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Dementia Live Training Offered Free to the Public

Dementia Live Somerset County         Description: In this high-impact Dementia Live experience, you will be immersed into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with a cognitive impairment and sensory change. You will be empowered to build new bridges of communication. To elevate person-centered care practices, care providers must first gain an understanding of what dementia is and how the individual with dementia feels when challenged with cognitive and sensory changes. Dementia Live is experiential learning that simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants a real-life simulation of what it must be like to live with dementia. (Dementia Live was created by a North Central Texas based Company, Age-u-cate Training…

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WJAC News Reports on Our Mat Ministry

The folks from our Mat Ministry are once again in the spotlight. A local TV news feature will  highlight the Laurel View Village Mat Ministry in its “Making a Difference” feature. The story titled “Mats for the Homeless” is reported by WJAC’s Lindsay Ward, and will air on WJAC TV 6 on Friday morning, June 17 in the 5 AM and 6 AM morning newscasts. The story will also be posted on the WJAC website, and we will post a link here when it comes available. Congratulations to all in our Mat Ministry. We are proud of the good work you do.

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Everyday Heroes: Volunteers Honored for Service

Laurel View Village recently honored our many dedicated volunteers, “Our Everyday Heroes.” Our 2016 Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast was our public thanks to all our Village and local community residents who generously gave of their time in the past year. Village staff and our Board of Trustees expressed gratitude for the countless contributions our volunteers made and continue to make throughout the Village. They help to pack our famous apple dumplings for festivals, weave mats for the homeless, read newspapers or write notes for residents in skilled nursing care. They serve as volunteer drivers, wheelchair pushers, assistant gardeners, and companions; there are so many quiet acts of kindness happening everyday at Laurel View. The entire Village is grateful to all…

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From Grocery Bag to Useful Art: Our Mat Ministry Helps the Homeless

A growing number of folks who live at Laurel View Village have been working diligently on an unusual ministry to help the homelsss. They have been creating useful mats from thousands of plastic shopping bags. The results are amazingly beautiful, thick and water resistant. Our mats which measure approximately six feet by three feet are perfect for under sleeping bags. They keep the fabric dry and off the ground, and are very light weight. Our ministry has distributed 54 mats to date to homeless shelters in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Fredericksburg, VA, Somerset and Johnstown. It takes approximately 20 hours to hand crochet one of our jumbo mats. The color choices and patterns that our volunteers have created are truly beautiful. Our…

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New CEO Joins Laurel View Village

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle N. Rassler from eastern Pennsylvania is our new CEO. She started work today at Laurel View Village and spent much of her first day getting to know staff and residents. “Everyone has been so welcoming,” said Michelle. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to be here and help Laurel View Village grow and prosper long into the future.” Our new CEO has over 16 years of administrative experience with continuing care retirement communities in Allentown and Frederick, PA, plus financial experience managing the Bureau of Collections in Lehigh County. She has also been involved in leadership training and coaching for LeadingAge PA, our state division of the nation’s most respected elder…

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Residents Enjoy Day Trips

Our residents love to go places, and day trips are some of our most popular campus activities. Many of our day trips are free to our residents; others may have an admission charge. Recently a group of Vista, Townhome and Cambridge Place residents jumped on our Laurel View bus and headed out on a free excursion to Tranquility Gardens in the Menoher Heights area of Johnstown. Tranquility Gardens features classical statuary in majestic forested settings. Our residents walked the trails and enjoyed picnicing on the  grounds. Another day our staff arranged for lunch at the Coal Miners Cafe and an afternoon of live theatre at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. There was a charge for this trip, but our staff did…

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New 3D Panoramas Added to Our Web Site

We send thanks to a very special young man, Dylan Conrad, and his dad, Adam Conrad, broker at Perry Wellington Real Estate in Johnstown. Adam volunteered his new 3D camera and software to create very cool virtual tours of a Vista and a Cambridge Place apartment as well as one of our Townhomes. Dylan took the room by room photos. Lori Knox recruited volunteers willing to allow photography of their homes, and now we are proud to display these panoramas on our website. Viewers can click on an overhead or a “dollhouse” version of each apartment (seen above) and then use their mouse to scroll through each residence. The images are striking, and we hope they will help web visitors…

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