Pennyweights Continues Generous Holiday Tradition at Waveny

Pennyweights-2013-bestContinuing its generous decade-long holiday tradition, Pennyweights donated more than 135 gifts of jewelry to Waveny LifeCare Network for the residents at The Village, Care Center and the ladies in Waveny’s Adult Day Program. Above, Pennyweights owners Kelly and Geoff Sigg present residents with one of the many donated gifts. Also pictured are Waveny staff members Ron Bucci, Patty Pasquarella and Lauren Mossien.

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Letter to the Editor: Waveny thanks Jeniam Foundation

To the Editor:

On behalf of our board of directors, staff, patients and residents, I would like to thank the Jeniam Foundation for selecting Waveny LifeCare Network as the recipient of a generous grant to fund the installation of a ceiling mounted weight bearing assist gait system for the rehabilitation services department at Waveny.

gaitThis gait system will help to revolutionize rehabilitation and will benefit our patients and therapists. But most importantly, for the patient, it reduces the ‘fear of falling,’ allowing patients to concentrate on their rehabilitation thus regaining their independence sooner.

Waveny is proud to offer a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults in New Canaan and the surrounding communities.  We are grateful for your belief in Waveny’s mission, and we promise to continue to provide the highest level of care to the people we serve.

Grants to Waveny from organizations like the Jeniam Foundation often represent the most compelling way to improve the quality of life for many residents in our community. We are most grateful.

Most sincerely,

Joanne Boyer
Director of Development
Waveny LifeCare Network

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Bucci Named Campus Administrator for Waveny LifeCare Network

Ron Bucci was recently named Campus Administrator for Waveny LifeCare Network’s main campus, which includes Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny, Waveny’s Adult Day Program, and the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic.

Ron Bucci was recently named Campus Administrator for Waveny LifeCare Network’s main campus, which includes Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny, Waveny’s Adult Day Program, and the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic.

Bill Piper, Chief Executive Officer of Waveny LifeCare Network, has named Ron Bucci as Administrator for the non-profit healthcare organization’s main campus, which houses all of Waveny’s healthcare-focused services, programs and residences, including Waveny Care Center, The Village at Waveny, the Adult Day Program, and the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic. In this role, Bucci will oversee and manage campus operations.

“After a competitive search that brought forth numerous qualified candidates, Ron’s proven record of experience, solid background in long-term care and healthcare management, leadership and person-centered approach made him the clear choice for Waveny,” said Piper. “He brings a patient-focused philosophy and strong record of serving top-notch skilled nursing communities throughout Fairfield County to this position, and we are pleased to have him join Waveny as an integral part of our leadership team.”

Joining Waveny with nearly 20 years of long-term healthcare experience and a strong understanding of the ever-changing needs of older adults, Bucci most recently served as Executive Director for Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull, a 114-apartment assisted living community. His not-for-profit healthcare experience includes key leadership positions within several 5-star communities including Executive Director for Southington Care Center, Campus Administrator for Wesley Village of United Methodist Homes (including the Bishop Wicke Health Center), and Administrator of Lourdes Health Care Center.

Within his former roles, Bucci implemented effective quality-based initiatives including hospital readmission reduction programs and the adoption of the “Planetree” philosophy that care should be organized first and foremost around the individual needs of patients. “I am excited to join Waveny’s diverse and talented team of dynamic leaders,” said Bucci. “Throughout my professional career, I have always maintained a strong commitment to enhancing both patient and staff satisfaction, so I’m very pleased to join a premier healthcare organization like Waveny, which truly puts ‘quality first’ and shares this philosophy as part of its core mission.”

Bucci holds a bachelor’s degree the University of New Haven and nursing home licensure from the University of Connecticut. He has an extensive background in dietetics and nutrition.

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team, an Adult Day Program available weekdays with transportation to and from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Wilton, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs. For more information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.

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Waveny LifeCare Network Offers Caregiver Support Group

Co-leaders of the Alzheimer’s Association-sponsored Caregiver Support Group offered through Waveny LifeCare Network: Waveny social worker, Kate Bacon, MSW and director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program, Ilene Sumberg, MSW, LCSW.

Co-leaders of the Alzheimer’s Association-sponsored Caregiver Support Group offered through Waveny LifeCare Network: Waveny social worker, Kate Bacon, MSW and director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program, Ilene Sumberg, MSW, LCSW.

Waveny LifeCare Network hosts a regularly-scheduled public support group for people coping with the impact of caring for a loved one with memory loss. Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Care Center’s library at 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, the support group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut.

Upcoming meeting dates for the group’s Winter schedule include December 10 and 24, January 14 and 28, and February 11 and 25. Meetings begin at 1:45 p.m. and last for approximately one hour.

Led by Ilene Sumberg, MSW, LCSW, director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program and Kate Bacon, MSW, social worker at Waveny Care Center, the group focuses on the enormous responsibility of caring for people with memory loss including Alzheimer’s disease, and welcomes individuals from all areas to attend.

