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Ryan Muzzey has been serving older adults living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia for more than 15 years, and as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP) since 2019, he has solid credentials to back up his experience.
According to Muzzey, “Over the course of my career, I have worked in three different communities and a dementia-specific adult day center. My resume includes a list of training programs and certifications in dementia and life enrichment—in both management and non-management roles. The common denominator is a desire to help advance culture change in long-term care.”
That desire for change is essentially driven by a motivation to make residents feel loved and understood. “I want each resident to develop a feeling of purpose and belonging. Working with older adults has never been just a job to me, but a calling in my life,” says Muzzey. “I believe God has blessed me with talents and abilities to serve this population with excellence and dignity. I consider it an immense honor and privilege.”
When asked about his goal for teammates at Clarendale of St. Peters, Muzzey didn’t hesitate to offer a common goal. “I’ve noticed that my colleagues also experience the same calling—and are truly serving with loving hearts and understanding minds.”
With extensive experience in life enrichment, it’s not surprising that Muzzey would highlight some of his favorite events as accomplishments. “I knew many of our residents had a passion for art, so we hosted an art showcase featuring their pieces in different mediums and different styles (abstract, up-cycled, geometric, realism and multimedia). The showcase was so popular we were given the opportunity to display the work at a cultural arts center. The public was invited and each artist was able to sit by their work and answer viewers’ questions.”
Muzzey understands the importance of music as well. “When the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from bringing musicians into the community, I organized an outdoor concert for several senior living communities in the area. We hosted a parking lot concert for residents and team members free of charge. I was one of the performers—both humbled and honored to play for an amazing group of people who were living and working almost in total isolation!”
For more information about what Muzzey is doing to enrich the lives of memory care residents of Clarendale of St. Peters, families may contact him anytime at the community.
St. Peters, MO (June 15, 2021) – It’s not every day a senior living community hosts a baby shower and mass adoption ceremony for its memory care residents, but thanks to a partnership with Angel Embrace, Clarendale of St. Peters did just that. Every resident in the memory care neighborhood received a baby doll to help combat occasional bouts of loneliness, anxiety and agitation.
“Our dedicated memory care team said seeing our residents light up with their new babies was one of the best feelings to come out of 2021 so far,” says Executive Director Mark Golliday. “We’re so thankful to Angel Embrace for their kind and caring program.”
The life-size, soft and cuddly dolls were not gifts to the community—but to each resident personally—complete with a Certificate of Adoption. The personal attachment helps inspire purposeful activity. Clarendale residents immediately began to hold their dolls, talk to them, “feed” them—and they seemingly beamed when visitors and staff members noticed and commented on their babies. The reason is simple.
Research suggests that individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia benefit from holding and caring for a baby doll in a variety of ways. It can:
▪ Bring emotional comfort
▪ Produce a calming effect
▪ Ease loneliness
▪ Provide purposeful activity
▪ Reduce anxiety/agitation
▪ Improve social interaction/communication
The founders of Angel Embrace saw first-hand how dolls could help residents when their own mother, Verdie Mae, living in a memory care community toward the end of her 95 years of life, embraced her own babies.
“Mom adored her baby dolls,” says Debbie Verdie of Angel Embrace. Verdie’s Girls—as they’ve dubbed themselves—also partner with homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, foster care and crisis nurseries because “the dolls bring comfort and reassurance to children, too, who are seriously ill or in new or unfamiliar environments.”
“At Clarendale, we’re always looking for creative and innovative ways to improve meaning, dignity and quality of life for our residents in memory care. Sometimes it’s as simple as the comfort of a baby doll,” explains Golliday. “Mostly, it’s a matter of providing highly skilled and dedicated care each day. Residents and their families can count on nothing less at Clarendale of St. Peters. We’re so proud of Heartfelt CONNECTIONS—A Memory Care Program®. It’s at the heart of everything we do, and we’d love to tell anyone interested more about it!”
Individuals interested in learning more about memory care at Clarendale of St. Peters may call 636-706-5100 or visit ClarendaleOfStPeters.com. The community, in addition to memory care, offers independent living and assisted living all under one roof at 10 DuBray Drive in St. Peters. It is managed by a nationwide leader in senior living management—Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company.
About Life Care Services
Life Care Services®, An LCS ® Company, leads the way in senior living with over 45 years of proven experience. This innovative leadership brings passion and performance through strong financial stewardship, lifestyle-centered services as well as high quality health services in communities as unique as the individuals who live in them.
