Hampton Beach Here We Come! June 2017
On a sunny early morning, some of our Assisted Living and Meadows residents settled into the Summerhill bus and headed for the blue green ocean waters of Hampton Beach. Many of us reminisced about taking our children to the ocean and were flooded with our own delightful childhood memories of beachside excursions. Jean Kundert shared the highlights of our journey and our intrepid Chef Aylmer drove the bus for all to enjoy a fun filled day at Hampton Beach to view the magnificent Sand Sculptures and boy, they did not disappoint!
We were greeted by a noble sandcastle complete with four towers, a smiling sun and many more. These were created on a grand scale and so detailed you would have sworn they were done in clay, not fragile sand. The smell of the salt sea air, feel of the sand and sounds of the seagulls was just heavenly while the sea breeze kept us comfortably cool.
After spending some time at the beach, admiring the sculptures, a walk along the boardwalk, Jean and Aylmer treated us to a scrumptious seafood lunch at Browns. It is a quintessential coastal seafood favorite restaurant we love to stop at! After lunch, we all boarded the bus once again for a picturesque ride along the coast road, looking at all the grand estates and trying to select which one we’d live in, if we won the lottery. The views were breathtaking, and we were all a little disappointed when Aylmer had to turn the bus for home.
We all agreed, we could not have asked for a better day to go to Hampton. A salty breeze kept us cool, a bright sun warmed our hearts but best of all, the day was shared with good friends!
One resident exclaimed, she’d take a trip to Hampton any time of the year. It was a fantastic change to go from the wonderful mountains and wood lands of the Peterborough to the salt marshes and ocean side of Hampton. We do hope you’ll join us next time – it’s well worth it!
Hampton Beach Excursion - 17th Annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic
June 21, 2016
The bus was filled with our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents for a fun filled day along Hampton Beach to see the wondrous, amazing and creative sand castles created from artists from all over New England and beyond. After much fun and laughter, we drove up the coast to see all the lovely homes and then headed to Brown s Seabrook Lobster Pound for a delicious lunch. Ice cream was a must for desert before heading back home.
Many of the residents shared special memories of when they were at the beach, time with their families there, taking in the smells of a summer day on the water and of course, people watching! Some of our resident s families were surprised and thrilled we make this an annual trip. We can t wait to go next year.
Excursion to the 24th Annual Sand Castle Hampton Beach Competition - June 21, 2016
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Prue enjoying the day at the beach
Shirley enjoying a beautiful day at the beach
Margret ,Nancy & Shirley
She loves me Sand castle
Aylmer showing the residents
Eleanor looking at the sand castles
Jean was so happy to get to the beach again
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Thelma loved the beach today
Walter love sitting on the boardwalk people watching
“Twas The Night Before Christmas” was the theme of our Christmas gala this year.
The Christmas Party started with guests being fully transported to Santa’s Village, entering the holiday garland elevator with a greeting of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. This set the tone for a fairy-tale memory making evening.
The sun-room captivated many with spectacular ice sculptures of Rudolph and his sleigh offering jumbo shrimp cocktail and stone crab claws. All of Summerhill was a Christmas display designed to bring out the kid in all of us. Oh what joy!!
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse at the Grandfather clock cheese extravaganza. Then the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in our living room where tasty gourmet grilled panini sandwiches were served.
A twinkling was heard not on the roof but in our dining room with the party tradition of dancing and singing - The Twelve Days of Christmas being an all-time favorite!
To finish off the night the Country Kitchen was transformed into an endless dessert and chocolate waffle bar, not a single person went away hungry and a good time was had by all!
Thank you to the families who brought in presents for the local community toy drives.
You can view a selection of photos below.
December 4, 2016
It all started on Friday night with a reading of the very popular Clement C. Moore poem, “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. A special guest and early appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a few elves from the North Pole made for a memorable evening. Mulled cider and cocoa was served as residents sat before the fireplace listening to this enchanting tale. Santa was so full of cheer that several ladies were delighted to sit on his lap and share wishes for the new year. Even though some of the residents expressed having been “Naughty”, Mrs. Claus found them all on the “Nice” list.
It was wonderful to hear of various Christmas and holiday family or personal traditions that several residents spoke of from their childhood and later years. Many commented on enjoying such a fun night and having the occasion to get to know each other ever more.
An Enchanting Holiday Evening - December 4, 2016
May 16, 2016
Our spring outing to Vermont Country Store located in Rockingham, VT is a lovely scenic ride traveling alongside the Connecticut River. Eight of our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents went on this annual jaunt with great anticipation for the treats from this old fashioned purveyor of practical and hard-to-find products. Beyond browsing through the home goods and clothing section, our residents love to taste the samples of cheese, dips and jellies before selecting their goodies to take home.
Vermont Country Store - May 16, 2016
Jean carefully picking her cheese
Resident outside the Vermont Country Store
Ardelle fines just the right mug!
August 8, 2016
Twelve Assisted Living and Meadows residents shared in our annual trip to the Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens. This amazing Lepidoptera source in Western, MA features 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment within 8,000 within this conservatory. After our fun outing, we enjoyed a picnic lunch outside followed with ice cream to celebrate this event.
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
Resident sitting in the conservatory viewing the beautiful butterflies flying by
Staff introduce the Hi 5 turtle to Sarah
Brave Marge holds Stick butterfly
Marge Eleanor Shirley Great exclamation when shown the Painted Glass butterfly
Margret happily holds the Bearded Dragon
Shirley is proudly showing off the butterfly on her back
Our resident started baking for the Alzheimer's Association fundraiser in June using fresh strawberries and rhubarb making delicious pies. Many of these were sold to the family of our residents, visitors and staff even before they came out of the oven!
Soon the residents went blueberry picking and tasty blueberry pies were made while the orders kept coming in for more pies. Before you know it, we had apple donations from many to keep the Summerhill Bakers busy working together in pealing, cutting and mixing the filling for tasty fall apple pies. Jean and one of our residents managed to keep up making the best homemade crusts – as many customers exclaimed!
