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TABITHA HOLDS VOLUNTEER TRAININGS IN LINCOLN THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to offer a volunteer training for all individuals interested in contributing to the Tabitha Continuum of Elder Care Services. Volunteer opportunities are vast and can be tailored to meet individual interests and needs. Whether it’s an hour each month delivering a nutritious meal through Tabitha Meals on Wheels, playing bingo with Tabitha residents, comforting a Tabitha Hospice client or helping out with administrative tasks, Tabitha volunteering is the answer.

General Tabitha volunteer orientation will be held on Sept. 10, 10-11 a.m. and Sept. 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln, 4720 Randolph Street. Potential volunteers should complete an application prior to attending the orientation which can be found at www.Tabitha.org or by contacting Tabitha’s volunteer department at 402.486.8563, volunteers@Tabitha.org.

A special training for Tabitha Hospice volunteers will be held Sept. 11 and 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All sessions will be held on Tabitha’s main campus, 4720 Randolph St., and all sessions are required to receive hospice volunteer certification. Sign-up by contacting Susan Eichele at 402.486.8506, Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA OFFERS HEALTH CLINICS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN CENTRAL NEBRASKA THIS SEPTEMBER 2015

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of health clinics and volunteer opportunities this September spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

  • Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
  • Sept. 9, 8-9 a.m., at York Leisure Home in York, Neb., 215 Lincoln Ave.
  • Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
  • Sept 17, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
  • Sept. 17, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on Sept. 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

A Parkinson’s Support Group will be held at Emeritus at Heartland Park, 500 Heartland Dr., Seward, Neb, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.

Looking to make a difference? Tabitha Hospice is now recruiting volunteers throughout its 28 county service area. Volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Learn more by contacting Susan Eichele, at 402.486.8506 or email Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP SHEDS LIGHT ON END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS - FALL 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partnership with Baylor Evnen and the University of Nebraska Omaha, are pleased to invite the public to a much anticipated follow-up workshop, Begin with the End in Mind: The Next Chapter, to be held this fall at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) and offered online via live webcast.

Begin with the End in Mind: The Next Chapter invites participants to lift the veil off the often negative stereotypes associated with end-of-life decisions and to live life thinking about your story, your legacy. This three-part series builds on the success of the Begin with the End in Mind workshop held last year in Lincoln and developed by the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aging and Lifespan Community of Practice.

The Next Chapter offers new workshop sessions including the top 10 mistakes made in estate planning, led by Andrew Loudon, attorney at law at Baylor Evnen; legal issues of aging led by Lindsey Wylie, J.D., Ph.D.; and advanced directives for protecting end-of-life wishes led by visionary hospice provider and Tabitha Hospice Medical Director Dr. Lisa Mansur, MD, FCCP, FACP. 

The workshop series is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register for the NET session or live webcast, call OLLI at 402.476.6265, visit olli.unl.edu or email olli@unl.edu. Sessions are held the second Fridays of September, October and November from 3-4:30 p.m.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA CELEBRATES SUMMER AT ANNUAL CARNIVAL - JUNE 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, recently hosted its fourth-annual summer carnival, welcoming residents, loved ones, neighbors and friends to celebrate summer with an evening of games, food and entertainment. The event brought in hundreds to Tabitha’s Green House® neighborhood, located just north of the organization’s central Lincoln main campus.

Coordinated by Green House staff and supported by the help of volunteers from across Tabitha’s complete continuum of care, guests of all ages gathered to play on a perfect night of mild temps and a hint of summer breeze.

Thrivent Financial’s Action Team project provided generous financial support to supplement a picnic-style dinner for those in attendance.

Tabitha’s four Green House homes, along with south Lincoln’s Tabitha at The Landing and a new community coming soon to the Williamsburg neighborhood, are a departure from traditional long-term care and exist to provide a de-institutionalized option that accommodates the unique lifestyle preferences of every resident. Elders in these innovative communities enjoy life on their own terms while receiving compassionate skilled nursing care. These residential-style homes offer a unique and living community environment that supports Tabitha’s mission by promoting the individuality and dignity of Elders no longer able to stay in their own homes.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH CAMPUS-WIDE CARNIVAL - JUNE 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is firing up the grills and clearing the streets for the fourth-annual Tabitha Carnival, hosted by Tabitha’s Green House® homes.

