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Celebrate Heart Health

American Heart Month

Each February brings American Heart Month, a time to refocus attention on behaviors that may contribute to our compromise our heart health. The American Heart Association estimates that 83.6 million Americans are living with cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death among both men and women. The good news is that heart disease is largely in our control; by making smart lifestyle choices, we can significantly reduce our risk. Here’s what you can do:

Maintain a heart-healthy diet. This includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and low-fat dairy products. Limit saturated and trans fats, which contribute to high cholesterol levels. Also monitor your daily intake of sugar and sodium. The average adult should only consume 2,300 mg of sodium, and adults 51 or older, with high blood pressure, or with diabetes should limit it to just 1,500 mg.

Three EPOCH Senior Living communities named as Caring Stars of 2015

Caring.com Caring Stars of 2015Congratulations to the three EPOCH Senior Living communities named by Caring.com as Caring Stars of 2015! The communities to receive the honor are EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place, EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne and EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton.

The ranking was determined by compiling the assisted living and memory care communities with the highest praise from the Caring.com community, which includes reviews from older adults, family caregivers and industry experts.

Caring.com is a leading website offering information and resources about senior care to help consumers make the best senior living choices, and includes a comprehensive directory of thousands of the nation’s assisted living and memory care communities.

The benefits of purposeful rounds

Lori Anderson, RN, EPOCH AdminstratorBy Lori Anderson, RN, administrator, EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich

At nursing homes around the country, the risk of residents falling and injuring themselves is a daily concern for staff. Special programs are often implemented as a result, but at EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich, we’re learning that sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective.

Since July 2014, we have been taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to reduce the risk of falls through special, purposeful rounds that combine checking on resident safety with involved social interaction. Every shift, all staff members—not just our nursing assistants—spend 30 minutes making these rounds, which go beyond quick in-and-out check-ups.

Meet our team: Ludnie Emile

Ludnie Emile, MA Senior Care Foundation ScholarEver since she was 15 years old, Ludnie Emile’s dream has been to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become a nurse. As Ludnie says, “Becoming a nurse is not simply a job or career choice for me, but a calling.”

Born and raised in Haiti, Ludnie pursued her degree at the State College of Nursing, but her plans were derailed when a major earthquake hit and she had to relocate to the United States. Despite the challenges she faced, Ludnie continues to pursue her dream and is well on her way to achieving it. After moving to Massachusetts, she took English courses and soon found a position as a Dietary Aide at EPOCH of Weston, a job she loved. “I have enjoyed every second of my work at EPOCH, spending time with the residents during happy hours where employees and patients converse, eat and have fun. I didn’t think that as a simple diet aide I would make such an impact on the patients I encounter,” she said.

Meet our team: Dianna Felletti, RN

Dianna FellettiDianna Falletti, RN, plays an important role at Brewster Senior Healthcare as our MDS coordinator. MDS refers to a multi-disciplinary assessment tool we use in long term care; this assessment allows us to create individualized care plans for our residents and to ensure they receive the appropriate reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.