Friends of the Nathaniel Witherell Secure $4.49 Million for Project Renew

David Ormsby, Chairman of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, Inc., announced yesterday that the Friends has helped obtain a $4.49 million State of Connecticut historic income tax credit to offset the construction costs of Project Renew, the project to modernize and refurbish The Nathaniel Witherell, the highly regarded, short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care center owned…

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Hortulus Supports Witherell’s Project Renew with a Major Donation

With daffodils about to bloom and warm weather in the wings, The Nathaniel Witherell thought this to be an auspicious moment to announce a major donation to Project Renew: The Capital Campaign for The Nathaniel Witherell from Hortulus: A Garden Club of America Garden Club in Greenwich, CT. The Hortulus gift will make possible a new outdoor…

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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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Witherell’s Music and Memory Program Helps Those with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia

The Witherell’s Music and MemorySM program is moving full steam ahead. In our first blog on this topic, we announced that the Witherell was working with Music and Memory, a nonprofit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology. The goal is to create and provide…

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Fairfield County Giving Day Starts at Midnight

Support the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell  Take Part in 24 Hours of Online Giving, March 5, 2015, beginning at midnight! The time to support Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, as part of Fairfield County’s Giving Day, has arrived!  Giving Day is a 24 hour online event to Give Where You Live in celebration of the work of outstanding local…

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“Pooches on Parade” a Howling Good Time

The Nathaniel Witherell recently hosted the first of its quarterly “Pooches on Parade” programs for 2015. The highly anticipated event attracted 14 four-legged friends that mingled with dozens of Witherell residents in the facility’s spacious auditorium. The dogs were joined by their human companions, including staff, family members, volunteers, and members of the community who had seen the notice for the event placed in local newspapers. During the program,…

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

Transitioning a family member to a skilled nursing facility can be an unexpected emotional challenge. Family members who were primary caregivers may feel relief, then guilt and grief, while the loved one may experience confusion, depression, and/or anxiety. At The Nathaniel Witherell we understand this oftentimes difficult situation, which is why we make every effort…

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