New Chefs at Ganton Senior Communities Bring Nutritional, Quality, Chef Inspired Creations to Residents

June 5, 2017, Battle Creek, MI – Ganton Senior Communities (GSC) is pleased to announce Eric Bird, Matt Hinga and Scott Spaudling as head chefs at Lakeview Assisted Living, Heritage Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care.

Eric Bird joined GSC in May 2017 and is the chef at Lakeview Assisted Living. He has over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry and was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Arizona. Eric spent a year during his externship working as a line cook at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. “My love for culinary is based in culture and history – how people, around the world, sustain life is very fascinating to me,” mentions Eric. “Working at GSC enables me to get to know residents, hear their stories, their history and culture and how this shapes their experiences – this only continues to fuel my passion.”

Matt Hinga joined GSC in December 2016 and is the chef at Heritage Assisted Living. He has close to ten years of experience in the culinary industry. Matt previously served as the chef at Olde Peninsula Brew Pub in Kalamazoo and prior, worked as the sous chef at Epic Bistro in Kalamazoo and at Schuler’s in Marshall. “I truly love everything culinary – from the sounds and smell of food preparation, the patience needed to properly cut and assemble ingredients to the final presentation,” mentions Matt. “Most of all, I love the reaction from residents! Being able to affect their nutritional needs in a new way enables our residents have the highest quality of life through nutrition.”

Scott Spaulding joined GSC in April 2017 and is the chef at Reflections Memory Care. He has over 15 years of experience in the culinary industry. Scott previously served as the sous chef at a German restaurant in North Carolina and after relocating to Michigan; he was the chef at a senior living community. “I thrive in an environment where I can utilize my creativity to develop new and interesting recipes – an environment presented Reflections provides this environment,” mentions Scott. “I enjoy cooking meals that offer a feeling of home and serving as the chef at Reflections, I am able to add to the overall comfort and happiness of our residents.”

With the addition of Eric, Matt and Scott, our hospitality focus at GSC continues to evolve. Mealtime is an important experience for our residents, and we strive to provide a dining experience that everyone can take pride in. In working towards this achievement, over the past few months, GSC was working on building a new service model for our dining services.

The new service model is to provide an experience one would expect to receive at a restaurant, approaching each resident through a customer-service approach and meeting the resident’s needs one-on-one.

“The dining experience, from dining room esthetics to resident focused service and food quality, selection and presentation are very important qualities in our new hospitality approach,” mentions Zach Ganton, Assistant Campus Administrator and Hospitality team manager. “With the addition of Eric, Matt and Scott, our residents are in very capable hands to receive top notch service with a focus on a nutritional and quality mealtime experience.”

Our commitment at Ganton Senior Communities is to provide an atmosphere for each resident that gives him or her opportunity to thrive, to flourish, and to function at the highest-level possible. Each resident is cared for in a manner that provides dignity and promotes independence. Ganton Senior Communities is comprised of Heritage Assisted Living, Lakeview Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care. For more information on Ganton Senior Communities, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.


Ganton Senior Communities Plans National Senior Health & Fitness Day® Celebration on Wednesday, May 31st — Local Organization Part of National Event to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults

May 22, 2017, Battle Creek, MI — Ganton Senior Communities joins an estimated 1,000 local groups to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day® on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As an official host site for this national older adult health and wellness event, Ganton Senior Communities is planning day full of healthy and active activities for our residents. The goal of National Senior Health & Fitness Day is to showcase what local groups are doing around the country to help keep seniors healthy and fit. On this day, Ganton Senior Communities will be part of events with an estimated 100,000 older adults to help promote the importance of regular physical activity.

“Through participating in the National Senior Health & Fitness Day®, we are able to show our commitment to helping our residents improve their health and wellness,” according to Alyssa Jones, Marketing Director, Ganton Senior Communities. “We focus on exercise and active living through our Life Enrichment department and encourage residents to remain active through participating in active events that meet the resident where they are. Whether fully ambulatory or using a wheelchair to navigate, our active events are designed for every resident. This national event, provides an opportunity to highlight to our residents the importance of remaining active is not just a Ganton program, but nationally, remaining active as a senior is vital to retaining their strength and balance, as well as socialization with like-minded seniors.” On May 31, the Ganton Senior Communities Health & Fitness Day will begin at 10 am with a fitness class. At 11 am, our residents will make hand weights during our craft time. After lunch, a speaker will talk with residents on the benefits of remaining active through fitness followed by an outdoor group walk (with all campuses) at 2 pm. Before and after the walk, we’ll be checking resident’s blood pressure and heart rate. We’ll finish up the day at 4 pm with a balance and stretch class. As a reminder to our residents of the importance of remaining active throughout the year, we’ll provide them with a keepsake custom magazine cover featuring the resident participating in an activity during the day. For more information about the Ganton Senior Communities Health & Fitness Day, please contact Alyssa Jones at 269-969-8900 or via email at a.jones@gantonsc.com.