180 pies were baked so far this year. We continue making apple and pumpkin pies until just before Thanksgiving. So, if you want a delicious pie for the holidays let us know. Many thanks to all who support the Alzheimer’s Association!
Pie Baking for 2016 Alzheimer's Association Fundraiser
Our resident started baking for the Alzheimer's Association fundraiser in June using fresh strawberries and rhubarb making delicious pies. Many of these were sold to the family of our residents, visitors and staff even before they came out of the oven!
Anyone who has felt a connection with a pet and experienced that unconditional love and acceptance, knows the value of a pet’s companionship. These qualities make animals ideal therapeutic visitors for our residents.
Pet Therapy 2016
Anyone who has felt a connection with a pet and experienced that unconditional love and acceptance, knows the value of a pet’s companionship.
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The Rindge Recreation Department bus of young children dressed in fabulous and creative costumes joined other Halloween attired family members of our residents and staff. They went door-to-door trick or treating and greeting everyone with smiles.
The kids (and even some adults) then paraded around the building to show off their marvelous costumes! Afterwards we had punch and cookies. Thank you to all that came and shared in the fun!
Once again, our resident Veterans joined other Veterans from the community for a special gathering to honor their service to our country. Our eight residents look forward to meeting fellow Veterans to talk about how they served. A very special lunch was served to show Summerhill’s appreciation for each of these Veterans. We look forward to doing this again next year. Please consider joining us.
This year’s gathering was extra special with the gift of a quilt for each Veteran that was presented by Quilts of Valor® Foundation. This now nationally organization was started by a Blue Star mother, Catherine in Delaware. She was inspired after her son was deployed to Iraq. Initially these quilts were given as healing quilts to returning service men and women touched by war.
As of 2015 the Quilts of Valor® Foundation has awarded over 124,000 quilts. Today groups sew quilts together at quilt shops, churches and community rooms and homes. They are aptly lifetime gifts stitched with love, prayers
and healing thoughts.
Many thanks to two local ladies, Jan Hicks and Mary Schneckenburger for bringing these beautiful quilts to these Veterans. You may learn more about Quilts of Valor® Foundation by contacting them on their website www.QOVF.org
Veterans Lunch - 2016
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Peter Smith, graciously spoke about and displayed his family antique hand tools from the 1800 – 1930’s. The residents enjoyed testing their knowledge of tools in playing a game of "Guess the Tool". Many learned even more about how the they were used, i.e. carving beams. It was a great educational experience for us all! Thank you Peter for your time and sharing these fascinating tools.
Peter's Antique Tools
August 11, 2016
Our Assisted Living residents very much look forward to our summer Lobster Bake which is a fine evening of indulging in steamers, lobster, corn on the cob along and potato salad. The tables were set with sand, mini beach balls and boats to mark the occasion. Jarvis played the guitar while Bob played his drums and residents sang songs before the group sat down to enjoy this feast.
Summerhill Annual Lobster Bake - August 11, 2016
Seashells , Beachballs & Boats on the tables
Donald is enjoying his Lobster
Frank with his Sign I love Lobsters!
The one that got away
On January 20, 2016 Summerhill welcomed the advisory Board of Monadnock at Home for their annual meeting. In all, it was attended by about twenty members. They joined together in the Pub at 12:30 for social time and then sat down to a luncheon After all had enjoyed their meal, they moved to the Monadnock Room for their meeting. It sounds like it was a very successful afternoon and Summerhill looks forward to welcoming them back.
We also wish to thank them for the generous gift they gave to Summerhill’s activity department. Very kind and much appreciated.
Monadnock at Home
August 3, 2016
Our residents reached out to the dedicated Police, Fire & Rescue Departments of Peterborough with gifts of homemade pies to express heartfelt THANKS for all they do for our community!
Appreciation Day - August 8, 2016
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Fire and Rescue holding fresh baked pies
Jean , Police officer & Jean with pies
Police officer & Residents
We Raise over 3,000.00 The Residents Made & Sold over 65 Apple Pies, Baking Breads, Cookies, and Jams.
Thank You to Residents, Family, Friends & Staff for all your support!
Alzheimer's Walk - 2015
Our annual Christmas celebration was filled with Christmas cheer as residents laughed, danced, and ate the night away. Both the Assisted Living and Meadows residents, alongside family and friends were all given the chance to experience the magic of Christmas. This year’s theme was "The Polar Express," based from the beloved children's book and movie. Director of Culinary Services, Alymer Given and the kitchen staff delighted our taste buds that evening with exceptional and delicious food cleverly presented. Once again, he amazed us with crafting three Polar Express ice sculptures that did not disappoint. We marveled at the jingle bell, Santa Claus and train that directed us to the shining "BELIEVE" written in lights. Talented Customer Relations memory maker, Jean Kundert was behind the camera throughout the night capturing candid moments and treasured pictures! This year’s photo booth was a hoot with special guest "conductor Tom Hanks" by our sides! The "HOT HOT chocolate" room was every chocolate lovers dream come true. Listening to the "12 days of Christmas," sung by our beloved residents, staff and family was a treat for all. The residents were able to gift their families with the 1,200+ cookies they worked hard with Jean to make. Add this all together, plus the open bar and the night was one for the books. We want to thank the generous families who contributed toys in support of Toys for Tots. Our elf stayed busy collecting the many that were brought in! Thank you also to everyone who worked hard to ensure our beloved residents and guests would enjoy the night. It was certainly a magnificent success!
Polar Express Christmas 2015
Cookies for everyone
Hand Carved Train
homemade Cookies for the family
Hot Hot Chocolate
Ice Polar Express
I Believe Ice Train
Jean & Aylmer
Photo Booth Marge
Summerhill Elfs Toys for Tots
Once again Summerhill honors our Veterans and Service Men and Women with a "Thank You" luncheon.
A memorable afternoon with our residents sharing times with other veterans from the Community.
