Friday, June 20, 2008

Heritage United Methodist Life Lighters Group

Thank you for having us Life Lighters! We enjoyed our visit, and we hope you enjoyed the information and entertainment. You have a wonderful group of people, and your facility is incredible. Hope to see you again!

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Community is You!

Meet Mr. Snyder. He was the winner of the Generation Community Word Search Contest for the May/June edition of our newsletter. We congratulate Mr. Snyder, and encourage all of our newsletter readers to get involved in our contests.

Remember, our contests, events, and resources are for the community - and the community is you!

Ten Years, One Vision

Tulane and Claudia Patterson, along with their four darling daughters (pictured left) celebrated the grand opening of Covenant Home Retirement Services 10 years ago, in 1998! “I started out with three employees and a dream,” owner Tulane Patterson said. “Our society doesn’t make it easy for seniors to live at home. What I had in mind was one umbrella company where you make just one phone call to receive all the services you need.”

In 2003, the company changed its name to Generation Solutions, but the goal of helping folks stay at home has always remained the same. The company was founded on the premise that older adults prefer to spend their retirement years living in their own home. Today, Generation Solutions continues with their vision to be the solution to this growing challenge, and offer services that enable older adults to live independently in the security of their own home. The company now has 250 employees and serves over 500 seniors and their families from Appomattox to Salem. They are the experts of stay at home senior care and offer guidance to help families plan their own “home retirement”.

Patterson knows that helping older adults with independent living often involves working with their families as well. “We can help seniors create a healthy aging program that enables them to stay independent longer. We also help folks make good decisions for family members and loved ones.” Speaking of families, in the last ten years as Generation Solutions has grown, so has Patterson’s family! (pictured below) And just as his own family has changed, he understands that every family’s situation is unique. For this reason, Generation Solutions does not rely on a wooden “one size fits all” approach to care. In an effort to provide a diverse array of services, they work in the areas of personal care, skilled care, care management, home medical equipment, and more.

As one example, Generation Solutions provides companion services that often make the difference between staying at home and having to move to a facility. In addition to friendly conversation, companions can assist with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, laundry and routine errands. A sampling of the private duty nursing services includes checking blood glucose, setting up medications, assessing and caring for wounds, catheterizations and more.
Making use of technology is a big priority for Patterson. “We believe our patients should receive the best care utilizing the latest technology available.” Generation Solutions offers an in home system that helps clinicians identify problems which results in fewer trips to the hospital or emergency room. The HomMed Telehealth system consists of a home monitor used to collect data such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and more. The data is transmitted to an RN at the office who reviews the results and then consults with the patient and physician if necessary.

With all of these services available under one roof, one might wonder where to begin! Patterson thought of that too. Care managers are just a phone call away. They conduct care planning assessments and develop a plan that provides the assistance and care for any necessary services. Whether you are in need of immediate assistance or you are still very active and healthy, the care managers offer guidance as you consider all your options for today and the future. They’ll be your guide as you plan for the life you want to live.

Generation Solutions has been honored with the best rating of any home health agency west of Richmond, and placed in the top 100 in the USA! They were awarded the coveted Home Care Elite Award in both 2006 and 2007 by delivering consistent, quality care to their clients. For a local, family owned one stop source of care in central Virginia, Generation Solutions continues to prove they are the best. Thank you for being a part of our first ten wonderful years.