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Volunteer of the Year Award Non-Resident: Ann Huddleston

Ann Huddleston was recognized recently for the Non-Resident Volunteer of the Year Award at the 22nd Annual Conference of LeadingAge Oklahoma. 

 

This award is given to a non-resident for outstanding contributions. Their uncompensated contributions have come from service to the organization in one of many ways:  as a board member, financial expertise, special events, and resident relations.  Their contributions have resulted in positive changes for a Community; may have contributed to an unmet need; and helped to preserve the dignity, well-being and independence of residents.

 

Mrs. Huddleston has a heart for serving others. She and her husband Larry have served as Worship Leaders for Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Worship services for more than a year. In addition to sharing her musical talents, Ann has devoted time to planning the services and making sure residents know about them and feel welcome.

 

Ann pays attention to the needs of others and looks for ways to make them happy. One particular resident loves playing the piano, but has lost some vision capacity. Ann has had him play at the worship services. She spends time selecting music he knows and enlarging the sheet music so that he can read it. She makes a special effort to make sure that he feels included and valuable, and can continue an activity he enjoys.

 

Ann also spends time as a companion to another resident. She takes her to appointments and to visit her husband. More than just providing assistance, Ann has spent time with this resident, getting to know her and creating a meaningful relationship. Ann’s children have even taken time to visit this resident and play music for her. The impact this time and service have had on this resident has been priceless.

 

Frequently, Ann assists in coordinating events and activities at Covenant Place of Tulsa. She took the lead in coordinating a musician for the Communities Flag Raising Ceremony. Ann took care of communications and logistics, ensuring a successful event for the community.  Ann also calls Bingo every Monday afternoon and it is obvious that the residents enjoy the interaction with Ann very much!

 

Ann consistently demonstrates her commitment to serving others and enriching the lives of the residents and their families. Ann recently agreed to join the staff at Covenant Place of Tulsa as a PRN Concierge team member. She now helps out periodically at the front desk, which is very fitting that she can sometimes serve as the face of the community!

Types of Retirement Community Care

There are many options out there for your retirement, and it can be confusing to know what choices to make! Many retirement communities identify by lifestyle options and the type of care one may need. You will most often see the terms “Independent Living,” “Assisted Living,” “Rehabilitation,” and “Long-Term Care” through your retirement community research. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between these levels of care so you can better understand what type of community you are looking for.

 

Independent Living offers the opportunity to continue living an active lifestyle without the burdens of homeownership. In an apartment-style community, you will live near other people of the same age and similar interests! You will experience all the amenities of a retirement community, including social activities and interesting day trips. The best part is not having to shovel all the Iowa snow!

 

Assisted Living is for those whose medical, memory or aging issues reduce your ability to safely stay in your own home. It is designed for folks who can live on their own for the most part, but who need some help with day-to-day activities such as dressing, bathing, medication reminders or other personal services. Assisted Living still provides personal privacy and autonomy, but offers services for personal care.

 

Rehabilitation Facilities are a place for individuals to recover after surgery or other illness. On average, people stay at a Rehabilitation Facility for 30-60 days. During their stay, an individual has access to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy services, along with the other types of care he or she may need during the recovery period.

Long-Term Care Facilities provide a variety of services that help meet both medical and non-medical needs of individuals with chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. Long-term care assists with normal daily tasks like dressing, feeding and using the bathroom. They also receive frequent care from skilled practitioners addressing the needs associated with their chronic conditions.

 

Lastly, a Continuing Care Retirement Community offers Independent Living and Assisted Living. These communities eliminate the need to look for a new place to live as your health needs change.

Covenant Place of Tulsa Prepares for Opening with Ceremonial Flag Raising

Covenant Place of Tulsa is holding a ceremonial flag raising on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m. at their facility located at 7300 East 121st Place South, in Bixby. The flag raising precedes the Retirement Community’s Grand Opening on April 9th. The flag raising is to honor veteran residents and staff, and to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day in Oklahoma which was on Thursday, March 17th.
 
The VFW Post 577 Honor Guards will be assisting in the raising of three flags – the American flag, the State of Oklahoma flag, and the Christian flag. Members of nearby communities are welcome to join to salute the flag and unite as American brothers and sisters – honoring local Oklahoma veterans, many of which live in retirement communities such as Covenant Place of Tulsa. There will be a reception after the ceremony in the Coffee Cafe.
 