Veterans Day 2015
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Congratulations to our own Josh Brescia for his performance at this years Special Olympics. Josh took home a gold and a bronze medal in his events. We couldn't be prouder of him.
Three cheers for Josh from all his friends at Summerhill.
Congratulations to Aylmer Given, Director of Culinary Services (aka Top Dog Chef of Summerhill!!!!) for being The Biggest Loser. Aylmer lost the most weight in our three month contest. He looks and feels great with a 21 pound weight loss. It should also be noted that Aylmer turned all in winnings back to be donated to Alzheimer's Association. So very generous. Thank you Aylmer!!!!
Also, a round of applause for all the staff that participated in the contest. Everyone lost weight in varying amounts. Keep up the good work.
Margret and many others have been knitting gifts of hats for newborns and comfort dolls.
These cuddly dolls have been sent to Aides orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Uganda and Jamaica.
Close to 1,000 dolls have been delivered by local doctors traveling on mission trips.
These small gestures bring great comfort and joy to many children and offer a soothing effect while at medical clinics.
Comfort Dolls Travel the World
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Summerhill is looking for volunteers to work in our Pub. No experience needed. We will train. It's a lively fun place where folks meet in the evening from 4 - 5 for a cocktail or soft drink. Most evenings there is entertainment. A fun and rewarding job for outgoing individuals who enjoy being around the same! Call Mary Pat or Annmarie. Thank you.
Summerhill Assisted Living held a Volunteer Appreciation lunch on November 19th, 2015. Below is a list of the volunteers honored at this lunch.
- Margot Graham has been reading to Summerhill residents for 25 years.
- Christine Falcone comes once each month with Msgr. Gerry Belanger from Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Peterborough and plays piano during mass.
Neil Falcone is Chris’s husband, also from Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Peterborough. He is a Eucharistic Minister, assists with monthly mass at Summerhill, and helps deliver communion to residents who are unable to come to mass.
- Rev. Jamie Hamilton is Rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Peterborough, and provides pastoral care to several Summerhill residents as well as Episcopal worship at Summerhill once each month.
- Rita Klug volunteers in the Meadows.
- Cathy LaRoche is Barbara LaRoche’s daughter and runs the weekly Wednesday evening Assisted Living knitting group.
- Jane Meneghini is a Eucharistic Minister from Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Peterborough. She assists with monthly mass and Summerhill’s weekly Rosary prayer group.
- Mico Moran calls BINGO in the Meadows, and in the past helped distribute mail. (Jacob came as Mico’s aide.)
- Pastor Lourey Savick is the minister at the Peterborough United Methodist Church and provides pastoral care to several Summerhill residents.
- Ruth Wright plays scrabble with residents in Assisted Living.
Summerhill Assisted Living celebrates Children and the Arts Day with local home schooled students to create this beautiful dragon that was displayed in the window of Hobb's Jewelers.
Children and the Arts Day - 2014
Summerhill Assisted Living celebrates Children and the Arts Day
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On Thursday, November 20, 2014 Summerhill hosted New Hampshire Public Television's Brit's Wit's. Our Monadnock Room was transformed into a theater and the entrance became a "London Tea Room". Brit's Wit's has it's own followers through NHPTV and many of our residents joined in for the afternoon. They previewed a soon to be shown Brittish comedy, sipped tea and port and were treated to Aylmer's goodies. NHPTV expressed delight over the welcome that Summerhill rolled out. Everyone is welcome back anytime.
Congratulations to our June MacDonald!!! She received The Boston Cane in recognition of being the oldest citizen of Rindge.
June is 99 years young and certainly does not look it. June has lived here at Summerhill for a little over three years. She is shown here with some of her devoted family. Again, congrats June!!!!
On May 3rd, Summerhill got into the spirit of the Kentucky Derby by holding their own celebration. Mint Juleps and appetizers were provided for all the residents who attended. Residents were encouraged to wear a special "HAT" of their choosing and creation to celebrate the Derby.
Many original hats were worn with great pride and our bouquet of Roses was presented to Ruth Graeff, for "Best Hat" of the day. (The wreath of Pansies she wore came right off her front door. Hysterical !!) A fun time was had by all!
Save the Date for our BIG BBQ EVENTS
On July 16, starting at 12:00 noon, Summerhill is hosting our Hawaiian Luau Theme BBQ for all residents and their families.
Come dressed for the occasion!
And on July 23 @ 12:00 noon, a Beach Themed BBQ for our Meadows Residents and their Families.
(Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and a variety of salads and accompaniments will be served.) We hope you can join us !
We were found to be 100% deficiency free.
We are so proud of the entire staff of Summerhill. It is their success story because it is they who provide extraordinary care to our wonderful residents. Take a well deserved bow folks!!!!!
We are so pleased to announce that on every Wednesday @ 5pm - Beginning May 8th until September 11th Summerhill will be having a BBQ for residents under the tent. (Hamburgers/Hot Dogs/Salads/Fruits/Desserts)
Also, our Executive Chef, Aylmer Given has selected his Summer Menu for our residents and guests. Paring fresh fruits and vegetables with lighter dishes for dining.
Summerhill Community has been baking, canning and fundraising in all kinds of ways to raise money for Alzheimer's. We have already reached our goal and we still have a couple of weeks to go.
On September 20th we will head to Keene to walk for Alzheimer's awareness. We hope to see old friends and meet new ones. Thanks to all who have supported our efforts. A special thanks to Jean Kundert, Jean Palmer and Kay Kereazis. Their baking, canning, pickle and jam making as well as Kay presiding over her "Lemonade Stand" helped push our fundraising efforts over the top.
Alzheimer's Fundraiser - 2014
On Thursday, September 4th, Summerhill hosted our monthly Memory Cafe her in our pub from 2:00 - 3:00 in the afternoon. Our presenter for this month was Tiffany Calcutt (pictured). Tiffany spoke extensively about the benefit of certain foods to promote good health and possibly slow down memory loss. It was standing room only. Our best turnout yet! Twenty three folks from the community in addition to our wonderful residents and staff. Aylmer put out a buffet of heart and brain healthy treats including salmon, colorful fruits and vegetables with a lovely yogurt dip. Attendees sipped iced tea, lemonade seltzer and sherry. The questions were thoughtful and the answers informative.