On Thursday, June 25 from 5-7:30 p.m., Tabitha will welcome residents, family members, friends, caregivers and neighbors for a lively evening of food, games, prizes, live music and more.

For the fourth year running, teams from across Tabitha’s continuum of services have joined together to bring the event to Tabitha’s Green House neighborhood on the block north of 47th & J Streets. Several hundred residents, staff and guests are expected at this year’s celebration.

Tabitha’s four Green House homes located near the organization’s main campus in the heart of Lincoln, along with Tabitha at The Landing in south Lincoln’s Williamsburg neighborhood, are a departure from traditional long-term care and exist to provide a de-institutionalized option that accommodates the unique lifestyle preferences of every resident. Residential-style homes by Tabitha offer Elders the opportunity to enjoy life on their own terms while receiving compassionate skilled nursing care. These communities present a unique and innovative environment that supports Tabitha’s mission by promoting the individuality and dignity of Elders no longer able to stay in their own homes.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, and subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA RECRUITS VOLUNTEERS, OFFERS TRAINING THIS JULY IN LINCOLN

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to offer a volunteer training for all individuals interested in contributing to the Tabitha Continuum of Elder Care Services. Volunteer opportunities are vast and can be tailored to meet individual interests and needs. Whether it’s an hour each month delivering a nutritious meal through Tabitha Meals on Wheels, playing bingo with Tabitha residents, comforting a Tabitha Hospice client or helping out with administrative tasks, Tabitha volunteering is the answer.

Individuals interested in volunteering for general tasks with Tabitha can attend a volunteer orientation, offered on July 8, 10-11 a.m. and July 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln, 4720 Randolph St. Potential volunteers should complete an application prior to attending the orientation which can be found at www.Tabitha.org or by contacting Tabitha’s volunteer department at 402.486.8563, volunteers@Tabitha.org.

A special training for Tabitha Hospice volunteers will be held July 10 and 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All sessions will be held on Tabitha’s main campus, 4720 Randolph St., and all sessions are required to receive hospice volunteer certification. Sign-up by contacting Susan Eichele at 402.486.8506, Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

TABITHA OFFERS HEALTH CLINICS THIS JULY IN CENTRAL NEBRASKA

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of health clinics and volunteer orientations this spring spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

  • July 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
  • July 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Tabitha Office in York, Neb., 205 S. Lincoln, Ave, Ste, 101.
  • July 8, 8-9 a.m., at York Leisure Home in York, Neb., 215 Lincoln Ave.
  • July 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
  • July 16, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
  • July 16 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on July 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

A Parkinson’s Support Group will be held at Emeritus at Heartland Park, 500 Heartland Dr., Seward, Neb, July 23, 10 a.m.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

GATEWAY SERTOMA SUPPORTS TABITHA MEALS ON WHEELS JUNE 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club joined forces earlier this month to welcome more than 220 friends and supporters at HiMark Golf Course to play for a cause. Proceeds from the 13th annual golf event brought in more than $60,000 in support of Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

In true tournament style, the event featured a four-person scramble, hole games, prizes and the event’s traditional media challenge, where the Channel 8 KLKN-TV team claimed the coveted media trophy.

“Gateway Sertoma Club has been honored to be a [longtime] part of this event in support of Tabitha and the Meals on Wheels program,” said Charlie Huff, Gateway Sertoma golf committee member. “Our members are dedicated to this fundraiser because they recognize the extraordinary impact Tabitha Meals on Wheels has in Lincoln."

Proceeds from the event will help provide meals for more than 550 individuals each day through Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Seventy percent of program recipients are unable to afford the $5.75 cost of a meal. As Tabitha has made a point to turn away no one in need from a meal, contributions like those from Gateway Sertoma are instrumental in keeping the program viable and available.

