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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.
 
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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.
Cheryl Gettinger, who joined Deerfield in December 2013 as our Director of Fund Development, helps Deerfield residents connect their passions with opportunities to give of their time, talents and treasure, both within the Deerfield community and in the local community. 
 
Cheryl welcomes both current and future residents to attend a series of informative speaking events presented by community leaders on a range of topics beneficial to seniors. All events will be held in the Blue Ridge Room.
David Troy Francis, the new director and accompanist of the Deerfield Chorus invites each of you to come to the first rehearsal and give us a try. He will be providing some incredibly tasty baked goods to share with all who show up, and promises the rehearsal will be fun, convivial and full of joy. If you have ever sung in a school chorus, a church choir, a performing chorale or in your shower WE WANT YOU to join the Absolutely Amazing New Deerfield Chorus!
 
You do not need to read music, you do not need to sing like Caruso – but you do need to LOVE to SING and to Love Music. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, August 6th, 10 am-noon and will be held each Wednesday thereafter.

Deerfield Director of Nursing, Angela Littke, was awarded 2014 Nurse Administrator of the Year by NADONA, the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Long Term Care.

Andy Strauss, a former Deerfield Board member and attorney with Strauss & Associates in Asheville was honored as “Trustee of the Year” at the Leading Age NC Conference.

Sandra Robertson received the 2014 "Service Exellence Award" from LeadingAge North Carolina on May 14th at the LeadingAge NC Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach!



Sandra has been an outstanding member of the housekeeping staff at Deerfield since 2004. Her performance as a housekeeper has been truly exemplary, both in the quality of her cleaning services and as a devoted and trusted presence in the homes of the residents she serves. These residents have been vocal in their praise of Sandra. She has been a mentor and example of what our employees proudly call "the Deerfield way" - doing every task right, thoroughly, and efficiently, every time.

 Deerfield residents who are so inclined can post a "Catch a Shining Star" award (on a prominent bulletin board) to express appreciation for any employee for service they believe to be exceptional. Sandra is frequently sited by the residents as one of Deerfield's Shining Stars. She has also received recognition for multiple years of perfect attendance.

Deerfield recently completed the annual Medicare resident care survey for skilled nursing and Assisted Living units. We are happy to announce that our survey by a team from the state of North Carolina ended with NO deficiencies being found, which is incredibly rare. Having a state survey team carefully review the efforts of our staff gives Deerfield the opportunity to have an objective eye on the care we deliver every day. The survey confirms the things that we are doing well and also provides direction on ways to improve in areas where improvement may be needed. The impeccable result of this survey is a testament to our efforts on behalf of the residents we are entrusted to serve. 

This survey result will impact Deerfield’s star rating with Medicare, available through their “Nursing Home Compare” website. While the star rating hasn’t been fully processed yet, we anticipate it will allow us the opportunity to distinguish Deerfield from other facilities within the long term care community of Western North Carolina. Congratulations to our skilled and caring staff on this successful outcome!