The Asbury Edge
The Asbury Edge
Redefining the expectations of aging

Greetings From the CEO

Edwin Thomas, Jr.
President & CEO

It’s an old adage that bears repeating: there is strength in numbers. And the most important numbers of all – in the business world or in a personal sense – are the number of people you can count on to act as partners in the goals you set for yourself.

As Asbury looks toward the future, partnership is more critical to our continuing success than ever. Although Asbury was built on brick and mortar communities, the future requires an innovative approach to providing a broad continuum of services for older adults – both within our retirement communities and without. Continue reading...

Human Touch and Technology Combine to Meet New
CMS Guidelines for Quality Assurance & Improvement

When the last Asbury skilled nursing center converted its health records system from paper to electronic in 2011, a two-year process was finally complete. But the real work was just beginning.

Now, the wealth of data gathered in those electronic medical records is being put to work improving how care and services are delivered at each Asbury retirement community.

Under the Affordable Care Act, skilled nursing centers must have a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Plan, or QAPI, that meets new standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

This isn’t an entirely new idea or process, notes Joan McCabe, Director of Quality Assurance for Asbury. “The skilled nursing field has always done quality assurance very well,” Joan says. “We are accountable to federal, state and local regulations, which require that we meet standards of care in many specific areas, and we know that people who are researching nursing centers can see how we measure up in online report cards published by the CMS. Quality assurance was about meeting those standards.” Continue reading...

Asbury Expert’s Tips for a Happier, Healthier Brain

Are you giving your brain the love and respect it deserves? It’s the body’s most vital organ – controlling us physically and emotionally – and also registering and recording our lives.

Not surprisingly, dementia and general loss of brain function is a top health fear among adults of all ages. Keeping your brain in good working order is receiving more and more attention these days.

So what are the best strategies for keeping your brain healthy? Sustained effort is key when implementing any strategy. It takes work to keep a complicated organ such as our brain in optimum condition. Read these five simple steps to keep your mind bright.

A Mission of Community Service

Associate Spotlight: Ruth Scandale, Springhill

As a not-for-profit, Asbury makes a pledge to the communities where it operates to benefit not only those who call Asbury home, but seniors who live in the regions where it operates.

Ruth Scandale, Director of Administrative Services at Springhill, personifies this pledge.

When Ruth joined Springhill seven years ago, she was helping care for her mother who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Going through that process was terribly difficult, and instilled a deep respect in Ruth for the Alzheimer’s Association and their fight to end the disease, she says.

Ruth funneled that respect – and her exceptional energy levels – into making Springhill an Erie, Pa., leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Since assuming her leadership role in 2008 as the Springhill Team Captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Ruth has raised $43,291. Continue reading...

Reducing Caregiver Stress

More than 65 million people provide care for a family member or friend, and study after study has documented the heavy toll this takes. With caregiving come psychological and physical effects, and depending on the amount and level of care a person is providing, those effects can be quite severe.

Here, Karen Bruner, Director of Bethany Village at Home, provides some facts on caregiver stress and tips for reducing it.

Asbury in the News

Key Factors for EMR Implementation Success

Click here to see Asbury CIO Chip Burns’ views on how to successfully plan for and implement electronic medical records in a recent issue of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Music & Memory Expands

Asbury associates’ commitment to integrating best practices from sister communities was on display recently. Two years ago, Bethany Village implemented Music & Memory’s therapeutic iPod program into its healthcare neighborhoods. This year, Asbury Methodist Village launched its program at Wilson Health Care Center with the help of a local Eagle Scout troop. Click here to watch WJLA’s recent news feature.

Asbury Welcomes Director of Strategic Communications

Tara McDaniel joined Asbury in November 2013 with more than 15 years of strategic communications, media relations, branding and marketing strategy experience. Tara joined Asbury from Sodexo, where she served as Senior Director Communications for the Corporate Services Market and as Senior Manager, Public Relations. Before joining Sodexo, she was a senior spokesperson and managed media relations for American Airlines and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Tara began her career in Washington, D.C., as staff assistant and executive assistant in the House Deputy Majority Whip office for Congressman John Lewis. Tara holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hampton University and is a resident of Montgomery County, MD. She sits on the board of directors for the Manna Food Center and is a proud member of the Leadership Montgomery (MD) Class of 2014.

The theme of Older Americans Month 2014 is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” To support successful aging, Asbury is building a continuum of services that blends best practices in wellness and health care. Please visit our online consumer publication, The Asbury Perspective, for articles on exercises that support mental and physical function as you age, outfitting a home for aging, opening the conversation with parents facing age-related declines, long-term care insurance and estate planning and many other important topics. Asbury is redefining the expectations of aging.

Check out The Asbury Perspective – a blog devoted to the topics important to older adults and caregivers.

2014 Caring Classic

It’s time to tee up for the 2014 Caring Classic Golf Tournament. Last year’s event raised more than $100,000 for Asbury’s Benevolent Care program benefitting residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own. Click here for information. And thank you to Flagship Rehabilitation for sponsoring the Tournament for a second year!

A Legacy of Serving Others

Tom and Jean Hefner are the type of couple you never forget. Click here to read about the incredible difference they have made – and continue to make – for Asbury Methodist Village and its residents.

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