About National Senior Health & Fitness Day®National Senior Health & Fitness Day is always held on the last Wednesday in May in support of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The program, the largest of its kind, is organized by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work with older adults. For more information about National Senior Health & Fitness Day, visit fitnessday.com.


Registration Open for Ganton Senior Communities Golf Outing – A Miles for Memories Benefit Outing

May 2, 2017, Battle Creek, MI – Plans are underway for the 2017 Ganton Golf Outing scheduled for June 9, 2017, at Cedar Creek Golf Club.

Last year, this fundraiser raised more than $4,500 for Miles of Memories, a local non-profit whose mission is to change the face of Alzheimer’s Disease in Calhoun County through movement, programming and research.

Registration is now open for teams of four at $65/person which includes lunch, golf and a cart. An early bird discount is available to teams who register before May 19 ($55/person). Sponsorships are available and range from $50.00 to $500.00.

The outing will begin with a shotgun start at 1 pm at 14000 Renton Road. Lunch and registration begins at 12 pm and continues to 12:45 pm.

For more information, to register a team or to explore sponsorship opportunities, call 269-969-8900, send an email to Alyssa Jones at a.jones@gantonsc.com or visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.

Our commitment at Ganton Senior Communities is to provide an atmosphere for each resident an opportunity to thrive, to flourish, and to function at the highest-level possible. Residents are cared for in a manner that provides them with dignity and promotes their continued independence. Ganton Senior Communities is comprised of Heritage Assisted Living, Lakeview Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care. Recipients of the highest level of Quality Seals through the Michigan Center for Assisted Living, Ganton Senior Communities provides private apartment living, 24/7 staffing, fresh and delicious meals, housekeeping, laundry and a rich array of activities designed for every interest. Families know their loved ones are safe, comfortable, happy – and treated with dignity at Ganton Senior Communities. For more information, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.

 

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Ganton Senior Communities to Hold Second Cocoa and Canvas Event to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Association

March 13, 2017, Battle Creek, MI – Please join Ganton Senior Communities for second evening of sipping on hot cocoa, painting and raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The first event, scheduled for April 26, 2017, filled up quickly, therefore our second Cocoa and Canvas has been scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017 at Lakeview Assisted Living located at 14661 Helmer Road South.

Our painting instructor, Breeze Wattie, will guide participants in painting a flower. Participants will be able to select multiple colors to customize the painting and sip on hot cocoa from our hot cocoa bar – all while raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The cost is $35 and includes all your supplies, hot cocoa bar and your 16″ X 20″ painting, which participants can take home the night of the class.

To RSVP, send an email to Alyssa Jones at a.jones@gantonsc.com. Checks can be made out to Lakeview Assisted Living and mailed to Lakeview Assisted Living, Attn: Alyssa Jones, 14661 Helmer Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Please include the following information with your payment: Name, phone number, email address. Class is limited to 30 participants.

Breeze Wattie is an art instructor at Lakeview Middle and High School and has a BA in Art Education from Spring Arbor University.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

Our commitment at Ganton Senior Communities is to provide an atmosphere for each resident an opportunity to thrive, to flourish, and to function at the highest-level possible. Residents are cared for in a manner that provides them with dignity and promotes their continued independence. Ganton Senior Communities is comprised of Heritage Assisted Living, Lakeview Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care. Recipients of the highest level of Quality Seals through the Michigan Center for Assisted Living, Ganton Senior Communities provides private apartment living, 24/7 staffing, fresh and delicious meals, housekeeping, laundry and a rich array of activities designed for every interest. Families know their loved ones are safe, comfortable, happy – and treated with dignity at Ganton Senior Communities. For more information, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.

 

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Ganton Senior Communities to Hold Presentation on Identity Theft Among Seniors

February 16, 2017, Battle Creek, MI – Identity theft among senior citizens is growing in the U.S. In fact, 2.6 million seniors were impacted by identity theft in 2014. On March 22, 2017, Ganton Senior Communities will host a community presentation given by CareWell Services SW (formerly known as Area Agency on Aging). The mission of CareWell Services SW is to promote health, choice, and independence. It serves seniors 60 and over, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers.

The hour-long presentation will equip you with information to protect yourself, loved ones, neighbors and friends. Discover why seniors are often a target, who exploits seniors and equip yourself with information on identity theft, fraud, PIN and password safety, numerous scams in the community and more!

There are two presentations planned, but both presentations will present the same material.
Identity Theft Among Seniors First Presentation:
When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1:30 PM
Where: Heritage Assisted Living, 14420 Helmer Road S

Identity Theft Among Seniors Second Presentation:
What: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 3:00 PM
Where: Lakeview Assisted Living, 14661 Helmer Road S

Please RSVP by March 20, 2017 to Alyssa Jones at 269-969-8900 or via email at a.jones@gantonsc.com.

Our commitment at Ganton Senior Communities is to provide an atmosphere for each resident an opportunity to thrive, to flourish, and to function at the highest-level possible. Residents are cared for in a manner that provides them with dignity and promotes their continued independence. Ganton Senior Communities is comprised of Heritage Assisted Living, Lakeview Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care. Recipients of the highest level of Quality Seals through the Michigan Center for Assisted Living, Ganton Senior Communities provides private apartment living, 24/7 staffing, fresh and delicious meals, housekeeping, laundry and a rich array of activities designed for every interest. Families know their loved ones are safe, comfortable, happy – and treated with dignity at Ganton Senior Communities. For more information, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.

