Superbowl Sunday Snow – Thank you , Panorama!

Written by Panorama resident, Deb Ross. February 2017

This blog is a little off my usual  topic of “newbies, boomers, and would-bes” but I wanted to express my gratitude for Panorama’s awesome response to yesterday and today’s Superbowl Sunday snow event (“storm” might be a little too strong a word). First off – we vaguely heard the phone ring during the last thrilling minutes of Super Bowl – or was it a ref whistle? Were we going to answer it? No way! But Panorama left a voicemail message letting us know that some events and facilities might be closed tomorrow (Monday) due to the snow event. Later on, after catching our breath following the game, we checked and confirmed that the Aquatic and Fitness Center would indeed be opening late. Thanks to Jenny, Security, and others for great communication! We know that some staff worked beyond their normal hours to ensure the safety and awareness of residents and staff.

In the morning, we also got an email from Grace Moore to let us know of Monday evening’s concert cancellation. Thank you so much, Grace, for being on top of communications! While email is not yet available to some residents, it’s a great way to communicate last-minute changes to the schedule.

At about 11 Monday morning I ventured out, equipped with my Yaktrax tread devices on my boots (thanks to fellow resident Susan W for the suggestion!), and, of course, my SARA pendant. During my walk, three snowplows came by, and there were Panorama staff out at each neighborhood shoveling walkways. Most sidewalks were shoveled by then, as were most roads. A shouted “thank you” to staff was invariably met with a smile. 

Inside the Quinault, by the door, were two armchairs that allowed me to take off (and then put back on) my Yaktrax before heading to the exercise room. 

So, KUDOS to Panorama and staff for their great efforts at communication and response! 

Deb Bio_Edit

 

A Resident’s Perspective – Transitions

Written by Panorama resident, Deb Ross. December 2015

I went to visit George and Mary Jo, who have recently moved from Holladay Park to an apartment in the Quinault. I wanted to ask them about how they dealt with transitions, both to Panorama several years ago, and now this latest move.

George said that the decision to move to Panorama several years ago was not difficult. He was 66, and Mary Jo 65 when they came here. He no longer felt secure going up on an extension ladder to clean the roof, and did not feel like doing so much yardwork. His kids were not so enthusiastic: “Oh, Dad, you don’t want to live with those old folks!” said his son. George’s daughter-in-law put an end to the argument: “Your parents are doing what they need and want to do.” This bit of wisdom has guided George and Mary Jo’s decisions in retirement: they want to make transitions when they have control over them, not when there’s an emergency.

At first, George and Mary Jo were called “those young whippersnappers:” they were on the very young side of Panorama residents at the time (since then, the average age has dropped). “We both became very active: the Benevolent Fund board, the pea patch, Resident Council, driving for Resident Transit – we immersed ourselves in Panorama life. We particularly enjoyed the neighborhood concept of Panorama and loved Holladay Park.”

At the same time, they were always thinking ahead. “Where would we want to be in ten, fifteen, or twenty years?” They decided to put their names on the wait list for the Quinault. That way, when the perfect unit came up, they could be ready to move. (The Quinault wait list is open to all current Panorama residents, and operates similar to the wait list for other Panorama units.)

Mary Jo’s health deteriorated about four years ago, but they were still comfortable living in Holladay Park. Then, a unit on the top floor of the Quinault became available. Did we want it? “We were really not ready. But Mary Jo replied, ‘I think we should take it.’” This time, the kids were completely supportive and endorsed the philosophy of making the transition on George and Mary Jo’s own terms.

George and Mary Jo love their new apartment. It has everything: spaciousness, proximity to C&R if needed, an inside walk to the restaurant and bank, all amenities that would enable them to continue to live independently for many years. But one of the best things about Panorama is that they can still stay connected to neighbors and friends whom they’ve come to know over the years, as well as making plenty of new friends at the Quinault.

Advice from these wise people? Come to Panorama early so you can take advantage of all it has to offer. Make a long-term plan to know when you are ready to make transitions both to and within Panorama: it gets harder as you get older. And downsize before you move, not after. “Do I really need that turkey roaster and two dozen wine glasses?” George laughs ruefully.

Deb Bio

How to Help Someone Who Has Fallen

This article is featured in the December issue of the Panorama News. Although it was written specifically for our campus, the information is important for all to know.

Written by Panorama Health Services Director, Marla LeFevre. 
Introduction by Panorama resident, Judy Murphy.

