' stories ranged from a Navy pilot's memories of flying reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam War to a hair-raising tale of alligators during a family vacation.

The biographies were presented to the residents recently at a wrap-up celebration showcasing a few of the completed videos. In addition, each resident had a chance to watch their video using iPads and headphones at the event. The school district also plans to provide each senior with a copy of their digital biography to share with family members.

Wilda Piantoni
Wilda Piantoni, a resident of Park Vista, with the Fullerton students who created her biography.

Developed by the Fullerton School District, the Story Angel program is now in its second year as part of the district's iPersonalize curriculum. The program also meets the state's standards for Narrative Writing and Listening for the fifth grade.

"Story Angels is one of the best activities we do all year," said Wes Kriesel, Director of Innovation and Instructional Support for the district. "The magic of this program is in the relationships the students and seniors develop throughout the process. We are thrilled by the growth of the program with more than 40 residents participating this year. We look forward to a longstanding partnership with Park Vista and Morningside to enrich the lives of both our young people and the residents who have so much to share."

Shelley Li, Park Vista's administrator, said, "The Story Angels program provides us with a wonderful opportunity to expand our involvement in the community and create an exciting life enrichment program for residents. We are proud of our association with the Fullerton School District and look forward to meeting future 'Story Angels' in the coming years."

Robert Gunther
Bob Gunther from Park Vista watches the digital biography created for him by fifth-graders as part of the Fullerton School District's "Story Angels" program.

About Park Vista and Morningside of Fullerton

Located at 2525 N. Brea Blvd. in Fullerton, California, Park Vista Health Center offers assisted living, memory care and long-term care in a skilled nursing center and is adjacent to Morningside of Fullerton retirement community. Morningside features 326 residential living residences and offers a complete package of services, activities, amenities and food service. Park Vista and Morningside are less than a mile from St. Jude Medical Center, one of Southern California's most respected hospitals. More information can be found at www.ParkVista.net and www.MorningsideofFullerton.com.

FIFTH-GRADE STORY ANGELS HELP SENIORS RECALL LIFETIME OF MEMORIES

Story Angels
Dr. Les Nelson, a resident of Park Vista, with Emma Lee and Mark Rochlitz from Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton.

FULLERTON, Calif. — Armed with iPads provided by the Fullerton School District, nearly 100 fifth graders recently filmed residents of ParkVista Assisted Living and the adjacent Morningside independent living community in Fullerton to create digital life stories for the seniors.

Working in teams, the fifth graders from Laguna Road Elementary School in Fullerton were paired with a senior from ParkVista or Morningside last fall to interview them and write their biography. The interview questions encompassed the senior's childhood, first job, first car, vacations, marriages, children and other milestones.

The fifth graders returned this month to ParkVista and Morningside with their iPads to record the residents reading their biographies. The students will use the video and audio recordings of their senior to prepare a finished digital biography that the senior can share with family members. Next month, the students will return once again to present their biographies on the big screen in the Morningside performing arts theater.

Now in its second year, the Story Angel program was developed by the Fullerton School District and is part of the district's iPersonalize curriculum. The program meets the state's standards for Narrative Writing and Listening for the fifth grade.

Story Angels
Students from Laguna Road Elementary School record Bob Gunther on their iPads as part of the school's Story Angels program.

"The Story Angel project is an intergenerational program that benefits both the seniors and the students," said Kerry Whelan, activities director for ParkVista. "Studies show that reminiscing can be an effective way to prevent memory loss by older adults and can sharpen their recall of important people and events in their lives. For the students, the program provides a history lesson on what life was like only a couple of generations ago. It's also a learning experience for young people who may not be familiar with the assisted living environment. We applaud the school district for its efforts to foster appreciation and understanding between the two age groups."

The Story Angels activity coincides with the grand opening this month of The Gardens at ParkVista, the health center's new Memory Care Center. The Gardens at ParkVista features a combination of recreational, educational and social programs to engage residents, according to Whelan.

About ParkVista Health Center

ParkVista Health Center has received a five-star quality rating by Medicare based on health inspection results, quality measures and staffing. Open to the public, ParkVista offers 54 assisted living apartments and 73 health center skilled nursing beds. The community recently completed a major renovation of its dining facilities and a refurbishment of all resident rooms, common areas and the beauty salon.

