Dr. Tom Rardin and his wife Shirley have lived in Asheville for 48 years. They chose to move to Deerfield in 2006. Tom and Shirley have four children, two of whom live in Asheville with their families. Tom was drawn to Asheville as a result of spending several years here as a child in summer camps and also to join an established rheumatologist’s practice. Tom had recently finished his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in rheumatology at the University of Virginia. Then, there was a stint in the Army where he was the medical officer in charge of the dispensary. Shirley was an educator before moving to Asheville. She continued her education here, earning an MBA, and subsequently working in Tom’s office as the business manager. She has served on several boards in Asheville. It was more than the confidence in the Life Care that Deerfield provides, it was also the activities that attracted the Rardins. As residents of Deerfield, they engage in many activities together including College for Seniors, music programs, and playing mah jongg and bridge. When Shirley is sewing or quilting, Tom might be found on the croquet court. The Rardins both formerly skied and enjoyed golfing, but for Tom these more vigorous activities have been replaced with exercise and therapy to help treat his Parkinson’s Disease, symptoms of which were first recognized by his son, a neurologist in Asheville. Through the rehab department at Deerfield, which is managed by RehabCare, he receives speech, occupational, and physical therapies. The exercise programs include modified chair yoga, movement to music therapies, and electrical stimulation for deactivating muscles during exercise. These and many more treatments and exercises are provided by a very caring and attentive staff. Tom says he is aware of when he needs to seek therapy services and is able to do that easily with RehabCare right on site. “Our department, at Deerfield, includes a number of therapists and the tools to work with residents who have a wide variety of needs and abilities,” says RehabCare Program Director and Agency Administrator Monica Hall Olszewski. “We help those who are proactive and know exactly what they want, and can also guide residents who need direction with their care.” The Rardins made a good choice when they chose Deerfield for many reasons, but as Dr. Rardin says, “The secret to Deerfield is the people, both staff and residents.” For more information about RehabCare services available, future residents can contact Monica Hall Olszewski by calling (828)-274-1531 *3298.
• Landscaping is underway at the new Villas
• Ten couples are settled in their new homes, with additional move-ins planned before the holidays.
Tuesday, October 4
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Haley Mahoney from Asheville Sustainability Office
1:15 p.m. Sonia Marcus Director of Sustainability, UNC Asheville
Fitch Ratings has assigned an A- rating to the expected issuance of $41.9 million of North Carolina Medical Care Commission health care facilities first mortgage revenue refunding bonds, series 2016, on behalf of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community.
In addition, Fitch has upgraded to ‘A-’ from ‘BBB+’ the ratings on revenue bonds issued through the North Carolina MCC on behalf of Deerfield. The Rating Outlook is revised to Stable from Positive. The key drivers of the rating revision are Deerfield’s strong occupancy, consistent growth in liquidity, solid profitability, and debt burden.
Deerfield has a long history of operations in Asheville, NC, that dates back to 1955. Deerfield maintains a national draw on prospective residents as approximately 31% of current residents come from other states in the U.S., while 24% come from other areas in NC and 45% are from its primary market area. The geographic diversity amongst prospective residents is viewed favorably and is attributed to Deerfield’s status as a “destination” CCRC. Fitch believes this regional/national draw of residents helps insulate Deerfield from local and regional economic and real-estate pressures and has led to robust occupancy levels over the last few fiscal years.
Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com
The Best of Deerfield Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, August 20th
Blue Ridge Room - 10 am to 4 pm
After her career as an airline stewardess with Pan American and a short time working on Wall Street prior to that, Deerfield resident Elaine Holland became an art instructor. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Wright in Spokane, Washington. Elaine enjoyed flying all over the world as a stewardess, and then traveling with her husband Bill, moving to every station to which he was assigned as an Air Liaison Officer, except Vietnam. Her life has been filled with many places and people, which has provided inspiration for her artwork. Elaine and her husband have called Deerfield home since 2011. Elaine’s artwork can be viewed at the Best of Deerfield Arts & Crafts Show.
On Sunday, September 11th 2016, the Memorial Garden at St. Giles Chapel will be re-dedicated. The first two phases of an extensive enhancement project being funded by donations will soon be completed. The enhancement project includes installation of an irrigation system, soil preparation, review of current plantings and placement of additional plantings that will provide year-round color, as well as enhancements to the entrances to the garden.
The St. Giles Memorial Garden was first dedicated on Memorial Day, May 31, 2004 and is available for use by all residents of Deerfield.
The Re-dedication Service will take place at 4 pm at St. Giles Chapel and will include garden tours, a wine and cheese reception, and special music. All are welcome to attend the service and celebration.St. Giles Memorial Garden Enhancements & Re-dedication
It is tax season once again, and the Deerfield Tax Aide project is in full swing under the leadership of Resident Judy Havard. When Judy and her husband Jim moved to Deerfield in the spring of 2011, she already had 12 years of experience as an AARP Tax Aide Worker. Recognizing that there were other AARP Tax Aides living at Deerfield, Judy pulled a team together and with the support of members of the administration team they began offering this free service in the Resident Business Office. That was 5 years ago, and this year the program expects to serve approximately 150 residents, employees, and their families.
Judy received a degree in Math & Physics from Lamar University in Texas, and then specialized in Information Technology. Her career included managing the IT department for General Electric Lighting Systems Inc. for 10 years before her retirement. Numbers are just one of Judy’s specialties - she also has a creative side, and enjoys working in the pottery studio at Deerfield. She was delighted when she sold some of her little clay mice creations, which she displayed on a cheese tray (where else would mice like to hang out?), at a street fair in Hendersonville, and the customer ordered more!
In addition to the opportunities at Deerfield, and the lovely surroundings which drew Judy and her husband to this community, it is also the people she enjoys. “Staying in your home can sometimes lead to becoming a recluse, whereas here there is constant opportunity to ‘meet & greet’, and new friends add a vitality to life.”
As much as Judy feels she has bene ted from the opportunities she’s found at Deer eld, the community has bene ted from her presence as well. In addition to her leadership as an AARP Tax Aide, she coordinated the design of the new residents website, MyDeer eld.org and maintains Judy’s List on the website. Judy’s List is a list of businesses and services that are recommended by fellow residents at Deer eld. Deer eld is the vibrant community that it is because of Judy and many others like her, who provide friendship and support to members of the community we all share.
Power of the Purse is the biggest women’s philanthropy event of the year. Bus transportation will be provided free of charge by Deerfield’s Philanthropy department.
Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center
Tuesday, May 24th
Dr. Mae Jemison
Astronaut, Physician, Educator, Entrepreneur, Dancer
Luncheon Tickets - $75 Bus Transportation - FREE
If you would like to be a part of this year’s event, please contact Cheryl Gettinger, email@example.com or ext. 3206.
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