Wood Haven Health Care

New Year’s resolutions easy to make, hard to keep

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Marcy Collins gave up on New Year’s resolutions long ago. So as 2018 rolls around, her resolution is to not make a resolution. “I quit doing those years ago,” Collins said as she worked at the front desk at the Wood County Commissioners. “None of them come true.” But some people still have hope – even if it’s just a sliver of optimism – that starting a new direction stands a better chance of success when it begins with the turn from one calendar year to the next. Dallas Mohr still clutches to the hope. “I guess I’ll try to lose a little weight,” he said. That may mean a change in eating habits, since he made his 2018 prediction as he waited for his carryout order at Campus Pollyeyes. But Mohr had other goals, too, that do not require cutting back on pizza. “This year I want to strive to be a better person, and to do better in my business” which he is just starting up. A business resolution was also top on the list for Ben and Jen Waddington, of Waddington Jewelers in downtown Bowling Green. As they worked at their jewelry counter, the couple talked about resolutions. “You feel like you have to start something at the new year,” Ben Waddington said. So the couple decided to focus on time management. “With kids and a small business, that’s always hard,” he said. But now that both their children are in school, they can focus more on their business which saw growth last year. The plan is to get to work earlier, be more organized and take advantage of the extra time that both kids are in school, the couple agreed. Research shows that nearly half of all American adults make New Year’s resolutions. Fewer than 10 percent stick with their resolutions more than a few months. The most common goals are losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking and saving money. Tricks to success include setting realistic resolutions, focusing…


Do’s & don’ts of talking with loved ones with dementia

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The room was crowded with people desperately seeking ways to connect with loved ones who have dementia. The secret, the speaker said, is to stop expecting people with dementia to be who they used to be. Belinda Cytlak, a memory care consultant with Waugh Consulting, recently presented a program at Wood Haven Health Care on how to communicate with people who have dementia. When Cytlak asked how many in the audience know someone with dementia, every person raised a hand. “The family and friends have the toughest time,” she said. Cytlak spoke from experience, with her mother having dementia. “The hardest thing was to give up who my mom was,” she said. That doesn’t mean giving up on loved ones, but just changing expectations of them. It can be difficult for family members or friends to realize that today’s lunch is no longer a safe topic of conversation. “Anyone who has dementia has a problem with short-term memory,” Cytlak said. So the typical questions about lunch or recent visitors can make a person with dementia feel frustrated or like a failure, she said. “We put that person with dementia in a position where they know they don’t know – and they don’t want to fail,” Cytlak said. Above all, she said, don’t dispute facts with a person with dementia. “My mom used to say her big brother just came to visit. He’s been gone for eight years,” Cytlak said. But it was futile to say “No Mom, your brother wasn’t here.” Trying to use logic is not helpful. In fact, reasoning often causes a conversation to “spiral out of control.” If a loved one with dementia gets agitated or angry over their lack of short-term memory, Cytlak suggested trying to redirect them. Family and friends should come up with “conversation starters,” that can bring back pleasant memories. Cytlak recommended that loved ones try to “live in their world.” Her mom loved cooking, so talking about recipes was a topic enjoyable to both…


Wood Haven off to see the wizard…and rest of cast from Oz

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The yellow brick road leading into Wood Haven’s dining room was the first indication that something was different on Wednesday. Inside, the staff had taken on the roles of Dorothy, Aunt Em, the Wizard of Oz, the Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, witches and even a flying monkey. The food followed suit, with the menu including Aunt Em’s famous fried chicken, Tin Man tater tots, Scarecrow stuffing, Flying Monkey mashed potatoes, Emerald City green beans, Yellow Brick Road corn – all topped off with Toto’s treats. “I tried to get all the characters in the meal,” said Sue Smith, dining services manager at Wood Haven Health Care. The Wizard of Oz celebration on Wednesday was the brainchild of Smith. “I love to plan theme dinners. It’s kind of my big forte,” she said. Such events allow Smith to combine her two loves of art and food. “It’s my passion.” In preparation for the Oz event, the residents had a chance to revisit the 1939 movie classic. “I rented it at home this week, just to get psyched up,” Smith said. “I’m excited about it, can you tell? Food and people and events – that’s my passion,” she said. Smith served lunch in her cowardly lion costume, while Dorothy skipped around the dining room with her basket and Toto – who is actually Smith’s terrier named Maximus. “They are excited. I think they like it,” Smith said of the residents. “This is fun. There are lots of smiles,” said Christina Stearns, Wood Haven community relations director, who was dressed as a good witch. In one corner of the dining room, an evil witch’s feet stuck out from under a cardboard house. And songs from the movie played in the background. “It’s been a very good time,” said Hazel Rehm, a Wood Haven resident. “I think everyone’s enjoying it, and the costumes are great.” As residents dined on their Wizard of Oz meal, Amanda Smith as Dorothy entertained by singing “Over the Rainbow.” Desserts completed…


Wood Haven Health Care named a Top Workplace for 2017

Wood Haven Health Care has been named a ‘Top Workplace’ for the second year in a row by the employees who work there. Workplace Dynamics, a survey firm, teams up with The Toledo Blade newspaper annually to select the top 35 to 40 workplaces in the country. Employees nominate their companies, and those nominations along with company surveys are compiled to determine which are the most dynamic and supportive workplaces in the Toledo area. Workplace Dynamics has worked with more than 40 publishers and roughly 35,000 businesses. 4,387 out 7,135 Toledo metro area employees responded to the surveys last year.