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Miriam’s Circle Members

At today’s event, we heard presentations on three exciting and leading edge programs at Jewish Senior Life– all of which enhance the lives of our residents. We’d like to hear your voice through your vote on which programs funding from Miriam’s Circle should support. Please review the program summaries from each presentation below.

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Neurologic Music Therapy is a leading edge, evidence-based treatment model that uses elements of music to effect brain behavior. NMT can be used with any person who is trying to improve function in mobility, cognition and /or communication. Therapy uses music to exercise sensory motor, speech and language, and cognition skills for residents with:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke

GOALS FOR 2020: Continue to expand therapy program to more residents. Funding is requested to help with:

  • Additional resources such as staffing, supplies and instruments
  • Continuing education
  • Training and development
Center for Excellence in Memory Care

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Jewish Senior Life is a Center for Excellence in Memory Care, supporting residents, families and staff in how to support those living with dementia through education and training.

GOALS FOR 2020: Increase workforce knowledge and expand outreach to caregivers in our community. In collaboration with The Alzheimer’s Foundation and Jewish Family Services, funding will be used to:

  • Develop and implement caregiver education, training and support services to family members in selecting the best care for their loved ones.
  • Be a Dementia care resource of current information for the community.
  • Provide additional training for Jewish Senior Life employees to improve knowledge, retention and resident care.
  • Offer on-site Train the Trainer Certification (from Alzheimer’s Foundation).
  • Implement seminar and lecture series for caregivers and community organizations
  • Support four afternoon guest speaker learning sessions at Marian’s House, featuring subject matter experts.                                      
Workforce Development 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Jewish Senior Life is committed to the continuous development of our workforce in order to improve employee satisfaction and resident care. We have implemented employer paid training programs that recruit and increase employee retention; provide career development opportunities for existing employees; and support consistent caregiving and co-worker teams, from training to work assignment. Since 2018, the Jewish Home has implemented four 6-week employer paid employee training program sessions.This certification prepares employees with the knowledge and critical skills to work as Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA.) To date, 30 individuals have graduated and achieved their certification as a CNA.

GOALS FOR 2020: Continue to implement and grow our workforce training program and establish a new partnership with Rochester Regional Health/Lifetime Care to ensure a set number of seats in Lifetime’s Home Health Certification Training Program are designated for our employees.

  • We will create a Wolk Manor Resident Assistant (RA) Trainee job description.
  • The job responsibility of the RA Trainee is to attend and graduate from the Home Health Aid (HHA) training program, becoming certified to transition into a Resident Assistant position at Wolk Manor or Care Partner at the Lodge.

You may vote for two of the three programs presented. Miriam’s Circle dollars will be donated to the two programs that have the most votes. All ballots must be submitted electronically using the below form by January 31st  at 11:59 PM. Thank you for your support!