Our residents recently took a day trip to the Belgian Chocolatier. Only 15 Minutes from Peterborough, Unbridled Chocolates is a small "boutique" chocolate shop located near Keene, NH in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.
More than a chocolate store, Unbridled Chocolates is a place to hold parties, a place where you can order dessert, and taste tempting treats.( samples are encouraged) Their pride in business comes from combining unique flavors with fine Belgian chocolate. Our residents enjoyed the tour and the specialties of the shoppe thanks to Alan Crofut, Owner and Chef.
Residents of Summerhill, their Grandchildren and great Grandchildren participated in the egg hunt.
Summerhill staff also brought their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to help celebrate and participate in the hunt as well.
Thank you to our Activities Director Jean Kundert, staff, and employees of Summerhill, for graciously giving of their time to making it another fun filled day !
A trip to Humdingers in Marlborough provided a challenging afternoon of mini golf. The delicious ice cream we enjoyed after was a reward for our efforts on the greens.
Mini-Golf Outing - 2014
A visit to a local Mini-golf site
The photo to the right Is from a recent outing for our Residents in Summerhill's Assisted Living facility to the Vermont Country Store. Our residents were accompanied by our Activities Director, Jean Kundert.
As you can see from the photo a fun time was had by all!
We visited Executive Director Mary Pat Jackson's lovely gardens and pastures at the peak of iris season. The iris were in full bloom and all the horses loved the carrots and attention. Even Elba, Mary Pat's beloved Mastiff got in on the action. We were even lucky enough to make a few new friends as we enjoyed the sights. This was one of the first trips in our new bus!
With a winter chill and snow flurries in the air, the Silver Ranch Stables on RT 124 in Jaffrey, NH, provided an expert driver and vintage sleigh. With 2 beautiful Belgian horses in the lead, our residents were treated to an hour long, snow covered ride, along many of the Monadnock regions country roads and trails.
Enjoy the photos below
On June 6th Summerhill had some very adorable four legged friends visit with us. Cover Girl (complete with hat and sneakers!!!) and Ginger graced us with their presence. And, presence they had! They roamed the halls and living areas of Summerhill greeting all our residents, families and staff. They nibbled carrots, shared kisses and even a little pony ride or two. We all hope they will be regular visitors. They call home a therapeutic riding facility in Hopkinton N.H. Cover Girl and Ginger's owner, Pauline has offered our residents the opportunity to get back in the saddle and ride once again. Our Activities department is in the process of putting this together for our residents who would like to pursue this.
I am thinking some more very special photos will be following these. Stay tuned!
Summerhill is so proud to be able to offer our Memory Cafe. On the first Thursday of each month we are opening up our beautiful newly renovated pub to folks from the Summerhill community as well as anyone in the Monadnock area who would like to join us. We will occasionally have a guest speaker who will bring insight into the area of dementia.
Occasionally, we will have music of some type. However what we will always have is plenty of compassion, understanding, support and friendship. Our chef, Aylmer Given is collaborating with our Executive Director, Mary Pat Jackson to not only welcome all from Summerhill but from the community to come relax and enjoy refreshments. All are welcome including folks giving care to loved ones with dementia and the people they care for. There is no charge and reservations are not required but can be helpful.
Please consider spending part of your afternoon with us and letting us pamper you.
At long last our beautiful coach bus has arrived. And we're off................ on this particular day it was a scenic ride with a trip to Kimball's for an ice cream. We have been on the road each day since it's arrival. Both floors of our memory care as well as our assisted living residents take turns on outings. Thanks so much to our remarkable Activities staff for all the fun outings they plan.
Scarecrows, scarecrows, scarecrows everywhere!!!!! We can't even have a scenic ride or wander our gardens without being spooked!!!! Oh well, Halloween is special all around and that certainly includes Summerhill. Stay tuned for our trick or treaters.
Notice how we at Summerhill paid homage to our beloved chef Aylmer Given. Could anyone ask for more than this - to be so beautifully displayed???
On October 18th and 19th we were once again carving pumpkins for the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work creating many wonderful Jack'o lantern contributions. And thanks to Summerhill, Keene broke the world record for lit Jack'o lanterns. Well, maybe a slight exaggeration but ours certainly helped. Thank you folks. They came out wonderful
On October 13th we attended the annual Art Tour for Peterborough and surrounding towns. We are constantly reminded of all the talent within the Monadnock Region. We saw spinners, painters, glass blowers, blacksmiths and so many more. Artists of all kinds open their homes, barns, studios etc. to share their particular passion. It was a special day and enjoyed by all who attended.
Early in October we were invited to Silver Oak Alpaca Farm in Ashby, Massachusetts to visit with the most adorable alpacas. We saw large and small and all were just wonderful. Thank you so much Pam and family. One of our resident's daughter and her husband own this beautiful farm so Francis was able to brag to fellow residents about all the wonders of his daughter's farm. Enjoy the photos!!!!
On September 22, we headed to the beautiful Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Massachusetts for a day of apple picking. It has been owned and operated for four generations by The Rose Family. Residents came back with bags and bags of apples. The apple pies coming out of The Country Kitchen were spectacular. Thank you so much ladies.
On September 21st, staff and residents as well as family and friends headed to Keene, N.H. for the annual Alzheimer's Walk. It was a gorgeous fall day just meant for a vigorous walk or stroll depending on ability. All that attended were so glad that they had. Summerhill had been fundraising for a year prior to the walk. Residents baked and sold their goodies as well as canned items from our gardens. We all worked as a community to raise funds and the results were extraordinary. Our Activities Director has already begun to "rally the troops (elves)" for next year. Way to go Jean, Mark, Annmarie and Barbara as well as our dedicated residents. You know who you are!!!!