“Partnerships like those with Gateway Sertoma are why Tabitha Meals on Wheels can continue to operate,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We are truly blessed by the hard work, dedication and commitment this group has shown for Tabitha Meals on Wheels.”

Gateway Sertoma was founded as a service club over 50 years ago. The group’s mission is “service to mankind” motivating members to volunteer service and fundraising for community programs in need. Twelve years ago, the group married their love of service with their love of golf by hosting a charity golf tournament. Members turned to Tabitha to help operate the tournament with proceeds benefiting first Tabitha Hospice and later Tabitha Meals on Wheels. To learn more about Gateway Sertoma, visit their website, gatewaysertoma.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA BRINGS COLLABORATIVE FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOP TO LINCOLN CAMPUS - JUNE 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to work in collaboration with Aging Partners Health and Fitness in bringing to Lincoln Stepping-On, a workshop series aimed at helping older adults reduce falls by building confidence. The weekly workshop will be offered June 25-Aug. 13 (no class July 30) from 9-11 a.m. on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln at 4720 Randolph St.

Stepping-On helps participants identify why falls occur, along with different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants also have the opportunity to review a display of fall prevention products. The workshop is intended for people who have fallen in the past as well as for those at risk of falling or who fear falling. Participants will leave with increased strength, achieve better balance and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group. Guest experts include physical therapists, pharmacists and vision experts.

The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. Research has revealed that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls.

A suggested contribution of $3 per class helps to cover program costs. Contact Aging Partners Health and Fitness at 402.441.7575 to register for the workshop.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA OFFERS HEALTH CLINICS, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THIS JUNE

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of health clinics and volunteer orientations this spring spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

  • June 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
  • June 4, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Tabitha Office in York, Neb., 205 S. Lincoln, Ave, Ste, 101.
  • June 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
  • June 18, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
  • June 18, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on June 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

A Parkinson’s Support Group will be held at Emeritus at Heartland Park, 500 Heartland Dr., Seward, Neb, June 25, 10 a.m.

Looking to make a difference? Tabitha Hospice is offering volunteer training, June 11 and 18, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Tabitha’s office in York, Neb., 205 S. Lincoln Ave, Ste. 101. Both sessions are required for full training. Volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. RSVP today by contacting Kadi Holmberg, at 402.486.8506 or email Kadi.Holmberg@Tabitha.org.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA, GATEWAY SERTOMA CLUB ANNOUNCE 13TH ANNUAL GOLF EVENT

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club will join forces June 5 for the 13th Annual Gateway Sertoma Golf Event at Lincoln’s HiMark Golf Course to raise funds for Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

Registration is now open and includes a four-person scramble, lunch, drink tickets, steak dinner and prizes. Participants can expect registration, lunch and range time beginning at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Event proceeds will benefit Tabitha Meals on Wheels, which serves more than 500 Elders in the Lincoln community daily. Seventy percent of recipients are unable to afford the $5.75 cost of a meal. As Tabitha has made a point to turn no one away, contributions like those from Gateway Sertoma are instrumental in keeping the program operational.

Gateway Sertoma was founded as a service club more than 50 years ago. The group’s mission of “service to mankind” motivates members to volunteer service and fundraising for community programs in need.  Eleven years ago, the group married their love of service with their love of golf by hosting a charity golf tournament. Members turned to Tabitha to help operate the tournament with proceeds benefiting first Tabitha Hospice and later Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

Registration is open online at www.Tabitha.org/golf, or contact the Tabitha Foundation at 402.486.8509 for more information.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA CHRISTENS NEW WEST REGION OFFICE IN YORK - MAY 8, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, proudly welcomed York and the surrounding communities earlier this week to the grand opening of its new west region office in York, located at 205 S. Lincoln Ave.

At a Cinco de Mayo-themed ribbon cutting, guests toured the bright, new space—Tabitha’s west region headquarters serving clients and their families with professional, compassionate and industry-leading home health care and hospice services.

“It is our privilege to serve Elders with the state’s first and most complete continuum of Elder Care,” said Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO. “Wherever a family is on the aging journey, Tabitha is here to walk beside them and provide options to ensure safety, health and a better way of life.”

