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    Physical therapy department welcomes new assistant

    Nicholas Martinez (known as Nick to his patients and those he works with) joined the community’s staff last month as a physical therapy assistant (PTA).Originally from Lyons, Nicholas was working in Oregon when he heard about the opening at the community and was enticed by the job description to move back to his home state.“(This position) was more geared toward helping the director of rehab instead of just a PTA,” said Nicholas. “It offered more experience, so I took the...

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    Esparza takes on another new role

    Since coming to the community in 2017, Tehren Esparza has worn numerous hats, ranging from day-shift nurse to assisted living/home health director. Recently, Tehren transitioned into yet another new role—case manager.“My current responsibilities are to assist with Medicare Part A—or skilled—admissions,” said Tehren. “This includes establishing rapport with the resident and their family and working with both nursing and therapy on the resident’s end goal,...

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    Assisted living neighborhood one big, happy family

    Since 1995, National Assisted Living Week has taken place for one week in September. It always kicks off with Grandparent’s Day, the first Sunday of the month. This year we recognize National Assisted Living Week September 9-15 and are thankful for two staff members dedicated to making the unit an enriching place to live.Meet Lisa Montoya, AL activity director/social service designee.

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    Dodge City artists among Art is Ageless® masterpiece level winners

    Five winning artists in Manor of the Plains’ annual Art is Ageless® juried competition will be featured in the 2019 Art is Ageless Calendar produced by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.“My Country tis of Thee,” a painting by Joanne Clarke, “Deer,” a drawing by Mary Ford, “3 Girls,” a painting by Mary Anne Hendrix, “Welcome,” a painting in the Christmas category by Linnette Jones and “Round Table Topper,” fiber art by Pat Tie...

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    All in a day’s work

    The Saturday before Easter of this year, Linda Horton fell at her home in Dodge City and broke her back.“The doctor glued me back together, but he must have made a mistake and used crazy glue because I’ve been nuts ever since,” said Linda.To recover, Linda was taken to Manor of the Plains where she stayed for three weeks.“I enjoyed every day I was there. The people and the aides were always very polite and kind. They would do anything to make me more comfortable.”But more than just healing her b...

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    Manor of the Plains, home sweet home

    By Kurt Lampe, marketing directorI love coming to work!It's not just a job; it's a career! I had no idea eight years ago that I would be working at a senior living community. I had been down with a staph infection for several months and saw the ad in the local newspaper.

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    Older American’s Month celebrated with glitz and glam

    To celebrate Older American’s Month in May, we (literally) rolled out the red carpet and threw a week-long event of superstar status.“We recognize Older American’s Month every year with a different theme we haven’t done before. Ever since I started working in activities, I always wanted to do some type of elegant night where the residents could dress like movie stars. I never knew what to do to get it all going.

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    In the spotlight: Clara Contreras

    Learning what it meant to be a certified nursing aide (CNA) was a pivotal moment in Clara Contreras’ life.“Somebody told me to take a CNA class. I didn’t know what it was, but when I figured it out I really liked it,” said Clara.After she took her first class and completed her training, a retired nurse at Manor of the Plains suggested Clara apply for a job here. She was hired in 2006.“I’m still here, and I’m never planning to quit.

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    5 lessons from the oldest old

    By Robert DiGiacomoNew York Times reporter John Leland thought he knew how to write about the “oldest old” — people 85 and up. For a proposed year-long series, he figured he would chronicle a laundry list of their issues: things like the dangers of falling, financial pressures and family conflict.As Leland delved deeper, however, he realized the people in this age group were more than the sum of their problems. And he saw how much he didn’t know about the realities o...

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    Manor of the Plains announces Art is Ageless® winners

    Manor of the Plains recently hosted a reception for the winning artists in the annual Art is Ageless® juried competition.“We are honored to exhibit artwork by seniors,” said Kurt Lampe, marketing director. “Art is Ageless is unique in featuring only the works of artists age 65 and older. Our artists prove that art, in any form, is an ageless ambition.”Winners in the Manor of the Plains Art is Ageless juried competition were:Best of Show (professional): Dee Maurer, &ld...

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