On August 9th we made our way back over to Jaffrey. It's a tough job but someone has to do it!!! Look at all those unhappy faces!!! Once again we indulged. Lobster rolls, fries, onion rings, burgers etc. And to think we had to finish it off with ice cream. We love those trips and are already looking forward to their reopening in the spring.
On August 6, 2013 Summerhill had our annual lobster bake. It was a picture perfect summer day. Warm temperatures, no humidity and a cool breeze. Ideal weather to sit back and feast, which is exactly what we did.
Aylmer and his staff put out an amazing spread including lobster, steamers, corn on the cob, potato salad, lemonade and ice cold beer. It doesn't get any better!!! When we all thought we could not eat another bite, out came the homemade blueberry pies. Our residents went blueberry picking the week before and then were kind enough to spend a morning baking pies. Thank goodness Aylmer purchased extra lobsters because today lobster rolls are on the menu followed by a trip to Kimball's for ice cream. We love summer here at Summerhill!!!!
On Thursday, June 20th Summerhill welcomed The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce for their after hours gathering. What a great group! Approximately sixty members arrived around 5:30 and the fun started. They enjoyed cocktails and Aylmer's amazing appetizers (see pictures). They all had such complimentary things to say about our beautiful facility. We would love to have them back anytime.
Summerhill was transformed on July 16th . We became an Hawaiian island in costume and with a delicious feast that only Aylmer and Jean could pull off. Assisted Living residents and their families dined on sweet and sour pork, shrimp fried rice, a variety of vegetables, ambrosia, native fruits and the absolute favorite – vanilla ice cream with fried pineapple and fresh caramel sauce. Yum!!!!!
On Tuesday, July 25th a group from Summerhill headed to the beach for lobsters and a chance to view the amazing sand sculptures. What a day we had!!! Temperatures soared as did spirits as we dove into a feast of seafood delights. With tummies full and smiling faces we headed up the beach to see the sculptures (and oh boy, the sights that only Hampton Beach has to offer!!!). The sand sculptures were beyond words as you will see from our pictures. Residents were such good sports ignoring the heat and humidity to enjoy these creations.
We all agreed it was a great day and eagerly look forward to returning next year.
Annmarie has recently joined Summerhill in our Activities Department. She is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, with a degree in Cross Cultural Studies.
Annmarie loves sports, especially running, reading, crafts, and has a special place in her heart for all animals. She is a welcome addition to our Summerhill family and residents and co-workers alike will benefit from her approach and personality.
Beth & Warren from Dublin NH are participants in the "Pet Partners" Program and visit our Summerhill residents on a regular basis. Along with their 3 Golden Retrievers, Sofie (9 yrs old), Willow(6 yrs old), and Alice(3 yrs old), the owners and dogs Touch the lives of our residents, while Improving their Health.
Thank you from all of the Summerhill residents and Staff for enriching our lives with your kindness and visits.
The family is from New Ipswich and Kristen recently called our facility and asked if she and her children could come to visit and hopefully brighten our residents day.
And that they have. Eyes widen and smiles come upon the faces of our residents on our Assisted Living and Memory Units when they arrive.
Thank You Kristen and Family for Brightening our Day !!
We are all deeply saddened that one of our dear residents, Helen Brazil, passed away on Sunday, November 17th.
Helen was such a gift to all. She shared her jokes, singing, puns, smile, and friendship to all who had the privilege of meeting her. She will be dearly missed.
Attached is a recent poem Helen wrote about Summerhill. Helen loved it here and it shows.
We had a great day, and great looking display. So many people contributed to success of this effort and we want to thank them all!
We had an opportunity to speak to so many nice people. It's gratifying to know that Summerhill has such a great reputation in the community. Throughout the day we heard many "Thank You's" from families and friends of former and present residents. It truly warms ones heart to be a part of this amazing family. We even had the opportunity to speak to former employees of Summerhill who remembered the charm and ambiance of the old "Farm House".
A great day was had by all. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity!
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) developed Excellence in Care to partner with care settings in the establishment of a nationwide standard of excellence in care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
Excellence in Care offers the opportunity for facilities to ensure that their dementia care settings meet the optimal care needs of their residents/clients. The program, created with the input of industry experts, consists of a comprehensive on-site evaluation and consultation on strategies to achieve the established standards for quality of care and to sustain performance.
A dementia care professional who has undergone comprehensive training—an AFA Excellence in Care Specialist—will partner with the care setting to meet the program’s standards of excellence. Key areas of review include: environment, education, staff-client interaction and programming.
Care settings, such as the Summerhill Assisted Living Meadows Facilities, that successfully reach the standards established by this initiative will earn the status of Alzheimer's Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction.
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Polly and Jim Curran will talk about their two years in Iran from June 1958 to June 1960. It was ruled by the last Shah, who was later expelled by a revolution in 1979. All the Iranians they met were friendly and well disposed towards the US.
Jim worked at the US Embassy in Tehran and Polly volunteered in a new orphanage, learned Persian while raising their five children.
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Pam Erdmann will discuss what Mindfulness is, its origins and current applications along with some of its benefits.
Pam has taught Mindfulness in correctional systems, hospitals, schools, corporations and the Univ. Massachusetts Clinic.
Currently Pam supervises MBSR teachers at U. Mass, Southern CA Univ. and the University of Wales.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Adam Hamilton from People’s Bank will speak about recognizing and reducing elder financial fraud. This will include how to guard against identity theft, planning for unexpected change in handling your finances and preparing for financial disasters.
An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 30th.
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Yoga can be good for all of us, regardless of body type or level of experience.
Chris, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, will talk about yoga as mindful movement. She will explain how yoga helps us stay in touch with our self and improves breathing, circulation, joint health, and balance.
Come join us as we stretch, loosen up, maybe even reduce a bit of stress and realize the benefits of feeling alive and healthy.
An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 30th.
Thursday, May 4th, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Joan Bickford will lead this discussion to share how Life-Sustaining treatment is decided upon between conversations you have with loved ones and your medical providers.
