News Releases from 2014

December 29, 2014

Willsboro, N.Y. (December 22, 2014) — A group of employees of the Champlain Valley Senior Community were recently honored in an awards ceremony for achieving specific professional development goals and enhancing the care of its assisted living, enhanced assisted living, and memory care residents. Several resident care aides have recently earned specific health care certifications related to the community's enhanced license. The enhanced license allows an assisted living facility to perform certain skilled nursing tasks to help residents with more complicated health needs receive skilled nursing services. In order to provide that assistance, some tasks require that staff have a Home Health Aid (HHA) certification. The following staff has recently earned their HHA Certification: Shari Welch, Kathryn Aubin, Pamela Spring, Kelly King, Penny Kennett, Stephanie Colby, Pam Drinkwine, Janel Daniels, and Brittany Nolan.

Additionally, for residents that need medication dispensed to them, specially trained staff is needed who have knowledge of medications and measuring proper dosages. These Medical Technicians, or Med Techs, are responsible for safely dispensing medications to residents and the appropriate handling of medications and the documentation required once medication is dispensed. The following staff recently became Med Techs: Bethany Martin, Pam Drinkwine, Tamayra Kennett, Kimberly Marble, Pam Spring, Heather Spear, Jamie Rolston, and Penny Kennett .

Additionally, ongoing trainings are required to ensure that staff keeps up to date on best practices health care. The following staff recently either renewed or acquired their First Aid Certification: Robyn Ashline, Kathryn Aubin, Ricky Calkins, Danielle Colozza, Jamie Dickerson, Shawnee Fenn, Robert Henrichs, Penny Kennett, Tamayra Kennett, Kimberly Marble, and Shari Welch.

About the Champlain Valley Senior Community
The Champlain Valley Senior Community is a licensed assisted living and memory care community located in Willsboro, New York, just 30 minutes south of Plattsburgh. The community has the only enhanced assisted living license in the North Country and features comprehensive care including 24-hour assistance and supervision, skilled nursing services, 3 daily meals, wellness programs, medication management, nurses on staff, an on-site physician's office, movie theater, beauty salon, chapel and ice cream parlor, among other amenities. For more information please visit www.champlainassistedliving.com, call 518-817-9108 and follow us on Facebook.com/CVSeniorLiving.

 

December 5, 2014

The Champlain Valley Senior Community Hosts Christmas Cookie Extravaganza (December 4th, 2014)

The Champlain Valley Senior Community invites helpers of all ages to participate in a Christmas cookie baking extravaganza, Saturday, December 13th, at 6:30 PM. Helpers of all ages are welcome, accompanied by an adult, to decorate cookies with our residents and share in the joy of this holiday tradition. Please call Danielle to RSVP at 518-817-9108, ext. 420.
About the Champlain Valley Senior Community
The Champlain Valley Senior Community is a licensed assisted living and memory care community located in Willsboro, New York, just 30 minutes south of Plattsburgh. The community has the only enhanced assisted living license in the North Country and features comprehensive care including 24-hour assistance and supervision, skilled nursing services, 3 daily meals, wellness programs, medication management, nurses on staff, an on-site physician's office, movie theater, beauty salon, chapel and ice cream parlor, among other amenities. For more information please visit www.champlainassistedliving.com, call 518-817-9108 and follow us on Facebook.com/CVSeniorLiving.

October 17, 2014

This High Peaks Hospice documentary introduces you to Dale Lashway, North Country Champion Fiddler, and his wife and caregiver Beverly, of Willsboro, New York. At a very young age, Dale showed a natural talent for playing fiddle. He was a five time championship winner of New York State Fiddle Contests. He played with the Cold Brook Ramblers for many years as well as joining in with many jam sessions at local nursing homes and anywhere he found a group of music lovers.

This documentary tells the heartwarming story of Dale's life, love of music, how he and Beverly met and finally wed. Listen to his humorous storytelling and be treated to his amazing skills on the fiddle. Dale shares his life's journey and how it led him to contacting High Peaks Hospice.

The documentary also introduces one of High Peaks Hospice's Social Workers, Patience Whitman, L-MSW. Patience talks about some of the support and services Hospice Social Workers can offer to our patients and their families.

The premiere will take place in the Champlain Valley Senior Community's dining room, 11/6 at 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 942-6513 by 10/31.

October 2, 2014

The Champlain Valley Senior Community Receives An Historic Preservation Award

Willsboro, N.Y. (September 26, 2014) —

The Champlain Valley Senior Community is a recipient of an Adirondack Architectural Heritage Preservation Award. Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is a nonprofit historic preservation organization whose mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondack's unique and diverse architectural heritage.

The AARCH award is given to preservation projects which model exemplary dedication to restoring and maintaining the history of the Adirondack region. "The dedication, work, and care" shown in the "sensitive adaptive reuse of the former Willsboro School building certainly embodies these ideals", according to the Adirondack Architectural Heritage board of directors.

In 2012, Eli Schwartzberg began renovating the abandoned Willsboro High School. "I came along and just saw a diamond in the rough. There was a lot of peeling paint, leaking roofs and deterioration, but the structure of the building was really solid", Schwartzberg said. Many elements of the school lent themselves wonderfully to Schwartzberg's vision of creating a state of the art assisted living community to serve the needs of area seniors. "The hallways are 10 feet wide, so two people with walkers can easily pass each other," Schwartzberg said. The gymnasium has now been converted into a dining room, living area, and social venue for community events. The classrooms made spacious living suites with 12-foot-high ceilings and large 8 foot windows.

In order to maintain the historical charm of the building, which dates back to 1927, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, special attention was giving to preserving the neoclassical features of the building. The hallways feature original hardwood, oak archways, and historic door frames. The stage has also been preserved and once again serves to entertain the residents and local community. Student murals still grace the walls and slate chalkboards have been reused in creative ways.In some cases, the chalk inscriptions written by students on their last day of school have been preserved, forever a reminder of the building's past. The curtains from the stage have also been utilized to darken the community movie theater, and cloak the chapel entrance. The reception area desk is also re-purposed chemistry lab furniture.

The Champlain Valley Senior Community welcomes visitors who wish to tour.

September 22, 2014

Willsboro, N.Y. (September 22, 2014) — Gordie Little will present "Adirondack Hauntings" at the Champlain Valley Senior Community, 10 Gilliland Lane in Willsboro on

Saturday, October 25th, 2014, at 6PM.

A well-known local television personality, author and columnist, Gordie Little has traveled the North Country collecting and retelling tales of local hauntings. The Adirondack region has a rich historical past, and some apparitions are apparently still here to remind residents of that history. Gordie is planning an interactive event, consisting both of his recounting ghostly tales, but also of participants sharing theirs. "We are going to have such a great time!," he promises. He will also share photographic evidence of local paranormal activity.

Gordie has chronicled some of these haunted happenings in his book, "Ghosts of Clinton County", which he will have available for purchase at the event. In addition to his fondness for ghost stories, Gordie has also penned two children's books, "Little Champy Goes to School", and a Christmas story, "Sparkles and Shiner" which he will have available as well.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Danielle Colozza, 518-817-9108, ext. 411