Falls are a common occurrence among people of all ages, but they can lead to serious consequences, particularly among older folks. Many people are embarrassed that they have fallen and immediately try to get up, which is not the wisest thing to do.  We may think we are still 20, but our aging bodies do not respond to a fall like a 20-year-old would.  In addition to potential physical injury, a fall can sometimes cause dizziness or confusion. 

If you see someone who has fallen or are with someone who falls, you may wonder what the best course of action is.  Here are some brief guidelines to help you help someone else.      – Judy Murphy

*Call 911 immediately and then the Urgent Response Aide (using a SARA pendant, pull-cord, telephone off-hook, or dialing 413-6000).

*Stay with the person who has fallen (the patient)

*Ensure that the patient is in a safe place (divert traffic, etc.)

*Do not move the patient unless their life is at risk in the current location (i.e. burning car, building collapse)

*Do not assume there is no injury even if the patient states they are fine; many patients don’t realize they are hurt until after they have tried to get up

*If a person is bleeding profusely, apply pressure to the wound with a clean item (if a First Aid kit is not available, clean clothing is ok to use) until the Urgent Response Aide or fire department arrives

*The fire department crew is trained to do a full assessment to determine injuries and can stabilize wounds/injuries until full medical care is received (such as transporting to a hospital)

*All head injuries should be evaluated at a hospital

 

There have been questions in the past about the role of Panorama’s Urgent Response Aides (URAs) when a person has fallen. URAs are Nursing Assistants who are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, but they are not qualified to make comprehensive injury assessments, which is why 911 is always called.  The URA carries a cell phone and will call 911 if nobody else has called.

 

Urgent Response Aides will not lift a person up, because this may cause further injury to the patient and may also cause injury to the URA. Fire dept crews have sufficient staff numbers to lift an uninjured person safely.

 

The URA can assist with basic first aid, supporting/reassuring the patient and their loved ones, crowd control, obtaining medical history, gathering items needed if a patient is transported to a hospital, notifying emergency contacts and primary healthcare providers, and tidying up/locking up the home. The URA will call the resident the day after an incident, to see if any further assistance is needed.

 

Please contact the URA Supervisor Tim Templet at 7561 or Independent Living Services Coordinator Marla LeFevre at 7564 if you have any questions about emergency care.    – Marla LeFevre, Health Services Director

A Resident’s Perspective – Music and Memory

Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. May 2015

On Tuesday, April 28th, the Panorama Auditorium showed a Learning In Retirement segment that all of us should see.  It was titled “Music and Memory” and featured the work of Dan Cohen in awakening residents of nursing homes and gentle-care facilities from their seeming withdrawal from life.  Dan Cohen is a social worker who observed how withdrawn long term residents with dementia and, particularly, Alzheimer’s disease seemed to be.  But, he also observed another thing about them:  music, particularly, their favorite type of music seemed to reach deep within their brains and light a fire of memory, animation and socialization.  They came alive.  Cohen followed this observation by using the technology of the I-Pod player to provide residents with a way to play their own music over the simple headset.  He founded a non-for-profit organization dedicated to getting as many nursing homes and gentle-care facilities as possible in this country to use the simple technology to bring life to their residents.

As I watched the LIR video play out I was so glad that last year about this time of year PC/C.A.R.E. and the Panorama Foundation were responsible to bringing the program to the Activities Department of our nursing facility.  As a result we have 30 I-Pods in use or will have shortly.  It is a thrill to see people who have been in the deep slumber of dementia waken to the tune and beat of their favorite music played on their personal I-Pod in the quiet of their own room.  The video showed this so well.  I’m delighted to have a part in this program that is so worthy.  And—you should be too!  Because it is the dollars you have contributed that have made the difference.  Thanks!

By the way, Katherine Billings told us the auditorium will be showing the video again soon. Watch for it and see for yourself the value of their program.

Bowers Bio

A Resident’s Perspective – It’s More Than the Beauty of Campus

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. April 14th, 2014

Julia and I spent Saturday and Sunday at her beach house on Kamiliche Point near Shelton.  It is a heavenly place when the weather is beautiful…..Puget Sound fluctuating with the tides, shore birds returning, a few boats plying the waters, Mount Rainier visible on the horizon.  In any weather it is a great place to be.

Circle Lane in SpringBut, then, Sunday afternoon we returned to campus.  As soon as we crossed 14th Avenue on the way home, the campus blossomed. Trees and grass in rich hues of green.  Rhodies beginning to bloom.  Flowers of all colors brightening flower beds.  I felt myself feeling very grateful to be living here.  But, as I reflected, it is more than just the beauty of campus that makes me glad I’m here.

