The Birches at Arbour Square Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to announce the community was presented with a 2017 Best of Senior Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in the past year.
HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Dec. 12, 2016 – Arbour Square Independent Living and The Birches at Arbour Square Personal Care and Memory Care in Harleysville, Pa. are proud to announce that they have both been selected as 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.
SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.
“Arbour Square and The Birches are proud of this achievement and we are so grateful to have families that trust us in caring for their loved ones,” said Mimi Kehan, campus executive director. “We are thrilled to be able to provide care for senior loved ones and treat them just like our own family by creating a home for them where they can love life.”
The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 1,600 were recognized with this prestigious award.
The Arbour Square campus offers a continuum of care for seniors in the Harleysville area. Both Arbour Square and The Birches at Arbour Square are winners, and regularly receive highly positive reviews from their families like this one: “Arbour Square facility and employees have answered and exceeded our prayers. Every single person we/they encounter go above and beyond to make our parents comfortable and truly strive to ensure mom and dad thrive and enjoy life in their golden years. There are activities, therapies, good food, beautiful facilities, wonderful people, so mom and dad can remain independent, yet we know they are cared for in a kind, caring, respectful way,” said Mary S.
“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of SeniorAdvisor.com. “Our SeniorAdvisor.com Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We're honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”
To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.
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About The Arbour Square Campus
The Arbour Square campus is the area’s most vibrant senior living community, offering a continuum of retirement options including independent living, personal care, memory care and home care. Arbour Square and The Birches at Arbour Square offer residents a unique retirement community on an affordable month-to-month lease with no entrance fees. Resident services include meals, housekeeping, social events and transportation. Home Care services are provided by Chestnut Knoll At Home and are available to assist seniors with daily living, meals, transportation and companionship in their own homes or apartments. For more information, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1204, or visit www.arboursquare.com.
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A few years ago, a video surfaced on the Internet, depicting an elderly man in a nursing home, named Henry Dreher.
HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Aug. 13, 2015 – A few years ago, a video surfaced on the Internet, depicting an elderly man in a nursing home, named Henry Dreher. He sat in a wheelchair with his head hanging down. Then, a pair of headphones is placed over his ears, and he starts to hear the music of Cab Calloway through an iPod. Immediately his eyes opened, his face brightened, and he started to sing along with the music. This video clip went viral and provided awareness and enthusiasm for a program designed to help reawaken memories and emotions in seniors who have dementia, through the Music & Memory℠ organization.
Music & Memory℠ is a nonprofit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of seniors through digital music technology, and has proven to improve quality of life, increase socialization, reduce aggressive behavior, and create a supportive social environment. Thanks to the organization, senior communities around the country have been able to provide a Music & Memory program to seniors who have difficulty communicating, due to their progressing dementia diagnosis. One senior living community taking advantage of this program is The Birches at Arbour Square in Harleysville, Pa.
The Birches at Arbour Square is thrilled to provide this personalized music program for residents living in the Daybreak Memory Care community, to help improve quality of life. Asta Fusco, activities director at The Birches at Arbour Square, discovered Music & Memory℠ and got her certification, so she could include this innovative music program as part of the weekly activities schedule. Currently, all activity assistants at The Birches are certified in the program, which makes The Birches the only senior community that is a certified provider of the Music & Memory℠ program in the surrounding area.
As a Music & Memory℠ Certified Care Facility, caregivers learn best practices for how to set up and manage a system for providing a personalized playlist for any resident or client. A series of three 90-minute webinars, taught by founding Executive Director Dan Cohen, MSW, enables caregivers to create a facility-ready iTunes library, efficiently manage many resident playlists, handle equipment and security concerns, integrate personalized digital music into daily care plans, and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
At The Birches, when the residents gather for the program, three days per week for one hour, they are each provided with an mp3 player that has music downloaded onto it. Residents can create their own playlist genre and/or provide the staff with a list of songs they would like to have on the mp3 player. While listening to the music, staff members will ask them questions about the music, if they are enjoying it, if they want to hear something different, or how they are feeling while listening to the music. Residents can choose music from a variety of genres, including jazz, blues, 50s-80s, opera and many more, that take them back to a time in their life that makes them happy.
“Reactions have been overwhelming since we started the program. Even from our residents who no longer communicate or join in any activities, I have seen them come alive and start dancing, singing and smiling,” said Fusco. “It is like seeing that resident come back to life and become the person they used to be years ago.”
The entire Daybreak Memory Care staff at The Birches is working on getting their certification for the program, and once they are all certified, residents will be able to listen to their music at any time, day or night.
“My mother has been at The Birches for three years, with one and a half of them spent in Daybreak. I visit her every other day and I see what goes on,” said Ann Bradley, daughter of a resident. “One day, Asta Fusco brought in headphones with music for each of the residents. I could not believe what I saw! My mother, who is in a wheelchair, started singing and clapping her hands. Another resident started dancing and singing, and others soon joined her. What a wonderful day that was to see the residents having so much fun laughing, singing and dancing. Music certainly makes a difference.”
The Birches is accepting donations of gently used mp3 players or iPods of any variety, in order to keep the program going and involve as many residents as possible. Donations can be dropped off at The Birches, located at 691 Main Street, Harleysville, Pa.
Learn more about how The Birches at Arbour Square’s expertise with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can make a difference in the life of your loved one. For more information about the memory care community, new Music & Memory program, or ways you can donate, please call 215-541-3700.
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