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Kendal at Home Blog

What is Kendal Northern Ohio? A Breakdown of Our Programs

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

what-is-kendal-northern-ohioWhen you go online to schedule a tour of Kendal at Oberlin or to search for more information about how Kendal at Home’s costs compare to other long-term care services, you’re not directed to their individual websites; you’re directed to Kendal Northern Ohio. Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What is Kendal Northern Ohio anyway?”

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Topics: Kendal at Home, kendal northern ohio, Senior Independence, Kendal at Oberlin

Staying Healthy: Centenarians Share Tips on Living Longer

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on December 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

living to 100The number of centenarians in the world is growing (see our previous post). Advances in medicine and technology are making it possible not only for people to live longer but for people to enjoy a better quality of life as they age. Vibrant retirement communities like Kendal at Oberlin and comprehensive support services such as those offered by Kendal at Home and Senior Independence program have taken the lead in providing the resources, support, and caring community that are so important to enjoying life as the number of birthday candles increase. 

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Topics: Kendal at Home, staying healthy, centenarians, Senior Independence, Kendal at Oberlin

More Universal Design Features that Let People Age in Place

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

bathroom universal designThe whole point of universal design is to make life easier and more convenient for everyone. In designing houses, products and technology to accommodate people with mobility issues and other physical challenges, designers have discovered that many accessible products and designs have universal appeal. The convenience of lever handles, pocket doors, wider doorways, spacious hallways, and barrier-free entries has created a huge market for such products among people of all age groups and abilities.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, Senior Independence, long-term care, Universal Design Living Laboratory

Universal Design Can Make Life Easier for Aging Adults & Families

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

kitchen universal designDesigned to accommodate the needs of its wheelchair-bound owner, a unique home in Gahanna, Ohio, has emerged as a cutting-edge example of accessibility and universal design. Both private home and public showcase, the Universal Design Living Laboratory is packed with amazing features that may have originated as solutions to accessibility issues, but have found wide universal appeal within the general population.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, aging at home, Senior Independence, long-term care, Universal Design Living Laboratory

Mature Adults Need to Keep Track of Meds to Prevent Errors

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Home Healthcare MedicationMedication errors in the U.S. result in an estimated 1.5 million injuries each year one-third of them in hospitals and all of them preventable. Nationally, more than 100,000 people a year, more than half of them over the age of 60, die from medication errors. Adults older than 65 who take an average of four to six drugs, bear the brunt of what health experts have been calling a crisis in American medicine since the Institute of Medicine issued its 2006 landmark report, To Err Is Human.

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Topics: mature adults, medication errors, kendal northern ohio, home healthcare services, Senior Independence, long-term care

Meet the Kendal at Home Coordinator Team: Katie Tipton

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM


katie tipton 300With a degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in gerontology, Katie Tipton began her career in nursing homes. “It pushed me to realize that I didn’'t want to be in those places any more than the people who lived there,” she said. Katie then moved into non-medical home care. “I provided support and visited people in their homes and that was so special to me.” After a heartbreaking layoff, Katie was hired in 2004 as a sales and marketing associate at Kendal at Home. As membership continued to grow, more help was needed and she quickly became a full-time care coordinator. “This position felt like the right fit for me because of my schooling; however the real experience and authentic learning has come from being around the people.”

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Topics: Kendal at Home, care coordinator, aging at home, Senior Independence, in-home care, retirement community

Meet the Kendal at Home Care Coordinator Team: Terri Lanham

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

care coordinator teamTerri Lanham has been a nurse at Kendal at Oberlin for almost 20 years, working in the Health and Wellness Clinic. Terri lived in Virginia while her husband was in the military and where she attended school. When she moved back to Ohio, she worked for Fairview Hospital and, later, in a private medical practice. We are very happy to welcome Terri to Kendal at Home.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, care coordinator, aging at home, Senior Independence, in-home care, retirement community

Meet the Kendal at Home Care Coordinator Team: Dave Zientarski

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM


Dave Zientarski 300After running a nursing home for 11 years, Dave Zientarski, an RN, decided to look for something new. “Nothing surprised me anymore,” he said. At the same time, Lynne Giacobbe, executive director of Kendal at Home, was having a hard time finding a nurse who had geriatric experience. Once the two spoke, Dave was intrigued. “I took care of so many people in the nursing home that it was easy to see who didn’'t need to be there or who could have avoided being in a nursing home altogether,” he said. “To be part of something like Kendal at Home from the ground up sounded like an amazing opportunity.” Dave became the first care coordinator of Kendal at Home in 2004.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, care coordinator, aging at home, Senior Independence, in-home care, retirement community

Living Independently: How to Prevent Foot Problems

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

caring for mature feetPampering your tootsies can help prevent the development of foot ailments and alert you to problems that might require a doctor’s care. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association only 26% of Americans exercise good foot care; yet 80% have experienced foot problems. To prevent foot ailments that can affect independent living, podiatrists recommend performing a daily foot check. Foot pain, growths, numbness, and discoloration are not normal and should be reported to a doctor as they can indicate serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, mature adults, Senior Independence, older adult, Kendal at Oberlin

Older Adults Should Not Ignore Their Foot Health

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

caring for feetWhen asked to rank the body parts most important to health and well-being, Americans recognized the importance of their heart, eyesight, teeth and skin but ranked foot health at the very bottom of the list, according to a 2010 Public Opinion Research on Foot Health and Care survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Despite the fact that most people have experienced at least one significant foot problem and 50% suffer from periodic or chronic foot pain, the majority of Americans take a laissez-faire attitude toward foot health, consulting a physician only when a foot problem impacts their lifestyle by interfering with walking or causing severe pain.

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Topics: Kendal at Home, mature adults, Senior Independence, older adult, lifelong learning, Kendal at Oberlin

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