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Church Hill Village Hosts Mini Car Show, Slates June Zoom Seminars



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Church Hill Village, offering luxury-grade assisted living apartments and memory care service for residents with dementia, has been working to maintain a sense of fun and normalcy through the recent coronavirus health emergency.

During April, 11 residents outfitted with pedometers undertook a “walk across America” at their own pace, measuring the equivalent of a coast-to-coast journey one step at a time.

In mid-May, the Village hosted a mini car show for its residents: a caravan of classic cars came to the facility, driven by volunteer members of “The Memory Cruise,” a group conceived and organized by Hans Reelick.

“They travel, visiting assisted living communities [and] nursing homes to bring some joy and hope to folks in these challenging times,” said Tim Bailey, MSW, Church Hill Village’s director of sales and marketing.

Also in May and continuing through June, the facility is offering weekly educational Zoom seminars for residents and the public.

“We are so excited to be able to offer these online engagement opportunities to our Church Hill Village community,” Bailey said. “These are for not only current residents’ families, but also anyone considering us as an option for senior living.”

On May 16 the facility hosted the first of its Community Conversations on Zoom: For “Coping with Crisis: COVID-19 Edition,” local psychiatrist Dr John Woodall offered practical ideas on coping with the stresses posed by being isolated and alone at home and/or having a loved one in residence during the historic and unusual pandemic conditions.

Woodall shared some tips to help bolster emotional resilience and manage the situation overall, and talked through specific ways to receive support and be of support to loved ones. Other May Community Conversations included “Veterans’ Aid & Attendance Benefits” and “Elder Law and Planning for the Future,” which covered powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, and the differences between these documents as well as probate court conservatorship.

The web seminars continue at noon Wednesday, June 10, with “Embrace Memory Care,” led by Christy Doyle, the Village’s resident services director, who will explain how signature memory care programs are tailored to make each day meaningful for residents. Church Hill Village’s program, which is called Embrace, is specially designed to benefit residents and their families, with the awareness that when memories fade, everyday moments still matter greatly.

At noon on Saturday, June 20, Zoom in and find out more about the Village’s “Essence” and “Thymeless” Embrace programs. “Thymeless” engages residents through planting, tending, harvesting, preparing, and enjoying the bounty of a food garden. Doyle will also discuss “Essence,” covering the guiding principles of Embrace — wellness, enrichment, challenge, connection, and creativity — which provide the foundation for Church Hill Village’s memory care philosophy, focused on creating a connection with memory care residents on an individual level.

On Tuesday, June 22, virtual attendees can get tips on “Preparing to Downsize with DeClutter by Deirdre.” For many, the idea of moving from a home into an apartment can be daunting, but success is all in the approach. Folks can join “declutter expert” Deirdre Dolan Nesline to learn about the process of decluttering, organizing, and right-sizing one’s home. Nesline hopes to put a positive focus on what can be an overwhelming and emotional task when considering living options for the future.

Finally, on Tuesday, June 30, at 5 pm, the public can attend a virtual Church Hill Village open house. As new residents are welcomed, virtual visitors can learn more about the facility.

Located at 2 The Boulevard, at the intersection of Church Hill Road, Church Hill Village is the first assisted living/memory care complex to be built in the borough. Senior Lifestyle, a Chicago-based corporation in the elderly housing industry, operates the facility, which is designed for residents who are generally over age 75 and who require assistance with the activities of daily living, including some nursing care.

Learn more at www.seniorlifestyle.com/property/connecticut/church-hill-village/ — or call 203-745-0968.

Church Hill Village resident Bill Newman, escorted by CNA Kathy Rivera, checks out a 1939 Chevy pickup owned by Steve and Bradley Potpan. The borough facility recently hosted a caravan of classic cars supplied by volunteer members of “The Memory Cruise.”
Resident Dottie Graves sits beside a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass owned by Mike and Lenore Albes, one of about a dozen classic cars visiting Church Hill Village recently.
Owner Peter Reelick is all smiles behind the wheel of his 1930 Ford Model A roadster. —photos courtesy Tim Bailey
Residents Charlie Edgerton (with sign) and Bill Newman await the arrival of volunteers affiliated with “The Memory Cruise” — a mini classic car caravan organized by Hans Reelick that travels to assisted living communities and nursing homes to brighten residents’ days.
Ted Boccuzzi sits with a mask on in his 1933 Chevy Standard three-window coupe during a mini car show held recently at Church Hill Village.
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