Angie Reinke, Galeon Administrator
We are very excited here at the Galeon as we continue to look at ways to enhance resident rooms and areas of use. We are scheduled to have new flooring installed at CMH. All hallways, the dining room and common areas will be done initially. Resident rooms will then be done as we are able to plan and accommodate our current residents. Each room will have new flooring, lighting, closets, built in dressers and will be repainted. We currently have one room done and it looks amazing.
Since spring has finally sprung, and with it comes new beginnings and new challenges, which is exactly what we look forward to here at Galeon. If you remember back in February, I wrote an article about 2019 being the year of improving the benefits to our residents. We were planning on doing this through a revamp of our activities department, and that moment has arrived. After compiling the data from over 80 responses from residents, tenants, families and staff, we have a consensus of what is needed to implement and revamp. Our quality assurance team has initiated the process.
Happy New Year! Here are some fun facts about New Year's resolutions that I found: • Only 45 percent of Americans make a New Year's resolution each year. • In fact, as many as 22 percent of resolutions don't make it past the crucial first week, while 40 percent have been forgotten about after a month. To make sure you don't fail, you've got to keep reminding yourself of your goals and why you made a resolution in the first place. • New Year's resolutions usually fail because there was no clear goal.
There is a significant need for mental health services in rural areas. While the prevalence of mental illness is similar between rural and urban areas, the services available are very different. Recently, health policy experts have begun to encourage a better integration of mental health and primary care services with the intent to increase the quality of care through enhanced coordination of services.
Happy fall, or winter should I say. As the seasons are changing so are all of us. Galeon is no different. As our year is coming to an end, we are almost ready to open our new comfort suite. You may wonder how is this different from a regular room or what would you use it for?
I cannot believe how fast the last year has gone. As we near fall and another year coming to an end, one likes to reflect on what the year has brought to Galeon. It has been busy year and I would like to express my gratitude for those individuals that are here to support Galeon in so many different facets.
Many of you have likely seen advertisement and publications for fundraising efforts at Galeon such as Galeon Appreciation Night with the Minnesota Lynx, pie sales, local business donations, etc. As a result, we have received questions such as: What do we plan to do with the money earned? Can't Galeon afford to make changes on its own? Here are some answers to your questions.
Continuing care campuses throughout the United States have weeks or months dedicated to the wonderful professionals who take care of our elderly residents and tenants. Galeon is no different in this way, we love to celebrate our staff and thank them in many different ways. But one can never forget the countless hours our volunteers dedicate at Galeon to make the lives of our residents and tenants more enjoyable.
I cannot think of a better way to start a column but to be able to give a huge SHOUT OUT to our first graduating Certified Nursing Assistants here at Galeon. Class began Jan. 8 and ended Feb. 8. The class was taught by our own staff member, Karen Moen, registered nurse, who became a certified trainer. Graduating students include: Skyler Schmidt, Hunter Infanger, Cassie LeBrun and Kali Giesler.
Happy New Year from everyone here at Galeon! I am so pleased to share of the great accomplishment of our staff here at Galeon. Toward the end of 2017, Community Memorial Home underwent its annual health inspection by the Minnesota State Department of Health.