Clarendale Event Proves Tasty
We treated 125 guests to delicious dining choices to go—and the reviews are in!
“Steak was expertly cooked with just the right amount of seasoning; plus not overcooked. The quality of the food was excellent, very gourmet.” –Christine, Saint Peters
“The steak and fish were well-seasoned and excellently prepared. The quality and presentation were both first-rate. Easily comparable to a good restaurant. Compliments to the chef.” –Larry, O’Fallon
“The lime cheesecake—to die for! The steak and fish were top restaurant quality. Can I get the recipe for the cheesecake?” –Beth, O’Fallon
“This very generous offer was a welcome treat. The staff was great, well-prepared and organized.” –Marilyn, Saint Peters
We invited friends of Clarendale to a Taste of Clarendale, offering the opportunity to drive up for a delicious dinner-sampler to go and to drive off with a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card if participants provided comments about our menu options. From Filet Mignon and Sea Bass to grilled asparagus, rice pilaf or risotto—and cheesecake for dessert, the tempting menu garnered so much interest, we had to add a second date to accommodate all the attendees!
The weather was beautiful for both dates. Staff from Life Enrichment and Marketing were on hand to greet the guests, safely hand over the food and provide directions.
Thanks to all who joined us for this well-reviewed Taste of Clarendale event!
Clarendale of St. Peters will benefit from the expertise of the EverSafe 360° Medical Advisory Board. Seven medical, academic, and health care professionals will advise on the latest health and wellness technologies, innovations, and practices for senior living communities managed by Life Care Services.
“The EverSafe 360° Medical Advisory Board includes physicians and scientists who specialize in epidemiology, mental health, infectious diseases and indoor air quality,” says Rick Exline, executive vice president/senior managing director of Life Plan Communities. “These experts will provide real-time guidance to help ensure the safety and security of our residents and employees.” The advisory board will evaluate research and recommend health care delivery models for senior living care levels.
The COVID-19 pandemic identified an industry need for solutions that enhance the senior living experience. Focusing on its 50 years of industry leadership, LCS developed EverSafe 360° as the new standard for residents and staff’s overall safety.
“The depth and breadth of knowledge offered by this group of medical professionals will make a positive impact on resident health and wellness,” says Dr. Roy S. Rogers, III, M.D. Dr. Rogers sits on the medical advisory board and lives in a community managed by Life Care Services. “Our input will play a significant role in developing community disaster plans. As a group, we’ll ensure the health and wellness-related issues, regulatory protocol, and clinical outcome strategies are incorporated.
In addition to Dr. Rogers, the EverSafe 360° Medical Advisory Board includes:
Dr. Jamison Feramisco, M.D., Ph.D., founding president and chair of Apri Health, an international data analytics and clinical change company.
Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, Ph.D., a researcher who integrates disease transmission models with field studies to study environmental determinants of infectious diseases.
Dr. Shishir V. Shah, D.O., co-implemented one of the most extensive wound care/hyperbaric clinical delivery models in the U.S.
Dr. Chantal Walsh, M.D., certified medical director by The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., named one of the top 20 women to watch in health care engineering by Engineered Systems.
Dr. Elliott Kroger, M.D., listed in Chicago Magazine’s Top 500 Doctors in 1997 and 2001.
Dr. Roy S. Rogers, III, M.D., retired physician and resident at a community managed by Life Care Services; recipient of the Master Dermatologist Award.
EverSafe 360° is all-encompassing and focuses on the emotional and physical aspects of keeping everyone as safe as possible to enjoy their “best life” experience at an LCS community. The program is delivered with the care and compassion that allows LCS to quickly and comprehensively alleviate any concern around safety measures.
For more information about EverSafe 360°, click here.
Although our Director of Memory Care, Anna Jensen, already had more than 21 years of senior living experience, and solid credentials in memory care, she pursued additional certification and completed training last November to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).
“I am always looking to continue my education—as well as stay up-to-date on current trends,” Jensen explains. “With the CDP, those accomplishments are simply documented formally. Combined with my past education, the new training provided insights into new approaches and additional good ideas for memory care staff training at Clarendale of St. Peters.”
To earn certification, a CDP completes extensive training in the area of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Each student receives resources to support key aspects of dementia care, including communication techniques, disruptive behaviors interventions and tools for addressing concerns such as wandering, aggressive behaviors and poor nutrition.
