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Howard B. Leavitt Painting Exhibit

What: Howard B. Leavitt Painting Exhibit Opening
Where:  Applewood, One Spencer Drive, Amherst
When:  October 10, 2013 from 4-5 pm

Cost:  No charge

Amherst – On Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 4-5 pm, Applewood will hold an opening reception of the paintings of Amherst resident Howard B. Leavitt. The opening is free and open to the public at Applewood, One Spencer Drive, Amherst.  

Howard did not start painting until the age of fifty because when he was in the fourth grade, he received a grade of C in art class.  The teacher was trying to communicate with a ten year old that he had no artistic talent and therefore a waste of time to take up painting.  For many years, he took her advice.

Over the years he became greatly interested in attending art shows and admiring other people’s art work.  At age fifty, he met a professor of art at Penn State University who claimed that since he was interested in viewing art, she could draw out some heretofore dormant talent.  With some skepticism he signed up for her adult painting class.  Bless this woman!   Had it not been for her, he would not have paintings to be on display now.

Her technique was to encourage frequent halts in the process of painting and asking oneself “Am I completely satisfied with what I have done?”  If not, stop and seek the advice of a teacher or fellow student.  Then proceed but not before being entirely satisfied with the previously accomplished work.  Howard had several teachers in the following years including the famed, Barbara Johnson.

In the late seventies, Maggie Smith, senior citizen and Amherst, Massachusetts artist, organized and started teaching an art class for Amherst seniors at the Amherst senior center.  This Thursday morning class attracted a dozen or more seniors from the area.

In the late nineties Maggie retired and soon thereafter passed away.  No replacement was found and the class started to disassemble.  However, at the last minute six of Maggie’s students, including Peter Ivy, Applewood Artist in Residence in 2011, agreed to continue the class as a workshop without a teacher.  They would teach one another by providing tactful advice, when asked.  The idea worked and the workshop, varying in number from 6 – 10, continued its mutual instruction style through 2011.

 For More Information please contact:  Carol Constant, Director of Community Engagement,  413-532-5325


About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

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Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments

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What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living

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What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care

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What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are avaiable at the following Loomis Communities:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing and Loomis House offer licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.

Rehabilitation

What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities offers rehabilitation services in partnership with Genesis Rehab Services. Our combined staff of professionals such as physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Both our of nursing centers at Loomis House and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing are Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis House was the second nursing home in the nation to receive a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis House nursing center, please contact:

Nursing,
413-538-7551

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or
Email: GThomes@loomiscommunities.org