Spring Meadows Senior Community has named Dr. Radha Gokula as its new medical director. Dr. Gokula goes by Dr. Murthy Gokula.
Dr. Murthy Gokula’s passion is Geriatrics. He is the Program Director for the St. Luke’s Hospital Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program in association with The University of Toledo teaching faculty.
“We welcome Dr. Gokula aboard and are very pleased with the fact he has a specialty in Geriatrics,” said Tom Blakely, Assistant Administrator at Spring Meadows Senior Community.
Dr. Gokula earned his medical degree at Siddhartha Medical College in India and completed his Family Medicine residency at Sparrow Hospital/Michigan State University in Lansing, MI. After his residency, Dr. Gokula continued his training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he completed a fellowship in geriatrics. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He also is a Certified Medical Director for long-term care. He was recently nominated to the American Geriatric Society BEERs Criteria SWAT TEAM to help keep the new BEERs criteria for polypharmacy updated on an ongoing basis. He has received grant funding to help reduce the inappropriate use of Foley catheters and urinary infections in the long-term care setting and is currently working on a project to help improve hydration in the elderly. He is the founder/advisor for the Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Club at the UT College of Medicine. He is a strong advocate for interprofessional geriatric education, research, and clinical care.
Dr. Gokula’s special clinical interests include polypharmacy, diseases of the elderly and palliative medicine; he has conducted extensive research about the inappropriate use of Foley catheters in hospitals and new models of geriatric care in practice.
Spring Meadows Senior Community Medical Director Dr. Stephen Camacho passed away unexpectedly on November 29. Dr. Camacho was 41 years old and had been the medical director here since August 2012.
Spring Meadows Senior Community is working on securing another medical director as soon as possible.
“Dr. Camacho will be dearly missed by all of us here at Spring Meadows Senior Community: residents, staff, and families,” said Melissa Broadwater, RN, Director of Admissions & Marketing, “We were blessed to have known Dr. Camacho as part of our family here and will hold memories of him dearly to our hearts. He touched many lives in his short life.”
Dr. Camacho is survived by his parents, wife, five sons and three step-children. He received his combined Bachelor’s Degree and Medical Degree from Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in 1997. He completed Family Practice residency at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Full obituary information can be found at http://www.newcomertoledo.com/obituary/94383/Dr-Stephen-P-Camacho/Toledo-Ohio.
Spring Meadows Senior Community will be hosting a Holiday Open House on December 6 from noon until 4 p.m.
Enjoy a bazaar, silent wreath auction, snacks, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. Silent wreath auction winners will be notified on December 8.
Looking for a warm, dry, safe place to trick or treat this Halloween? Look no more!!!! Spring Meadows Senior Community offers Trick or Treating on Halloween night (Friday, October 31st) from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm.
All children 12 and under are welcome! The Trick or Treating begins at Spring Meadows main entrance (where the green canopy is). Then children are led through the dining room and then over to Astor House where they will exit the building into the same parking lot they entered. The residents love passing candy out so each Trick or Treater is well taken care of. That is why we ask that you only gothrough the building once. Please help spread the word about this event and we hope to see you there!
It was true love from day one.
That love is as strong as ever for Larry and Donna Stevens of Toledo who will be celebrating 62 years of marriage on May 16th. Their love has faced some challenges…as all marriages do…but it perseveres as Larry now visits Donna twice daily at Spring Meadows Senior Community, where she is a resident living with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The staff at Spring Meadow planned a special anniversary lunch for the couple on May 16.
The couple first met at the age of 16 met in Ashland, Ohio. Donna first caught Larry’s eye when she would walk by his home on her way to work. One day, Larry and his sister went to the skating rink and Donna was also there. Larry rode the bus home from the skating rink with Donna, instead of riding home with his sister. The rest is history.
It wasn’t uncommon for Larry to walk 13 miles to visit Donna during their courtship. They married on May 16, 1952, when Larry was 17 and Donna, five months older, was 18. The couples lived in Ashland until 1967, then moved to Anaheim, California until 1972, and then back to Toledo, where they have been ever since. Along the way, they raised three children: Sherie, who lives in Holland, Ohio; Diane, living in California; and Michael, in Ashland. They have 6 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Larry worked as a crane operator when the couple moved back to Ohio. Donna waitressed at White Tower Restaurant and ran the employee cafeteria at Jacobson’s before her retirement. Larry will happily say Donna was “the boss”, who worked her job and then came home and worked another as a mother and wife.
Larry says the secret to the longevity of their marriage is easy.
“We love each other. We have always gotten along good,” he said. “We had a few times where we would argue, just like any other couple, but not that many. We liked to do things together like bowl and play cards. We always have a lot of fun just being together.”
The couple has enjoyed traveling together to various spots across the country. On their 50th wedding anniversary, they made a trip to Las Vegas. Donna, a huge Wayne Newton fan, got a big treat as the performer found out about their anniversary and sang to the couple and kissed Donna’s hand.
In 2003, Donna was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In December 2013, the family made the tough decision to move her to a nursing home facility. Prior to that, Larry had managed her care with the help of family and home health care.
“He said he was going to take care of her as long as he possibly could and that is exactly what he did,” Sherie said.
Larry drives to Spring Meadows Senior Community twice a day to spend time and eat meals with Donna. He has only missed a couple of days…when winter weather prohibited him from the making the drive and a couple days when he was ill.
“Some days are good and some days are not so good,” Larry said of his wife’s condition. “Sometimes we have some real good moments. There are times she still knows me. I just tell her I love her and give her a kiss and hug.”
Having been inflicted with the disease for 11 years and suffering several strokes, Sherie said it became time for Donna to have round-the-clock professional care.