Following the ceremonial breaking of a festive chili pepper piñata, guests stayed to enjoy refreshments, tours and conversation with Tabitha leaders and west region staff.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA BRINGS COLLABORATIVE FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOP TO THEIR LINCOLN CAMPUS THIS SUMMER

Tabitha is pleased to work in collaboration with Aging Partners Health and Fitness in bringing Stepping-On, a workshop series aimed at helping older adults reduce falls by building confidence. The weekly workshop will be offered June 25-Aug. 13 (no class July 30), 9-11 a.m., on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln, 4720 Randolph St.

Stepping On helps participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review.  Participants will view a display of falls prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, achieve better balance, and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group. Guest experts include physical therapists, pharmacists and vision experts.

The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners. The research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31% reduced rate of falls.

A suggested contribution of $3 per class helps to cover program costs. Contact Aging Partners Health and Fitness at 402.441.7575 to register for the workshop.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA HOLDS ANNUAL APPRECIATION EVENTS CELEBRATING EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS - APRIL 24, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, recently celebrated a week of appreciation to honor the organization’s employees and volunteers who, together, make possible Tabitha’s non-profit, for-purpose, Christian mission of service across 28 southeast Nebraska counties.

HiMark Golf Course in Lincoln played host to the festivities—first, a celebratory breakfast on April 14 to recognize and thank Tabitha’s volunteer force of hundreds who serve Elders in myriad ways including companionship, clerical and hospitality roles, and more, across the organization’s living communities, home care and hospice programs.

Two days later on April 16, employees came together at HiMark for an evening of gratitude and fun, where Tabitha recognized numerous corporate award winners as well as employees who had completed milestone years of service in 2014.

In all, Tabitha employees and volunteers represent more than 2,600 individuals committed to upholding the organization’s mission of enhancing the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults in southeast Nebraska.

"There is no way to adequately express the irreplaceable contribution our employees and volunteers make to Tabitha each and every day," said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. "Their collective character represents a deeply unique kind of servanthood, and I am proud to work alongside each and every one of them."

The employee celebration event featured an original Tabitha music video set to the tune of Bruno Mars’ hit song, Uptown Funk. Tabitha employees from across the organization’s service area appeared in candid cameos breaking it down and loving their jobs. The video is available for viewing on the organization’s YouTube channel (Tabitha Health Care Services).

2014 Tabitha Employee Appreciation Awards (presented in 2015)

Employee of the Year: Nate Fellers

LIVEWell Award: Kay Malleck

LIVE2Succeed Awards: Marilyn Anderson, Karen Kinzie, Jennifer Stokes, Marty Thurber

Milestone Years of Service Awards

  • 35 years of service: Linda Adelbai
  • 30 years of service: Michelle Hunter, Karen Kinzie, Gary Shaw, Barb Simons, Mark Stevens
  • 25 years of service: Marilyn Anderson, Sherri Ault, Kristine Dykeman-Schoening, Joyce Poindexter
  • 20 years of service: Jodi Kreifels, Rhonda Meyer, Kathy Potratz, Monica Shefke, Grace Sim-Shum , Aida Stubbendeck, Dawn Wagner, Genie Watters,
  • 15 years of service: Jacqueline Brannan, Michael Deal, Kimberly Hintz, Cindy Lee, Kay Malleck, Pam Piening, Jill Simonson, Evelyn Strong, Kelly Topolski
  • 10 years of service: Julie Funk, Julie Hefner, Samantha Hoffman, Daryla Isaacs, Tamra Jackson, Ciji Mays, Elizabeth Perez, Sophia Pohlmann, Tausha Rowe, Janeanne Severson

