By: Resident Elsa Price

img_1025In stoic beauty and stately elegance stands Plymouth Harbor, the tallest building in our fair city, her statuesque posture marking a landmark of distinction and excellence. This is home to many embraced as “family” with people from all walks of life! This is where 24 years ago my late husband Don and I found our lovely new home in the tower on the 23rd floor, where the horizon meets the sky in a breathtaking vista!

As a “long-term” resident may I reminisce a bit?     Perhaps it may seem as though you have moved into a “construction zone” with the noise of huge rumbling trucks,  the jarring staccato of  jackhammering from somewhere within, the tall cranes piercing the sky, and the daily rush of the many contractors as they sprint, charts in hand, up and down the floors. This, I note with great satisfaction, is commonly referred to as progress!

Believe me, it was not this way many years ago when a dreary, lifeless color coated the entire outside of the building, including all inside halls and doors of each and every floor! It was not unlike a hotel, when one could not distinguish his room from all the others! Today, with the changes in administration over time, and the inspiration, motivation, and originality of incoming new residents, each floor now boasts lively colors, inviting those who live behind these doors to step out and greet their neighbors with a smile!

Of course, all this did not just “happen,” but rather it took the courage and initiative of many people throughout the years. These “visionaries” believed that beneath the drab, stark outward appearance of our building, it was quite promising that with a team of very talented, resourceful, and innovative people, miracles could happen! Indeed, happen they did!

With careful planning to the future needs of our expanding population, our small, rather bleak dining room was transformed to a spacious, cheerful welcoming area with attractive furniture and lovely artwork on the walls.

Keeping in mind first impressions matter, our previous nondescript lobby became a maze of “staging forms,” extending out from the elevators to the front desk so that a new look could be created, and residents tread carefully for many days under the complex network of scaffolding to get to our dining room! Attractive new facings enhanced the elevator doors, nonslip tile was laid on the lobby floor, and our mailboxes and front desk were reconfigured for greater vision for those working behind the desk. This was not without myriad confusion and provided an unforgettable exercise in patience!

Pilgrim Hall, our “gathering place” for many functions, holds a multitude of memories years past when residents whose latent theatrical talents blossomed as they enjoyed performing “on stage.” These very amusing, hilarious plays written by some of our more creative residents, whose previous vocation had been in the landscape of playwriting,  somehow always managed to project a satire or caricature of a “happening” within our hallowed halls! I was even inspired to participate in several of these plays and found the experience challenging, gratifying, and a real test of one’s memory! It is reassuring to know that Pilgrim Hall, currently undergoing extensive renovation, will provide our residents a bright, comfortable area in which to once again enjoy a multitude of diverse activities and programs.

As we age, exercise and mobility becomes more important, and that very fact is admirably reflected in our state-of-the-art Wellness Center. Careful attention and thought were given to the safety and the needs of residents, and instructors and trainers were hired with excellent credentials who would maintain the highest standards required. The pleasing ambiance of our Wellness Center beckons those who wish to find strength, relaxation, and companionship.

In the near future, we will have the very best that life has to offer with the completion of our new, much anticipated, “Memory Care Residence,” housed within the Northwest Garden Building, with a dedicated focus on creating a loving, safe retreat for those who require that very special care. The living areas will be thoughtfully designed with cheerful colors providing a soothing atmosphere, and will provide hope, peace, and joy to all who enter there, that each may live life with serenity and dignity as they make their final journey.

It is with a grateful heart that I pause and reflect on nearly 24 years in my home in the Tower, living within a vibrant community of people, where I have made lasting friends, and where new companions are warmly welcomed.  For many years I have watched as “Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay” has evolved into the impressive structure we see today.

Maintaining this level of excellence will continue to be guided, advised, and directed by our capable administration and staff who prudently calculate and project our future needs with foresight and transparency, always keeping us well informed.

And so it is, the “saga” of the THEN, and NOW!

Your friend and neighbor,

Elsa Price, T-2301

 

Ann Burroughs has been an artist all her life – from oil painting to printmaking to working as a metal smith fusing gold, silver, brass, and copper. Her work with metal ranges from heavy casting to jewelry, some of which is created here in the Wood Shop. Born in Flint, Michigan, Ann attended Mount Vernon Seminary as a boarding student and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from both the University of Colorado and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. How did she develop such an interest in the arts?

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chrysanthemums-1127502_1920-2Joan Runge was an amazing and entertaining woman, with a dry sense of humor and not a shy bone in her body. One never had to guess what was on Joan’s mind. She cared deeply for Plymouth Harbor, which became her home in 1999. In 2012, upon the formation of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation, Joan was the first person to notify us that Plymouth Harbor was a beneficiary in her trust. She was generous, having identified Plymouth Harbor as a 25 percent beneficiary. She later (in 2013) wished to make it known to us that her bequest was to be directed to the Assisted Living and Memory Care Residence. We arranged the paperwork so that her wishes would be carried out.

