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Garden Terrace at Overland Park hosts Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony

Associates release balloons in memory of residents lost to Alzheimer’s.

On Nov. 9, 2017, Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, held its annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony.

The event was held to honor those who have lost their battle with Alzheimer’s disease and those who are still fighting. Several family members of current and past residents at Garden Terrace, as well as associates and community members, attended....

Garden Terrace at Overland Park participates in two Alzheimer’s walks

Left to right: Jennifer Hutzell, director of community relations; Debbie Biehl, executive director; and Christianna Smith, admissions director at the Oct. 1 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Fall 2017 has been a busy time for Alzheimer’s Association fundraising at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas.

The facility exclusively serves patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, so fundraising for Alzheimer’s research and support is a top priority for associates and residents’ family members. This year, for the first time, Garden Terrace at Overland Park took part in two different Alzheimer’s walks....

Garden Terrace at Overland Park hosts Carnival to End Alzheimer’s

Donna Stepaniak, a resident’s daughter, ready to make popcorn

On Sept. 5, 2017, Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, continued its seven-year tradition of Alzheimer’s fundraising with a Carnival to End Alzheimer’s.

Residents and their families, as well as associates and their families, came out to the event....

Garden Terrace at Overland Park helps patient recover from broken leg

Frances Miles works on computer exercises with Patricia Strohm, occupational therapist assistant

After a fall broke her leg, Frances Miles came to Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, for rehabilitation.

When Miles arrived on June 8, 2017, she was unable to put weight on her right leg, so she needed extensive assistance to get around, transfer from one surface to another, balance and take care of involved self-care tasks...

Rehab at Garden Terrace improves dementia patient’s quality of life

Frances DiGeorge

Rehabilitation can truly help some dementia patients live a better quality of life.

Frances DiGeorge, 94, is one of these patients. Diagnosed with vascular dementia, her decline in cognition stemmed from a lack of blood to her brain. She had been living at a different nursing home but had declined not only cognitively but also physically....

Dr. Bruce Hodges wins Life Care Centers of America’s Heritage Award

Dr. Bruce Hodges, nursing home specialist

Life Care Centers of America recently presented Dr. Bruce Hodges, nursing home specialist at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, with its Heritage Award.

The award was given on March 16, 2017, during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It recognizes contributions to the advancement of the art of healing, career achievement and service as an example of dedication to patients.

Get to know our social services staff

Left to right: Marquette Wagner, assistant director of social services; Susan Hocker, director of social services (first floor); and Lindy Griffith, director of social services (second floor)

March is Social Work Month, and at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, our social services associates play a vital role in our residents’ lives.

Garden Terrace at Overland Park helps man recover from falls

Darrell Cox with Jaime Renz, physical therapist assistant

Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, was recently able to help a gentleman who had declined beyond what his wife was able to help him with.

Darrell Cox came to the facility on Oct. 28, 2016, after having four falls within a few months. He needed extensive assistance with bathing and cognition, and he needed moderate assistance with getting dressed and grooming, as well as speaking....

Whatever It Takes And Then Some – December 2016 winners

Santa sign

Peggy Graves, licensed practical nurse at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, has a friend who works as a Santa at a Christmas tree farm, and Graves brought him in to visit the residents in costume. She bought a gift for each of her 28 residents to open at the Christmas party.

Guests meet nursing leaders at open house

Christy Burns, director of nursing (left) and Jennifer Plumberg, assistant director of nursing (right)

Garden Terrace at Overland Park introduced community members and residents’ families to our new nursing leaders at a Meet-and-Greet on Jan. 24, 2017. 

Guests got to visit with our new director of nursing, Christy Burns, and assistant director of nursing, Jennifer Plumberg, as well as enjoy refreshments and tour the building.

Here is a little bit about them...