Covenant Place of Tulsa opened in December. Covenant Place of Tulsa gives residents the security of knowing that in most cases, if their needs should change they will have the care that they desire in the community they love. Below is more information on the type of care one can receive at Covenant Place of Tulsa:
 
Independent Living:
Independent living at Covenant Place of Tulsa offers the opportunity to continue living an active life without the burdens of homeownership. Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Independent Living consists of six styles of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with amenities such as a full kitchen, a washer/dryer for laundry, and garages.
 
The Independent Living community receives weekly light housekeeping, a 24-hour emergency response pendant system, scheduled transportation for outings and concierge-style services. A daily continental breakfast and a restaurant-style lunch are served, with an evening meal available a la carte.
 
Assisted Living:
Assisted Living apartments offer residents a higher level of support with their daily routine. With much of the same amenities as Independent Living, Assisted Living includes three meals per day, medication management, weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, stand-by assistance with bathing if needed, along with a 24-hour emergency response pendant system and concierge-style services.
 
Assisted Living residents have routine wellness checks and a plan-of-care which is supervised by a registered nurse. If needed, residents can receive reminders for meals and activities, plus local scheduled transportation to appointments and outings depending upon individual needs and special requests.
 
For more information about Covenant Place of Tulsa, attend the flag raising ceremony, stop by our Grand Opening on April 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or contact Teri Melton at
 
About Covenant Place of Tulsa:
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. You can live the kind of life you want to live: socializing, shopping, traveling, attending the theatre, and much more. Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a diverse array of lifestyle options including Independent Living Apartments and Assisted Living Apartments. Designed with active seniors in mind, Covenant Place of Tulsa provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment, free of the day-to-day burdens of home ownership.

Covenant Place of Tulsa Wins Pinnacle Customer Experience Award Local Retirement Community Recognized for Resident Satisfaction

Covenant Place of Tulsa was recently recognized for its high quality of service by customer satisfaction firm Pinnacle Quality Insight. Qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award, means that a facility has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15% of the nation across a 12-month average. Receiving a Customer Experience Award is a great achievement as Pinnacle conducts over 150,000 surveys each year and works with over 2300 clients in every state in the country.

 Over the course of the past year, the organization interviewed residents regarding their satisfaction level at the community. Covenant Place of Tulsa qualified for a Pinnacle Customer Experience Award in the following service areas:

  • Activities
  • Cleanliness
  • Communication
  • Dining Service
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Response to Problems

Throughout the evaluation process, residents were asked to gauge several aspects of their received services. The Customer Experience Award is awarded to care providers who have achieved best-in-class customer satisfaction standards within their peer group.

Covenant Place of Tulsa would like to thank its staff for all their hard work to achieve this honor, and its residents for their kind words and recognition. For more information about Covenant Place of Tulsa contact Teri Melton at (918)970-4433 or at Teri.Melton@covenantplacetulsa.org and convenantplacetulsa.org.

 

About Covenant Place of Tulsa:
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. With the perfect blend of hometown values and small town pricing, we provide excellent service, exciting activities, wonderful meals and a great value.

Covenant Place of Tulsa Earns Deficiency Free Survey Retirement Community Receives Noteworthy Status by Oklahoma State Department of Health

Covenant Place of Tulsa is very pleased to announce it was rated
deficiency free by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) at its recent annual
inspection. The survey is conducted unannounced to retirement communities in conjunction with
their licensing renewal process. Only 1.8 percent of retirement communities earn this status.
 
The OSDH is the state’s long-term care regulating body, which licenses Assisted Living
communities and ensures they deliver comprehensive, safe and appropriate care to the
residents they serve. They have strict guidelines they uphold while rigorously examining a
community. Some of the areas surveyed include Nursing, Dietary, Maintenance and Human
Resources. A deficiency free survey means that all the services provided at the facility meet or
exceed all state and federal standards.
 
“This accomplishment is achieved by the hard work of all the team members of Covenant Place
of Tulsa and as a result of their dedication to delivering superior service to our amazing
residents!” states Executive Director Garrett Lee.
 
Covenant Place of Tulsa’s high level of care and service prevailed with a clean bill of health! The
retirement community was given a perfect score on its quality of care, safety, administration,
food service, nursing care and resident rights. Congratulations to the community and all its
hardworking staff!
 
About Covenant Place of Tulsa:
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. You can
live the kind of life you want to live: socializing, shopping, traveling, attending the theatre, and
much more.Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a diverse array of lifestyle options including
Independent Living Apartments and Assisted Living Apartments.Designed with active seniors in
mind, Covenant Place of Tulsa provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the
independence and privacy of your own apartment, free of the day-to-day burdens of home ownership.

