Great events happened at Green Hill in June. The 1st annual LGBT Senior Housing and Care Expo was held with the raising of the rainbow flag. Residents enjoyed a great Summer Kick-off party, a fudge recipe contest, and June Superfoods demonstration. Staff celebrated Nurses and Nursing Assistants weeks, and participated in valuable CEU sessions.
Pet Therapy for seniors is proven to improve quality of life by reducing stress and feelings of isolation. Pet Therapy lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, increases physical activity, stimulate memory and is just lots of fun. Enjoy this photo gallery of our residents enjoying time with a variety of furry and feathered friends with the aid of Recreational Therapist assistant Karen Gyetvay.
Retirements and service recognitions, Nurses Week, Staff Bake-off, Superfoods, Mother's Day, Memorial Day and the Green Fit Track opening. These are just some of the events and activities held at Green Hill in May.
Green Hill celebrates its own last night at the Annual Employee Service Awards. We specialize in longevity in the work place due to our shared values of Person-Directed Care, All-In Commitment, Unconditional Respect and Unifying Collaboration. Congratulations to our team members of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 & 35 years, who embody the mission of empowering elders, their loved ones and our committed staff to thrive together as family.
April was jammed packed with fun including the annual Spring Fling social, a visit with Congressional Candidate Mikie Sherrill, Earth Day planting of fresh herbs for use by the cooking club and many other clubs and activities.
January Super Food at Green Hill with Chef Jomar and Michiko Tomioka RD focused on the health benefits of citrus.
Residents enjoyed Brazilian Lemonade (called Swiss Lemonade) and a citrus mousse.
Citrus foods are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, including vitamin C, potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, and much more. Citrus is a low-calorie food with no cholesterol. The whole fruit is considered a 'good' carbohydrate.
Vitamin C aids on the formation of collagen and is good for the skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and bones. Vitamin C helps in wound treatment, tissue repair, anemia and stress. Potassium supports new cell production and growth. Potassium is an important electrolyte for supporting healthy blood pressure and nerve impulses to the muscles. Evidence indicates that a diet with citrus foods can help reduce the risk and/or retard the progression of cardiovascular disease, cancer, anemia and cataracts.
Thomas Robert (Bob) Vaucher, Lt. Col. (99 years of age) presented on his WWII experiences to residents of Green Hill in West Orange on Veteran’s Day.
Honoring Our Veterans
The Fog of War: A Personal Story of the First Seven Days of WWII
A humorous account by a WWII veteran and pilot of the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and hear first-hand about the week the United States entered WWII.
The annual Grandparent's Day carnival was a great success. Thank you to the tremendous Green Hill activities staff for their expert planning. Thank you facilities, dining, housekeeping and to all directors and team members for another wonderful intergenerational experience for our families.
Our resident's are so proud of their children. Josephine Shigo's daughter Loretta came to Green Hill to share her knowledge and advocacy of the Monarch Butterfly. Loretta Shigo is an experienced teacher naturalist/art educator involved in bringing art and environmental education to children and adults in a variety of different formats.
Visit her website at www.monarchjourney.com
The annual model Seder was held on the eve of Passover. Each year Cantor Mel Novick, a member of the activities team, leads a Passover Seder primer on the eve of the holiday. Residents learn about the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt and the purpose of the annual storytelling. They explore the traditional foods of the ritual meal and sign songs of the holiday. All residents and their families were welcomed.
Trustees, staff and residents gathered for a celebratory reception in Barbara’s honor on March 31st, where Chairwoman Lori Braender presented her with a special gift and resolution of thanks, unanimously passed by the board of trustees.
This is how we do it at Green Hill during a snow storm. Fearless staffers who
stayed overnight or trekked thru the snow to care for our residents!!! Shout out to Darlene, Jay, Vanesta, Debbie, Caroline, food service, housekeeping, Joanne at the front desk holding down the fort, Alison, nursing staff. Wow!
Residents have fun keeping busy and warm. Dorothy Bagli, an elder in house 115, and Shahbaz Paulette Etienne are enjoying the snowy afternoon by keeping busy with folding laundry!
Elders, family and staff of house 119 have a great time making their own pizzas with all the toppings. Resident Shirlean Russo's daughter, Judy Pawlowski, brought all the fixings to make your own pizza. What a way to ride out the storm.
Another fun filled Halloween at Green Hill. The staff really knocked it out the park with their fabulous costumes and great trick or treat party. It was a beautiful day for the trick or treat parade through the Green House (R) Homes neighborhood.
Green Hill staff and Santa Claus sang Christmas carols at the Green House® home’s holiday parties. The annual strolling, singing event was enjoyed by residents and family members in the festively decorated Green House homes. Each Green House Home has a Christmas tree decorated by residents and Shabbazim, and a joyful Chanukah display with Menorah and Dreidels.
Residents of Green Hill in West Orange enjoyed an early cocktail party to celebrate Thanksgiving prior to their huge holiday feast. Favorite songs were performed by one of Green Hill¹s favorite musician Eric Kerssen.
Mia Southworth enjoyed visiting with elders of Green Hill, and delivered cookies to help celebrate the season!
Jerome Markowitz and Robert Lowenstein, pictured with Mel Novick,
Community Life Assistant, honored Veterans Day by participating in a
discussion of their experiences while serving our country.
Mr. Lowenstein was a Sergeant who served in Germany during WWII and Mr.
Markowitz was a Sergeant during WWII in the army air corps; he was a gunnery
Residents & staff enjoyed a fun filled Halloween at Green Hill. The day began with a costume parade with students from Pleasantdale school. The students performed Halloween songs and showed off their wonderful costumes. In the afternoon staff and residents had a Halloween dance party, with music by DJ Jason Zaplin of DJ ZAP MUSIC. Prizes were awarded to the best costumes! Residents also snacked on homemade treats- spider web cupcakes and chocolate dipped pretzels. A good time was had by all!
A gorgeous last day of summer was host to the Green Hill Grandparent’s Day on Sunday September 20th. The annual event welcomes the whole family to the 12 acres campus in West Orange for games, entertainment, food and fun.
Elders enjoyed a delicious Labor Day barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and watermelon. The fun continued to the outdoor patios where they enjoyed the beautiful gardens they worked so hard to maintain this summer!
Elders in the Green House Homes enjoy birthdays with housemates, and special events with family and friends in their own home at Green Hill.
Shirlean Russo, from Green House #119, celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends yesterday. They are also having a big party on April 19th where 35 family & friends will be celebrating the special occasion!
When pet friends join residents for fun and socialization at Green Hill it brings out the kid in elders and staff alike. Therapy dog Lady, escorted by activities staffer Karen Gyetvay, visited with elders in the nursing and assisted living departments. Lady is a rescue dog certified for pet therapy by Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs in Morris Plains, New Jersey.