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By: Marissa Salvesen on June 23rd, 2016

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Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center Featured in Leading Age Member Showcase

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Bishop Wicke featured in Leading Age Member ShowcaseShelton, CT (June 20, 2016) - Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing and rehab facility on the Wesley Village Campus in Shelton, was recently featured in the “Being the Difference” Leading Age Member Showcase for the unique ways it is making a difference in the lives of older adults. Seven senior care providers from across the state were featured in the showcase and invited to highlight their impact to attendees at the Leading Age Connecticut Expo. The expo, held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville this past May, included over 500 attendees.

“Every day we are making a difference in the lives of our residents, patients and families,” said Debra Samorajczyk, Administrator at Bishop Wicke, “but demonstrating our Mission and Values in action is what makes that difference.” Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local, mission-based, not-for- profit senior living provider with a 140-year legacy of caring for older adults. Samorajczyk highlighted several staff development programs which center on the organization’s Mission and core Values, such as the annual Values in Action program, Spirit Renewal Ceremonies, weekly Mission/Values in-services, Supervisor and Leadership Training, as well as mentoring programs, on-the- spot recognition and others.

The “Values Board,” an employee- recognition initiative that invites staff, residents, and family members to share immediate feedback after any positive experience, was displayed for attendees during the presentation. “Making a difference begins with our caregivers. All of our staff who work directly or indirectly with our residents are part of the process to create the very best experience for our residents and families,” Samorajczyk states.

“We were proud to be part of the ‘Being the Difference’ Leading Age CT Member Showcase,” said Samorajczyk. “It is inspiring to see the ways senior care providers, like Bishop Wicke, are making a difference in the lives of older adults.”

LeadingAge is an association of 6,000 not-for- profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. Their 6,000+ members and partners include not-for- profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state partners, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners. The mission of LeadingAge is to expand the world of possibilities for aging. For more information, visit www.leadingage.org.

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center is an award-winning skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located on the Wesley Village senior living campus. Also part of the campus continuum of care is Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent Living Cottages and Assisted Living Apartments, and Lifestyle Transitions Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. The campus is owned and operated by UMH, a local, mission-based, not-for- profit organization serving all members of the community and is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, CT. To learn more about the continuum of care offered at Wesley Village or the mission of UMH, please visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or contact Lisa Bisson at 203-225- 5024.

Photo Caption: Bishop Wicke staff members display their “Values Board,” which was featured in the “Being the Difference” Leading Age CT Member Showcase in May. The Values Board is one of several staff development programs centered on the community’s Mission and Values.

About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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