In our last update, we shared with you the measures Advantage Living Centers have taken to prepare our teams to care for resident who show symptoms of or have COVID-19. Yesterday, we were informed that a resident from our Roseville facility tested positive for the virus while at the hospital. The facility has several other residents with suspected symptoms and the facility activated the isolation unit plan. We have been in contact with the health department and are following CDC guidelines to contain the virus and prevent the spread.

We also called families to keep them up to date about their loved one. We have increased technology so residents and families can connect through facetime and social media. We understand how important it is to stay connected. Residents in all Advantage facilities have been very creative in interacting with one another and families without having in person contact.

A key component of our plan is taking a team approach to care. We have a dedicated team unit that only cares for suspected or confirmed cases of the virus. The team consists of one nurse, one nursing assistant and one housekeeper. They do not care for any other residents except those on the isolation unit. Currently, we have protective equipment to care for these residents. These team members are highly experienced and are working closely with physicians.

We are a company of prayer and 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind. Our staff is calm. They have joined together to secure the health and safety of the people who live and work with us. As things change, we will update the information hotline messaging. That number is 248-416-0165.

We are very proud of our Advantage family. Psalm 91 continues to be the scripture we stand on for peace, protection and assurance that God has our backs.

Kelsey and Reggie

3.19.2020: COVID-19 Updates From the Owners

Organization News and Updates

The team at Advantage Living Centers is doing all we can to protect your family, friend and loved one from the impact of coronavirus in our facilities. We have implemented guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) and are on daily calls with facility teams to update guidelines and identify resources needed.

Currently, staffing at our centers has been good. We are in the process of increasing staffing to assure we have plenty of people to clean, provide dining services (we canceled communal dining), and provide activities for residents including helping residents use social media and participate in self directed activities (no group activities).

We are monitoring residents and staff for symptoms and we have a response team and plan in each facility ready to care for residents should symptoms arise. Currently, we have no positive COVID-19 test results in our facilities.

We are a praying company and are standing on Psalm 91 daily. Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to support our residents. Advantage Team members have put a new meaning into the word “TEAM” and we are very proud and grateful for each person who works with us.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please do not hesitate to contact the facility if you have any questions.

Blessing to you and your family

Reginald Hartsfield and Kelsey Hastings

COVID-19: Safety and Prevention at Advantage Living Centers

Media statement as of 3/12/2020:

We are taking precautionary measures to reduce our risk of COVID-19 entering our facilities.  As of March 12, 2020, all Advantage Living Centers are closed to visitors.  All external and internal community events are cancelled. 

We are closely following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance including guidelines for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to contain the spread of the virus. Advantage’s top priority is the health and safety of our residents and team members.

As of March 12, 2020 there have been no presumed positive COVID 19 cases in our buildings.  We have a plan in place to address any emergency incidents in our facilities, especially in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19. If a confirmed case were to occur, we would continue to act in full compliance with the CDC, and local and state health authorities.

Families are encouraged to telephone their loved ones, use social media, etc. to communicate with their loved ones during this time.  We would be more than happy to assist with this communication.  Please contact the facility social worker or Life Enrichment Director for assistance. 

Should you have any further questions, please contact our corporate office at 248-569-8400. 

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Advantage Living Centers – A Leader in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Care

January is National Mental Health Month and at Advantage Living Centers (ALC) we take a holistic approach to caring for and supporting our residents who have mental health diagnoses.  Most people think of Mental Health as depression or anxiety, but Dementia, including Alzheimer’s, is a significant Mental Health condition that effects more than 5 million Americans today. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.

In response to the need for quality care for people with Dementia, Advantage Living Centers has taken steps to expand Memory Care programming, which offers the public high quality care givers and programming designed to support individuals throughout the Dementia process.  Team members working with our residents are Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP) with ongoing education through the CARES online training program.

What does this mean for you and your loved one?  This means you have a quality option to help you through the disease process.  Whether you need a support group, short term respite or long term placement, Advantage is ready to be your partner in care.   At Advantage Living Centers we work closely with the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter, participating in walks, raising funds and offering continuing education courses internally and to the public. We find it incredibly important to keep ourselves as well as our staff educated on all stages of the disease.

It is important to know the warning signs of the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s.  Unfortunately, the disease often develops years before it is outwardly noticeable. Individuals with Dementia, including  Alzheimer’s Disease, will often seem fine and symptom free on the outside, but on the inside toxic changes are taking place. Signs of early on-set Alzheimer’s can begin as early as 30s years old to mid-60s.

