Sprenger Health Care to Gain First Memory Care Assisted Living

For more information, please contact:

Jason Coe

Facility Administrator

Phone: 440-930-6603

Email: jcoe@sprengerhealthcare.com


Avon Lake, OHIO (March 1, 2017) – Towne Center Community Campus, owned and operated by Sprenger Healthcare, is undergoing expansion to add a new, one-of-a-kind memory care assisted living facility.

Parkway Memory Care Assisted Living is designed to be a unique transitional unit offering quality care for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. With safety, continuity of care and sensory cognition in mind, Parkway was developed to optimize quality of life and encourage residents to maintain a healthy level of activity.

As the first memory care assisted living facility to join Sprenger Healthcare, the unit will include 30 private studios with individual bathrooms and specialized safety features. It’ll have its own dining room featuring chef-designed meals, an original food truck themed café, a soothing salt water aquarium, a 45-foot glass atrium to let in plenty of natural light, and a secured courtyard for residents and their loved ones to enjoy.

“The addition of a memory care assisted living facility on our campus will give us more capacity to meet the needs of our residents as they change and evolve,” says Jason Coe, Administrator at Towne Center.

Parkway Memory Care Assisted Living will not only be a safe and comfortable home for residents, it’ll provide a constructive environment to promote activity and socialization with planned outings and weekly happy hours. The Life Enrichment team will offer specialized programming, including fitness programs, as well as art and pet therapy. Residents can also take advantage of our Certified Dementia Care Specialists and 24-hour staff to assist with everyday needs.

The addition of Parkway Memory Care Assisted Living to Towne Center Community Campus is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.

About Sprenger Healthcare

From a small family-owned nursing facility to an expansive enterprise, Sprenger Healthcare is actively growing and adapting to the ever-changing needs of the communities it serves. With a strong focus on innovation and quality, Sprenger’s third generation is building a legacy while maintaining the same philosophy of personalized care initially established by Grace Sprenger. For more information on Sprenger Healthcare, please call (440) 989-5200 or visit our website, http://www.sprengerhealthcare.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Sprenger Chef Shares Healthy Recipes for Nutrition Month

Whether you want to eat healthy to lose weight or just for overall wellness, changing your diet and sticking to it can be tough. However, it doesn’t have to be! Planning your meals in advance is a great way to ensure you stick to the diet you intend. For National Nutrition Month, we asked our very own Chef Jim Smith, Dietary Director at Towne Center Community Campus, to share some of his healthy recipes. With these recipes, not only can eating healthy be good for you, it can also be delicious! Try out these recipes and see how easy and enjoyable eating healthy can be.

Southwest Veggie & Black Bean Burrito

Prep: 20 Minutes

Servings: 4

  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes tortilla wraps
  • 1/4 cup sweet roasted peppers, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. black olives, sliced
  • 2 cups roasted fresh sweet corn
  • 1 Head romaine lettuce, ribbon cut
  • 2 oz. hot pepper ring
  • 1 fresh avocado, sliced
  • 2 cups Chef Jim’s black beans
  • 2 cups Chef Jim’s Fresh Salsa
  1. Spread sun-dried tomato wraps on a flat work surface.
  2. Strain any excess juice from Salsa and black beans.
  3. Starting 2” from the bottom of the sun-dried tomato wrap, divide

equal amounts of each ingredient vertically on each wrap. Be sure to leave 2” on both sides of the wrap uncovered.

  1. Fold sides in and roll the wrap, beginning at the bottom.
  2. Slice in half and serve.

Chef Jim’s Black Beans

  • 2 c. black beans, canned
  • 1 tsp. fresh shallots, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. Sazon seasoning
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together and let rest for 3 hours.

Chef Jim’s Salsa

  • 3 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tsp. Sazon seasoning
  • 1/2 c. V-8 juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic
  • 1/2 c. cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 Taco sauce
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together and let rest for 3 hours.

Balsamic Chicken and Pears

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Makes 4 main dish servings

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 pears, not peeled, each cut in half, cored, and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup dried cherries or raisins

In a nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Add chicken and cook until chicken is golden brown and loses pink color throughout, 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate; keep warm.

In same skillet, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add pears and cook until tender and golden brown.

In cup, with fork, blend broth, vinegar, cornstarch, and sugar. Stir broth mixture and dried cherries into skillet with pears. Heat to boiling, stirring; boil 1 minute. Return chicken to skillet, heat through.

Rose Lane Physical Therapist Honored as Hero of Long-Term Care

Tyler Sponaugle, Physical Therapist at Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation, has been honored as the Hero of Long-Term Care for February 2017 by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA).