ParkVista Assisted Living provides assistance with daily routines such as bathing, dressing and medication reminders. Residents enjoy a full calendar of leisure activities in a homelike yet supportive environment. For more information on ParkVista, please visit www.parkvista.net or call 714-256-1000.

PARK VISTA RESIDENTS, STAFF GO THE EXTRA MILE TO FIGHT ALZHEIMER'S

Park Vista Walk4ALZ
The "Park Vista Family" team joined more than 6,000 participants in this year's Walk4ALZ to fight Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

FULLERTON, Calif. — Park Vista Health Center fielded a full team of 35 staff members for this year's Walk4ALZ at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. The "Park Vista Family" team from Fullerton, California, walked the stadium course to help raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. This year's Walk4ALZ attracted more than 6,000 participants with all proceeds supporting Alzheimer's Orange County.

PARK VISTA HEALTH CENTER EARNS FIVE-STAR RATING FROM FEDERAL AGENCY

FULLERTON, Calif. — Park Vista Health Center in Fullerton, California, has received a five-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Park Vista Health Center is located at 2525 Brea Blvd. near St. Jude Medical Center and is adjacent to the Morningside of Fullerton retirement community. The health center is open to the general public.

Park Vista Staff Photo

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' most recent survey reviewed thousands of nursing homes nationwide. The rankings of each nursing home, released this month, are posted online as a guide for consumers searching for quality care in their neighborhood.

According to Suzanne Nasraty, administrator for Park Vista, the health center received an overall five-star rating based on three critical areas: health inspection results, quality measures and staffing. The scores reflect inspection records, complaint investigations and such quality measures as how many nursing staff hours were provided to patients each day.

Approximately 1,200 nursing homes were reviewed in California during the survey period. Park Vista was among the top ten percent of all nursing facilities in California to receive the five-star rating. Park Vista's ratings can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2sRv5Ma.

"We are thrilled to receive this five-star rating by the nation's number one governing body for nursing care," Nasraty said. "We always knew in our hearts that we conducted ourselves as a five-star building. Our staff strives every day to do the right thing and provide quality service to our residents and colleagues. Having this rating just validates all the hard work and daily effort of our entire team."

Park Vista recently completed a major renovation of its dining facilities, as well as refurbishment of all resident rooms, common areas and the beauty salon. Park Vista offers 54 assisted living apartments and 73 health center skilled nursing beds. Park Vista Assisted Living provides assistance with daily routines such as bathing, dressing and medication reminders. Residents enjoy a full calendar of leisure activities in a homelike yet supportive environment.

Park Vista Health Center has private and semi-private rooms, a full-service beauty salon and personal laundry service. A new Memory Care Center will also open later this year at Park Vista. The new center will feature a combination of recreational, educational and social programs to engage residents.

For more information on Park Vista, please visit www.parkvista.net or call 714-256-1000.

PARK VISTA HEALTH CENTER COMPLETES MAJOR RENOVATION OF DINING FACILITIES

FULLERTON, Calif. — Park Vista Health Center in Fullerton, California, recently celebrated the opening of its new dining room for skilled nursing residents after a major renovation of its kitchen and dining facilities. Open to the general public, Park Vista Health Center is located at 2525 Brea Blvd. at the corner of Brea and Bastanchury Road near St. Jude Medical Center. The health center is adjacent to the Morningside of Fullerton retirement community.

Park Vista Dining Facility Renovation
Park Vista Health Center recently celebrated the opening of its recently renovated kitchen and dining facilities. On hand for the traditional ribbon-cutting were (left to right): Julie Little, dining room coordinator for Park Vista; Sarah McKelvey, North Orange County Chamber of Commerce; Karrie Castles, nutritional services director for Park Vista; Suzanne Nasraty, associate executive director/administrator for Park Vista; resident Alan Segal; Matthew Heyman, chef de cuisine; and Raul Palacios, assistant chef.

A traditional ribbon-cutting signaled the official opening of the new dining room with residents, staff and guests in attendance.

According to Suzanne Nasraty, administrator for Park Vista, "The Peralta dining room renovation is the latest project at Park Vista following the refurbishment of all the resident rooms, common areas and the beauty salon. As part of our mission to be a leader in the industry and provide the best possible care, we are always looking at different ways to enhance the quality of life and the experience of our residents."

The new dining room features park-like views of the facility's recently renovated outdoor courtyard and serves freshly prepared meals in a restaurant-style setting three times a day. Park Vista also has a private dining room for special gatherings with family and friends.