Celebrate Octoberfest at Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Open House Join the Retirement Community for Free Food, Music and Door Prizes

Covenant Place of Tulsa is hosting an Octoberfest Open House on October 15th
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to stop by to partake in free food, live music and tours of the
facility. Stop by for your chance to win one of many door prizes and to learn more about Covenant
Place of Tulsa.
Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a variety of living options depending on the level of care desired. Below
is more information on the type of care one can receive at Covenant Place of Tulsa
Independent Living:
Independent living at Covenant Place of Tulsa offers the opportunity to continue
living an active life without the burdens of homeownership. Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Independent
Living consists of six styles of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with amenities such as a full
kitchen, a washer/dryer for laundry, and garages.
The Independent Living community receives weekly light housekeeping, a 24-hour emergency
response pendant system, scheduled transportation for outings and concierge-style services. A daily
continental breakfast and a restaurant-style lunch are served, with an evening meal available a la carte.
Assisted Living:
Assisted Living apartments offer residents a higher level support with their daily
routine. With much of the same amenities as Independent Living, Assisted Living include three meals
per day, medication management, weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, dressing and
bathing assistance
if needed, along with a 24-hour emergency response pendant system and
concierge-style services.
Assisted Living residents have routine wellness checks and a plan-of-care which is supervised by a
registered nurse. If needed, residents can receive reminders for meals and activities, plus local
scheduled transportations to appointments and outings depending upon individual needs and special
requests.
Covenant Place of Tulsa is located at 7300 E. 121st Place, South Bixby, OK 74008. For more
information on the Octoberfest event or on the retirement community’s living options, contact Covenant
Place of Tulsa at (918) 970-4433.
About Covenant Place of Tulsa:
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. You can live the
kind of life you want to live: socializing, shopping, traveling, attending the theatre, and much more.
Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a diverse array of lifestyle options including Independent Living
Apartments and Assisted Living Apartments.
Designed with active seniors in mind, Covenant Place of
Tulsa provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own
apartment, free of the day-to-day burdens of home ownership.

Local Retirement Community Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

Did you know that the 1908 Ford Model T had a 20 horsepower engine?
Today, you can buy a riding mower with the same horsepower! Covenant Place of Tulsa, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Bixby, OK, celebrates a technology-themed National Assisted Living Week from September 11th-17th.
 
National Assisted Living Week® was established in 1995. According to the National Center for
Assisted Living (NCAL), this week provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones,
staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in
caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance
encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and
activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the
public about this distinctive aspect of long-term care.
 
National Assisted Living Week is kicked off on September 11th, Grandparents Day. National
Grandparents Day was created in 1978 by a federal proclamation, passed by Congress and
signed by President Jimmy Carter. National Grandparents Day was first celebrated on Sunday,
September 9, 1979.
 
However, Grandparents Day began much earlier. In 1970, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade
began a campaign to establish a special day to honor grandparents. Her enthusiasm soon
attracted the support of businesses, churches, civic groups, and political leaders.
 
Each celebration creates important conversations among, residents, family members and staff.
National Assisted Living Week picks its theme annually to help increase awareness in each
topic making sure residents are staying involved. Grandparents Day is a great way to start this
week as it begins the conversations about our seniors as grandparents within their families and
have them be a part of this week-long topic.
 
To learn more about Covenant Place of Tulsa, please contact Teri Melton at (918) 970-4433.
Tours can be scheduled to view the community by phone or by stopping in.
 
About Covenant Place of Tulsa
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. You can
live the kind of life you want to live: socializing, shopping, traveling, attending the theater, and
much more.
 
And, unlike many retirement and senior living communities, there is absolutely no entrance fee
or endowment to live here. You pay just a reasonable monthly rental fee. With the perfect blend
of hometown values and small town pricing, we provide excellent service, exciting activities,
wonderful meals and a great value.

Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Grand Opening Celebration A Success!

