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Rev. Morgan Gardner will retire in May after 14 years of service to Deerfield and its residents and staff. Under his excellent leadership Pastoral Services developed from a part time presence to two full time Chaplains who cater to all faiths. Rev. Gardner has selflessly given caring service to all by answering emergency calls 24/7 at hospitals and residences. He has provided support throughout the continuum of care needed by individuals and families. Seventy five percent of residents at Deerfield choose to have their funeral services here at Deerfield, in either St. Giles Chapel or the Healthcare Chapel, and many choose the Memorial Garden as a final resting place. Rev. Gardner has grown Pastoral Services into a 100% self-sustaining model with all project-funding coming from the congregation, including the historical moving and renovation of St. Giles Chapel, construction of the Healthcare Chapel, and the development of the Memorial Garden. Staff and residents alike have been blessed immensely by his care and presence, and he will be greatly missed.

National speaker and local caregiver and advocate Karen Stobbe will present a session at Deerfield on Saturday, May 16th from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. The topic of the free presentation is understanding the world of Alzheimer’s disease. Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away in 2000. Karen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Vascular dementia a year later. Karen’s life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work. “You will walk away from this session with practical tips that you can use, no matter what your situation may be,” said Karen.

Karen has developed a 6-week training program called In the Moment, that uses creativity, improvisation and theatre as training tools. She has a web site for the entire program: www.inthemoment.com. She has developed a Train the Facilitator DVD that focuses on how to train effectively and creatively. Karen has performed over 600 trainings in storytelling, improvisation, caring for persons with Alzheimer’s and the importance of laughter. Her trainings have included; The Pioneer Network, University of California-San Diego, RUSH Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the nation and many in-services for organizations across the country. Karen and her husband Mondy Carter were recently featured on NPR’s This American Life Magic Words: Act 2.

“Being In The Moment”

Saturday, May 16th   1 - 4 pm

Seating is limited.

Please RSVP by May 13th to 828-210-4514.

This year, Deerfield is excited to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our community! From humble beginnings in 1955, when Bishop George Henry, along with two generous donors who caught his enthusiasm and financed his dream, created a retirement community on thirty acres of farmland outside of Asheville, NC. The “square donut,” as it was known, was home to almost 100 residents and employed 50 to 60 staff. Today, Deerfield sprawls across 125 acres, and is home to over 600 residents and more than 300 staff.

Beginning in April of this year, a Deerfield Decade will be celebrated each month at the General Resident meeting that will feature a photo and memorabilia display, as well as shared memories by residents and staff, culminating October with a 60th Anniversary Party on October 11th. We hope you will join us in celebrating!

The 27 cottages and villas to be built on the 15-acre site at the north end of campus have been pre-sold. The site work is scheduled to begin in March, and continue into the fall. The first of the new cottages and villas are expected to be ready in early 2016, with completion of all cottages by the summer of 2017.

Renowned children’s health care advocate Dr. Olson Huff will speak at Deerfield on Tuesday, February 3 in the Blue Ridge Room. With an extensive background in pediatric medicine, children’s issues, philanthropy and legislative affairs, Dr. Huff will share his views on the current challenges facing children’s health issues. Following a 14-year career in private pediatric practice in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Olson relocated to Asheville, establishing the child development program at Thoms Hospital in 1987. He later became the Medical Director of the Ruth and Billy Graham Children’s Health Center at Mission Hospital. Under his leadership, Mission Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina, was formed. The Olson Huff Center for Child Development became a part of the Children’s Hospital in 1996. He has authored three books and numerous articles on children’s health, development and behavior. Please join us and learn how you can raise your voice on behalf of the youngest members of our society who cannot speak for themselves.
The program will begin at 4:00 pm and is hosted by Deerfield residents Blan and Kay Aldridge, Hartley Hall, Jim and Betty Henderson, Tom and Peg Hughes, and Bunk and Nancy Spann. RSVP by February 1st to Nancy Spann, spannng@appstate.edu or 828-277-4040.

Ken Rhew, Deerfield’s Director of Facility Services, retired in January after 18 years of service to our community. Ken has overseen our Maintenance, Grounds, and Security departments, and has guided every major expansion at Deerfield during his tenure. His attention to detail and expectation of excellence from those who have worked under his direction have been an invaluable asset to us all, and an example to those who follow. Ken will remain at Deerfield as Project Manager through the completion of our cottage expansion in 2017.

In your golden years you want a strong sense of security and enrichment of lifestyle. For almost 3 years Deerfield researched and evaluated the features and benefits of implementing a keyless locking system. By October 2014 over 500 old-fashioned traditional locks were converted to a state of the art, computerized keyless locking system campus wide.
This ergonomic design requires the resident, employee, contractor or designated family member/caregiver to present the keyless locking fob to their front door or external building door reader to engage the lock. This single-motion ease of operation is especially beneficial for residents with low vision and limited dexterity or mobility.

The new system is an immediate deterrent for theft. And it offers potential reduction for individual residents’ private property insurance.

With state-of-the-art computer technology, the keyless locking system records access 24 hours a day. A traditional metal key can be lost, picked up or copied and fall into the wrong hands without a trace. If a keyless locking system door fob is lost, it can be erased remotely and a new key fob can be issued immediately.

Deerfield's new keyless locking system is an integrated approach to providing safety and security for all Deerfield residents. With an extremely user-friendly system, the keyless locking system provides an innovative approach to access control and overall safety. Because you deserve to relax and enjoy the comfort of feeling safe 
and secure.

Deerfield received its first Medicare Survey earlier in 2014, and in July 2014, we received our first Medicare Star Rating. Deerfield received a 5 star rating overall, and we also received all five stars in the other categories of Health Inspections, Staffing and Quality Measures. Out of the 420 Medicare Rated Nursing Homes in North Carolina, only 105 are 5 star rated overall, and only 6 are five-star rated in all categories. We are in the 1.4% of Nursing Homes in North Carolina that are 5 star rated in all categories and the only one in the western part of the state.

Honoring Dignity and Choice: Person-Centered Approaches to Dementia.

Memory and cognitive impairment occur more frequently in older adults, and providers are caring for more people with memory disorders. Providers are redefining how to care for people with dementia, embracing those people’s individuality and expanding their opportunities to continue living a full and enjoyable life.
“We are trying to provide a quality experience for our seniors, and it’s important to provide as much normalcy as possible,” says Angie Littke, director of nursing services at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Ashville, NC. She received the 2014 National Nurse Administrator of the Year recognition from the National Association of Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care.
The Board of Directors has approved the pre-marketing of a proposed development of 27 Cottages and Villas on the 15-acre site at the north end of the campus. The living space in the new units will range from 1650 to 2565 square feet. Depending on the velocity of pre-sales, we hope to break ground in the spring of 2015, with occupancy starting in the fall of 2015. Construction will continue into 2016 with the remainder of the units ready for occupancy in 2016. A meeting will be held on September 8th for those who are on the Future Resident list for a Cottage or Villa.