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Administrator’s Note
September was National Rehabilitation Month and I would like to discuss what Poet’s Seat Health Care Center offers for rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation is defined as “the process of restoration of skills by a person who has had an illness or injury so as to regain maximum self-sufficiency and function in a normal or as near normal manner as possible. For example, rehabilitation after a stroke may help the patient walk again and speak clearly again.”
Poet’s Seat Health Care Center understands rehabilitation is hard work, but well worth the strenuous effort. We try to make our services and environment as safe, supportive and comfortable as possible. Many of our residents need rehabilitative services as well as skilled nursing assistance.
To this end, Poet’s Seat Health Care Center offers a number of in-house rehabilitation services. Residents get to know our rehab staff very well as part of the Poet’s Seat Health Care Center family, and our rehab team gets to know our residents individually in conjunction with our around-the-clock nursing staff.
Led by a dedicated team of therapists with collectively over 100 years of experience, our rehabilitative services are tailored to ensure resident’s success. Our offerings include:
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Breathe Easy, Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Depending on the need of the resident, rehab sessions range from intensive one-on-one sessions to group sessions to specifically-designed support groups.
Our emphasis for short- term residents is to maximize their safety and independence in order to return home. Our long-term care goal is to achieve the resident's highest level of functioning, and to train members of our team for continuity of quality care. Please call us if you have any questions about our rehabilitation services, or you can visit our website at www.pshcc.com for more information.
Poet's Seat resident’s enjoy a morning of singing and reading by the 4th grade of Discovery School at Four Corners, in Greenfield, MA
FALL 2014
Seat family as Director
chef for 14 years at a
local educational facil-
ity, and own-
been assessing our current practices, menu
options available to residents, and touring
other facility kitchen’s to prepare for a new
and exciting overhaul of our…
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11/19/14: Resident and Family Thanksgiving Dinner, 1pm
12/13/14: Breakfast with Santa, 9am-11am
Upcoming Special Events
Visit our website for more information and to view the current resident activities calendar: www.pshcc.com
Meet the Rehabilitation Services Team: (from left to right) Katie Michonski, OTR, Anne Niles, PTA, Deb Cote, COTA, Diane Morrin- son, OTR, and Tammy Provencal, RPT.
We treat residents with various diagnoses including:
Orthopedic: Total hip replacements, total knee replacements
* Neurologic: Parkinson's, strokes, multiple sclerosis
* Cardiac: Coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary artery disease
* Respiratory: Pneumonia, CHF, COPD
Our emphasis for short-term residents is to maximize their safety and inde- pendence in order to be discharged home. Our long-term care goal is to achieve the resident's highest level of independence and to train members of the team for continuity of care.
Over two years ago, D. G. began having a lot of difficulty walking and started using a cane. Gradually she ended up using an electric wheel chair to help her get around. D.G. was suffering from osteoarthritis of her left hip. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is also known as degenerative joint disease, and devel- ops as people get older. It causes pain and inflammation in the joint, as it did
in D.G.’s case. D.G. states, “I am so happy that I had Dr. Hoffman at Baystate Franklin Medical Center as my surgeon and then went to Poet’s Seat Health Care
Center for my rehab. The rehab at Poet’s Seat has been excellent and I am hoping
to go home after being here for 10 days. The rehab department has gone above and beyond my expectations, and have helped me so much!”
D.G. had received physical and occupa- tional therapy while at Poet’s Seat and retuned to her home in Greenfield after 12 days.
September 2014
Tammy Provencal, RPT and resident, D.G. working on strength and flexibility after D.G.’s left hip replacement this September.
Rehabilitation Services
closely as a team with our Registered Dieti-
cian, Pat Jeans, our dietary aids, CNA’s,
Activities Director, and the residents, Paul
is on his way to leading dietary services in
a new direction.
to the residents at Poet’s Seat. Meal items
will be freshly prepared, and homemade,
utilizing our bountiful area farms and mar-
kets. “The residents will begin to enjoy
items such as, homemade breads and rolls,
fresh fruits and vegetables, and other won-
derful foods that they once enjoyed in their
homes. I am pleased to be working with the
Poet’s Seat family to provide delicious and
nutritious food for our residents” states
versity in Culinary Arts. Paul and his wife
reside in Greenfield, and he has an 18 year
old daughter, who is entering culinary
school in December.
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On September 11th, Poet’s Seat delivered fruit baskets to the Greenfield fire department, Greenfield police station, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, and to EMS workers as a thank you for their service to our community.
Employee Anniversaries
5 years:
20 + years:
Thank you to all
From the Kitchen By Paul Proudy, Director of Dietary Services
Butternut Squash, Carrot, and Ginger Soup
Heat butter in large Dutch oven and sauté onion until it is just golden, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, squash,
carrots, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until vegetables are very tender,
about 45 minutes. Process the soup in batches in a blender (never fill more than half full when processing hot liquids).
Add cream, brown sugar, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Garnish with chives and serve.
Pictured above, left to right,: Louise Deren, Admission Director, Chief Robert H. Haigh Jr, Greenfield Police Department, and Andrew Goodsell, Administrator of Poet’s Seat Health Care Center.
Poet’s Seat hosted Wine and Canvas on October 3rd in our dining room. Area health care professionals,
and friends came together for a fun evening of painting and socializing. Thank you to those who
joined us for a great event!
In the Community
2 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
6 cups of chicken stock 3 pounds peeled, seeded but- ternut squash, cut into large chunks
2 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 piece of ginger (approx.. 2 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch thick), peeled and cut into large chunks
3/4 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon pepper Garnish: fresh chives Yields 6-8 servings
359 High Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: 413-774-6318
Fax: 413-773-0060
Poet’s Seat Health Care Center is managed by Somerset Health Care Management Group
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Administrators Note
From the Kitchen
In the Community
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