Joan passed away a year ago this month and we just received the first distribution from her trust, totaling $252,000, which has been applied as she wished. We anticipate a final distribution that will bring the total to roughly $340,000. Indeed, Joan Runge knew what she wanted, and wasn’t shy about making sure it happened. We are deeply grateful for Joan’s generosity and vision in assigning her estate to where it will make a huge impact for decades in the future. Thank you, Joan Runge.

Plymouth Harbor was built more than 50 years ago on Coon Key — home to both native plant and animal life. Over the years, we have added unique and beautiful plant species to help further enhance our environment.

As you walk the grounds, you may notice that our unique plant life is identified with signs displaying both the common and scientific name of the species. Our landscaping team, which consists of Marcos Franca and George Kingston, serve as experts on the plant species here at Plymouth Harbor, performing all groundskeeping duties.

What are some of the most interesting plant species found on campus? The landscaping team sums it up with the following items: the African Tulip tree, which does not normally grow in climates that are not consistently over 70 degrees and is native to the tropical dry forests of Africa; the Gumbo Limbo tree, which has unusual red bark that peels back, reminiscent of sunburned skin, giving it the nickname “tourist tree;” the Banyan tree, with roots and branches that reach the ground; the Floss Silk tree, which grows fast in spurts when water is abundant, and can reach more than 82 feet tall. Below is an aerial photo of the Plymouth Harbor grounds, with each of these species identified.

 

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macneil_monogramIt gives us great pleasure to welcome the following new members of the MacNeil Society in 2016. These new members join the existing 26 members of the MacNeil Society, bringing our total membership to 37.

The amount of deferred giving represented by this 2016 group of members totals over $1,543,600. The total deferred giving from all living members of the group totals more than $2,825,000, and we have received over $394,000 since 2012 from those who have passed away. We are very grateful to those who have made a gift in their estate to benefit Plymouth Harbor — planting seeds for the future.

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Tom and Marie Belcher, Celia Catlett and Gene Heide, Harold and Kathy Dombrowski, Charles Gehrie, Nancy A. Gross, Fran Knight, Vera Kohn, Ted Rehl, John W. Markham, III, Rebecca and Paul Pazkowski, Charleen Sessions

Members Since 2012

Joe Berkely, Charles R. and Gloria J. Broderick, Ruth Carmichael, Even T. Collinsworth, Evelin Corsey, Bruce Crawford, John and Alida DeJongh, Jeanette M. DeVore, Carl Denney and Winnie Downes, Beatrice Doheny, Elsie Dreffein, Matilda Fontaine, Harry and Nancy Hobson, Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder, Henry and Janet Jacobs, Susan Johnson, Elizabeth and William Johnston, Gerda and Vytas (Mac) Maceikonis, Walt and Gerry Mattson, Jeanne McNulty, Anne Moore, Joan Runge, Bobi Sanderson, Joan Sheil, Jack and Peg Smith, Phil and Barry Starr

 

Jack Denison is a graduate of Princeton University and served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery during WWII in England, Germany, and France. After that, he served a short time with the U.S. State Department and went on to spend his entire business career with the American Hospital Supply Corp. As president of the Export Division and a lead strategist for various sales and marketing projects, Jack traveled extensively in the Middle East, South America, and Japan. After retiring, Jack did volunteer work that brought him to Jordan, Egypt, Poland, Costa Rica, and Romania. What was it like traveling to so many different countries? And what is the meaning behind the title of his talk? Join us to find out!

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Epicture123ach year, Plymouth Harbor holds a Skills Fair that allows health care and nursing staff to demonstrate competence in skills that are used daily to provide the best possible care for our residents in the Smith Care Center, the Callahan Center, and those assisted through our Home Health program. This year’s Skills Fair will take place on October 5th, 6th, 19th, and 20th.

During the Skills Fair, various test stations are designed to address topics such as safe transfers, skin integrity, hearing aids, oral care, pericare, foot care, IV insertions, wound care, and more. All health care staff members are required to complete each station and assure competence. There are stations set up specifically for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), in addition to stations created for both.

“In order to plan for the future, one has to know where you are now,” says Karen Novak, Director of Health Services. “The Skills Fair is an excellent way to keep our staff members’ skills sharp and up-to-date on best practices and new equipment.”

Plymouth Harbor began the Skills Fair three years ago, which has been growing larger and more successful with each passing year. This year, Smith Care Center’s therapy team will be onsite to work with staff on hip precautions and transfers, utilizing lifts, dietary needs, medication administration, and additional “hot topics.”

As residents become more and more medically complex, Plymouth Harbor’s nursing team is dedicated to providing the knowledge and expertise to address any and all needs. Demonstrated competence ensures better outcomes for our residents, and the annual Skills Fair serves as the perfect time to increase and enhance these skills.

 

By: Randy Powell, M.D., Plymouth Harbor’s Medical Director

Picture14Why should you get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease with nearly 30,000 deaths each year in the United States. Eighty-five percent of those are in people over 65 years of age. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels. If people are willing to get it, the flu vaccine significantly reduces the amount of viral exposure.

