United Methodist Elder Care is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Five New Trustees

East Providence, RI:  United Methodist Elder Care is pleased to announce the appointment of five new trustees: Valerie Perry of East Providence, Susan Thurston of Wakefield, Don Ripley of Smithfield, Jason Preciphs of Rehoboth, MA and Robert Gauthier of Moosup, CT. “We are so fortunate to have these five enthusiastic new professionals who bring diverse talents and knowledge to help us become the best Elder Care organization we can be,” says Dan Genannt, Chair of the Board, “The whole board feels rejuvenated by their presence.” Valerie Perry, former East Providence City Clerk and City Councilor, and past Rotary International District Governor and Don Ripley, a Director of Human Resources at Rexel, Inc. had firsthand experience of Winslow Gardens. Both Perry and Ripley had parents who had lived at Winslow Gardens and Linn Health Care Center.  New board member, Susan Thurston is the Clerk of Court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island.  Jason Preciphs practices law with the firm Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce.  Robert Gauthier is the IT Portfolio Delivery Sr. Manager at...

‘Seabees’ Talk Takes Place at United Methodist Elder Care

East Providence, RI:  United Methodist Elder Care invites the public to attend a viewing of the 1944 movie, “The Fighting Seabees” starring John Wayne, followed by a meet and greet with Winslow Gardens’ resident Seabee, Joe Andrews, on Monday, November 23 at 2 pm.  Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. Joe Andrews, age 89, was stationed in Okinawa in 1942 as his unit built roads, bridges and living quarters for U.S. troops in World War II.  The Construction Battalions (CBs=Seabees) had to both build and be ready to fight because they were often under attack by the Japanese.  Joe will be answering questions about his experiences as a Seabee. United Methodist Elder Care provides a continuum of care and housing in the form of independent living, assisted living and nursing care.  The independent and assisted living is for seniors of modest means in the Providence, East Providence and Woonsocket areas of Rhode Island.  The five-star rated nursing home, Linn Health Care Center, provides short term rehab and long term nursing...

United Methodist Elder Care Announces Promotion of Sandra Cullen

East Providence, RI:  United Methodist Elder Care is pleased to announce the promotion of Sandra Cullen to Regional Director of Operations, Assisted/Independent Living.   This position includes the oversight of Winslow Gardens Assisted/Independent Living, Arbor Hill Assisted Living in Providence and St. Germain Assisted Living in Woonsocket, RI.  Cullen has over 20 years of experience in helping seniors with affordable housing and previously served as the administrator of Winslow Gardens. Cullen currently serves as Senior Housing Advocate on the Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission and has served as Leading Age’s Vice President for the past 2 and a half years.  Leading Age is a charitable organization focused on education, advocacy, and applied research with a nonprofit and corporation membership base who work to improve life for seniors. United Methodist Elder Care offers affordable senior housing in Rhode Island.  A native Rhode Islander, Sandra raised her two children in Cranston and presently resides there with her...

United Methodist Elder Care Holds Annual Meeting

With Guest Speakers Charles Fogarty and Bishop Devadhar East Providence, RI: United Methodist Elder Care held its Annual Meeting on June 22 at Winslow Gardens Retirement Center in East Providence.  Charles Fogarty, Director of Elderly Affairs in Rhode Island and Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church were guest speakers at the event. Fogarty addressed the Governor’s new budget and how it impacted Medicaid and elderly issues, bolstering some programs such as Meals on Wheels.  Bishop Devadhar talked about the service roots of the United Methodist Church and encouraged support of nonprofits, like United Methodist Elder Care, as an example of what Christ commands us to do. Four awards for outstanding service were presented during the meeting: one to a local business and three to individuals. The Distinguished Service Award was given to two residents: Jean James, a resident of Winslow Gardens and Dorothy Flowers, a resident of Linn Health Care Center.  Both James and Flowers have a long track record of volunteer service and loyal fundraising. “I have received much more than I have given,” said Jean James. The Community Partner Award was given to the law firm, Brennan, Recupero, Cascione, Scungio & McAllister, LLP for their longtime support and sponsorship of United Methodist ElderCare.  The Community Service Award was accepted by Angelo Olivelli, who has provided spiritual care for the residents by presiding over Christian services in Linn Health Care Center’s chapel once a month for twenty-seven years. Angelo remarked that “It has been a privilege and a blessing to serve the residents over the years.” United Methodist Elder Care provides...

LHCC Perfect Survey

Linn Health Care Center’s Perfect Survey:  Third Year in a Row Cheering and clapping erupted from the chapel at Linn Health Care Center last Friday where the staff had huddled to hear the state health department inspector’s report. The inspector announced that Linn Health Care Center received a perfect survey. This is the third year in a row that the East Providence nursing home was declared as quality care, deficiency-free. ”It is evident that our staff really care about the residents and are doing their best for them,” said David R. Velander, Administrator of the Linn Health Care Center. The average number of health deficiencies in Rhode Island’s nursing homes in 2013 was 2.2, and for the United States it was 6.8. Earlier this year, Linn Health Care Center was awarded a five-star quality care rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The Five-Star Rating System was developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid to allow consumers to compare nursing homes and to foster improvements in the care provided by nursing homes. It is based on rigorous health inspections, quality measures, and a survey of the staffing hours of registered nurses and other health care professionals. This prestigious honor is awarded to the top 10% of all nursing homes in the United States and means that a facility ranks much above average compared to other nursing homes. Linn Health Care Center is an 84 bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center with semi-private and private resident rooms, which boasts a mission of ensuring that all residents receive the best treatment and care during recovery from illness or injury...

Sandra Cullen to Serve on Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission

United Methodist Elder Care is proud to announce the appointment of Sandra Cullen by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee to serve on the Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission. Sandra will be serving as Senior Housing Advocate lending her 18+ years of knowledge gained from her experience as Administrator at Winslow Gardens assisting seniors with affordable housing. The Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission has 27 members representing the full spectrum of Rhode Island populations who come together to form policies, standards and programs regarding housing issues. The mission of the Housing Resources Commission is to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to safe and affordable housing. Sandra has also been involved with Leading Age for the past ten years and has served as Leading Ages Vice President for the past year and half. Leading Age is a charitable organization focused on education, advocacy, and applied research with a nonprofit and corporation membership base who work to improve life for seniors. United Methodist Eldercare offers affordable senior housing in Rhode Island and Winslow Gardens is the independent and assisted living apartments located in East Providence. A native Rhode Islander, Sandra raised her two children in Cranston and presently resides there with her husband and...