The goal of POLST is to ensure that individuals make choices about the treatments they want and that these choices are honored and followed by medical providers. Learn how a POLST form is different from an Advance Directive or portable DNR form.
Joan Bickford, RN has specializing in hospice care for 13 years and is a hospice care consultant for Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.
An RSVP would be appreciated. Please call our concierge 924-6238 by May 2nd.
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Unlike a legal will that transfers worldly possessions, an ethical will bequeaths values, ideas, and personal reflections to family members and other loved ones. Come learn about these documents that can be characterized as windows into the souls of those who write them, and how they can be cherished by family members for generations.
Rev. Barbara Harlow serves Summerhill as an interfaith chaplain, providing in-house spiritual care, since 2011.
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, AN RSVP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. PLEASE CALL 924-6238 BY APRIL 4TH.
March 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00
Susie Hunter will share her experience of caring for her husband at home once he was diagnosed with dementia. She will also speak about the process of looking ahead to her future. In the last twenty-five years, Susie has re-invented her professional career several times, most recently as an eldercare provider.
Susie and her husband, Bruce were childhood sweethearts who raised two sons. Once the family was settled, she found a professional career in PR. This experience led to opening her own company, which provided special events support to corporations. Her clients included the Tufts Health Plan and the Moscow International Marathon. Since then while Bruce found his interest in renovating historical structures, Susie continued running, gardening and having a landscape design business.
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, AN RSVP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. PLEASE ADVISE CONCIERGE OR CALL 924-6238 BY FEBRUARY 27TH.
February 2nd, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Ben Paquin will discuss how for many individuals, Cabin Fever is an unwelcome occurrence that happens around the winter months. Such malaise can be the result of getting less sunlight, inactivity, isolation, or even diet. You can experience it at a home alone or within a residential community.
Ben Paquin is partner and Director for the New Hampshire and Maine branch of Seniors Helping Seniors®, a Licensed Personal Care and Healthcare provider. Seniors Helping Seniors provides quality senior care services with a twist... Seniors Helping Seniors offer services for seniors BY seniors.
January 5th, 2017 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Nina Pollock RN, MS will discuss the difference between hospice and palliative care and how it has evolved in the last 10 years. She will give input on how this service can truly enhance life for a loved one and their family and friends.
Nina taught nursing at Ursuline College for 20 years. Currently she is a per diem Hospice Home Care RN for Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services.
October 6th, 2016 Memory Cafe
Mary Pat will introduce Pat O’Connell, RN, M. Ed, IBCLC Director of Resident Care at Summerhill.
Pat comes to us with many years of experience both locally at the Monadnock Community Hospital and in the Nashua area. She has implemented new programs and written articles in various medical publications. In addition to strong clinical skills, Pat excels in teaching and mentoring young health care professionals.
Please join us if you or a loved one are looking into choices for the future and have questions about assisted living or memory care.
September, 2016 Memory Cafe
This discussion is about the correlation between food and how it relates to the joy in our lives. The many ways that we recall special events in our lives and how often times the connection to that memory is in the tradition of foods that we enjoy with our family and friends. This in depth look at how foods trigger memories was the topic of a recent memory café hosted by Aylmer the Director of culinary Services at Summerhill Assisted Living.
As a result of this discussion and the enthusiasm that it created, Summerhill has embarked on a mission to create a cookbook filled with special recipes, and the stories behind them, from the residents that catalog and preserve some of these memorable family traditions, for years to come. We are asking all family to assist their Mom’s and Dad’s in selecting that one recipe that has great value to the family.
To take it a step further, every Thursday evening, throughout the winter months, in an event that we call “Wine & Dine” a recipe will be chosen, and prepared by our chef for the entire Assisted Living community to sample and enjoy. A photo will be taken of the resident holding a plate of the finished food.
So please, let Aylmer or Jean know if you would like to submit a special recipe, along with the story behind it. Hurry, the spaces are filling up fast, and we want to make sure we include your special family tradition.
November 3rd, 2016 Memory Cafe
From 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Louise and Bernie Watson have been playing the piano and singing for admiring audiences in the Monadnock area for many years. They often captivate listeners when sharing a bit of history about the classical and “Golden Oldies” music, triggering familiar memories for many.
Come sing along with this talented and fun entertaining duo.
August 4th, 2016 Memory Cafe
Many individuals may be considering comfort care that aligns with their goals of care rather than pursuing curative treatment. Learn about the hospice services, who is eligible, and how the services are covered. Dispelling common myths about hospice and when to consider hospice care will be addressed in this interactive session.
Joan Bickford, RN has specialized in hospice care for the last 13 years. Currently, she is a hospice care consultant for Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.
July 7th, 2016 Memory Cafe
Maria Towers, RN, Resident Care Director and Mary Pat Jackson, Executive Director at Summerhill will lead a discussion and provide information on what steps need to be taken when considering memory care or assisted living communities.
Please join us if you or a loved one are looking into choices for the future.
June 2nd, 2016 Memory Cafe
Maryanne Ferguson, Community Wellness Manager at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene will share some small steps that create big impacts in our health and well-being throughout life.
She will also talk about social connections in relationship to our health and describe some "ageing-friendly" community concepts.
May 5th, 2016 Memory Cafe
Healthcare is unlike most other services we will access in our life time. We also don't always know upfront what our insurance (Medicare and Medicaid included) will and won't pay. Being an educated healthcare consumer can help reduce the surprise of an unexpected financial burden. This discussion aims to provide you with information about emergency medical services and how it is covered under Medicare to make you a more informed healthcare consumer.
Joshua Patrick is a Deputy Chief and Clinical Manager for Peterborough Fire & Rescue. He is also a critical care paramedic.
April 7th, 2016 Memory Cafe
As an aging wellness educator, Owen R. Houghton of Jaffrey has experienced many transitions, both in the lives of his clients and most recently in his personal life as his wife Norma joined the Summerhill family in the Memory Care unit. His reminiscence extends from boyhood in Woodstock, Vermont where he learned maple sugarin’ to his recent experiences following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis which required changes.
