Peoplefirst Rehab Welcome
Evergreen’s new therapy services provider
Growth and exceptional experiences are important at HIGHLIGHTS
Evergreen, so at times we must revise and reorganize New Therapy Services
our services. In June, a new partnership began with Page 1
Peoplefirst Rehab, our new therapy services provider, Artistry at Evergreen
which has been doing a wonderful job of meeting Page 2
our expectations. Healthful Fun With Wii
“They have brought in a lot of therapists; we’re up Page 4
to 12 or 13 from three, so they are able to see many Exhibits at Evergreen
more residents,” said Peggy Bellin. “We also wanted Page 5
to look at niche markets, such as short-term rehab, New Van and
and they can offer that and other services in the Transportation Program
future. Peoplefirst Rehab has the resources for us to Page 6
grow; we’re working toward more outpatient therapy
and increased aquatic therapy, for example.”
A wide range of Evergreen residents with Medicare
parts A and B, Medicaid or other insurance currently
receive physical, occupational and speech therapy. “We
provide therapy services to residents of the Creekviews Exhibits at
and The Post-Surgical & Rehab Center at Manor View,”
said Sadie Geiger, rehab manager for
Peoplefirst Rehab. “We also go directly to a destination to stop
residents of ShareHaven and the Garden at before heading to
Building so that we can help them adapt the Oshkosh Gallery
to their living areas. We treat individuals as
outpatients, too, for back pain and more.
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“If we look at patients holistically, we want
to ensure that we are addressing everything.
We deal with pain, urinary incontinence,
cognition, wheelchair issues, fall prevention,
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Residents get creative
Skilled or not, you can get crafty in the art
program at Creekview South. The program,
started three years ago by Vanessa Frank,
Creekview South program specialist, with the
help of a University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
intern, has progressed from painting only to
a variety of fun-filled projects.
Now, with the help of two UWO students,
Vanessa helps campus-wide Evergreen residents
put their personal touch on things such as
hats and frames. “Around Easter they were
reminiscing about beautiful hats they wore,
so I bought a bunch of styles, and with silk
flowers donated to Evergreen, the residents
trimmed the hats. They loved it and had so
much fun!” said Vanessa.
“We’ve also done a found-jewelry project with
donated broken jewelry. Inexpensive frames
were made into new frames by attaching the
jewels. This project was inspired by artwork
in a resident’s room.”
Some phenomenal artwork has come from the
hands of Evergreen residents. They have created
watercolor paintings from items of inspiration set out on
tables. And a huge abstract mural was created from individual
watercolor paintings pieced together. As this article was being
written, participants were making wind chimes.
“I try to come up with projects they can do successfully no
matter their abilities. We want them to walk away with a smile
on their face. Their artwork is truly amazing, and they’re so
proud when they’re done,” Vanessa said. “And if the partici-
pants aren’t interested in a particular project, they should
Some phenomenal artwork has come from the
hands of Evergreen residents.
check back to see what we’re up to next. We can “Some pictures are very funny—there was an old-
accommodate so many people’s interests because fashioned car in the crook of a tree. Residents
we do so many different things.” titled this ‘A Poor Parking Place.’ And the story
they told was hysterical!” Vanessa said with a
But the program goes beyond creating art. “It has
laugh. She hopes to have another book published
turned into a social group,” Vanessa explained.
by the time this newsletter has printed.
“Many residents didn’t know one another; now
they’re friends and their self-esteem has increased. Art classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and
They’ve gained the ability to speak out—some Fridays, from 9:30 to 11. No signup is necessary,
people wouldn’t talk before, and now they’re but there is a 10-person limit at each session.
suggesting project ideas, initiating card games This fee-free program obtains its supplies with
and movie watching, and calling each other on the budget, and families donate items, which
the phone. It’s nice to see them come out of their sometimes spark new project ideas. Arts-and-crafts
shells. They’re like caterpillars that turn into supply donations are always welcome!