Covenant Place of Tulsa would like to thank all the guests who helped celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, April 9th. The retirement community had 400 visitors who came to tour the facility, and celebrate with food and entertainment! The retirement community also had 30 different vender door prizes donated that they gave away at the event.
“We are very happy with the turnout of local Tulsa community members and prospective residents who came to check out and support our retirement community,” states Executive Director Garrett Lee. “There is still space available in our Independent Living and Assisted Living facilities.”
Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a variety of living options depending on the level of care desired. Below is more information on the type of care one can receive at Covenant Place of Tulsa
Independent Living:
Independent living at Covenant Place of Tulsa offers the opportunity to continue living an active life without the burdens of home ownership. Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Independent Living consists of six styles of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with amenities such as a full kitchen, a washer/dryer for laundry, and garages.
The Independent Living community receives weekly light housekeeping, a 24-hour emergency response pendant system, scheduled transportation for outings and concierge-style services. A daily continental breakfast and a restaurant-style lunch are served, with an evening meal available a la carte.
Assisted Living:
Assisted Living apartments offer residents a higher level support with their daily routine. With much of the same amenities as Independent Living, Assisted Living include three meals per day, medication management, weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, stand-by assistance with bathing if needed, along with a 24-hour emergency response pendant system and concierge-style services.
Assisted Living residents have routine wellness checks and a plan-of-care which is supervised by a registered nurse. If needed, residents can receive reminders for meals and activities, plus local scheduled transportation to appointments and outings depending upon individual needs and special requests.
Covenant Place of Tulsa is the answer to managing the inevitable stress that comes with making the move from being a homeowner or staying with family to living in a retirement community. Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a variety of social activities and events for residents who enjoy interacting with peers and offers the opportunity to maintain important social interactions. For more information, contact Covenant Place of Tulsa at (918) 970-4433, or visit covenantplacetulsa.org.
About Covenant Place of Tulsa:
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. You can live the kind of life you want to live: socializing, shopping, traveling, attending the theatre, and much more. Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a diverse array of lifestyle options including Independent Living Apartments and Assisted Living Apartments. Designed with active seniors in mind, Covenant Place of Tulsa provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment, free of the day-to-day burdens of home ownership.

Join Covenant Place of Tulsa at Its Grand Opening on April 9th! Covenant Place of Tulsa Offers Independent Living and Assisted Living

Covenant Place of Tulsa invites the public to come celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, April
9th from 11 AM to 4 PM. Located at 7300 East 121st Place, South, in Bixby, Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a variety of
living options depending on the level of care desired. Stop by the Grand Opening celebration for free food, entertainment
and a tour of the community.
 
Below is more information on the type of care one can receive at Covenant Place of Tulsa:
 
Independent Living:
Independent living at Covenant Place of Tulsa offers the opportunity to continue living an active life
without the burdens of homeownership. Covenant Place of Tulsa’s Independent Living consists of six styles of
one-bed-room and two-bedroom apartments, with amenities such as a full kitchen, a washer/dryer for laundry, and garages.
 
The Independent Living community receives weekly light housekeeping, a 24-hour emergency response pendant system,
scheduled transportation for outings and concierge-style services. A daily continental breakfast and a restaurant-style
lunch are served, with an evening meal available.
 
Assisted Living:
Assisted Living apartments offer residents a higher level support with their daily routine. With much of
the same amenities as Independent Living, Assisted Living includes three meals per day, medication management,
weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, stand-by assistance with bathing if needed, along with a 24-hour emergency
response pendant system and concierge-style services.
 
Assisted Living residents have routine wellness checks and a plan-of-care which is supervised by a registered nurse. If
needed, residents can receive reminders for meals and activities, plus local scheduled transportations to appointments
and outings depending upon individual needs and special requests.
 
“We’re excited to share our new facility with the public and show how Covenant Place of Tulsa can accommodate you or
your loved one when considering making the move to retirement living,” states Executive Director Garrett Lee.
 
Covenant Place of Tulsa is the answer to managing the inevitable stress that comes with making the move from being a
homeowner or staying with family to living in a retirement community. Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a variety of social
activities and events for residents who enjoy interacting with peers and offers the opportunity to maintain
important social interactions. For more information, contact Covenant Place of Tulsa at (918) 970-4433, or stop by the
Grand Opening on Saturday, April 9th.
 
About Covenant Place of Tulsa:
Life is great at Covenant Place of Tulsa. Here, you can live life on the go, or just relax. You can live the kind of life you want to live:
socializing, shopping, traveling, attending the theatre, and much more.
Covenant Place of Tulsa offers a diverse array of lifestyle
options including Independent Living Apartments and Assisted Living Apartments.
Designed with active seniors in mind, Covenant
Place of Tulsa provides a secure environment where you can enjoy the independence and privacy of your own apartment, free of the
day-to-day burdens of home ownership.