Brittany Shottenkirk, Janice Sloan, Dawn Valenti, James Williams,

5 years of service: Lana Allen, Jessica Arias, Nia Bickert, John Bowles, Kelly Brummett, Kuntie Budhram, Rebecca Burcham, Amanda Burget, Bradley Carpenter, Kallee Chrisp, Bridget Clark, Michelle Crowley, Pamela Dubas-Citta, Katherine Ferguson, Michele Ferretti, Tara Folden, Hanna Glantz, Wanda Hein, Stephanie Hollman, Ann Holtz, Bonita Inhofe, Dianna Kliewer, Joshua Kohles, Lillian Kottich, Miranda Ksionzek, Laura LaDue, Vonna McNeese, Mario Menendez, Barbara Miller, Jessica Miller, Cassandra Moreno, Pierre Ngoyi, Christa O’Dell, Patricia Plautz, Felicia Rasmussen, Becky Remington, Cathy Schaben, Anya Seng, Jeanne Stutzman, Million Tessema, Mark Tyler, Kari Weilage, Lindsay Wittenhagen, Tamara Wood

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA OFFERS HEALTH CLINICS, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND MEMORIAL SERVICES IN CENTRAL NEBRASKA THIS MAY

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of health clinics and volunteer orientations this spring spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

  • May 6, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
  • May 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Tabitha Office in York, Neb., 205 S. Lincoln, Ave, Ste, 101.
  • May 13, 8-9 a.m., at York Leisure Home in York, Neb., 215 Lincoln Ave.
  • May 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
  • May 21, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
  • May 21, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on May 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

A Parkinson’s Support Group will be held at Emeritus at Heartland Park, 500 Heartland Dr., Seward, Neb, May 28, 10 a.m.

Spring remembrance services are a time to remember and celebrate. The public is invited to these Tabitha Hospice memorial services. The services are an opportunity for loved ones to come together in community and reflection to remember loved ones they’ve lost over the past year.

  • May 19, 4-5 p.m., at Morys Haven in Columbus, Neb., 1112 15th St.
  • May 21, 6-7 p.m., at Tabitha in Crete—The Gardens Assisted Living in Crete, Neb., 1405 Hickory Ave.

Looking to make a difference? Tabitha Hospice is offering a volunteer interest meeting on May 28, 2-3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb., 2720 28th St. The meeting is for anyone interested in learning more about volunteering with Tabitha Hospice. Volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. RSVP today by contacting Kadi Holmberg, at 402.486.8506 or email Kadi.Holmberg@Tabitha.org.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha offers Grief Share Support Group in Lincoln - April 15

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to GriefShare, a nine-week Christian-based grief support group helping individuals cope after the loss of a loved one through topical videos and discussions. Groups meet every Wednesday, Apr. 15-  July 8, 10-11:30 a.m., on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln. 

GriefShare is open to the public but space is limited, contact Kristine, 402.486.8506 to reserve a spot. 

Bereavement and grief are normal, yet emotional aspects of the hospice journey. Through Tabitha Hospice, Nebraska’s first hospice provider, bereavement support is offered to all loved ones for 18-months following hospice care. Grief support groups, supportive mailings as well as personal conversations are all included aspects of Tabitha Hospice bereavement support. 

TABITHA UPDATES FROM CRETE - MARCH 24, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce several news and update items from its campus in Crete.

Last fall Tabitha debuted plans for two new residential-style communities to eventually replace Tabitha of Crete, the organization’s Saline County-based skilled nursing and long-term care community. The innovative new communities will offer a departure from the traditional nursing home model, giving Elders and their families a lifestyle of choice in an environment like home.

A recently-modified construction timeline for the two new buildings includes a June groundbreaking, with resident move-in scheduled for Q2, 2016.

“As always, our Elders remain top priority as we prepare to bring residential-style living to Saline County,” said Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO. “This new schedule will help ensure a seamless and comfortable transition for residents moving from Tabitha of Crete to the new houses, during a time of year when Nebraska’s unpredictable weather will be more stable.”

In the meantime, Tabitha continues to provide its excellent standard of care at Tabitha of Crete—most recently recognized by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a zero-deficiency community, along with a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA OFFERS CENTRAL NEBRASKA HEALTH CLINICS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THIS APRIL

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of health clinics and volunteer orientations this spring spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

  • Apr. 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
  • Apr. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Tabitha Office in York, Neb., 205 S. Lincoln, Ave, Ste, 101.
  • Apr. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
  • Apr. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
  • Apr. 16, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on Apr. 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

A Parkinson’s Support Group will be held at Emeritus at Heartland Park, 500 Heartland Dr., Seward, Neb, Apr. 23, 10 a.m.