Dr. Houghton is Past Chair of the State Committee on Aging, a Vaughn Award recipient and a Monadnock at Home member. He has penned a monthly column since 1998 in the Sunday Keene Sentinel called “Age-Wise”, chronicling the Houghton’s journey in search of aging well in the Monadnock area.
February 4, 2016 Memory Cafe
Colleen O’Connell, M.S., OTR/L, Owner/CEO of Birchwood Therapy Services is excited to speak of the recent changes within the therapy department here at Summerhill. Through collaboration with Interim Healthcare, we are able to provide more comprehensive therapy services.
Colleen will discuss the differences between utilizing the Medicare A benefit versus the Medicare B benefit; and share what private pay opportunities Birchwood offers, if you are not eligible for therapy.
December 3, 2015
Attorney Phil Runyon will discuss powers of attorney and health care directives to enable others to handle legal and medical affairs for incapacitated seniors. He will also describe how assets may be passed on to family members without the need for expensive and time-consuming probate administration.
November 5, 2015
Aylmer Given, Director of Culinary Services at Summerhill will speak to the “Turn A New Leaf” dietary program. This healthier eating program is all about making good and satisfying food choices.
Come try some delicious samples.
October 1, 2015
Joshua Freitas author of “The Dementia Concept” Mr. Freitas will discuss cutting edge, informative and practical approaches to interacting with individuals having Alzheimer’s and related dementias. He will review dynamic concepts for
care givers to understand, connect and engage with this audience to allow them more independence in daily life.
September 3, 2015
Jan Shultz, LPN and other Reiki practitioners will discuss what Reiki is and use of essential oils for aroma therapy. You will have the chance to experience Reiki firsthand. Jan has worked at Summerhill as Staff Nurse for 2.5 years and currently is Reiki Master volunteering at MCH. She studied Reiki with Libby Barnett at the Healing Center.
Maria Towers, RN our Resident Care Director will speak to recognizing the initial signs and how to maintaining independence for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s while at home and for those at an Assisted Living facility.
July 2, 2015
Mary Pat lead discussion with residents recalling special Fourth of July traditions and past time. What the 4th means to them.
June 4, 2015
Join our Chaplain, Barbara Harlow for a conversation about just what is our human nature with regards to loss and grief, gifts and joy? What are our losses? And, how are we continuing to live our lives, hopefully with a sense of gratitude and celebration?
May 7, 2015
Caroline Kirkfield, VP at Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire will speak about those important lifestyle factors that are linked to healthy longevity and those with a sense of calmness and purpose.
Summerhill's Memory Cafe was fortunate to have Caroline Kirkfield come and speak to us about tips, activities and advice for a healthy mind and body. Her presentation was lively and informative. It was well attended by the Summerhill Community as well as folks from Peterborough and Jaffrey. Once again, Aylmer out did himself serving individual shrimp cocktail, tea sandwiches, brownies and sherry
April 2, 2015
Joan Bickford, RN from Life Choice will speak to Medicare Hospice benefits. Joan has worked in hospice care for the last 12 years of her 35 years in nursing care. She will discuss the philosophy of Hospice care, those services offered, and eligibility considerations along with what Hospice care covers.
Dementia in Depression: Why it's important to understand, evaluate and treat Dr. Betty LaFleur is a clinical psychologist and Chief Operating Officer at Generations Geriatric Mental Health. She was formerly the Director of Behavioral Health at Elliot Health System where she worked with Dr. Jwalant Vadalia in management of the Geripsychiatric Inpatient Unit. She has been dedicated to working with older adults since her internship in geriatric psychology in 1993 at the West Los Angeles VAMC Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical program.
February 5, 2015
Dr. Lucas Shippee, from MCH, Monadnock Internal Medicine will speak to the issues of aging and dementia.
March 3, 2016 Memory Cafe
Mr. Mark Bergin will be giving a talk about antique toys. He specializes in mechanical, wind up and tin toys.
Mark will speak about their history, collectability and whimsy that we all treasure: from your childhood, your parent's and your own children's childhood. He will bring a large display of toys from the 1900's - 1950's to view, watch in action, delight in and reminisce.
January 7, 2016 Memory Cafe
Janet Archer, author of “An Invitation to Pause” will share her personal insight of how to remain calm, and not be overwhelmed when caring for a loved one with dementia. Her experience of how to be accepting and in the moment while focusing on the joys of the day, could help you build wonderful loving memories.
When: January 7th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in the Summerhill Assisted Living Pub.
Janet Archer - Memory Cafe - January 2016
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At this month’s Chef Chat, Hannah Bissex, from the Cornucopia Projects visited. Aylmer introduced her to Summerhill along with an entourage of Farm to Fork fellows who are also ConVal students.
Hannah gave a brief description of the Farm to Fork program, for those who may not be familiar with it. She then explained how important it is to teach our younger generation to become involved in the process of where food comes from and how it gets to the table. This offers so many life lessons along the way for today’s youth. Each of the fellows had a chance to talk about what the project means to them.
The group brought in a variety of beautiful fresh produce that they had just harvested for Summerhill. Each of the items was talked about by the team person who had a part in growing it. They also brought some fresh carrots for the residents to try. It was a wonderful event that I imagine our residents will talk about for a sometime.
Thank you, Hannah, and our friends at Cornucopia.
~Aylmer H. Given III
Chef Chat - Cornucopia Project - August 2017
Dear Residents and Respective Families,
Over the summer months as many of you know, we shared chilling and grilling each Thursday evening out on the front lawn. Well this year was very exciting as we upped our game from previous years, with outdoor entertainment by Jarvis along with Chef inspired menus and cooking demonstrations. It seemed that everyone was enjoying it so much and didn't want these special evenings to end.
