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There are signs everywhere!


There are signs everywhere! Walking onto Astor Street, there are signs on every reserved home in Brandon Place. From apartments to villas, people are not just showing an interest in our program, they’re making reservations to make Moosehaven their home.

By the first of the year, sixteen (16) additional residents will have moved to Brandon Place. To help our new neighbors settle in and acclimate to life on the campus, we’ve coupled them with Brandon Place Ambassadors. Ambassadors provide an insider’s gain to our community and help new residents plug in to activities and features of the campus. Offering a friendly smile and a helping hand not only enhances our sense of community, but is the first sign to new comers of our fraternal spirit.

If all signs are pointing towards downsizing to the right size home, call the marketing office today and let your next sign read, “RESERVED.”

National Nurses Week

Health Care

May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). The English nurse became known as the founder of professional nursing, due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Nightingale became known as “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night. National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.

May 6 was introduced as the date for the observance in 1982.1 Moosehaven provides 24-hour nursing care for our residents who live in the Paul P. Schmitz LifeCare Center. Campus nurses are available as needed for all residents, regardless of where they live.

There are 20 Licensed Practical Nurses and 12 Registered Nurses that deliver a major part of our top-rated healthcare. Nursing Assistants and other staff contribute the support needed for the excellent care shown to each senior Moose member that resides on our campus.

We are proud of our nursing staff. During the upcoming Nurses Week, take a moment to recognize them, to honor them and to thank them for the never easy, but always loving care that they provide.

Marina Mathews

Who Do You Think You Are?


Have you ever watched that show Who Do You Think You Are? If you aren’t familiar with this, it is a show where a celebrity gets help in tracking down their ancestry through records like old censuses, marriage, birth and death records.

This past weekend, despite everything else I had on my to-do list, I decided to get on Since I am not a celebrity and this is real life, I had to do my own research. Within an hour of doing this, I was absolutely riveted and maybe more than a little obsessed. It felt like being inside a compelling mystery novel, except it was real and these were MY people and I could see their actual handwriting and feel their presence. I spent almost an entire day and night glued to the computer. I found where other relatives I have never even met posted pictures of great and great-great grandparents.

I even found copies of draft cards from worldwar I and II. I especially wanted to get as much detailed information as I possibly could about where my families came from in Ireland in hopes to visit those places where my ancestors lived and died and maybe even meet some distant relatives that still live there. Still, I learned a couple important things about myself. One: finding credible leads from the mid 1800’s in another country can be very confusing and time consuming. Two: after all the discoveries I made, I came to remember the most important thing of all, while it can feel beautiful and healing to walk the same land where many of my ancestors come from, at the end of the day, we have to be careful about over identifying with any particular group that separates us, making us take on an us vs. them mentality. After all, do we honestly believe one race, class, or gender or creed is better than another? Do we really think God sees us differently?

It can be fun to find belonging in a particular group, but I think it’s important that we place more of an emphasis on how much we are all the same and that we are all equal. I think the most important thing we can strive to be above all else is LOVE. So when I am in Ireland for 10 days this month, I MIGHT try to find time away from my tour group to visit a gravesite or two, but generally I plan to bask in some much need vacation time in a beautiful country and just practice being as close to divine love as I can. It’s a good goal to have no matter who we think we are.

Jennifer Bothast, COTA Moosehaven/Rehab Director

We Welcome new Residents


Astor Street is decorated with “reserved” signs. It’s a welcome sight especially when the first sign appeared on our newly built St. Johns Apartments last month. Before the end of the year, Moosehaven will have nine new families in our New Life program. As the cooler temps settle in, new faces will begin to emerge and friendships forged as the events calendar heats up. From deck dinners to holiday happenings, there are plenty of activities for new residents to get plugged in to this fall season.

Our resident will extend a hearty welcome and introduce our new neighbors as family. New residents are eager to be part of our community, and are making plans to participate in upcoming social opportunities.

So, as we gather together this holiday season, we also invite our newest members to be part of our family – welcome them home.

Gini Turner Director of Marketing and Sales