Tabitha Hospice is offering volunteer training on Apr. 14 and 21, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Stromsburg United Methodist in Stromsburg, Neb., 401 E. 5th St. Tabitha Hospice volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Both training days are required. Pre-register today by contacting Kadi Holmberg at 402.486.8506.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA RECRUITS VOLUNTEERS, OFFERS TRAINING THIS SPRING - MAR. 19, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to offer a volunteer training for all individuals interested in contributing to the Tabitha Continuum of Elder Care Services. Volunteer opportunities are vast and can be tailored to meet individual interests and needs. Whether it’s an hour each month delivering a nutritious meal through Tabitha Meals on Wheels, playing bingo with Tabitha residents or helping out with administrative tasks, Tabitha volunteering is the answer.

Individuals interested in volunteering with Tabitha can attend a volunteer orientation, offered on April. 8, 10-11 a.m. and April 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln, 4720 Randolph St. Potential volunteers should complete an application prior to attending the orientation which can be found at www.Tabitha.org or by contacting Tabitha’s volunteer department at 402.486.8563, volunteers@Tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA CELEBRATES SUPPORTERS AT ANNUAL RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will host Into the Blue, a donor recognition luncheon, on Wednesday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m. at The Cornhusker hotel in Lincoln. At the celebration, Tabitha will honor those who have given extraordinarily in the pursuit of outstanding, compassionate care for southeast Nebraska Elders. 

The luncheon will recognize several notable individuals and organizations, all of whom dedicate exceptional time and talent to Tabitha’s Christian mission of delivering innovative Elder Care services that promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults.

2015 honorees include Aloha Schmid (employee donor award), St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (church partner award), Assurity Life Insurance Company (corporate donor award), Abel Foundation (corporate community partner award) and Carol Reed (individual community partner award).

Proceeds from the event help Tabitha continue its mission of non-profit service to Elders. More than 75 percent of those in Tabitha’s care rely on federal- and state-funded programs to pay for their services. With funding for these government programs in constant flux, the Tabitha Foundation works behind the scenes to ensure Elders continue to get the care they need and deserve. Donations to the Tabitha Foundation help provide loving support that is otherwise unaffordable to many Elders. For those Tabitha serves who are struggling financially, government-run reimbursement programs and their individual resources are not enough to cover the cost of care. Donations help to make up part of that shortfall.

Contact the Tabitha Foundation at Tabitha.org/foundation or 402.486.8509 for more information about Into the Blue and how you can help support our community’s Elders. 

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

GLEN CAMPBELL FILM ON ALZHEIMER’S DRAWS CROWDS FOR LINCOLN PREMIERE - FEB 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, in partnership with LeadingAge Nebraska, proudly brought to Lincoln last week an exclusive premiere of the award-winning documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

Welcoming nearly 1,500 patrons to two showings at the Rococo Theatre, audiences enjoyed an intimate and touching portrait of the country music superstar’s aging journey through dementia, including his courageous final tour that spanned more than 150 shows in 2012 and 2013.

Between the afternoon and evening screenings, Tabitha hosted a community forum on memory care, including national and regional dementia experts, film producer James Keach and Campbell’s wife, Kim. Collaboration from title sponsor Vetter Heath Services, along with silver sponsorships from the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastmont Towers and Rural Health Development, also helped make the event possible.

Earlier in the week, CNN announced it had purchased domestic broadcast rights to the film and has plans to air the documentary later this year.

Campbell’s final anthem, I’m Not Gonna Miss You, an original composition from the movie soundtrack, won a 2015 Grammy award for Best Country Song and was nominated for an Academy Award.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Glen Campbell Event Photo Orders

Thanks for joining us for our Glen Campbell event! Event photos are available to order by clicking here. Photos will be posted a day or two after the event. If you have any questions, please contact Tabitha Marketing at pr@Tabitha.org.  