They were fun for the staff and residents alike. When cold weather hit, Chilling and Grilling was over for the season. Jean Kundert and I put our heads together and came up with a great idea. Thus, the creation of Wine ‘N Dine came about. It’s very much a celebration like Chilling & Grilling but inside for the winter months. We rolled out our plan to the residents with much fanfare.
To give a little history, a few months earlier I was asked by Mary Pat to give a talk to the residents and families at the Memory Café. Many of you know this takes place the first Thursday of each month in our Pub. I chose to talk about the importance of food in the lives of our families and how it ties to our memories. All our senses are engaged when we are sharing a meal together. Without getting to much into the details of this phenomena, those memories can be recalled very quickly when even just 1 of those senses is stimulated. The talk was a hit with the residents.
This Is a famous French Canadian preparation. In the old country around about harvest time, when all the herbs were being gathered, they would make this dish. In order to have fresh herbs available throughout the winter months. So our chef Aylmer , who has French Canadian roots prepared this dish for the residents of Summerhill during our October chef chat event. It was Aylmers intention, To share one of his mothers favorite preparations. Les Herbes Sallee, is made by layering A mixture of finally chopped fresh herbs, fine diced onions and kosher salt in glass mason jar's.so one begins by placing salt in the bottom of the glass jar and then it receives a half inch layer of a mixture of fresh herbs followed by a layer of fine diced onion followed by a layer of a quarter inch of kosher salt followed by a layer of fresh herbs followed by a layer of fine dice onion, followed by a layer of kosher salt until the jar is full. The jar is then captain refrigeration until ready for use. It is a wonderful addition to soups, or eggs or sautéed vegetables, or anywhere else that you would like to introduce fresh herbs to your recipe.
Congratulations to Joan Young and Jamie Rocca, Summerhill's Employees of the Month for October.
Joan has been an evening/weekend concierge here for a couple of years. She is frequently recognized for her willingness to go above and beyond when it comes to our residents. She is always welcoming and ready for a little fun!!!!! Thank you Joan for all you do.
Jamie has been an outstanding aide here at Summerhill for many years on our Assisted Living side. She is loved by residents, their families and staff. We are so appreciative of the job you do Jamie. Thank you so much for all you bring to your job here at Summerhill.
Congratulations to Laura Block Bourque and Craig Filaski, Summerhill's Employees of the Month for September.
Laura has been an outstanding housekeeper on the assisted living for several years. Residents, families and staff really appreciate all her hard work and attention. The place shines under her care! Thank you Laura.
Craig has been a nurse here at Summerhill for 8+ years. He is loved by all for his quiet, calm, experienced and caring skills. Craig jumps in whenever he is needed and does so with a very good natured approach.
Summerhill is fortunate to have such dedicated professionals part of our team!
Congratulations to Kayla Harris, LNA and Ashley Holmes, LNA Summerhill's Employee of the Months winners. Kayla and Ashley are wonderful team players here at Summerhill. They are always willing to jump in to help others and they always do so with a smile. We are so fortunate to have aides with such willingness and heart. Thank you both for all you bring to Summerhill.
Congratulations to Monika Kemp, Summerhill's Employee of the Month for July. Monika has been a server in our dining room for several years. Everyone, staff and residents alike love her. Monika goes out of her way to help anyone at anytime. She is truly a gem and we are so pleased that she has been recognized AGAIN as an outstanding employee at Summerhill!
Congratulations to Joanne Boudreau, Summerhill's Employee of the Month for June. Joanne has been with us several years in our Activities Department. She comes with experience in activities as well as being a gifted artist. Joanne is patient, compassionate and fun. She is well liked by residents and staff. We are so grateful to all she brings to Summerhill. Thank you Joanne for doing such a great job.
Congratulations to Colin Rice, Employee of the Month for May.
Colin is an LNA here at Summerhill in our Meadows community. He has been with us several years and is a very valued member of the Summerhill Team!!!! He is always willing to jump in, help out and wear a huge smile!
Thank you Colin for all you bring to your work here. We really appreciate you.
Congratulations to Tamie Stewart, Employee of the Month for April. Tamie has been an LNA here at Summerhill for three years. She brings her bright smile and willing nature to work with her each day. Tamie jumps in to help out in any way she can. Thank you so much Tamie for all you bring to Summerhill. We are so lucky to have you part of the team!
Congratulations to Becky Hartford, Summerhill's Employee of the Month for March. Becky works on our Meadows community and she is loved by staff and residents alike. Her beautiful bright smile and willing nature was noticed by many and earned her this months' recognition for all the good work she does.
Thank you Becky for all you bring to Summerhill as an LNA and an awesome employee!
This month its a three way tie! What great team we have at Summerhill.
Congratulations to Jamie Rocca, Eno Ogo, Marsha Steffen, our Employees of the Month for February.
Jamie, Eno, Marsha has been an aides here at Summerhill for several years. They always ready to help others and always with a cheerful smile. Thank you for all your the positive feed back from residents,family's, friends and staff.
Congratulations to Tamie Stewart, our Employee of the Month for January.
Tamie has been an aide here at Summerhill for several years. Residents, staff and families all love her. She is always ready to help others and always with a cheerful smile. In addition to outstanding aide work Tamie teaches a class each month on card making. Her creations are amazing and now, thanks to Tamie we have all become proficient.
Thank you Tamie for all you bring to Summerhill!
Congratulations to Sfa Whittemore, Summerhill's Employee of the Year for 2016!!!! And this is not her first time winning this honor! Sfa brings kindness, compassion and good humor with her every day she comes to work. Sfa has spent several years working on both the assisted living and memory care here at Summerhill. Most recently her time has been devoted to assisted living but she is always willing to jump in and help wherever she is needed.
Summerhill is blessed to have an aide like Sfa. Thank you for all you bring to Summerhill. We appreciate you very much.
Congratulations to Melissa O'Neil, Summerhill's Employee of the Month for December. Melissa has been with us going on two years as a dining room server. Her bright cheerful smile and willingness to help out in any way has certainly made an impact on residents and staff.
Thank you Melissa for all you do and for being part of our Summerhill Team!