“Our support group gives families and caregivers the opportunity to meet other people facing similar challenges,” said Sumberg. “Our sessions provide an open forum for problem solving, interpersonal networking, stress reduction and continued education about Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and available community resources. Sharing openly with other individuals in similar situations can help one feel refreshed and re-energized, especially in the case of caregivers.”

In addition to giving caregivers a forum to discuss their experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, Waveny’s support group also provides its participants with an important social outlet. “Caring for a person with memory loss can take an emotional toll on the caregiver,” said Bacon. “Participation in a support group helps to diffuse the sense of isolation that often affects people who care for a person with Alzheimer’s or memory loss. When a caregiver takes the necessary time to attend to his or her own physical, mental and emotional well-being, the recipient of their care benefits, too.”

For more information about Waveny’s caregiver support group, please contact group co-leader Ilene Sumberg at 203.594.5301 or isumberg@waveny.org.

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.

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Collaboration between Community Foundations results in Generous Grant to Waveny’s Adult Day Program Scholarship Fund

Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation and New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a bountiful $25,000 grant to Waveny LifeCare Network to support its scholarship fund for Adult Day Program participants in financial need. Back row from left to right: Rob Sterner, Rangeley Capital Community Fund; Joanne Boyer, Director of Development for Waveny LifeCare Network; Judy Bentley, Waveny Development Committee member and past Board Chair, and Bill Piper, CEO of Waveny LifeCare Network. Front row left is  Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of New Canaan Community Foundation and Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs for The Fairfield County Community Foundation.

Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation and New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a bountiful $25,000 grant to Waveny LifeCare Network to support its scholarship fund for Adult Day Program participants in financial need. Back row from left to right: Rob Sterner, Rangeley Capital Community Fund; Joanne Boyer, Director of Development for Waveny LifeCare Network; Judy Bentley, Waveny Development Committee member and past Board Chair, and Bill Piper, CEO of Waveny LifeCare Network. Front row left is Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of New Canaan Community Foundation and Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs for The Fairfield County Community Foundation.

Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation, New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF), the donor-advised Barbara Benton Davis Fund, and the Rangeley Capital Community Fund at the New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a $25,000 grant to Waveny LifeCare Network to support the scholarship program for participants of Waveny’s Adult Day Program. The Adult Day Program at Waveny is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults from all areas who are still living at home, but who may require personal assistance, medical monitoring or more social interaction throughout the day. Benefitting just as much as participants are family caregivers who can regain the personal time they need to work, run a family household or simply relax.

A key facilitator of the grant process was Louise B. Goodridge, Waveny Development Committee member. “Thanks to the generosity of local organizations like these, Waveny is able to consistently deliver the highest quality of care to the people it serves,” said Goodridge.

Many of the families that rely upon partial funding and entitlements to afford the cost of adult day care have been directly affected by the shrinking availability of financial subsidization options over the past three years. More recently, the Veterans Administration also cut back on their funding such that that they will now generally only fund one day of adult day care per week.

“The Barbara Benton Davis Fund at the Fairfield County Community Foundation is pleased to support the Adult Day Program once again,” said Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs at the Foundation.  “Philanthropy plays an important role in ensuring that all seniors, regardless of ability to pay, can access this important community program. Adult day programs such as Waveny’s play an important role in maintaining our seniors’ quality of life in Fairfield County.” Waveny’s program serves seniors throughout lower Fairfield County and offers transportation to and from New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Norwalk and Stamford.

Grants from the New Canaan Community Foundation support a wide range of services for local residents, from the youngest to the oldest. “Community-based programs for the elderly are an essential component of a local continuum of care,” said Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of New Canaan Community Foundation.  “Accessible, high quality adult day care is an important resource for families in our area.”

The mission of the Rangeley Capital Community Fund is to support education and health initiatives, particularly in the New Canaan area. “The Waveny Adult Day Program plays such a critical role in our New Canaan community,” Said Rob Sterner of Rangeley Capital. “All of us at the Rangeley Capital Community Fund are so pleased to be able to support the program once again this year.”

Waveny Life Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including skilled Home Healthcare – to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation five days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at both The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.

 

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Waveny Announces Toll-Free “Waveny Cares Helpline”

Waveny-855Waveny LifeCare Network has launched a toll-free number to assist older adults, caregivers, families and anyone else who may require professional guidance or assistance with eldercare issues. The “Waveny Cares Helpline” (1-855-WAVENY-1) was introduced by the not-for-profit organization to field and answer general questions about senior care options, in addition to helping callers navigate local community-based services and resources. The helpline is not designed to handle medical emergency situations.

“This is a mission-driven service that we’re proud to offer the community,” said Waveny’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Piper. “We are committed to developing innovative and helpful resources like the Waveny Cares Helpline that deliver upon our mission, provide education, and utilize our professional staff’s far-ranging depth and breadth of knowledge.”