Park Vista Health Center offers 54 assisted living apartments and 73 health center skilled nursing beds. Park Vista Assisted Living provides assistance with daily routines such as bathing, dressing and medication reminders without the intensive services of a health center. Residents enjoy a full calendar of leisure activities in a homelike yet supportive environment.

Park Vista Health Center has private and semi-private rooms, a full-service beauty salon and personal laundry service. The center maintains a significantly higher staffing ratio than required by the state of California and is routinely rated among the top health centers in North Orange County. For more information on Park Vista, please visit www.parkvista.net or call 714/256-1000.

PARKVISTA RAISES FUNDS FOR ALZHEIMER'S ORANGE COUNTY WITH FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN

FULLERTON, Calif. — ParkVista Health Center in Fullerton, Calif., recently partnered with Alzheimer's Orange County for a unique Facebook fundraiser. The full-service health center, which provides assisted living, 24/7 skilled nursing care, long-term care and short-term rehabilitative services to the general public, implemented a Facebook "Like" campaign and donated $1 to the nonprofit organization for every "Like" ParkVista received on its Facebook page. The campaign ran for two months and generated $350 for Alzheimer's Orange County.

Alzheimer's Orange County
ParkVista Health Center recently partnered with Alzheimer's Orange County on a Facebook campaign to raise funds for the nonprofit organization. The health center donated $1 for every "Like" it received on its Facebook page over a two-month period, ultimately generating $350 for Alzheimer's Orange County. Pictured: Rachel Torres, admissions director for ParkVista; Shelley Li, assistant administrator for ParkVista; and Jim McAleer, CEO of Alzheimer's Orange County.

The health center plans to run a similar campaign this summer, according to ParkVista Admissions Director Rachel Torres.

ParkVista Health Center, located 2525 N. Brea Blvd. in Fullerton, is currently in the process of enhancing its memory care unit to accommodate more seniors with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Construction is underway and expected to be completed this spring.

For more information about ParkVista Health Center and its services, please contact 714/256-1000 or visit www.parkvista.net.

PARKVISTA HEALTH CENTER NURSING STAFF TAKE THE PLEDGE AS GUARDIAN ANGELS

Certified Nursing Assistants Take Public Pledge to Protect Elderly

FULLERTON, Calif. — In an age of reported abuse and neglect of the frail and elderly, at least one skilled nursing and assisted living center in Orange County has committed to bringing attention, respect and consideration to the people living in their facility.

Nearly 50 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) at ParkVista Health Center in Fullerton, Calif., took a public pledge recently to protect the people in their direct care as part of the "Operation: Guardian Angel" program. Operation: Guardian Angel recognizes the importance of certified nursing assistants — often the front line in caregiving — and gives them advanced training on how to recognize and report any suspected abuse or inconsiderate care. Guardian Angel CNAs learn enhanced techniques in safety and security procedures, communication skills for working effectively with family members and tools for improving internal communications between caregivers.

Park Vista Guardian Angels
Nearly 50 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) recently graduated from the Operation: Guardian Angel program at ParkVista Health Center in Fullerton, Calif. The Guardian Angel program provides advanced training for nursing assistants on how to recognize and report any suspected abuse or inconsiderate care of the frail and elderly. Guardian Angel CNAs learn enhanced techniques in safety and security procedures, patient observation and communication skills for working effectively with family members. Shown left to right at ParkVista Health Center's recent Guardian Angel pin ceremony are: Sunday Porras-Taton; Arlene Navarro; Arnel Arquero; Kimberly Lee; Kelly Brinkman; and Isiah Draculan.

Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald administered the public pledge to the nursing assistants before an audience filled with family members, ParkVista staff and residents, public officials and residents of Morningside, the continuing care retirement community adjacent to ParkVista.

Kimberly Lee, one of the CNAs in the program, read a testimony on behalf of all 47 CNAs who received pins and certificates at the ceremony.

"Not only was the program very informative, it helped me to reflect on and evaluate myself as a certified nursing assistant," Lee said. "Even though we are all trained on safety procedures and how to recognize condition changes, neglect and abuse, this course covered these topics extensively with the latest information available. As I continue my journey as a CNA, I will work hard to be the guardian angel to all those patients, residents and their family members who depend on me."