Overall, tell tale signs of Alzheimer’s can include, memory loss, repeating questions, trouble handling bills, wandering and getting lost, problems recognizing family and friends, to name a few. So now you’re asking yourself, what’s next? Although our hopes are high for the future, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. On the bright side, there is an ever-growing population of individuals and researchers who devote their working lives to helping residents and their families live with this disease. Currently, the approach to helping cope with Alzheimer’s is assisting people to maintain mental function, manage behavioral symptoms and slow down the disease process. There are several drugs available to help manage Alzheimer’s, but the absolute best therapy starts with family and loved ones. Know the warning signs, seek help and stay educated.

Discovering or dealing with Alzheimer’s may not be easy. We are here to help. As stated earlier Advantage Living Centers is committed to a future with state of the art memory care units in our facilities. We are also proud to offer Alzheimer Support Groups, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, at three of our facilities in Battle Creek, Redford and Armada. Everyone is welcome and we would be honored to partner with you to support you and your family in this journey.

Daily Care, Extraordinarily Done: Certified Nursing Assistants at Advantage Living Centers

One of the most personal relationships residents develop while they are in our care at Advantage Living Centers is with our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). These dedicated men and women wear many hats and their commitment to our residents is unmatched.

 

It’s National CNA Week, so this week we are celebrating all of the great work our CNAs do on a daily basis – their actions are pivotal to the day-to-day operations of all of the Advantage facilities.

 

Certified Nursing Assistants are responsible for the direct daily care of residents at our facilities; everything from getting ready in the morning to serving meals, taking vitals, transportation and our residents’ nighttime routines (just to name a few).  

 

As one of our CNAs put it, “You become their family when theirs cannot be there. Your patients learn to trust you both as a caregiver and as a friend because of the time spent with them. You learn their favorite hobbies, music, games, meals, as well as their least-favorite people or dessert from the cafeteria. You are there to watch them laugh and smile but also to comfort them through tears and pain.”

 

When unexpected emergencies arise, CNAs ensure the little details aren’t forgotten. Their hard work is crucial to the healing process for short term residents and the daily comfort of those with us long term.

 

All of us here at Advantage Living Centers are incredibly appreciative and thankful for the 575 CNAs caring for residents across our facilities. You have one of the most important and pivotal jobs in the world, and we thank you for all that you do!

Helping Hearts: Advantage Health Centers and the American Heart Association

AHA Heart Walk 1

The Centers for Disease Control reports that heart disease is currently the deadliest disease facing the U.S., taking the lives of 610,000 Americans per year – that’s one in four deaths.  It changes the lives of men, women and children across Michigan and the country including some of those at Advantage Living Center facilities. Some of our residents suffer from heart disease and the effects of stroke, a condition our staff is knowledgeable on

Advantage Living Centers became involved with the American Heart Association for two reasons.

First, we wanted to create a healthier environment for our staff and residents, particularly one that focused on making healthy food choices and increased exercise. The American Heart Association supported us with their Healthy Food and Beverage Toolkit. This was a great resource for our staff along with residents and their families looking to make heart health a priority.

Second, we serve many residents during short and long term stays, who have cardiac and related conditions and we wanted to be involved in educating both them and the public on how to prevent heart disease. Our staff has become more educated on how to prevent and treat cardiac disease as well as the early warning signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks. Many of our facilities have cardiologists who come to our facilities 2-3 times per month to treat our residents and our therapists are skilled in post stroke care. These therapists and cardiologists work closely with each other to help residents recover after cardiac events such as heart attack and congestive heart failure.

4 years ago, Reggie and I became involved in American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team and board members for the Heart Walk.  Our staff, residents and supporters actively fundraised within the Advantage Living Centers communities with Reggie as the local spokesperson for the 2016 Detroit Heart Walk while Kelsey became a board member on the Southeastern Michigan American Heart Association. In July 2017, she will assume the role of President of the board.

In our time working with the American Heart Association, our facility teams have started Art for the Heart, which has become a national painting program for individuals with heart disease or stroke and have raised funds and participated in the Detroit Heart Walk with our Heart Mascot annually. 

It’s incredibly important for us to remember to take care of our hearts, not only now but throughout our lives. The major contributing factors of heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, with 47% of Americans have at least one of these risk factors.

Advantage Living Centers’ goal is to help heal hearts: the physical heart through our physicians, nurses and therapists and the emotional heart through every individual who touches the lives of the people who stay with us short and long term.  Our mission focuses on improving health and well being and to help people realize their potential in their future.

 

Kelsey Hastings, co-owner

Advantage Living Center Communities Offer High Employee Participation in Detroit Heart Walk

Advantage Living Center Communities Offer High Employee Participation in Detroit Heart Walk

100+ staff members volunteer to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall heart health

 

Detroit, Mich. – More than 100 Advantage Living Centers employees participated Saturday in the American Heart Association’s 2017 Detroit Heart Walk, raising more than $12,000.

