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Quilt and Watercolor Display

Amherst – On Thursday, April 6, 2017, 3: 30 – 5:00 pm, Applewood, One Spencer Drive, Amherst will hold an opening reception for a quilt and watercolor display, “A Celebration of Light and Color” by Valerie A. Ivy and her daughter Valerie I. Steinberg. Reception is free and open to the public.

In this show, we’ve had the rare opportunity for both of us to show our work together. We hope you enjoy our quilts and watercolor paintings...

Valerie Steinberg and Valerie Ivy

Valerie Ivy Quilt

Valerie A.Ivy

I was always interested in all kinds of crafts- knitting, sewing and smocking dresses when my daughters were young. When my husband, Peter and I retired to Pelham we joined the Grace Church. One of the members, Ruth Allen asked me to join the quilting group that met once a week. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the women and I learned a lot from them. I recently took a workshop with Betzi Sylvan to learn raw edge applique and to explore nature through quilting.

Most of the quilts I’ve designed are from memory or an interpretation of a place I have been including stained glass windows in cathedrals that I saw while traveling abroad.

Valerie Steinberg Painting

Valerie I. Steinberg

My beginnings in art were with photography, as a hobby and in my early work in microscopy. I began painting and drawing in late 2005 after raising our children and retiring from full-time employment at the University of Massachusetts as a microbiologist and environmental health professional. After my retirement, Peter Ivy, my father and fellow artist suggested I take up watercolor painting. I’ve been painting with Louise Currin since then.I’ve exhibited my work locally in several solo shows and in group shows with the Valley Watercolor Artists.

I am attracted to watercolor because of the vibrant colors and the fluidity of the medium. In my paintings, I enjoy exploring light, shape, and color in landscapes, still-life, people and animals. I prefer to paint from life and memory as I seek to express the beauty of the natural world around me in western Massachusetts and in areas of the world where we’ve traveled.

The exhibit will run through July 9, 2017. Visitors are welcome Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday or by appointment on the weekend.

Loomis Communities is the longest serving, most experienced provider of senior living in the Pioneer Valley, providing affordable continuing care, specialized care and health-wellness resources on four campuses, Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing Springfield and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

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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.

For more information, call us at the number in the upper right of this webpage or send us a note through our Contact Us form.


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