“They say this disease is the longest goodbye and that is so true. It’s just nice to hold on to her as long as we can.
“Having her here (at Spring Meadows) is really comforting to us. This is a good, good place. They truly care…from the aides to the nurses to the people in the financial office to the activity people. It is very, very stressful to have to find a new home for your loved one,” she said.
“The minute I walked into Spring Meadows, I knew this was the place for mom. Everyone was smiling and I could tell everyone cared. Even though I didn’t have an appointment, people made time to see me and answer my questions,” Sherie said. “Is it great that this is close for us … yes, but we would have driven miles and miles every day to know that mom was in a place where she was receiving the best care. It just so happened for us that Spring Meadows was that place and it is close to home.”
Spring Meadows hosted a special anniversary celebration luncheon for the couple. The couple’s favorite meals from a local restaurant were brought on site and enjoyed in a special setting. The staff wishes Donna and Larry many more “good days” ahead on the path to their next wedding anniversary.
Two new employees have joined the Spring Meadows Senior Community family.
Terein Collins, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) has been transferred from provided direct care to the MEDS office to assist Georgia Bucher.
Terein is currently taking classes to complete her Bachelor of Nursing Science (BSN). She will graduate soon and take the exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
James Mossing has temporarily joined the Spring Meadows team as chef. He is a corporate chef for Talk of the Town Consulting and is currently head chef/dietary manager until a permanent manager is found.
Spring Meadows Senior Community is taking a “team” approach to activities at the nursing home and Astor House assisted living.
Schmidutz recently took over activities for Spring Meadows Senior Community, after being head of Astor House activities for many years.
“The team approach is working really well for us. We all have our talents and bring something unique to the table, but we work really well as a team too because we complement one another,” Schmidutz said. “We all have in common our love for our job and passion for helping our residents live life to the fullest. They are our extended family.”
Schmidutz said as part of the team approach, Spring Meadows is implementing more one-on-one and small group activities as well as taking activities to residents’ rooms if they would like to participate, but are unable to for whatever reason.
Pictured are staff members (from left) Lindsay Schmidutz, Teea Scott, Janet Langwell and Tanya Brough.
Lindsay Schmidutz has been named Activities Director for all of Spring Meadows Senior Community. Previously, Lindsay was activities director for the facility’s assisted living unit, Astor House.
Lindsay graduated from Hopewell-Loudon High School in 2000. She attended The University of Findlay from 2000-2002 and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Family and Community Service. It was during her final semester at BGSU, that Lindsay interned at Heritage Corner in the activities department and found her passion helping others.
Shortly after graduating from BGSU, Lindsay was hired at Spring Meadows Senior Community as Astor House assisted living activity director. Her duties there included planning calendars, leading activities, designing, creating and producing the monthly newsletter and spending time with the residents.
“The most important part of my job at Astor House was to spend time with the residents and always trying to find activities for them to do that they truly enjoyed,” Lindsay said.
“While some of my new responsibilities now include helping with assessments, care plans and making sure the activities department is following state regulations, the best part is always spending time with the residents and making sure all their needs are met,” she said.
Lindsay and her staff are planning some new activities to make sure there are things available for residents of every level or care.
“The residents are like family here and I do it for them. I know I am very lucky to have such a great position and love what I do,” Lindsay said.
Lindsay and her husband have two sons, Brennan and Hudson.
Spring Meadows Senior Community recently opened eight rehabilitation suites.
These suites are designed for those patients requiring short-term care and physical, occupational or speech therapy. The suites are large enough to allow the various therapies to be conducted privately in the suites, if that is what a patient desires.
“We encourage patients to come to our therapy area, but if they prefer to complete therapy in their room, that is now an option as well,” said Cheryl Lutz, Director of Rehabilitation. “These rooms are designed for short term care patients that need rehabilitation services and then they can safely return to their homes.”
Lutz said patients who choose to have therapy in their room are receiving top-notch care, as most equipment that is needed can be transported to those rooms. Short-term stays are typically 30 days or less.
The spacious rooms measure 216 sq. ft., not including the bathroom, and are private.
“The trend is going this way to have rehab suites. They allow us to focus on short-term rehab patients’ needs and get them home safely,” Lutz said. “Also, these suites allow patients to have a room of their own and a different environment for them to rehabilitate in. The rooms are very homelike and private.”
HOLLAND–Assistant Administrator Tom Blakely and Social Worker Jennifer Ducat have joined the Spring Meadows family.
A graduate of St. Johns High School, Blakely received his health care administration degree from Bowling Green State University. Blakely has an extensive background in senior care. His family owned nursing care facilities in North Baltimore and Bowling Green.
“I am a family-run facility guy. I think family run facilities do it better,” Blakely said. “It’s not a job, it’s a commitment, a life style. Family run facilities are few and far between these days.”
A third generation provider, Blakely has twice served on the Ohio Health Care Association Board of Directors.
At Spring Meadows, Blakely said he would like to help build the census and stay on top of the ongoing changes to the health care and nursing care industries.
“There are so many changes going in on in our industry right now. The pace of the changes has quickened,” he said. “The Affordable Health Care Act will also impact us.”
Blakely and his wife reside in Perrysburg. They have five children.
Ducat, a licensed social worker, is a graduate of Eastwood High School and the University of Toledo.
“I started out working domestic violence and discovered it wasn’t for me,” Ducat said. “I then decided to work with the elderly population. Everyone here at Spring Meadows has been wonderful and they all work well together. It’s been a pleasure getting to know the residents and working with them.”
Ducat will be providing a number of social work duties at Spring Meadows including assessments, care plans, discharge evaluations, and dealing with moods and concerns as they happen.
She lives in Holland with her five-year-old daughter.