 

Advantage’s senior leadership are proud of the outstandingly high employee turnout at the event. Co-owners Reginald Hartsfield and Kelsey Hastings both have served on the Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team for the past three years.

 

“The overwhelming amount of employee participation truly reflects our organization’s dedication to better health and wellness in not only the Detroit community, but the entire Michigan community as well,” said Hastings. “Reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke is incredibly important to all of us at Advantage, so we were glad to have a local opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of heart health.”

 

Twelve individual teams participated under the Advantage name, representing both facilities and families.

 

“We really appreciate it when employees come out and participate in community events and love when it happens in these numbers,” said Hartsfield. “Especially as we age, it’s important to take care of our heart health – some of our residents struggle with cardiovascular disease and the effects of stroke, so we were incredibly proud to participate as well as raise funds and awareness.”

 

The leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease causes 25 percent of all deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control. Certain risk factors and lifestyles can put people at a higher risk for heart problems including diabetes, obesity, poor diet, lack of physical activity and excessive alcohol consumption.

 

About Advantage Living Centers: Advantage Living Centers’ vision is to provide premium, patient directed, and highly skilled post-acute and rehabilitative care in a compassionate, professional environment. With 10 locations across the state of Michigan, they are strongly committed to identifying each individual’s health and wellness goals and develop plans of care for successful outcomes. For more information, visit advantageliving.net.

 

About the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nursing Home Week

Advantage Living Centers Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

 

Welcome to National Nursing Home Week! Every year, the American Health Care Association dedicates one week to nursing home residents, staff members and supporters – this year, it’s May 14-20.

 

At Advantage Living Centers, we love to celebrate the people who live and work with us. This week is not only a time to honor the heroes who help our residents heal and rehabilitate, but an opportunity for our residents to have fun and connect with one another, with staff and their families, and with the community.  

 

During Nursing Home Week, our schedule is jam packed with events every day, including musical performances, picnics, theme days, arts displays, field day competitions and more.  These fun-filled days bring a true spirit of joy throughout the organization as we capture the smiles and laughter of everyone in the Advantage family. This week, we are excited for the great opportunities to bring out the competitive side of our staff, show the tremendous talent and works of residents who display their works of art via our art gallery and much more.

 

We find Nursing Home Week so important here at Advantage Living Center because we want to show people how much we love and appreciate them. Skilled nursing facilities – more commonly known as nursing homes – truly are vibrant places live and recover. In addition, we hope the community is able to learn about and participate in the lives of people who stay at one of our facilities this week. We are always on the lookout for learning opportunities to share more about who Advantage Living Centers is and how we can further help the communities we serve.

 

Lastly, this week we hope that residents and their families along with our amazing staff members and supporters feel a sense of pride. Advantage is one of the largest skilled nursing and rehabilitation organizations in Michigan, which would not be possible without relentless support.

 

To everyone in our Advantage family, enjoy nursing home week and thank you for all that you do!

Advantage Live 0:05 Let’s Get Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the world. At Advantage Living Centers, we are committed to reducing heart disease for our residents, our staff, and our community. Over the last few years, we have worked with our local American Heart Association to create awareness and raise funds. In 2016, we committed to healthy eating. This means changing our eating habits, modifying our favorite recipes, and making heart smart choices. Has it been easy? No. Are we committed? Yes. Are we spreading the word? Yes.

At our recent “Art for Heart” events, we walked the talk. Our chefs served heart healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies, dark chocolate, and salads while our residents, staff and family painted away their stress. To view photos of our “Art for Heart” events, go to Advantage News. For more information on heart healthy eating, visit the American Heart Association.

Manors Minute 0:04: Fighting Diabetes

According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics report, the percentage of Americans age 65 and older with diabetes is 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors. After discovering diabetic related disease in their zip code is among the highest in the nation, Northwest Manor is taking the challenge of diabetes head on by focusing on diabetes education for their residents and staff, as well as to those who live and work in their community.

Northwest Manor’s programs focus on healthy living: taking control of diabetes, healthy food choices, fast food – making the right choices, and exercise. Their dietitian goes out into the community to give samples of meals, including soul food, that have been prepared using healthy techniques. The food prepared for the community is the same food served to Northwest Manor residents. For example, salt is not used, instead they use a variety of different sodium-free seasonings. In addition, Northwest Manor regularly hosts exercise classes including Zumba in the community.

Northwest Manor is leading the charge for diabetes education and reduction. For more information on diabetes, contact the American Diabetes Association.