Tips on Staying Connected While Sheltering in Place

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It can be hard to feel connected while staying apart…these tips can help!

Keeping apart from friends and family is important for staying healthy during this pandemic. But it’s not easy to do and can lead to feeling isolated. Isolation can be detrimental to your mental and physical well-being, so it’s even more important to stay connected with others right now.

Whether you’re sheltering in place in your house or a senior living community, we’ve put together some simple ways you can reach out to others and keep the connections strong with a helpful, downloadable guide.


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Making the Most of Your Virtual Visit to Westminster Village

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Getting real value of out a virtual visit.

Congratulations! You’ve scheduled a virtual visit to one or more of the senior living communities you’re interested in. Now what? Visiting a community virtually is definitely different than doing so in person. So how should you be preparing so you’ll get a lot out of your visit?

We’ve put together some helpful tips as you get ready to go on your virtual journeys. From what you’ll need, to what to expect and, finally, great questions to have on hand, this guide will give you the confidence you need to get the most out of your virtual visits.


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Five Key Questions About Short-term Rehab, Answered.

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Five Key Questions About Short-term Rehab, Answered.


Each year thousands of people are directed to enter short-term rehabilitation facilities after a stay in the hospital as a way to help them recover from a serious illness or surgery. One of those people may be you or someone you love, and if you’ve had no prior experience, there’s a good chance you have lots of questions.  Below, we’ll take a look at five of the most common questions people have about short-term rehab.


What is short-term rehabilitation?

Let’s take care of the most basic question first. Short-term rehab provides around-the-clock medical care (including pain management and wound care) and consistent, continual access to professional therapy services to help patients recover and transition back to their homes and familiar routines as quickly as possible. When you’re in a short-term rehab center, you’ll typically be under the care of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, nutritionists, therapists in various specialties of recovery, and social services team members.


What types of rehabilitation services do short-term rehab centers typically offer?

The five main services provided by short-term rehab facilities are occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, and neurological rehabilitation. Let’s take a brief look at each one.


Occupational Therapy: Focuses on improving basic self-care independence and restoring functional living skills.


Physical Therapy: Focuses on restoring movement capabilities and improving posture, balance, range of motion and strength.


Speech and Language Therapy: Focuses on improving communication, swallowing liquids and food, and oral and motor skills.


Orthopedic Rehabilitation: Includes therapies after treatment for disease, injury and surgical procedures to bones, joints, muscles, and tendons, including joint replacements.


Neurological Rehabilitation: Many rehab facilities may also offer therapies for treatment of conditions affecting the central nervous system, including stroke, paralysis, Parkinson’s, etc.


How long will I be in short-term rehab?

The goal is to get patients home as soon as possible, but there’s no fixed time limit and the length of any given stay is driven by a patient’s progress as evaluated by his or her rehab team. That being said, the average stay is about 20 days, and many patients are headed home in as little 7 to 14 days.


Is being in a short-term rehab facility like being in a hospital?

In short, no, being in a short-term rehab facility is a considerably different experience. Typically, the design of the center is far more comfortable and residential in style, and you’ll certainly have a greater sense of freedom. You can wear your own clothes and may have the option of having your own food brought in to you. With this freedom, however, comes an added responsibility. In a typical hospital setting, you’re passively receiving care for an acute condition, but in short-term rehab, you’re expected to take a much more active role in facilitating your own recovery. You’ll take part in formulating your rehab plan and will be expected to participate in therapy sessions up to three hours a day, as well as perform activities on your own in between those sessions.


Will Medicare cover my short-term rehab stay?

There are a couple of determining prerequisites. First, you are required to have experienced a “qualifying hospital event,” which is a stay of at least three nights in a hospital in the last 30 days. Second, the rehab center you’re considering must be Medicare certified. Assuming those qualifications are met, you’ll be eligible for Medicare coverage for up to 100 days. However, only the first 20 days are covered at 100 percent. The remaining 80 inpatient days require a copay.


If you would like to know more about short-term rehab and how Westminster Village Terre Haute might help in facilitating your recovery or that of a loved one, please contact us at (812)-242-4600.

Westminster Village Senior Wellness Powered by NIFS

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Westminster Village Senior Wellness Powered by NIFS


The Oslo University Hospital in Norway recently studied 5,700 men, age 68-77, who exercised 30 minutes a day, six days a week. The study concluded that, on average, this exercise regimen helped add more than five years to the lives of the participants. Yet, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, only about 1/3 of American adults get 150 minutes of exercise per week−and the level of activity typically decreases even more among seniors. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity at all. That’s why, here at Westminster Village Terre Haute, we’re so committed to providing opportunities for residents to get the exercise they need to stay well.