The Hero of Long-Term Care is an honor given to employees in long-term care for their service and dedication to their residents, community and facility. Only one winner is chosen each month by the OHCA, Ohio’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities.

Tyler was nominated by his peers for this award. A special gathering was held at Rose Lane to celebrate his accomplishments and present him with the Hero of Long-Term Care award. He will also be recognized at the OHCA’s 2017 Annual Convention.

Although Tyler has only been a Physical Therapist for a little over 2 years at Rose Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation, he has a long history of working in long-term care. At the age of 15, he started his career as a dietary aide. He continued his work by becoming a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and then Rehab Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2009 from Ohio University and a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013 from Cleveland State University.

Tyler is a member of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and is actively involved in the Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer.

Being able to put a smile on his residents’ faces each day is one of his biggest accomplishments at Rose Lane.

“Tyler’s ability to work with a patient from the beginning of their stay to the end of their stay, and give them the encouragement they need to progress and get better, is one of the many reasons he was nominated for this award” said Ashli Hartzler, Life Enrichment Director at Rose Lane, “He is able to develop a trust and friendship with his patients that help lead to their success.”

Congratulations Tyler for winning Ohio Health Care Association’s February 2017 Hero of Long Term Care.

Physical Therapist
The Love Run Presented By Sprenger Raises Funds for Avon Lake High School Athletic Boosters

Avon Lake, OHIO (February 4, 2017) – Sprenger Healthcare hosted its first annual Love Run 5k raising $880 for the Avon Lake High School Athletic Boosters.

More than 175 people participated in The Love Run held at Towne Center Community Campus, 200 Community Drive in Avon Lake on Saturday, Feb 4th, 2017.

“It is important to Sprenger Healthcare to be involved in our community,” said Jason Coe, Administrator for Towne Center Community Campus. “We had a great turnout and are happy to help raise funds for the Avon Lake Athletic Boosters.”

Participants got in the Valentine’s Day spirit with the love-themed 5k run and 1-mile walk, featuring a DJ, red and white tie-dye shirts, and a complimentary breakfast with a chocolate fountain.

Winners were announced for the top three women and men finishers in the following age groups: 14 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 and over. Awards were also presented to the First Furry Friend to finish and the Most Spirited participant. Visit www.hermescleveland.com for race result details and to stay updated on the second annual Love Run 5k, set to take place February 2018.

For more information about Sprenger Healthcare, please visit www.spengerhealthcare.com or call 800-772-1116.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational What?

By: Chrissy Queen, OT

When a patient first arrives at a skilled nursing facility (SNF), they are seen by both a Physical Therapist (PT) and Occupational Therapist (OT). Everyone knows what PT is so the question becomes what exactly is OT? Occupational Therapy focuses on maximizing a patient’s level of independence with daily tasks (ADLs) using compensatory techniques, education on body mechanics and instruction on use of adaptive equipment or strategies as needed to complete a functional task. The goal of OT in a rehab setting is to return the patient to their prior level of independence so they can safely return home.

During their stay at a Skilled Nursing Facility, a patient will undergo many assessments of their ability to complete their bathing, dressing and toileting routines. The therapist will provide explanation and demonstration on use of adaptive equipment and techniques within the parameters of their specific diagnosis/rehab needs. The therapist will complete education on safe strategies for managing home tasks such as light meal preparation and laundry tasks.

Occupational therapists also work to improve strength and range of motion in the upper extremities. This can be an important component to recovery for patients who may need to rely on trunk and upper extremity support when they have an affected lower extremity. They also provide education on walker safety during ADL tasks during home management tasks. 

An Occupational Therapist also works to determine the best seating for a patient when in a SNF for rehab. Assessment of width of wheelchairs, types of armrests and leg rests needed and providing specialized cushions when appropriate are all areas an OT will address.

Family education is an important component of Occupational Therapy as well. An OT will provide direct hands on family and staff training on a patient’s ability to complete functional skills and on the level of assistance they will require if returning home.

Finally, prior to a patient returning home to their previous living arrangements, an Occupational Therapist can perform a home safety evaluation. This involves taking the patient to their home and assessing needs for modifications so the patient may safely return home. Recommendations will be made for any equipment needed within the home that will promote independence, safety and decreased risk of falls. Modifications to a patient’s home may include removal of throw rugs to reduce fall risk, installation of grab bars for security and moving of household furniture to prevent tripping hazards.

There are many ways an Occupational Therapist can influence and affect a patient’s rehab stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility. The goal is to return the patient to their prior level of function with daily tasks, prevent falls and optimize patient rate of success when returned home. After all Physical Therapy may get you up and walking but without skills learned in Occupational Therapy, you would be walking around with no clothes on.