For more information on the Creekview South
butterflies. Art is really bringing them together.
art program, contact Vanessa at 920-237-6265
What a fun group of people! And we laugh a lot—
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents are
they come up with funny stories.”
urged to call ahead to confirm
That brings up one other part of the art scheduled classes
program: TimeSlips Creative Storytelling Project are taking place. I
(www.TimeSlips.org), a nationally know program
for which Vanessa was trained as a facilitator.
Primarily used for people with Alzheimer’s and
other dementias, TimeSlips is meant to help them
express themselves, make connections, and exercise
their creativity and imagination. “The goal of the
art program is to help them do that—express
themselves—so TimeSlips really fits,” Vanessa said.
In TimeSlips sessions, residents are given a picture
and asked open-ended questions. They then each
write a story, and all are typed up and combined
in books self-published by the art program.
Guided by Christian values,
we create exceptional living
environments and experiences
to serve older adults.
Healthful Fun With Wii
The new mission is a proclamation
of Evergreen’s purpose. Broader Health care organizations nationwide have jumped on the Nintendo Wii train,
than the former mission, it and Evergreen’s Therapy Services is no exception. On loan from the skilled
identifies three things: nursing areas when not in use there, the Wii video game system is making
WHAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH: therapy interesting and enjoyable rather than monotonous and painful.
exceptional living environments
WHO WE WILL SERVE:
THE BASIC BELIEF THAT GUIDES US:
Howard and Ruth Rowland
Executive Team Several mental and physical benefits
Ken Arneson, President/CEO seem to occur through the use of
John Krueger, Vice President the Wii, which is played with a wireless
Finance and Information Systems controller. “We work on balance and
Traci Raether, Vice President weight shifting as a patient swings or moves
Quality and Organization
her arm while playing in a standing position,”
Carol C. Staszkiewicz,
said Viann Zipperer, an Evergreen physical
Vice President therapist assistant and aquatic therapist.
Foundation Advancement “It can be also used for increasing arm strength
Evergreen Retirement and range of shoulder motion.
Board of Directors “Some patients need to rest,” she continued, “as their
Dorothy Bosserman endurance is low, so they’re getting practice getting in
and out of chairs between turns. For patients wanting
Joe Gates to return home, we work on basic daily-living skills:
E. Alan Hartman, Vice Chair the sequence of taking out toothpaste and putting it
Randy Husman on a toothbrush, socks before shoes, things like that.
The Wii is great for sequence work—in what order
Dan McIntosh, Chair to press which buttons or swing the controller.”
Betty Paterson Viann has one to four people per session, allowing
Tom Sonnleitner them to compete while bowling or racing carts
Robert Stauffer Sr. around a track with the Wii. “They get competitive,
Gail Ann Winkler
but they’re supportive of each other,” said Viann,
Sue Winninghoff who hopes to incorporate other games, such as tennis
Barry Yarbro and volleyball, as well as the fitness-focused Wii Fit.
Evergreen Foundation, Inc. It offers four training modes: yoga, balance games,
Board of Directors strength training and aerobics.
Tom Sonnleitner “The Wii is a nice additive instead of doing the same
Gail Ann Winkler, Chair
exercises every day. It’s allowed us to move from
structured to more leisure-type activities. The patients
Evergreen Village, Inc.
Board of Directors really enjoy it and don’t realize the work they’re
Susan Kreibich, Chair doing—and they’re getting better mentally and
Milly Paske, Vice Chair physically. In one group, I had one woman who
was going home that week and wished she
Danielle Picard could stay longer so she could play every day.”
Ask about Wii at your next therapy session!
Exhibits at Evergreen
Taking part in Oshkosh’s Gallery Walk
On the first Saturday each month,
from 6 to 9 p.m., downtown Oshkosh comes alive
with a variety of artwork displayed at several businesses.
Evergreen participates, too, with an on-site exhibit
and reception from 3 to 7 at Creekview. “We’re a
destination to stop at before heading downtown,” said
Kendra Hinzmann, director for Exhibits at Evergreen.