A dedicated line managed by Waveny’s main office staff, the new toll-free number is designed to deliver answers to callers within 24 hours. “We listen carefully, determine the issue, and direct the question to the most appropriate manager or staff member for prompt follow-up,” said Piper. “We have a stellar and deeply knowledgeable team here at Waveny, capable of helping a lot of people.”

To call Waveny’s new helpline, dial 1-855-WAVENY-1, or 1-855-928-3691 at any time.

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including skilled Home Healthcare –  to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation five days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at both The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.

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Waveny Hosts Congressman Jim Himes for Medicare Q&A on November 7

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Waveny Honors Contributors at Donor Recognition Event

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Waveny LifeCare Network thanked its many contributors for their loyal support
and commitment at their Donor Recognition Event on Thursday, October 24. More than 200 guests attended including honorees pictured here, Judy Bentley and Joe Carbone from
WorkPlace, Inc.

With more than 200 people in attendance, Waveny LifeCare Network recently thanked its many contributors at a donor reception on Thursday, October 24.  Both Judy Bentley and the WorkPlace were honored for their loyal support, involvement and commitment to Waveny and its mission.

“In recognition of her consistent generosity and extensive participation as a leader in our community, it is our great privilege to honor our dear friend Judy Bentley,” said Jay Twombly, Waveny’s Board Chair. “Her past and current leadership is an inspiration to me, as well as to each of Waveny’s past chairmen, and all who have served alongside her. She is a true hero and champion of Waveny.”

Bentley served on Waveny’s board for six years and was Board Chair in 2005 and 2006. She also served on the Finance Committee for a number of years, the Development Committee for over 10 years, and the ‘Swinging for Seniors’ golf co-chair for nine years. She was also president of New Canaan Inn’s Board and was instrumental in their merger with Waveny in 2002. Bentley is an inaugural member of Waveny’s advisory council and has assisted in every major event at the facility assuming various roles.

“From her years of service on the development committee, finance committee and years as the golf co-chair for ‘Swinging for Seniors,’ to her dedicated service as a top annual appeal solicitor every year, she is a role-model in philanthropy and to the community as a whole,” said Twombly. She and her husband Dave have lived in New Canaan since 1980. They have two loving children, four grandchildren and twin grandchildren on the way.  Since arriving in Fairfield County, she has served on more than 20 different boards and commissions with that number continuing to grow. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize Judy’s selfless dedication and commitment to Waveny and the New Canaan Community. She is a true treasure and a deserving honoree.”

Joe Carbone, President and Chief Executive Officer of The WorkPlace since 1996, accepted Waveny’s award to The WorkPlace on behalf of his organization. During Carbone’s tenure, The WorkPlace has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in creating innovative workforce programs and its entrepreneurial approach to workforce development has expanded the agency’s capacity to assist a wide variety of clients in underserved populations. “From job training to ongoing education, The WorkPlace is the yardstick by which all workforce development efforts across the country will be measured,” said Twombly.

Waveny has been the recipient of funds from The WorkPlace’s Incumbent Worker Job Training Program for the past six years totaling well over $100,000. “This funding has enabled us to continue to enhance the person-centered care knowledge of employees and the experience of our residents and their families by offering employees development, educational and enrichment opportunities in their respective fields. This initiative is a strategic effort to prepare our employees for new and challenging opportunities,” said Twombly.

Waveny Life Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including skilled Home Healthcare –  to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation five days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at both The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.

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Daily Voice Reports on Waveny Rebrand

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See full article by Tom Renner

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The name and logo have changed for Waveny Care Network, marking a new chapter in the nonprofit healthcare organization’s 38-year history.

Graphic - DVWaveny LifeCare Network officially became the new name last week, with a logo of a meandering river the cornerstone of the new look. “The purpose of the rebranding is to better communicate that we are a continuum of services,’’ said Kristin Sinatra, director of marketing. “It signifies the fluidity of the services that we provide.”

Waveny LifeCare Network’s mission is to provide “healthcare to serve the growing needs of adults in New Canaan and the surrounding communities,’’ according to the organization’s mission statement. “We offer a progression of therapeutic programs, services and living options to enhance quality of life for those we serve.”

The Waveny name and logo were inspired by The River Waveney in the English countryside. The river metaphor evokes the image of life’s journey, as well as the continuity of care, according to Sinatra. “The gently winding, bucolic waterway captures the ongoing presence of Waveny forward into the future,’’ she said.

Waveny LifeCare Network includes Waveny Care Center, The Village, The Inn, an Adult Day Program, Outpatient Rehabilitation services, Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, and Geriatric Care Management.

“The needs of people change as they age,’’ Sinatra said. “We strive to meet the needs proactively. Our goal and our mission is to offer a progression of programs to continually meet the needs of older adults, and families as well.”

To learn more, visit www.waveny.org or visit it on Facebook.

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