Around my neck is my SARA pendent, letting me know that the Benevolent Fund and Panorama care enough about my safety and welfare to connect me at all times with helpers if I need them.  I think of the social workers and emergency responders and the security department who quietly and untiringly keep us in mind as they maintain safety and security.  I know I can get help from them when I’m physically and mentally challenged by what is going on in my life. I think of the Convalescent Center that will care for me when I face physical or mental  challenges that seem to be too much for me. I think of the folks at the clinic, the dentist, the rehab folks, the banks, and the pharmacy who try to help me keep my health and sanity. And, there are people who love me and express their concern.

It’s not just the beauty of the flowers, or the superb entertainment and venue of the auditorium that make me glad I’m living in Panorama. Tonight Julia and I will go to the Panorama Auditorium to hear another soft and sweet performance by one of our favorite performers. What a place to live out our retirement!

As I walk the paths of this campus I’ll give you a nod and a word of greeting.  You do the same for me.  We are both fortunate to be here.  Let’s make the best of it for the good of all of us.

Bowers Bio

Parkinson’s Awareness Month at Panorama

 April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s – approximately 30,000 here in Washington including dozens at Panorama. Fortunately, Panorama has many programs offering help and support to residents coping with this disease.

Panorama Social Services facilitates a Living with Parkinson’s support group. The group provides an opportunity for residents with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to come together to share and receive information from guest speakers, staff and each other. Topics include self-help tips, nutrition, art and music, speech therapy, legal advice, exercise and more.

Studies consistently show exercise helps alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms so Panorama offers a Parkinson’s Exercise Class twice a week at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The class is taught by a certified Movement Class Instructor.

These groups are an essential way for residents to maintain a healthy, supportive and engaging lifestyle at Panorama. “It reminds us that we are not alone,” said the spouse of one resident who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eighteen years ago. The partnership among residents, staff and professionals in the community is what makes our programs special.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month will conclude with a showing of the PBS documentary My Father, My Brother, and Me on April 30th at 1:30pm in the Panorama Auditorium. In the hour-long film, journalist Dave Iverson shares his story of how he, his father, and his older brother were all diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  Iverson sets off on a personal journey to explore the scientific, ethical, and political debate that surrounds the disease. The film is both educational, inspirational and a must see for everyone. There will be FREE Parkinson’s publications, worksheets and information on how you can support research toward finding a cure.

If you would like more information about these and other programs, please contact the Living with Parkinson’s support group facilitator and Campus Social Services Worker, Sara Wasser at 438-7776.

 

 

A Resident’s Perspective – The Smartest Decision in Our Retirement? – Part 2

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo, on February 18th, 2014.

Rachel Dobry, in marketing, was patient and understanding about the hesitancy of Chris (my husband) to visit and tour Panorama.  (See my first blog written in February, 2014.)  She assured me it was normal that one of the spouses wasn’t as eager as the other to move to a retirement center.  We’d e-mail easily, or talk by phone when Chris wasn’t around.  She answered any questions about activities, meals, transportation, housing and prices and was never “pushy,” which I especially appreciated.

I gathered info and studied nuances of every possible, affordable retirement facility for us that was online in Lacey and Olympia.  I filed all packets and brochures they sent us, highlighting statistics.  Even made my own “in-a-nut-shell” large chart comparing at a “glance” the pros and cons of all potential residences.  But each had its drawbacks.

In January, 2011, Melody and John (who kept going to Lacey for job interviews, hoping to move out of Las Vegas, per my 1st   blog) did visit retirement places we might be interested in if we could swing the finances.  But I still thought we’d run out of money at each of those places…over $4,000 for a couple each month!

“Mom, Dad, you don’t want to go ANYWHERE EXCEPT PANORAMA.  No place begins to compare with Panorama.  Not only are the grounds and buildings beautiful, they have so many activities and much more to offer.  Residents seem much happier and friendlier than the other places.  Residents are walking around on the grounds, in and out of the buildings.  Even the employees are happy.  The new Convalescent/Rehab Center doesn’t look like a nursing home or hospital…wide halls.  Bright. Squeaky clean.  Lovely carpeting.  Cheerful and friendly.  And a beautiful piano, Mom! Not a single odor like some places we visited.  Dad, you like to walk.  They have a gorgeous park with fantastic mature trees. We asked tons of questions for you.  Ya’ll have to go up with us when we go back in March.  We took lots of pictures and videos.  Can’t wait to show you, Mom!”