“Artists display their work for a month or two at
Evergreen. During the reception held on Gallery Walk
days, that month’s artist is present to answer questions
and talk about their artwork. I like to have people get
to know the artists. And our chef and I work together
to develop an elegant menu of delicious appetizers
and desserts for each reception,” said Kendra.
June marked the beginning of Evergreen’s participation
in this wonderful event, with Joye Moon’s paintings.
For one night in July, Pamela Fossem shared her
sculptures and poems, while Kathryn Wedge’s work
was shown throughout the month. The gallery
accommodates many pieces, with Joye and Kathryn
each sharing around 25.
“I love exhibit-hanging day,” said Kendra, “because
I’m there when we’re hanging the artwork. I can hear
residents and employees making nice remarks about
the colors and beauty of the pieces. ‘Great idea’ was
a comment I really liked, when someone was talking
about Exhibits at Evergreen in general. The smiles are
awesome to me, too.”
Exhibits at Evergreen is open to residents and
the public. For a list of businesses participating
in the Oshkosh Gallery Walk each month, visit
www.OshkoshGalleryWalk.com or call 920-426-3232.
And watch for details on residents’ artwork being
on display during the October Gallery Walk!
Top: Sun Dappled by Joye Moon
Bottom: Monarch on Susans by Kathryn Wedge
Riding in Comfort and Style
Evergreen’s new van and expanded transportation program
By this newsletter’s printing, “It really gives our residents
Evergreen will have received a more flexibility. People talk about
new Ford van, obtained through long waiting times with the old
$50,000 in Foundation donations— transportation and have had bad
two from anonymous donors and experiences with those who provided
$10,000 from the Ladies Benevolent it. Now the residents will know
Society: Advocates for Older Adults. the drivers,” said Ken. “And it will
allow the staff to provide residents
“In response to providing our
with new opportunities. They
residents more choices and value,
can take them to Ardy and Ed’s
Residents will now be able now when they need to go to doctor
on a Sunday afternoon or to an
to comfortably visit local appointments or the beautician,
event—getting them out into
attractions like the Grand they can utilize the service right
Opera House and the here,” said Ken Arneson, president
Paine Art Center and and CEO. This safe, comfortable van will
Gardens, thanks to feature several windows for a great
The convenience of this van will
the extreme generosity view; a nonmedical appearance;
ease resident transport, as its lift
of those who made and oxygen. It will travel between
will allow scooters and wheelchairs
the purchase of the Appleton and Fond du Lac to start.
to board. Stairs will also make
new van possible.
entry easier. The van will hold Operating hours (subject to change)
six to nine people, depending on for appointments, admissions,
whether any riders use a scooter and discharges will run 8 to 4:30
or wheelchair. Monday through Friday, 10 to 4:30
on Saturdays, and 8:30 to 2:30 on
Evergreen’s old van required a
Sundays. Admissions and discharges
licensed chauffeur, limiting staff who
ride free of charge. For fees outside
could drive it—and therefore how
of this, please contact the front
and when it was used. Now, for
desk at 920-233-2340.
example, the activity department
may use the van outside of its Evergreen would like to thank
normal operating hours to bring those whose extreme generosity
residents to see Christmas lights made the new van possible.
during the holiday. “This shows how the Foundation
is helping Evergreen achieve its
experiences and environments to
serve older adults,” said Ken. I
(continued from page 1) Did you know…
that Evergreen supports the local
lymphedema and more,” Oshkosh community in several ways?
Sadie continued. “Those are During the month of September alone,
some of the core initiatives Evergreen was involved in many very
addressed within physical, important community events!
occupational and speech ....
therapy. We want to make
sure that these areas are As a leader in the community, Evergreen
functioning at the highest is a Pacesetter Organization for the
level as well. Our therapies Oshkosh Area United Way Campaign.
include therapeutic Residents and staff participate in the
exercises; weight lifting; campaign by making their donations
using treadmills, bikes, Accelerated Care Plus equipment before the public kickoff, as a means of
(ultrasound, diathermy); and more.” encouraging other organizations to join
the United Way fundraising effort.
