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Coronavirus Update

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After careful consideration for the health and safety of residents, employees, and family members, our community amended its visitor policy on Monday, March 16, and is restricting visitors from entering our community.

Please bookmark the LCS website for future updates and information regarding our community COVID-19 response and prevention measures already implemented, such as:

  • Educating all staff and residents in social distancing guidelines
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and disinfecting common community areas
  • Implementing temporary visitor restrictions, including deliveries
  • Canceling on-site large group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing and executing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents and employees to reschedule travel plans and remain in our community
  • Deploying an updated visitor advisory for communities and to campus
  • Coordinating best practices across the broad, LCS partner network
  • Making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all employees

All future updates regarding the COVID-19 response, including visitor policies, social distancing guidelines, and prevention recommendations, can be found here. LCS has also opened a national hotline for information. Call 855-998-4934. For local information about our community, please use 812-242-4600.

Coronavirus Update

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Hello Westminster Village community,

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVD-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps [Insert facility] is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

We’ve developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19. Additionally, you can access updates at the following website.

Our community is:

  • Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
  • Encouraging a temporary reduction in visitation and deliveries
  • Reducing on-site group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents to communicate any travel plans
  • Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
  • Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all residents

According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

  • Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, including fever, and coughing

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

Our teams are staying in communication with local health officials and will share regular updates on COVID-19. For more the most up to date information and personal health recommendations, please visit the websites below:

Updates from LCS: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
COVID-19 Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
What To Do If You Think You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

Coronavirus Update

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The health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and families is always a priority at our community.  With the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and in the minds of many, we want to address actions, which are taking place related to this concern.

Some of the actions we are addressing include:

  • Consistent updates and communication to those who live and work at the community.
  • Evidence-based precautions that align with guidelines provided by the CDC.
  • Reviewing emergency preparedness and response measures in the event that a virus impacts our community or the surrounding area.
  • Changes to our travel and visitation guidelines for all employees, partners and guests.

We are closely monitoring local, state and federal health agencies to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively to protect our community and mitigate risks of an outbreak.

We will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to preserve the health and safety of our community.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information, please contact (812) 242-4600.

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Westminster Village Residents Compete in Semi-Annual Corn Toss Tournament

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The residents and fitness manager of Westminster Village Terre Haute traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the highly anticipated, semi-annual Corn Toss Tournament.  They were joined by the corn toss teams of Greenwood Village South, Marquette and Westminster Village West Lafayette.    Seventeen teams of 2 tossed their hearts out with the hopes of taking home the title.   They broke at noon to enjoy the lovely spring weather and a picnic lunch prepared by the community’s Dining Services team of culinary experts.

Teams were placed in an East vs. West double elimination bracket giving everyone a fighting chance and a complete workout.    “Corn toss is a great physical wellness activity improving one’s balance and core strength.  But it also has tremendous social benefits” says Lauren Kelsheimer, Fitness Manager at Westminster Village Terre Haute.  “I’ve seen so many of our new residents create wonderful friendships through their participation in corn toss.”

The competition is a group effort supported by our friends at NIFS and coordinated by the on-site Fitness Managers: Lauren Kelsheimer of Westminster Village Terre Haute, Lindsay Knox of Marquette, Nate Woodard of Greenwood Village South and Kelsey Vance of Westminster Village West Lafayette.

This year the traveling trophy will go home with “The Holistics” comprised of Jim Hebden and Randy Trowbridge of Marquette (Indianapolis, IN).  Teams will continue to recruit, practice and prepare for the next competition set to take place in the Spring at Greenwood Village South.

Westminster Village Residents are Climbing to New Heights!

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Adventurous Westminster Village residents recently scaled the walls at Terre Haute’s newest attraction, The Climbing Café. 

Check out our great video about the experience:

“As the first of our new Active Adventures outings, I think it was a huge hit,”  said Community Life Director, Jan Cockrell.  “Many residents surprised themselves by what they could do.  They also realized the work they’ve been putting into their regular fitness classes really paid off in this experience.” 

The group plans to tackle zip lining, hiking and laser tag in 2020. 