They were exciting.  We saw pictures of other places they visited, too.

Rachel had sent us an informative packet and super DVD that answered more questions and had interviews of about ten couples/singles. On it, I looked out the windows of residents’ homes, saw the game room and restaurant.  I observed the home of residents, Jean and David H., and admired the beautiful items he’d made in Panorama’s woodworking shop. Chris watched it a few times, but I watched it often when he wasn’t home and made new lists for Rachel to answer!

Gotta find out in a few weeks about our visit with a surprise!

Mary Jo Bio

Peace of Mind in a 5 Star Facility

Selecting a skilled nursing facility for yourself or a loved one can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. To help ease this process, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has devised a star rating system that assesses skilled nursing facilities across the nation based on data for each facility’s health inspection results, staffing sufficiency, and Quality Measures.

Here’s how the process works. Health inspection data, as collected by annual DSHS surveys, are reviewed along with any complaint surveys to determine each facility’s quality of performance in comparison to the state and national averages. Staffing hours for licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, and physical therapists are divided among the total number of residents in a facility to calculate the number of professional care hours each resident receives per day. These totals are also compared to state and national averages to form a quality score. Finally, several areas concerning the physical and mental condition of residents, called Quality Measures, are analyzed to determine the degree to which skilled nursing staff are meeting resident needs. The scores of these three sub categories are combined to determine the overall performance quality of the facility.

CMS Five Star Rating

To view the extended CMS report for Panorama’s C&R click on the photo above.

Based on this extensive survey, Panorama’s Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (C&R) is a five-star skilled nursing facility, meaning CMS has determined that Panorama performs “much above average” when compared to facilities throughout the nation.  In addition, the Panorama C&R has zero health deficiencies and zero complaint inspections.

The outstanding success of Panorama’s C&R is attributed to the devoted staff, led by administrator Sharon Rinehart. Sharon and her staff have developed a strategy of continuous improvement that focuses on each department individually. From Sharon’s perspective, maintaining five-star quality service requires an understanding of every position that contributes to operation of the facility and assurance that each staff member possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do what is needed.

“It’s also about teaching critical thinking and having the right people in the right place. I have really high expectations for myself and my staff.” – says Sharon.

Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation CenterSporting a five star rating is not a finish line for Panorama. On the contrary, the burning question is “What would six stars look like?” Sharon and her team have established ways to surpass the already exceptional level of service. Their strategy follows the concept of Quality Improvement versus Quality Assurance. The latter focuses on meeting quality standards and performing at an acceptable level. This strategy is primarily used as a guide to reach regulation compliance and address areas that have lead to past compliance failures. For a five star facility like Panorama, it’s not about fixing failures, as they have met and exceeded all standards. Rather, in order to keep moving forward, the focus is on Quality Improvement which is a pro-active approach to exceeding standards. This is a continuous process that drives all staff members of the Panorama C&R to identify possibilities and test new approaches that focus on making great quality even better.

To establish the setting for this approach, Sharon has developed an environment of enthusiasm and challenge for her staff. In her words, “We can come to work and do an average job, or we can come to work and go far beyond that. That’s what I want people to do.”

In addition to quarterly meetings for all managers in the skilled nursing facility, Sharon holds annual leadership retreats. Prior to these retreats, attendees are assigned reading material to complete for discussion. This year, each manager was asked to identify one area of focus that could be adjusted to enrich the experience for residents and staff. From there, they each developed a project plan and progress measurement system, which they presented to their peers. After 90 days, the progress of each project will be reviewed and discussed with peers to address obstacles and determine a strategy for continued success.

It’s this enthusiasm for challenge and dedication to continuous improvement that makes Panorama a top-notch facility. There is no doubt they’re on their way to six stars, if a six star rating existed that is.

Introducing our new Director of Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy Coconut is the Director of Pet Therapy (in training) at our Convalescent and Rehab center. Boy has she received a warm welcome from her fellow staff members! She is a 15 week-old miniature Goldendoodle who is still teething, so we have to watch her closely but some of those adult teeth are starting to come through. Coconut is registered for puppy kindergarten at Paws-Abilities in Fife, which she will start on June 8th. This is the first in a series of classes she will take in order to receive Therapy Dog Certification.

For now she is just enjoying the life of a very lucky puppy with lots of admirers. She loves to visit different areas of campus and say hello to everyone.

