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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.