Partners in Fitness

One example of our commitment to senior wellness is our partnership with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS). NIFS is a non-profit organization that provides management services, senior fitness programs, and facility layout and design services for the fitness centers of senior living communities all across the country. Our community’s state-of-the-art fitness center, the Westminster Athletic Club, is overseen by a full-time, NIFS-certified fitness manager. NIFS-certified managers are some of the most rigorously trained and vetted professionals in the fitness industry today. Most NIFS managers have earned specialty certifications for personal training, group exercise, and other related areas, and the organization provides numerous opportunities for continuing education through workshops and training, online resources and leadership support.


At Westminster Village, our NIFS fitness manager will work with you to develop a fitness plan that includes suggestions for nutrition, functional movement and exercise and is also available for personalized, one-on-one sessions. Our instructor-led group classes feature a variety of fun and effective activities that meet virtually any level of ability or fitness goals.


A Healthy Lifestyle

By partnering with NIFS and promoting physical exercise, Westminster Village is following through on its mission to create an environment that fosters a vibrant, engaged and healthy senior lifestyle.  According to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General, physical activity helps aging adults maintain the ability to live independently, reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression while fostering improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.


To learn more about our NIFS-powered senior fitness program, contact Westminster Village Terre Haute at (812)-645-7246.


Ivy Tech Donates Sweet Corn to Local Businesses In Partnership with Westminster Village

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Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute Agriculture and Precision Agriculture programs began harvesting six acres of sweet corn this week, and donated the corn to several local restaurants to help support our local economy. In keeping with tradition, all six acres of corn will be donated to local organizations, including Catholic Charities Foodbank, Westminster Village, and Master Gardeners. Thanks to the generosity of Westminster Village, Ivy Tech students and faculty have planted sweet corn on the Davis Avenue plot for the past seven years.

“We are proud that the labor of our students and faculty will directly benefit our local community,” said Lea Anne Crooks, Ivy Tech Terre Haute chancellor. “The donation of sweet corn, along with the Ivy Tech Community & College Benefit Series, are a few ways we have been able to offer assistance to industries hit especially hard during the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Ivy Tech sweet corn can be enjoyed in local menus at the Butler’s Pantry, Delish Café, Fifi’s Lunch Box, J. Ford’s Black Angus, Rick’s Smokehouse and The Saratoga.

Chef Kris Kraut from the Butler’s Pantry will use the corn for the first time this week during Ivy Tech’s monthly ‘Cooking with Kris’ virtual event, as part of the Community & College Benefit Series. To learn more or sign up for the next event in September, visit

Why You Shouldn’t Stop Your Assisted Living Search During Uncertain Times

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Don’t let uncertain times stop your search for assisted living.

If you or someone in your family is considering an assisted living apartment or assisted living facility — you shouldn’t allow uncertainty to slow or stop your efforts to choose the best assisted living community. Why? For one thing, the clock is ticking on preserving your independence. Typically, the best assisted living communities have a waiting list for their assisted living homes and apartments. The average wait time is 6 months. And with the options of virtual tours and virtual visits available to you now, there’s no reason to let precious time slip away without making progress on your search.

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Opening Up Our Community

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Federal and state governments are releasing plans to reopen the economy to essential business. While this is an encouraging sign to our country’s response to COVID-19, please know this process will be taken thoughtfully at Westminster Village. We will implement a three-phased approach when reopening our community. Decisions for each phase will be based on state and regional criteria, advice from public health officials, and the health status of our community.

We are all looking forward to the day when we can resume our lives as a community and gather with our friends, yet the health and safety of our residents and employees must remain our highest priority. From the beginning, we have taken on this challenge as a marathon rather than a sprint. There are no shortcuts or easy answers to how we reduce our risk to COVID-19 and it’s as important as ever that we continue to remain focused on protecting ourselves and supporting each other.

In the upcoming weeks, and until further notice, Westminster Village will continue to follow the heightened precautionary measures currently in place. These practices include following social distancing protocol and restricting non-essential visitors. We understand the risks posed to our community from COVID-19 and remain committed to our processes. We’ll only begin to shift our protocols after we know our community is no longer at risk, and with careful consideration of the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and local and state health departments. As the situation develops, and we make changes to our protocols, residents, employees and families will be notified first —but to reiterate, we will not be modifying our precautionary measures at this time.

Thank you for your patience, your support, and for embodying that hopeful spirit that Westminster Village is known for as we continue to navigate this process together. For more information about COVID-19 and our response to COVID-19, go to

Westminster Village Boasts 92% in Overall Resident Satisfaction

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Westminster Village recently received the results of its resident satisfaction survey and are pleased to announce and overall satisfaction rate among residents of 92%. The survey included a variety of service areas including residents’ thoughts on staff, services, feelings of security and community life.

Ninety-three percent (93%) of residents responded they were “very satisfied with Westminster Village as a place to live,” and 93% stated they “would recommend Westminster Village to friends and family.”

“We are thrilled with the results of the resident satisfaction survey,” says Dan Smith, Executive Director at Westminster Village. “Our team works tirelessly to provide an outstanding senior living experience for residents, and seeing these responses validates the staff’s level of investment and care.”

You can also view some great videos of our residents telling their stories of life at Westminster Village at our brand-new You Tube channel: