Sprenger Healthcare Proudly Sponsors Moving Day Cleveland

By: Renea Dutton, Director of Rehabilitation

Sprenger Healthcare is a proud sponsor of Moving Day® Cleveland, the National Parkinson Foundation Ohio’s annual fundraising walk/run event, planned for June 17, 2017 at Wade Oval at University Circle.

Donations support the development of treatments for the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder of the nervous systems.  Moving Day® is a celebration of movement featuring a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a Movement Pavillion with yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and Pilates. These activities have been proven to better manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. There is also a family-friendly 1-mile walk course in which participants can unit in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and walk to spread awareness.

Sprenger Healthcare will be hosting a walking team and sponsoring a tent at the Moving Day® Cleveland event. We encourage residents, staff, family and friends to join our team! To join the Sprenger in Motion Team, please visit http://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR/MovingDayEvent/NPFOhioChapter?team_id=42811&pg=team&fr_id=2576

Sprenger Healthcare is dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This is why offer Delay the Disease, a free 12-week exercise program developed to optimize the physical function of people with Parkinson’s disease.  Our licensed therapists will guide participates through Parkinson’s specific exercises, in an effort to reduce the symptoms often associated with the disease.  Our “Delay the Disease” exercise program is offered at our Amherst Manor Retirement Community, Heather Knoll Nursing & Rehabilitation and Smithville Western Care Commons.  For more information or to RSVP, contact the therapy department at a facility near you!

The Facts of the New Milk Options

By: Lisa Zook, Dietitian

Remember when you wanted to add milk to your cereal and there was only one type available – milk from a cow?  Consumer choices were so much simpler in the past. Choosing milk from the store has gotten a lot more complicated.  Here’s a nutrient breakdown on the most popular choices per 8-ounce serving:

TypeCaloriesTotal FatSaturated FatProteinSugar% Calcium% Vitamin D
Whole MilkCalories: 150Total Fat: 8Saturated Fat: 5Protein: 8Sugar: 12% Calcium: 30% Vitamin D: 25
Nonfat MilkCalories: 90Total Fat: 0Saturated Fat: 0Protein: 8Sugar: 12% Calcium: 30% Vitamin D: 25
Original SoyCalories: 110Total Fat: 4.5Saturated Fat: 0.5Protein: 8Sugar: 6% Calcium: 45% Vitamin D: 30
Unsweetened SoyCalories: 80Total Fat: 4Saturated Fat: 0.5Protein: 7Sugar: 1% Calcium: 30% Vitamin D: 30
Original AlmondCalories: 60Total Fat: 2.5Saturated Fat: 0Protein: 1Sugar: 7% Calcium: 45% Vitamin D: 25
Unsweetened AlmondCalories: 30Total Fat: 2.5Saturated Fat: 0Protein: 1Sugar: 0% Calcium: 45% Vitamin D: 25
Original RiceCalories: 120Total Fat: 2.5Saturated Fat: 0Protein: 1Sugar: 10% Calcium: 30% Vitamin D: 25
Unsweetened RiceCalories: 90Total Fat: 2.5Saturated Fat: 0Protein: <1Sugar: <1% Calcium: 30% Vitamin D: 25
Original CoconutCalories: 70Total Fat: 4.5Saturated Fat: 4Protein: 0Sugar: 7% Calcium: 10% Vitamin D: 30
Unsweetened CoconutCalories: 45Total Fat: 4.5Saturated Fat: 4Protein: 0Sugar: 0% Calcium: 10% Vitamin D: 30
Original CashewCalories: 60Total Fat: 2.5Saturated Fat: 0Protein: <1Sugar: 7% Calcium: 45% Vitamin D: 25
Unsweetened CashewCalories: 25Total Fat: 2Saturated Fat: 0Protein: <1Sugar: 0% Calcium: 45% Vitamin D: 25

So Let’s Review:

  1. Cow’s Milk

Packed with nine essential nutrients – calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, riboflavin, and niacin – milk is a nutrient powerhouse. The 12 grams of sugar come from naturally-occurring sugar, lactose, which is not added sugar.  There’s lots of emerging research on whether the saturated fat found in whole milk is beneficial for you; however, there’s no official verdict yet. If you don’t consume a lot of saturated fat in your diet overall, perhaps there’s room for it in your diet. However, for most people, I would still recommend nonfat or 2 percent milk as a better choice.

  1. Soy Milk

Soy milk has always been a good alternative for people with a milk lactose intolerance or allergy. Packed with heart-healthy soy, 7 to 8 grams of protein and almost no saturated fat, it can definitely be a smart choice. Do keep in mind that the sugar found in the sweetened and original varieties are added sugar (from cane sugar), so if you’re watching your total sugar consumption, you might want to stick with the unsweetened kind.  Also, if you have a history of breast cancer, you may want to limit large amounts of soy in your diet.

  1. Almond Milk

Rich in calcium and a good source of vitamins D, E, and A, almond milk has definitely become more popular in the last couple of years. Its taste and texture make it a great alternative for milk. However, just like with soy milk, if you buy the original or sweetened varieties, the sugar is from added cane sugar. But there are several unsweetened and now “light” varieties available, with 0 grams and 3 grams of sugar, respectively. Surprisingly, almond milk has minimal protein, so if you’re hoping to use it as a protein source with your meal, you are out of luck. But the good news is there’s room to add some protein to your breakfast meal or smoothie since almond milk is low in calories. 

  1. Rice Milk

Original rice milk has more calories than the other milk alternatives (not including whole milk), but the high sugar amount is naturally-occurring. Rice milk has the least amount of nutrition compared to the others. However, for people with multiple food allergies, rice milk could be the best choice.

  1. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a hot trend right now. It isn’t high in calories, but it’s the highest of the milk alternatives in saturated (bad) fats. Some studies show that coconut milk fats can raise your cholesterol levels and LDL levels. If you really love the taste of coconut, go ahead and include a little in your diet – just keep in mind that, per serving, there is no protein and the drink has the least amount of calcium compared to the other “milk” options.

  1. Cashew Milk

Another nut option, cashew milk has not picked up as much momentum as almond milk. Cashew milk’s creamy taste, though, lends itself to be a perfect low-calorie swap in many recipes. Rich in calcium, just like almond milk, it can be a good source for people who avoid milk products. However, if you’re looking for a good protein addition for your meal, you might want to look elsewhere.

Bottom line: When choosing a “milk” beverage, a lot of it comes down to a taste preference – which obviously varies from person to person. If you don’t have any allergies, then all of them can be included in a healthy diet. Just keep in mind that some might be a better choice with certain snacks or meals depending on what else you’re consuming.  Most have some added calcium and vitamin D; some have protein while others do not. Buy some and try the different flavors for yourself!

Beating Depression as We Age

By: Barbara Baird and Jessica Slavik, The Nord Center

Whether it’s gardening or spending time with your grandchildren, your retirement years can be your chance to do the things you truly love. But what if you find that you are losing interest in the things that you once enjoyed? What if basic functions like eating, sleeping or just making it through your day start to feel like “too much”?

Late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans ages 65 and older. Many changes that occur as we age can lead to depression such as medical illnesses, the death of spouses or other loved ones, and retirement. The effects of depression can extend far beyond changes in mood. Depression can cause people to become less energetic, experience changes in sleep patterns, changes in their appetites, as well as a decline in physical health.

According to a recent report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, depression is one of the major causes of a decline in the health-related quality of life for senior citizens. Depression in seniors is often overlooked because the symptoms may look like other diseases such as arthritis or dementia. As a senior, taking a proactive approach to your mental health can make the difference between aging, and aging well. The following strategies can help:

  • Keep Moving – Physical exercise is important to everyone’s health! Go for a walk or join a tai chi class. If you have physical limitations, try a chair workout.
  • Socialize – Stay connected with family and friends. You should also make an effort to meet new people – try joining a book club, taking a class, or volunteering. Dedicating quality time to social activities each week can reduce the likelihood of depression and generate a support group for when times get tough.
  • Use the Internet – If friends and family live too far away, the internet is a great way to keep in touch. A recent study shows that internet use among seniors can reduce the probability of depression by more than 30 percent! Being able to stay connected with loved ones and old friends helps fight off feelings of seclusion and promotes greater social interaction, even when it can’t be in person.
  • Get a Pet – Pets are great therapy option and research has proved taking care of a pet lowers agitation and depression. Pets also help seniors stay active and socially involved.
  • Play Games – Puzzles, crosswords, and games like Sudoku keep the brain stimulated. Cards are also a great way to get friends together.
  • Make Deeper Spiritual Connection– Religion and the community within can offer meaningful activities and support or a great place to volunteer.
  • Make a Difference– Volunteering is a great way to stay active and involved within your community. Finding a way to “do good” helps create a sense of purpose in life and also provides another opportunity to socialize.

There is great help available and many active ways to manage depression and to lift its cloud from your golden years. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from depression, be sure to check in with your healthcare provider to make a treatment plan.

Sprenger Healthcare’ Nurse to Throw First Pitch at the Lake Erie Crushers Home Opener

In honor of International Nurses Day, Karen Foreman, Director of Nursing at Sprenger Healthcare’ Anchor Lodge Retirement Village in Lorain, has been chosen to throw the first pitch at the Lake Erie Crushers home opener.

“With a broad knowledge base in every department of the skilled nursing facility field, Karen is truly able to exceed expectations as a leader, supervisor and Director of Nursing,” said Janelle Shaw, Administrator at Anchor Lodge Retirement Village.

In recognition of Foreman’s dedication to being an outstanding nurse and role model, she was nominated and chosen by her peers to throw out the first pitch of the season.

“Karen has been very kind in guiding me when I moved into my new role as the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON). She has provided great deal of knowledge that I have used daily,” said DeeDee Kozusko, ADON at Anchor Lodge Retirement Village. “Karen provides space for you to grow and listens when you need to talk things out.  She has become a mentor who I truly value.”

Foreman joined Sprenger Healthcare in 2000. Her knowledge, leadership and commitment to patient care led to her promotion as the Director of Nursing and continues to drive the 17 years of success she’s had with the company.

Outside of work, Foreman shares her passion for the well-being of others through her ongoing dedication to the American Cancer Society.

The Lake Erie Crushers’ home opener is Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:05 p.m. against the Joliet Slammers. It will take place at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium, 2009 Baseball Boulevard, Avon, OH 44011.

For tickets to the Lake Erie Crushers game, please visit www.lakeeriecrushers.com.

Amherst Manor to Showcase Skilled Nursing Expansion with Community Open House

Sprenger Healthcare is celebrating the expansion and renovation of Amherst Manor Retirement Community with a community open house Thursday, April 27, 2017.

The community open house will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 175 North Lake Street, Amherst, OH 44001.

Tours will be provided throughout the event for community members to explore the skilled nursing expansion, which includes 30 private rooms and a new state-of-the-art 2,700 square foot therapy gym.

The community open house will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting, complimentary wine tasting with Giuseppe’s Wine Cellar, raffle baskets and a visit from the Lake Erie Crushers mascot, Stomper.

Join city officials and members of the Sprenger family at 5:00pm for a Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting that will mark the official unveiling of Amherst Manor’s new addition.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and cocktails will be available, compliments of Chef Jim Smith.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the facility receptionist at (440) 988-4415 or email rwheeler@sprengerhealthcare.com.

About Amherst Manor Retirement Community
Amherst Manor Retirement Community was the first to join Sprenger Healthcare in 1959. The facility offers a continuum of services, including skilled nursing, orthopedic and short term rehabilitation, memory care, assisted living and independent senior living. To learn more about the programs and services offered at Amherst Manor, visit www.sprengerhealthcare.com or contact the facility at (440) 988-4415.

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.