Can you get the flu from the vaccine?

The flu vaccine has been improved to the point that there is no significant risk of illness or reaction. It is possible to get mild, short-lasting side effects from the vaccine, such as aches or soreness where the shot was given, but the vaccine cannot cause the flu. While the flu shot is preferred, people who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs can get the recombinant flu vaccine (or nasal spray), which was produced without any egg products.

How does the vaccine work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies (cells that help fight infections) to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These serve as protection against infection from viruses that are found in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against influenza viruses that research shows will be most common during the upcoming season.

What types of vaccines are available?

Human defenses become weaker with age, which places older adults at a higher risk of severe illness from influenza. The standard flu vaccine protects you from three different flu viruses. Those who are 65 or older can receive the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, which is four times stronger than the regular flu shot. Plymouth Harbor will be offering this preservative-free, high-dose vaccine this year. The vaccination process is most effective if everyone participates. Join the team!

*Resources used for this article include: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Nancy and Jerry Kaplan married after college. Nancy, while raising three children, worked as a professional artist, and at age 50, trained and then worked as a Registered Nurse. As a teenager, Jerry contracted Polio. Despite the lifelong effects, he started and operated a business for 15 years before working for 30 years as an elementary school teacher and principal. What led these two down their respective career paths?

 

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Congratulations 2016 Scholarship Recipients! We are very pleased to present the following individuals who have been awarded scholarships from the Plymouth Harbor Foundation this year.

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Carol Bello — Daughter of Martha Chavez, Housekeeping Staff, 
Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Carol is in her final year at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in social work and political science. She hopes to go on to law school after earning her bachelor’s degree. One day, she wants to make a difference in the government and assist in creating better laws and regulations to help immigrants.


Picture2Dallas Conklin — Dining Staff, Foundation Scholarship ($1,500)

Dallas has been accepted into the Art of Sound Recording Course of the Audio Engineer Training Program at Clear Track Studios in Clearwater. Dallas has been a musician and writer of music since grade school and wishes now to pursue the technical and production aspects of recording. He hopes someday to have a career in music production/engineering.

 


Picture3Dayle Cortes — Son of Hernando Cortes, SCC Nursing Staff, 
Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Dayle has been accepted into the University of Florida Innovation Academy to pursue an accounting degree. He hopes to become a CPA in the next five years. He is excited to be attending the Innovation Academy, as he will be able to explore entrepreneurship while working on an accounting major and an innovation minor.

 


Picture4Desiree Whatley — Home Care Staff, Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Desiree is a student at Manatee Technical College, studying to be a Surgical Technical Assistant. She recently earned her Associates in Arts degree at State College of Florida and hopes to eventually earn a Bachelor’s in Health Science. The Surgical Technical Assistant program certification at Manatee Technical College will get her one step closer to her goal.

 


Picture5Vernicia (Nici) Crenshaw — Dining Staff and Daughter of Michelle 
Brinson, Housekeeping Staff, Bea Davis Scholarship ($1,500)

Nici is a student at Meridian College, studying obstetric sonography. She is intrigued by the 3D and 4D ultrasounds, and has a passion for being part of the process as parents first “meet” their babies, seeing their faces through the advanced technology. Nici said she knew when she was in high school that this was the career for her.

 

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Hannah Matosky — Daughter of Steve Matosky, Security Staff, 
Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Hannah is a senior at University of Central Florida, earning her bachelor’s degree in human communications. She hopes to work in brand development after graduation and has several internships lined up along the way. Her passion is to help companies be the best they can be by helping them tell their story.

 


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Kaylee Hood — Dining Staff, Evelin Corsey Scholarship ($1,500)

Kaylee is a student at University of South Florida, majoring in health sciences and healthcare administration, and would eventually like to earn her master’s degree. She hopes to become a speech pathologist so that she can help children with speech disorders adjust to the society around them.  

 


Picture8Lucas Smith — Son of Edna Pineda, Housekeeping Staff, Jeannette 
Gehrie Music Scholarship ($1,500)

Lucas is our youngest scholarship recipient, having turned six this year. His mother shares that he has shown an inclination in music for several years and during testing was shown to have an ear and talent for it. He will be taking drum and keyboard lessons for the next six months.

 

 

VPicture9alerie Bixler — Daughter of Shelley Bixler, SCC Nursing Staff, Jane T. Smiley Scholarship ($2,000)

Valerie aspires to become a dental hygienist, as she would like to help educate patients on the importance of dental health and prevention. She is currently at State College of Florida pursuing her associates’ degree and will then continue on to the dental hygiene program.

 

 


Picture10Venise Andre — Dining Staff, Foundation Scholarship ($2,000)

Venise Andre is attending Valencia Community College to pursue a degree in business management. Venise is the youngest of five siblings, the first to finish high school, and the only one to go on to college. She lost her mother when she was 10 and hopes that by furthering her education, she will be fulfilling a dream her mother had for her.