Evergreen is striving for many things with Peoplefirst Rehab.
“We want to maximize the residents’ benefits under the ....
Medicare program. We want them to get as much of the Evergreen was a host site for a blood
best therapy they need to allow them to meet their goals,” drive sponsored by the Community
Peggy said. “We’re increasing the number of residents we Blood Center on September 15. Residents
see by looking at Medicare part B and want to continue and staff are always encouraged to join
to see more Medicare parts A and B usage. the public in donating blood for this
“Peoplefirst Rehab is consistently meeting the goals we set. worthy cause.
The Evergreen staff is very happy and impressed with the ....
people, the communication and the teamwork. And I think
the Peoplefirst Rehab therapists feel the same way.” Evergreen was also a major sponsor
of three community events: the
“Making this change was not easy. It took a lot of time, and Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, the Oshkosh
we put a lot of thought and energy into it. But knowing how Senior Center Annual Walk/Run, and
much the current—and future—residents are benefiting the Oshkosh Senior Center Active Aging
from this change has made it all worthwhile,” said Mary Week Campaign, where three Evergreen
Draeger, manager of The Post-Surgical & Rehab Center staff members presented workshops on
at Manor View. “As always, the residents are our priority. issues related to healthy aging. Evergreen
We want them to feel that they have received exceptional is proud to be involved in the community
therapy service.” and to partner with area businesses to
Ralph Tate, Evergreen resident and therapy services patient promote and support our citizens.
said, “I think they’re great. The staff and everything they To learn more about Evergreen, please
offer is just what I need. They’re keeping me busy, and visit our website:
I think what they do is just perfect. I have talked to the
CEO [Ken Arneson] at Evergreen, and I said I think the www.EvergreenOshkosh.com
services are just what we need. It’s something that all of us
residents should be aware of and know that we have some A Community of Possibilities.
professionals who will help us. They are truly dedicated to
our needs, and I am deeply impressed.” I
Evergreen Retirement Community is a
not-for-profit, continuing-care retirement Resident Bill Urbrock delights in the art at Exhibits at Evergreen. Story on page 5. M
community serving people of all faiths.
Evergreen is affiliated with the Wisconsin
Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Associated with Evergreen are the Wisconsin
P.E.O. Sisterhood H.E.L.P. Fund Inc. and the Ladies
Benevolent Society: Advocates for Older Adults.
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Nurturing the Evergreen Foundation
The culture of philanthropy may be difficult to see or
touch. While it is sometimes measured in dollars, it is
always felt with the heart. That is why November 11
is set aside each year as National Philanthropy Day® to
recognize with heartfelt thanks those who enrich our
lives through their philanthropic spirit.
Evergreen Retirement Community, Inc.
Consider for a moment the impact of philanthropy
in our community and on the lives of those who call Evergreen home. Your
generosity touches the hearts of our residents every day. You make available
the programs they enjoy and the services they deserve. You enable Evergreen
to “create exceptional living environments and experiences.” You care for those
residents whose blessings of longevity have exceeded financial resources. You
help grow the endowment fund, whose interest is used to meet Evergreen’s
annual needs. Charitable giving by all individuals, regardless of age or income,
helps ensure that hearts and lives will continue to be touched.
On this special day, November 11, and every day, we offer heartfelt thanks to
our generous friends who support the Evergreen Retirement Community vision
“to lead in transforming long-term care opportunities and be the provider of
choice for care, services, and programs.”
For more information about the Evergreen Foundation, contact Vice President
Foundation Advancement Carol C. Staszkiewicz at 920-237-2120. I
A nonprofit that relies on the philanthropy of friends who support the Evergreen Retirement Community mission to
8 “create exceptional living environments and experiences to serve older adults”