Deciding on Skilled Nursing Care? Make Peace of Mind Your #1 Criterion

Deciding to move a family member into a skilled nursing facility can be emotionally trying. Adult children can feel guilty about not being able to care for their parents at home, or they fear their parents won’t be cared for properly. Financial considerations also complicate matters, particularly when children worry their parents’ assets won’t cover…

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Witherell Announces Service Enhancements: Palliative and ENT Care, and Respiratory Therapy

Our nursing home residents frequently have illnesses and ailments that require specialized attention and expert care. These problems can be excruciating, often necessitating sophisticated pain management measures. With that in mind, The Nathaniel Witherell has added service enhancements in palliative and ENT (ear, nose and throat) care, and respiratory therapy. Attending doctors and therapists will be…

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Resident Spotlight: Nola Larkin

Little did we know that we had a celebrity among us at The Nathaniel Witherell. Our very own resident Nola Larkin was a legend on the Broadway stage, with leading roles in Cole Porter’s Out of this World, Alan Jay Lerner’s Paint Your Wagon, Harold Rome’s Fanny, and Mike Todd’s Night in Venice. She also…

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Holiday Gift Ideas for a Loved One with Dementia

What’s a good holiday gift to give to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? That’s a popular question this time of year, and one often asked by family members of our residents here at The Nathaniel Witherell. Allen Brown, Witherell’s executive director, suggests giving “a gift that matches the person’s lifelong or…

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Witherell Celebrates National Nursing Home Week with Psychedelic 60s Theme

Peace, love, and flower power were in the air as The Nathaniel Witherell kicked off National Nursing Home Week (May 10-16) with a fabulous “Spring into Summer” party, attended by more than 300 residents, families, and friends. The party was followed by a weeklong series of performances and activities that featured a “Psychedelic 60s” theme….

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Nurse Manager Jayne Kennelly Joins Maria Shriver’s Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge “Big Wall of Empowerment”

Jayne Kennelly, Nathaniel Witherell Nurse Manager on the Specialized Dementia Unit, is in good company. She has been selected to join Maria Shriver, Ann Romney, Chris Evert, Rosalynn Carter, Brooke Shields, and dozens of other inspirational women featured on Maria Shriver’s Wipe Out Alzheimer’s Challenge “Big Wall of Empowerment.” The online Challenge encourages readers to…

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Partners in Caregiving, Part II: Three More Tips for Families Supporting Loved Ones in a Nursing Facility

As we discussed in our last blog, transitioning a family member to a skilled nursing facility can be an unexpected emotional challenge. Understanding this, the Nathaniel Witherell makes every effort to help families establish a relationship with the medical staff caring for their loved one, become active members of the care team, and get involved in…

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