 

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Ganton Senior Communities Welcomes New Director at Reflections

January 26, 2017, Battle Creek, MI – Ganton Senior Communities is pleased to announce the addition of Cortney Banker, RN, as the Director of Resident Care at Reflections Memory Care. Cortney joined Reflections on December 29, 2016 and is responsible for overall campus administration, program development and oversight, and resident intake with a focus on dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses. She previously served as the Director of Nursing at Heartland Healthcare Center in Battle Creek.

Cortney obtained her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Kellogg Community College and has been a Registered Nurse for 8 years. During her nursing practice, she has developed expertise in long-term care, skilled nursing and infection control and incident management.

Our commitment at Ganton Senior Communities is to provide an atmosphere for each resident that gives him or her opportunity to thrive, to flourish, and to function at the highest-level possible. Each resident is cared for in a manner that provides dignity and promotes independence. Ganton Senior Communities is comprised of Heritage Assisted Living, Lakeview Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care. Ganton Senior Communities are recipients of the highest level of Quality Seals through the Michigan Center for Assisted Living (MCAL). MCAL is the premier professional association representing Independent Senior Housing and Assisted Living communities in Michigan. For more information on Ganton Senior Communities, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.

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Reflections Memory Care Holding Respite Day for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Alyssa Jones
Marketing Director, Ganton Senior Communities
14420 Helmer Road South
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 969-8900
a.jones@gantonsc.com

Reflections Memory Care Holding Respite Day for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers

November 7, 2016, Battle Creek, MI – Caregivers play a vital role in health and well being of individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. That’s why Reflections Memory Care (Reflections), a Ganton Senior Community, is planning a Holiday Respite Day for caregivers of individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm.

The holiday season is a stressful time of the year for all, but can be even more stressful for a caregiver and your loved one. The half-day event will welcome your loved one into a secure environment, with planned activities and lunch, and caregivers can take a group bus trip to the mall or venture out on your own. Whether you are a caregiver or someone has appointed you as a caregiver for your loved one, this is a great gift to give.

The caregiver schedule for the day follows:

9:30 am: Registration
10 – 10:30 am: Tour of Reflections/Check on Loved One
10:30 am – 1:45 pm: Caregiver Free Time (*participate in group ride to mall or venture out on your own)
2 pm: Pick Up at Reflections

“The purpose of the Respite Day is to provide a safe, structured environment for individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s while caregivers are able to have a stress-free day to shop and/or run errands,” mentions Lauren Fitzmaurice, Director of Resident Care at Reflections. “In addition to knowing their loved one is cared for, caregivers are able to meet other caregivers, who in turn, can serve as a support network, an important connection for caregivers.”

For additional information on this event, including schedules and care plan, call Alyssa Jones at 269.969.8900 or via email at a.jones@gantonsc.com. Registration deadline is December 2, 2016 at noon.

Reflections Memory Care, a Ganton Senior Community, is a secure environment offering person-centered care designed to meet the unique needs of individuals dealing with various stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Our compassionate care staff specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care receiving training on an ongoing basis.

Our commitment at Ganton Senior Communities is to provide an atmosphere for each resident the opportunity to thrive, to flourish, and to function at the highest-level possible. Each resident is cared for in a manner that provides dignity and promotes independence. Ganton Senior Communities is comprised of Heritage Assisted Living, Lakeview Assisted Living and Reflections Memory Care. Ganton Senior Communities are recipients of the highest level of Quality Seals through the Michigan Center for Assisted Living (MCAL). MCAL is the premier professional association representing Independent Senior Housing and Assisted Living communities in Michigan. For more information on Ganton Senior Communities, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.

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Ganton Senior Communities Sponsors Student 4-H Project

During the 2016 Calhoun County Fair, Ganton Senior Communities proudly sponsored Sydney Kadlub, a 13 year-old student at Harper Creek Middle School, who is a member of the Calhoun County 4-H Poultry Club (CC4HPC). Sydney has been a member of the CC4HPC since she was seven and currently serves as the Treasurer.

4-H and the CC4HPC have taught Sydney not only the meaning of 4-H, but specifically about poultry and how to properly care for and raise different species from meat chickens to laying chickens and ducks, which are her favorite.  Her project for 2016 included raising Cornish Cross Rock meat birds.  During the eight week period in which she raises her project, Sydney must keep detailed records on the  birds, called feed records.

Sydney won first place in her age division for her feed records and at the Small Animal Auction, she was sponsored by various individuals as well as Ganton Senior Communities.

In addition to being a member of the CC4HPC, Sydney is also a member of the 4-H Draft and Pony Club and enjoys basketball, singing, dancing and acting in plays.

Congratulations Sydney on this well deserved achivement!2016-09-22-13-13-14_1474572380675_resized