2013-12-12 / News

New Hope Valley spreads holiday cheer to residents

BY BRANDY ABRAHAM


From left, New Hope Advisory Council member Sara Parkin, Direct Care director Kim Killey, deputy director Jamie Jager and co-founder and managing director, Rumi Shahzad. 
Photo by Brandy Abraham From left, New Hope Advisory Council member Sara Parkin, Direct Care director Kim Killey, deputy director Jamie Jager and co-founder and managing director, Rumi Shahzad. Photo by Brandy Abraham SAGINAW TWP. – The staff and residents of New Hope Valley Assisted Living Home came together with their families to celebrate the holiday season.

New Hope Valley Assisted Living Home, located 3785 North Center Road, serves as a “home for you in Saginaw, Michigan.” Serving as a wholesome living alternative to elders in need of constant assisted care, New Hope Valley’s goal is to create a sense of warmth, community, purpose and independence.

Decorated with snowflakes and a Christmas tree, New Hope Valley’s 35 residents were able to enjoy a hearty dinner with their families, open presents and even get a Christmas photo taken.

The New Hope Valley staff started celebrating early with a gingerbread house contest, where the winner was kitchen aide, Lisa Kuhlanek. Her gingerbread house was shaped in the image of New Hope Valley.


New Hope Valley kitchen aide Lisa Kuhlanek won the gingerbread house contest by creating, from scratch, a gingerbread house in the image of New Hope Valley. 
Photo by Brandy Abraham New Hope Valley kitchen aide Lisa Kuhlanek won the gingerbread house contest by creating, from scratch, a gingerbread house in the image of New Hope Valley. Photo by Brandy Abraham Residents were able to take a break from the ordinary and visit with their families.

“This is their home and Christmas is a special time to be with family,” said Jamie Jager, New Hope Valley deputy director. “This gives them the opportunity to enjoy the holiday.”

Jager said residents treat New Hope Valley like their community and love to invite others to visit them. Some residents have their bridge card group meet at New Hope Valley. Another resident celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary there.

“We try to keep their interests in mind,” she said. “We always want them to feel welcomed and cared for.”

Co-founder and Managing Director of New Hope Valley Rumi Shahzad said that the key to their success at New Hope Valley is the willingness of their staff to make a difference in the lives of seniors.

“It is inspiring to do what we do here,” Shahzad said. “We want to make a difference and that makes us extremely passionate.”

Sara Parkin, an activist who campaigns on behalf of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, said that New Hope Valley gives her hope and happiness.

A part of the New Hope Valley Advisory Council, Parkin interacts with nearly every resident and helps guide direct care directors in new treatments. Having been diagnosed with Early Stage Alzheimer’s, she wants others to find the support they need to cope with such a diagnosis.

“What gets me going is laughing and praying,” she said. “It is a great place here and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

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