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October 2015
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RN Manager and Nurse Educator Melissa Moore Receives Scholarship
The New Hampshire Long Term Care Association (LTCF) has recently awarded scholarships to dedicated individuals working in long-term care facilities that are choosing to further their education so they can better serve their residents.

On Wednesday, October 21st, 55 long-term care givers from across the state were awarded scholarships totaling over $120,000. To be eligible for these scholarships, recipients must be employed by a skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility or other residential health care facility located in NH. In their applications, the individuals chosen have demonstrated their dedication to their career, a desire to pursue a higher education, and their commitment to the long term care profession.

Included among this year’s recipients is Golden View's very own Melissa Moore. Melissa, a Northfield resident, is Golden View's RN Manager and Nurse Educator, and has worked in long-term care for 3 years. Melissa is enrolled at Southern NH University in the RN to BSN program.

Melissa was awarded the first ever Jeanie Forrester Scholarship. Senator Jeanie Forrester is one of long-term care’s most ardent supporters in the NH legislature. Senator Forrester advocates and protects NH seniors, their caregivers and providers, and has supported Golden View's residents and staff in many ways throughout the years.

“Caregivers at long-term care facilities do an amazing job of caring for their residents every day,” said Luanne Rogers, Chairperson of the Long Term Care Foundation. "These scholarships allow us to support their professional growth and bring the level of care provided to a new level.”

 
Congratulations, Melissa! Thank you for all that you do here at Golden View.
Staff Member's Halloween Display Is a Spooky Treat for Residents and Visitors
Pictured above: residents Catherine (far left) and Esther (front right) pose with Shane in front of the Halloween display he set up in the main lobby.

Those of you who've stopped by Golden View these past couple weeks have probably noticed the Halloween-themed town displayed in The Villages' main lobby. Delighting residents and visitors alike, the display was set up by property management staff member Shane, who just celebrated his 10th year with us. Shane bought the village at a thrift store a few years ago and usually displays it in his home. However, this year he decided to share the spooky scene with Golden View's residents, family and friends.

"I wanted other people to be able to see it and enjoy it," Shane said. "Since setting it up, I've had a lot of residents tell me how much they like it."


Thanks for helping us get in the Halloween spirit, Shane!
It's Pumpkin Decorating Time!
Pictured above: Terrace resident Evelyn shows off her finished pumpkin.

Residents let their creativity shine this month by creating some spooky pumpkins! To see a photo album of their creepy creations, click here. Be sure to stop by and see them in person, too!
Antibiotic Stewardship at Golden View: Helping Keep Your Loved One Healthy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are some of the most frequently prescribed medications in nursing facilities. However, studies have shown that 40-75% of prescribed antibiotics may be unnecessary. Antibiotic overuse can be harmful to seniors and can put them at risk of infection with antibiotic-resistant organisms.

In order to prevent this, Golden View has made efforts to expand our antibiotic stewardship activities. Antibiotic stewardship refers to a set of activities and commitments designed to optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antibiotic use. For example, at Golden View, we always consult with a team of professionals, including the resident's physician, pharmacist and the lab, before using antibiotics. We also work hard to provide our nursing staff with ongoing education about proper use of antibiotics. The health of our residents and rehab guests is something we take very seriously. If you have any questions about antibiotic stewardship at Golden View, please feel free to contact Director of Nursing Donna Valenti or Infection Preventionist Phyllis Fisher by calling (603) 279-8111.
Please Join Us for a Presentation by the New Hampshire Boat Museum
You're invited to join our assisted living residents on October 29th at 2 pm for a presentation about the New Hampshire Boat Museum by their Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts. Learn all about one of New Hampshire’s most interesting museums, as well as the boating heritage and life on the lakes and rivers of New Hampshire in this free presentation.

This event is sponsored by The Bank of NH. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. Please call 279-8111 or email info@goldenview.org to RSVP.
You're Invited to a History of Meredith Presentation by Author Dan Heyduk
Please join our assisted living residents on November 5 at 2 pm for a presentation about the history of Meredith by author and local historian Dan Heyduk based on his book Meredith Chronicles. Meredith Chronicles is a history of Meredith from the nomadic hunters of 12,000 years ago to the Twentieth Century. It includes land speculators, hardy settlers, mill-builders and mill-workers, advancing women, an almanac-maker and a hermit. It shows how people in Meredith and Laconia handled the "Year without a Summer," the sheep boom, the coming of the railroad and steamboats, tourists and summer campers, and the Hurricane of 1938.
 
Daniel Heyduk, Ph. D., is an anthropologist and historian. He has been a college professor, has lived with native people in Mexico and Bolivia, did archaeology in Ecuador, and managed educational programs worldwide. He writes the "Passing Time" local history column in the Meredith News and he is the author of the new book "Meredith Chronicles" about Meredith's history.

This event is sponsored by The Bank of NH. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. Please call 279-8111 or email info@goldenview.org to RSVP.
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