Who Cares for Us at Panorama: Part 2

Welcome to “Who Cares for us at Panorama: Part 2” The previous post covered the first four presentations that were given at our recent Health and Wellness Forum. For the last portion, the format changed from organized presentation to an open discussion with audience involvement.

Our last speaker was Bill Strader, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Panorama Corporation. Bill presented this time as an opportunity for residents to ask any question they want, as long as it was pertaining to his area. The mic was open to anyone with a hand raised. Here are the questions our residents asked, along with summarized responses:

When you ask for applicant financial statements, what are you looking for? How do you use the information?

“The main thing to look for is this: is there a high probability that their resources will last the rest of their life in the home they are looking at? The last thing we want is to put residents in a situation that will lead to financial strain.”

What are your capital expenditure priorities for the next 3-5 years?

“Campus renewal. If independent living is successful it feeds everything else. Occupancy is good for everybody.” Panorama has been here for 50 years. It’s time to renew any rundown buildings. In our renovation projects, we try to stick with products that wear better or are cheaper to replace after time. The focus is on an investment in the longevity of Panorama.

Why don’t we add more locations around the northwest?

“In my work experience, I’ve come from a lot of large chains.” Expanding brings a lot of very expensive start-up costs that involve borrowing funds. Panorama is the 15th largest CCRC in the country. It’s in a great spot. We want to be the best we can, right here. That means putting funds back into this location, rather than expanding to other locations.

The session came to a close with a comment from one resident who said “Bill, you are the absolute best hire Panorama has ever made”, followed by applause from the audience. This marked the forum as a success for everyone; presenters and audience members.

Who Cares for us at Panorama?

It was truly a packed house on Thursday when residents gathered in the Panorama Auditorium for a forum sponsored by the Health and Wellness Committee of the Resident Council. The topic: “Who cares for us at Panorama?” A panel of management personnel presented information about each of their departments as they pertain to the well being of Panorama residents. As this is understandably a very important topic for our residents, there was not a single seat left empty that morning.

H&W Audience   As we all piled in, the scene on the stage was a panel of familiar faces, including the resident moderator who has been a Panorama resident for 12 years and has recently finished his term as President of the Resident Council. There are few people who would fit the position of moderator as well as he did for this particular forum. Sure his 12 years of experience living at Panorama and his work as Resident Council President are enough to qualify him. In addition, however, this gentleman is one who has seen the full spectrum of care to be had at Panorama, standing by his wife through long -term care and experiencing the support from several departments, such as social services and resident transportation. As moderator he introduced each speaker with a brief background and interjected a few of his own comments and recommendations, learned through personal experience.

We were welcomed by the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, the group responsible for forums like this, and the first speaker was introduced.

Marla LeFevre, our Director of Health Services for Independent and Assisted Living, is an experienced registered nurse who has been with Panorama since 2005. Her multifaceted role can be summarized as the support of resident needs to maintain the highest level of independence and quality of life. She began by touching on one responsibility of her job, which is to ensure new applicants who are intending to take residence at Panorama are appropriate for independent living. To that end, Marla meets with each person who is in the process of selecting a home at Panorama. The applicants’ needs are assessed and Marla addresses the ways in which Panorama can help residents meet these needs. Marla’s role extends in many areas outside of the new resident assessments. Recently, she has been updating Panorama’s disaster preparedness and coordinating with Panorama DART (resident Disaster Assistance Response Team) to review and adjust campus plans and procedures in the event of an emergency situation. As a leading management member, Marla has joined a group of Panorama directors and administrators, in conjunction with Providence, who are working towards a goal of transforming the Providence Clinic at Panorama into a geriatric center of excellence. By the end of her presentation, audience members got a clear view at just how busy a day in the life of Marla can be.

Next was Tim Templet, who wears many hats here at Panorama. Tim is the Resident Transportation Supervisor. This department provides off-campus transportation for residents who need it. This service is often used by residents who have doctor appointments outside of the local Lacey area; such as Seattle. Tim is also the Supervisor of Urgent Response, our team of First Aid and CPR trained nursing assistants who are on duty 24/7 responding to emergency alerts and requests. Urgent Response Aids perform resident well checks when requested by concerned family members, friends, or staff. They are also equipped to assist residents as needed in situations where 911 has been called and emergency responders are en route. In addition, Tim serves as the Resident Assistance Coordinator. Under this title, Tim assists residents in independent living with keeping individual emergency information and disaster plans up-to-date, coordinating moves within campus (i.e from a single family home to a smaller, more accessible apartment), as well as assessing questions, concerns, and general problem-solving.

