255 59th Street North • St. Petersburg, FL 33710
The Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center residents benefit from comprehensive nursing, medical and rehabilitation programs.
A broad spectrum of on-site medical services overseen by our board certified geriatrician, Dr. David LeVine, include:
Monday, August 4th marked the first day of Menorah Manor's new Puree Dining Program. Under the program, residents on a puree diet receive meals which are shaped to closely resemble meatloaf, chicken, mashed potatoes, sandwiches, and other food.
Beginning in late fall, The Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center will initiate a restaurant-style dining program. The program, already in effect at both of Menorah Manor’s assisted living communities (The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence and The Inn on the Pond), will provide residents with a dining experience that preserves dignity and provides choice. Menu options will be offered for a week, along with daily specials. Residents will be served by staff who provide personalized service.
Lorraine Pepin, resident of The Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, a Menorah Manor community, has a talent that is a lost art form. Pepin has a talent of hand-sewing quilts. She states, “I enjoy sewing quilts because it’s relaxing. It’s therapeutic for me.” After sewing so many quilts, she says she does not have a favorite.
It is hard to believe that Passover will be here in just a few, short weeks. As some of you know from past years, this is a very busy period of time as we work to make sure that The Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence and The Inn on the Pond are all completely ready for the eight day holiday.
When a traumatic event occurs and someone moves into a nursing home, his or her life can be turned upside down—especially someone who is experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. This was the case for Mr. Rossie Newson. One of Rossie’s passions has always been music. His son noticed that when he transported Rossie in the car, his dad would come alive and dance to the music on the radio, but when at The Samson Nursing Center, Rossie would keep his eyes closed and remain nonverbal.
Two programs at the Samson Nursing Center, The Irv Weissman Adult Day Center and The Toby Weinman Alzheimer’s Care Village, help residents embrace their passion for nature and gardening every day. Ray Teasdale, Director of Therapeutic Recreation states, “gardening allows residents the opportunity to maintain and appreciate nature at its finest. It provides an opportunity for them to give back.”
With ample technology at our fingertips, staying connected with family and friends becomes easier with each new invention. Skype is one way to stay connected with loved ones--including your family and friends at Menorah Manor. Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world. And even though the calls are free, they are really excellent quality. If you and your friends or family are using webcams, you can also make free video calls.
WHAT'S MY NEW ROLE?
Mom is acclimating to her new environment well enough. What am I to do? Well, some of my roles include mom’s advocate, her caregiver, her daughter and her laundress and personal shopper.
In my role as advocate, I keep abreast of what is going on with Alzheimer’s research, testing and locally through the Alzheimer’s Association and any local training available. I read profusely and I belong to two Alzheimer’s groups on Linked In and one support group at Menorah Manor. Gwen Kaldenberg, director of the Bresler Alzheimer’s program, hosts Menorah Manor’s support group that is held the first Thursday of each month. We are a small group – but we are mighty. Sometimes one of us is “in need” and the group listens with care and compassion. Sometimes a relative has had “an event” and again we embrace the caregiver in a hug. Usually, we share articles that we have read or presentations we have attended or just go around the table to “catch up” on what is happening right now for each caregiver and their loved one.