According to Suzanne Nasraty, administrator for ParkVista, completion of the Guardian Angel program represents an important milestone for certified nursing assistants.

"The commitment by our CNAs to meet the standards of this program has been impressive, and a little overwhelming even," Nasraty said. "All of us in administration at ParkVista — as well as our patients and residents — are extremely proud of their dedication to the profession and to ensuring top-notch care for all."

Nasraty noted that the Guardian Angel program at ParkVista is ongoing and that new CNAs at the health center will participate in the advanced training as well.

Open to the general public, ParkVista is located at 2525 N. Brea Blvd. at the corner of Brea and Bastanchury Road near St. Jude Medical Center. ParkVista offers 54 assisted living apartments and 73 health center beds. ParkVista Assisted Living features assistance with daily routines such as bathing, dressing, and medication reminders without the intensive services of a health center. Residents enjoy a full calendar of leisure activities in a homelike yet supportive environment.

ParkVista Health Center offers private and semi-private rooms and freshly prepared meals served restaurant-style three times daily in the dining room or delivered to residents' rooms. A full-service beauty salon and personal laundry service are also available. The center maintains a significantly higher staffing ratio than required by the state of California. For more information on ParkVista, please visit www.parkvista.net or call 714/256-1000.

 

PARK VISTA IN FULLERTON, CALIF., OPENS REVAMPED REHABILITATION CENTER FOR SENIORS

Rehabilitation, Post-Acute and Short-Term Care Now Open to Public

FULLERTON, CALIF. — Park Vista Health Center adjacent to Morningside of Fullerton retirement community in Fullerton, Calif., has completed an extensive renovation of its rehabilitation and therapy center http://www.parkvista.net/rehabilitation. Open to the general public, Park Vista is located at 2525 Brea Avenue at the corner of Brea and Bastanchury Road near St. Jude Medical Center.

The newly revamped Rehabilitation Center for seniors offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for the public and the residents of Park Vista. Morningside residents can also use the Rehabilitation Center on an out-patient basis while remaining in their residential living apartment.

Park Vista Staff
The therapy team from Park Vista Health Center, adjacent to Morningside of Fullerton retirement community in Fullerton, Calif., celebrates the opening of the center's newly renovated rehabilitation and therapy facility. Park Vista is open to the general public and offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

"Proper therapy can dramatically speed a patient's recovery after orthopedic surgery such as a hip or knee replacement or after a stroke or heart attack," a Park Vista staff member said. "To keep pace with all of the medical advances we've seen over the last few years in the field of therapy, the Rehabilitation Center underwent a dramatic architectural and interior design renovation. The new space was designed to be as user-friendly and conducive to the healing process as possible."

The 1,160-square-foot rehab center features all new state-of-the-art equipment, electronic parallel bars and an Omni-cycle used for strength training. An occupational therapy cart designed to assist patients with fine motor skills to enhance their ability to perform daily activities is also available. The architectural and design plans for the renovation were approved by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Under the leadership of Program Director Bryanna McDowell, PT PhD, Park Vista's rehab center is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with therapy available seven days a week. The center offers the services of several highly-trained physical, occupational and speech therapists who use a team approach for continuity of care within a well-balanced program. Park Vista is Medicare-certified and accepts many insurance and managed healthcare plans under the direction of St. Jude Heritage Medical Group. Both short-term care and long-term care are available.

In addition to rehabilitation services, Park Vista offers 54 assisted living apartments, 73 health center beds and care for individuals with memory-related disorders in either setting. Park Vista Assisted Living features assistance with daily routines such as bathing, dressing, and medication reminders without the intensive services of a health center. Residents enjoy a full calendar of leisure activities in a homelike yet supportive environment.

Park Vista Health Center offers private and semi-private rooms and freshly prepared meals served restaurant-style three times daily in the dining room or delivered to residents' rooms. A full-service beauty salon and personal laundry service are also available. The center maintains a significantly higher staffing ratio than required by the state of California and is often the health center where local physicians place their own family members. For more information on Park Vista, please visit www.parkvista.net or call 714/256-1000.

Morningside (www.morningsideoffullerton.com) is a continuing care retirement community for people aged 60 and older. The community offers a variety of housing options; a comprehensive package of services, amenities and activities, including fine dining and transportation; and convenient access to assisted living and long-term nursing care services at Park Vista, if needed.

Park Vista proudly serves the general public.