Westminster Village’s Management Company Ranked #1 In J.D. Power Study

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Westminster Village, managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, announced that its management company ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study. Westminster Village is proud to be a part of Life Care Services, which achieved the highest score in all seven study factors: resident services and activities; community staff; food and beverage; new resident orientation; resident cost; community and grounds; and resident apartment unit. Life Care Services, the nation’s second-largest senior living operator, scored 843 on a 1,000-point scale, a full 49 index points above the second-highest performing senior living organization.

The J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study examines industry-level performance metrics of senior living providers, and highlights the best practices that are critical to customer satisfaction, advocacy, and loyalty. The study’s comprehensive view of the senior living resident experience provides an independent and objective measure of the overall satisfaction levels among U.S. customers. Westminster Village serves more than 300 residents and 190 team members.

“Our company is committed to providing the resources for communities to deliver an exceptional resident experience driven by innovation, signature programs and quality services. The J.D. Power award represents the voice of the senior living customer, and I can’t think of a more important voice than that of the residents we serve,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company for Life Care Services. “Westminster Village employees have a passion for serving seniors, and their dedication to its residents continually inspires me.”

J.D. Power surveyed 3,021 residents, family members, and friends of residents living in independent living, assisted living, or memory care communities across the United States.

Life Plan Community Residents Report Wellness Benefits, Survey Finds

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Life Plan community residents tend to experience greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual and vocational wellness than their counterparts in the greater community, according to preliminary first-year results of a study of more than 5,000 residents of 80 such communities in 29 states.

“One of the strongest points coming through is that life plan communities are places where older adults are able to find tremendous opportunity for aging well across multiple dimensions of aging,” Cate O’Brien, Ph.D., assistant vice president and director of the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, told McKnight’s Senior Living on Tuesday.

She was speaking of the Age Well Study by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University, longitudinal research that is evaluating the effects of living in life plan communities, also known as a continuing care retirement communities, on residents’ health and well-being. The study will measure residents’ self-reported health and wellness through a survey taken annually for five years.

Results are being compared with a demographically similar sample drawn from the Health and Retirement Study conducted by the University of Michigan. Interviews with some residents are helping to interpret the findings and determine additional questions for the future, O’Brien said.

To read this article in its entirety, click here: https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/life-plan-community-residents-report-wellness-benefits-survey-finds/

ISU Students Compete in Design Challenge at Westminster Village

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Westminster Village and the ISU Department of Built Environment are collaborating on an interior Design Challenge. Students of architecture and interior design have been given 2 senior living apartments to re-construct, furnish and decorate as part of their course curriculum.

Students met with Westminster Village residents serving as “clients” last month. This week, Westminster residents traveled to the ISU School of Technology to see the students in action, creating architectural drawings and putting together the decorative palates.

A total of 9 design proposals are being built. Student teams are formally presenting each for consideration on Thursday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. at Westminster Village. The resident and staff committee will choose which designs will be executed and unveiled for the public to tour during the Design Challenge Showcase in December.

“The project is an opportunity for Westminster Village to connect the generations and connect the campuses. Our senior residents and the young students have really enjoyed working and learning together. We are also pleased to give these students a real life project to add to their portfolio,” shared Kate Webster, Sales & Marketing Director for Westminster Village.

The Course: IAD351 Studio 3: Universal and Corporate Design – This design studio includes both Interior Architecture Design (IAD) and Architectural Engineering Technology (ArET) students. These are 3rd year students. Most are IAD majors and will pursue an Interior Design license and work in residential or commercial design related jobs. The ArET students, in addition to the design courses, also take construction management courses giving them options to pursue employment in the design or construction management fields.

ISU contact: Andrew Phillip Payne, PhD, M.Arch., Associate AIA, Chair and Professor of Built Environment, College of Technology, Indiana State University 812.237.3267 andrew.payne@indstate.edu

For more information please contact Kate Webster, Sales & Marketing Director, (812) 242-4611

The Speakers Bureau – Westminster Village, A Life Plan Community

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For bright minds and engaging personalities, speaking on topics that affect senior adults everyday, you can count on the Speakers Bureau we’ve assembled at Westminster Village. Our professionals are prepared to discuss topics ranging from nutrition and fitness to skilled nursing and long-term care, as well as general health, wellness and rehab.