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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank      April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month.  It also encompasses National Volunteer Week, April 12 – 18, 2015.  President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, and every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week, urging Americans to give their time to community outreach organizations.       I have always felt volunteering was important.  My mother worked full time, raised 5 children between the ages of 1 and 9 by herself when my father passed away and still found time to volunteer with a number of meaningful organizations.  When she passed away two years ago the most important thing to me was seeing so many people from those organizations at her memorial.  She made a difference! My brothers, sister and I still try to emulate her values and volunteer as much as we can. The reason I bring this up is two-fold.  First, we have many volunteers here at Country Meadows who we are very grateful for.  Our Life Enrichment Directors, Linda and Holly have been challenged with […]

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10 Ways to Kick Cabin Fever to the Curb

Written by Holly Jaynes Life Enrichment Director of Courtside at Country Meadows Many of us enjoy getting outside as much as possible. Just going for a walk on a nice day can lift your mood drastically! Hiking with a friend, playing a round of golf, or even taking a dip in the community pool are great ways to boost your mood and get you out of the house. But when the cold, slippery, wet weather comes, what can you do!? Luckily, in this day and age, we have many outlets for creativity and ways to get involved. Some are even lucky enough to have Activity Programs right at their fingertips! Here are 10 ways to keep yourself busy in the winter: Get Social! When you’re a part of a community, there’s many things you can do to get to know those around you. Need a suggestion? Enjoy a cup of coffee in a new location. Head down to a common area in your community, say hello to those that pass by, remember to smile, and see how it goes! Explore the World of Hobbies! It’s likely that you already have a hobby, (or a LOT of hobbies if you’re like […]

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Happy New Year!

Country Meadows knows how to bring in the New Year. In fact, New York City has nothing on us. We drop our crystal ball right at midnight New York time (9:00 pm our time) every year. We sing Auld Lang Sine, pop party poppers, blow party horns, and toast in the New Year with great enthusiasm. While waiting for the big moment to arrive, we listen to great music, drink champagne and sparkling cider, eat appetizers created by our executive chef Linda Cox, and feel the camaraderie among our friends and neighbors here at Country Meadows Village. If you missed the fun and festivities this year, make sure you join us while ushering in the next. It’s sure to be a blast! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015, Linda Robinson Life Enrichment Director at Country Meadows Village

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A Better Home… for the Holidays!

A Better Home… for the Holidays! Country Meadows Village can help your loved one during the holidays. Being alone and isolated is emotionally depressing for seniors and can be unsafe should temperatures drop below freezing causing broken pipes or furnaces that fail. In many cases their children live at great distances unable to help. Those adult children who may live near have busy schedules with their children and work to juggle. Moving into Country Meadows Village could be the perfect solution. For the family this move gives them peace of mind knowing their loved one is being cared for, with festive events and activities, along with holiday meals and companionship. Socializing and making friends brings warmth enjoyment to the holiday experience for seniors. They appreciate sitting by a fireplace in comfortable common areas that are decorated in holiday tradition. They have many apartment floor plans from which to choose as well as numerous amenities to delight in. This holiday consider moving your loved one to Country Meadows Village… a gift that will keep giving every day with friendship, socializing, and individualized care plans if needed. Come visit and experience the lovely lifestyle our residents enjoy.

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Safety Tips for the Winter Season

The seasons fly by so quickly it is hard to keep up with the necessary ways to keep safe under the uncertain conditions that comes with winter.  Here are some things to remember in preparing for the cold and rain. For home safety, it is a good practice to repair handrails both inside your home and outside around your porches. Having a handrail on both sides of a stairway and all the way to the end of the stairs is best, rather than on just one side. Make sure your home is well lit inside and outside to help you and your guests avoid falling. Have a multipurpose fire extinguisher in a handy and convenient location in both the kitchen and the garage, practice how to use it, and check to see if it is working once a year. Keep dry and warm by wearing hats, gloves and non-skid shoes or boots. To avoid injuries, ask for help and don’t take unnecessary risks. Can your street address be seen from the street at night? Check to see if your address is well lit In the event emergency personnel need to find your home at night. Gas stoves, lanterns, and fireplaces […]

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Passing State Survey with Flying Colors

Country Meadows Village Passes State Survey  with Flying Colors Each assisted living is required by the state to undergo a thorough inspection every two years. The inspection includes evaluating resident care and staff training, medication management, activity programs, the kitchen and dining services as well as every other aspect of the facility. The inspectors talk with residents regarding their feelings about how they are cared for and their level of satisfaction. The inspectors stated that Country Meadows Village Assisted Living is in the top 5% in Oregon that attain a “deficiency free survey” and could serve as a training example for other assisted living communities.

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Seniors Have it All at Country Meadows Village!

Seniors Have it All at Country Meadows Village!   The lifestyle for the residents at Country Meadows Village is like being on vacation every day of the year. These folks love the freedom that comes with downsizing from a house and maintaining a yard to moving into a two bedroom cottage or apartment. Residents no longer worry about meal planning or housekeeping. They enjoy weekly social outings and entertainment. Seniors who choose this lovely lifestyle appreciate a full, restaurant style dining experience with a seasonal menu and a complementary glass of wine with dinner. The outstanding, long list of entrees makes meal time something to look forward to everyday. You will be delightfully surprised by the quality and variety of entrées the Executive Chef for Country Meadows Village features.   This summer Country Meadows Village fed over 300 people at The Estates BBQ where our Chef’s BBQ Ribs were enthusiastically received. October brought tasty Hors d’oeuvers created around a Halloween for Country Meadow’s Wellness Spa Grand Opening on with entertainment by 2 Sisters and a Mr. brought the house down playing the Boogie Woogie Music of the 30’s & 40’s. Country Meadows new Wellness Spa is designed for residents and […]

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A Halloween Story Written by our Residents

Once Upon  A Halloween Night Written by the Residents at Country Meadows Village – Courtside On a cold Halloween night, there was a man that had one leg, 4 eyes, and no nose! The man chose to stay in his home and keep away from others most nights. He decided to slip out that night, hoping to make a friend. While walking through town, he met a group of women. When the women saw him, they shrieked in fear and reached for their pepper spray! The man calmly said “I come in peace, in search of a friend.” One of the women stepped out from the group to take a closer look. What she saw was a scary, disfigured, and unfamiliar face on the outside. It was then she reminded herself he could have a kind, friendly heart on the inside.  “Why don’t you join us for some hot cocoa?” The woman asked. Her friends were appalled! The man was so shocked by her response. “I’d love that! You aren’t too scared of me?” ”No one can scare me away from hot cocoa!” The woman joked. The scary man introduced himself, “Hi, I’m Oscar.” “Nice to meet you, Oscar. My name is […]

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