According to the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, certification helps assure families that their loved ones will receive sensitive care by a trained and certified health care professional. There’s a reduced risk of injury and confidence that comes with understanding that CDPs know the appropriate activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Also, a CDP is certified to provide sensitive psychosocial support to both residents and families, including education and training in the areas of end-of-life care and comfort measures for end-stage dementia.
“My career journey has been driven by a desire to create a better quality of life for those who live and work in senior living,” says Jensen. “I believe the best way to give older adults a much-deserved, rewarding lifestyle is through teamwork and family. As time goes on, the CDP will help me to better train our staff and families in how to create the best possible home for our residents.”
Jensen’s past experience includes serving as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Social Service worker, and Sales representative. Additionally, she holds two degrees from Lindenwood University—a bachelor’s degree in health management and master’s degree in Gerontology, as well as a Nursing Home Administrator’s license.
Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction
It’s a Proud Time to Live at Clarendale of St. Peters
Our management company, Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent living senior living communities two years in a row — and we have you to thank for it. This award demonstrates that residents and their families are receiving the care and service they absolutely deserve.
The award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Independent Living Senior Living Communities encompasses six individual resident-experience factors. We’re excited to say that, not only did Life Care Services win the overall category, but it also ranked highest within each of the six factors:
• Resident activities
• Community staff
• Price paid for services received
• Resident apartment/living unit
• Community building and grounds
“Life Care Services is privileged to serve nearly 40,000 seniors across the nation. We are honored to be ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent senior living communities for two years in a row by J.D. Power,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “This award represents the voice of our residents and is a testament to our commitment to serve the customer first and foremost.
Nelson notes this year’s award is especially meaningful given the unique circumstances of the pandemic. “I’d like to recognize the heroic efforts of our community staff who serve residents each and every day. Their diligence and perseverance provides residents with the best senior living experience possible,” says Nelson.
Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 855 in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. The study is based on responses from 4,992 residents, or their decision-maker, living in an independent, assisted-living or memory care community within the previous three years.
What Does This Mean for our Residents?
We are deeply grateful to know that our hard work is valued, and we at Clarendale of St. Peters want to assure residents, family, friends and staff that we will continue to improve, evolve and innovate to provide the newest offerings to meet the needs of current and future residents.
If you’d like to know more about the way we enrich the lives of our residents, send us a message on our contact page.
Life Care Services received the highest score among independent senior living communities in the J.D. Power 2019-2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.
Dear Clarendale of St. Peters community,
As we begin to plan for fall and winter celebrations, Clarendale of St. Peters has established precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and help keep residents and employees safe. We realize the upcoming weeks are traditionally a time of family gatherings and special events, yet the health and safety of our employees and residents remain our top priority.
Our community continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. We also encourage our employees, residents and their families to follow the additional protocols provided for fall and winter celebrations:
• When possible, host events outdoors instead of indoors.
• Limit the number of invited guests.
• Follow social distancing guidelines.
• Encourage guests to bring their own face mask, hand sanitizer and other supplies.
Of special importance, if you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering. This will help reduce the risk of exposure.
We realize these are challenging times and appreciate your consideration of these protocols to help keep our residents and their families safe and healthy.
Clarendale of St. Peters is proud to be a Sponsor this year for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, the walk will take place on September 26, 2020 with a virtual kick off at 9:30am. After the kick off, join us in walking in your neighborhood or favorite park! If you would like to join our team or make a contribution, please visit our page on the Alzheimer’s website. Thank you!
After careful consideration for the health and safety of residents, employees, and family members, our community amended its visitor policy on Monday, March 16, and is restricting visitors from entering our community.
Please bookmark the LCS website for future updates and information regarding our community COVID-19 response and prevention measures already implemented, such as:
• Educating all staff and residents in social distancing guidelines
• Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and disinfecting common community areas
• Implementing temporary visitor restrictions, including deliveries
• Canceling on-site large group social events and recreational activities
• Reviewing and executing our emergency preparedness and response program
• Asking residents and employees to reschedule travel plans and remain in our community
• Deploying an updated visitor advisory for communities and to campus
• Coordinating best practices across the broad, LCS partner network
• Making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all employees
All future updates regarding the COVID-19 response, including visitor policies, social distancing guidelines, and prevention recommendations, can be found here. LCS has also opened a national hotline for information. Call 855-998-4934. For local information about our community, please use 636-706-5100.