Health and Wellness PanelFollowing Tim was a presentation by Adele Hadley, our Independent Living Social Services Coordinator. The purpose of the Independent Living Social Services department is to support residents in various aspects of life while they navigate Panorama’s continuum of care. Adele referred to her department as a “concierge” of sorts, helping residents to get what they need. The social workers work across lines with other professionals at Panorama and elsewhere to ensure residents have access to resources that will meet their needs. Adele explained not only the role of her department but also the big reason behind what we all do here at Panorama. Addressing the resident-filled audience, Adele proclaimed “You are the drive of what we do. You are our focus.” Throughout each presentation in this forum, this particular statement reflects the very purpose of each department and each position at Panorama. She went on to describe “independence” as a gray area. “We all need help from each other, no matter what age.” Because of the social workers in this department, Panorama residents are never far from an expert in resource finding who strives to be a helping hand for each and every resident on campus.

The Independent Living Social Services department facilitates several resident support groups on campus.

Caring for the Caregiver is a support group for those who are a primary caregiver for a loved one.

Life After Loss is a bereavement group for those who have lost a loved one recently or at any time.

Long-Term Care Support Group is for residents who have a loved one living permanently in a long-term care setting.

Living with Parkinson’s is for any resident coping with Parkinson’s Disease or other movement disorders.

Lunch Bunch is a no-host social luncheon group that meets in the Chambers House Restaurant.

They also facilitate forums and classes such as last year’s financial planning forum, the Living Well workshop that focuses on living proactively, hearing aide services, the mobility fair, and assistance with Medicare open enrollment. As Adele finished speaking, it was clear that the Independent Living Social Services Department covers a very broad range of topics and needs that we run into as we age, addressing the various issues of life in order to allow our residents to comfortably  “age in place.”

As a bridge between independent living and long-term care, assisted living is an important aspect of our continuum that provides residents the assistance they need without losing the freedoms of a more independent setting. Kristin Scott, the manager of our Assisted Living department gave the audience an inside look at what goes on in her territory. Residents receive assistance with activities of daily living, as needed, and have access to activity programs that are brought right to their building, such as exercise classes, craft projects, and baking events. Kristin explained her desire to clear any misconceptions about assisted living. The department holds regular town hall style meetings where residents are asked to give constructive feedback for management to consider.

Stay tuned for a review of the last portion of “Who Cares for us at Panorama?” where we hear from the Vice President and CFO of the corporation.

PC C.A.R.E Christmas

As a community, we try to ensure the warmth of the holidays can be found all throughout Panorama’s campus. One area that receives extra attention each year is the Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, where our long-term care residents live. For over fifteen years, Panorama Campus Convalescent and Rehabilitation Enrichment, or PC C.A.R.E, has worked hard to make sure no one is forgotten during the Christmas holiday. PC C.A.R.E is a resident organization with the purpose of enhancing the comfort and experiences of those who reside in our Convalescent Center. The activities of this organization are funded by the generous donations of Panorama residents and community members. Although its efforts aren’t exclusive to the holidays, PC C.A.R.E’s main event is an annual Christmas party with live music, a sing-a-long, and Christmas gifts for each resident in the Convalescent Center.

In preparation for this holiday event, representatives of PC C.A.R.E put together a wish list for current residents of the Convalescent Center. Common comfort items are included, such as blankets, sweaters, bath robes, and slippers. The items are personalized for each person by variety in color and style. Gifts are then wrapped and delivered just before Christmas. The PC C.A.R.E. Treasurer, Carol Lambert, says it’s an experience not only for the enjoyment of those living in long-term care, but “for our enjoyment too.” Other than the shopping of course, her favorite part is when residents arrive at the party and she gets to see their reactions as gifts are delivered.

This long-running tradition is one that helps fill the hearts of all who are involved and exhibits the culture of community we see on our campus everyday here at Panorama.

You’re Not Alone

“You’re Not Alone” is a seminar designed especially for women who are facing retirement decisions on their own. At Panorama, you have tremendous support and resources available so that you are not alone through this process.

Obtain valuable information from a real estate specialist, organizational guru and a moving specialist as well as valuable insight from our resident panel.

Don’t allow the unknown to stop you from enjoying the retirement you deserve!

Join us on March 28th at 10:00 am.

Call (360) 456-0111 to register.