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Laurel View Village Announces 2017 Evening Concert Series

January 20, 2017 – As part of Laurel View Village’s 25th Anniversary year celebration, a new program will be introduced – evening concerts for campus residents and families – these concerts also free and open to the public. The third Thursday, every other month at 6 p.m. the Laurel View Village chapel will come alive with music from local groups. A variety of genres will be represented throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for our residents and families to enjoy together, but also we encourage the public and community to come! The schedule is: February 16 – The Evergreens – Indie Folk Style April 20 – Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco – Acoustic Duo June 15 – TREE…

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Dementia Live Training Offered Free to the Public

Dementia Live Experience This training is being offered FREE through The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition (PBHAC) Location:  Laurel View Village, 2000 Cambridge Drive, Davidsville, PA 15928 Time: This training is 30 minutes in length. 30-minute time slots are available from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Cost: This is a FREE training. (There are NO CEUs awarded for this training. Certificates of Attendance will be available.) Click here for more information or to register Registration Deadline: March 6, 2017 Target Audience: This session is for direct care staff, family caregivers, healthcare professionals, college students, or anyone working with individuals with dementia. Description: In this high-impact Dementia Live experience, you will be immersed into life with dementia, resulting in a…

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Now Welcoming New Residents in Personal Care

We have completed upgrades in a number of our Personal Care suites, and we are now welcoming new residents. If you have been considering a change now might be the time to visit and investigate the amenities offered in Personal Care at Laurel View Village. First of all, please understand this is not nursing care. Our Personal Care residents are very active; they just want the assurance that help is nearby 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for medications, bathing, therapy, and so on. We offer studio apartments or two room suites that include bedroom, living area, kitchenette and full bath. Closet space is generous, and all meals are included. We have a dedicated dining room for our…

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Laurel View Village to begin MUSIC & MEMORY Certification

December 7, 2016 –  How many times have you heard a song and a wave of memories comes back? Songs can make you happy, help you reminisce and tap deep emotions. The MUSIC & MEMORY program is all about bringing joy into the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and a wide range of cognitive and physical impairments. Laurel View Village (LVV) will begin the certification and implementation of MUSIC and MEMORY in 2017. LVV will become one of over 3,000 certified facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, but one of the first in the Somerset and Cambria County region. According to MUSIC & MEMORY, the approach is simple, elegant and effective: We train professionals in…

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Opening Minds Through Art Program Offered at Laurel View Village

December 7, 2016 – Laurel View Village has partnered with Mount Aloysius College to offer residents the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. The program has allowed ten Mount Aloysius students to be paired with ten residents to create art and meaningful relationships through the eight week course. The OMA program has been implemented under the direction of Dr. Donald Talbot, professor of English and Fine Art at Mount Aloysius. According to the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) website, the program is a Scripps intergenerational art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in person-centered ethics and founded on the fact that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. OMA’s mission is to build bridges across age…

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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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