TABITHA WELCOMES CAGE AS DIRECTOR OF IN-HOME PROGRAM - FEB. 16, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome Carla Cage, director of Tabitha’s non-medical and private duty in-home support services. As director, Cage directs and coordinates all operations and care for clients throughout 24 Nebraska counties, including the cities of Lincoln, Nebraska City, York, Seward and Crete.

Cage brings more than 30 years’ experience in a health care administrative setting. She is familiar with Tabitha, where she previously served as administrative services manager for Tabitha Home Health Care.

“We are very pleased to welcome Carla back to Tabitha,” said Jeremy Hohlen, Tabitha vice president of operations. “She has already brought great leadership to the team, and we’re excited for her expertise to enhance our mission of serving Elders throughout southeast Nebraska.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

ANNUAL CONCERT WITH A CAUSE RAISES SUPPORT FOR TABITHA MEALS ON WHEELS -- JAN 2014

Generosity won the day at Southwood Lutheran Church’s annual Concert with a Cause. The congregation chose Tabitha Meals on Wheels as its 2015 offering recipient, with attendees giving more than $6,700 for the vital community program following an inspirational message by Tabitha President and CEO Christie Hinrichs.

“We are humbled and honored by the support shown by Southwood Lutheran as well as the attendees here today,” said Hinrichs at the event. “What a pleasure to be part of this fabulous day and to come together in mission with Southwood congregants.”

Southwood’s yearly Concert with a Cause welcomes Christian musical artists and brings together the community in support of a chosen cause. This year, Mary McDonald, a multi-talented composer, arranger, pianist and organist from Tennessee was joined by the Lincoln Boys Choir and Southwood’s senior choir, men’s chorus and quartet for an afternoon of music and mission.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels, founded in 1967, delivers a hot, midday meal directly to individuals’ homes and provides an invaluable safety check, ensuring independence for vulnerable adults who live alone. It was the first and today is the only program of its kind in Lincoln. Recipients pay for their meals either fully or at a reduced rate based on their income and assets. Of the 500+ client Tabitha serves daily, 70 percent cannot afford the full $5.75 cost of a meal. Compassionate volunteers and generous donors ensure this program can continue to say yes to those in need. Learn more about how you can help support Tabitha Meals on Wheels by visiting Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Adult Day Services Grand Re-Opening Feb. 11, 2015

Tabitha Adult Day Services introduces a sparkling new look for LIncoln's premiere Elder day program!

Stop by and see our newly expanded, beautifully remodeled space--still conveniently located in central Lincoln, just blocks from Tabitha's main campus. 

Tabitha Adult Day Services Grand Re-Opening

Wednesday, February 11 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 4600 Valley Road

RSVP to 402.484.9605. 

Tabitha Welcomes Julie Verry to Leadership Team - Jan. 19, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome Julie Verry as vice president of human resources. As vice president, Verry directs all functions of employee recruitment, development and retention, and also oversees Tabitha’s volunteer program and employee health services.

Verry joins Tabitha with 24 years’ experience in human resources, spanning from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations. Her expertise includes talent acquisition and retention, organizational development and team leadership.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Julie to the Tabitha family,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “She has already embraced Tabitha’s award-winning LIVE to Succeed culture, and we can’t wait to see how her strengths enhance our employee programs.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Janice Benson Promoted to Clinical Coordinator - Jan. 12, 2015

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce the promotion of Janice Benson, RN, BSN, to home health clinical coordinator. As clinical coordinator Benson monitors and evaluates care for Tabitha Home Health Care clients. She also coordinates and supervises team members and upholds federal and state regulations for the department. 

Benson previously served as visiting nurse with Tabitha's home care program. She brings leadership skills to the organization through her past work as a specialty clinic manager in Ord, Neb. and discharge planner in Indianapolis.

Tabitha Home Health Care serves 20 Nebraska counties with Elder-focused nursing and therapy at-home support. 

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

SOUTHWOOD LUTHERAN CONCERT WITH A CAUSE TO BENEFIT TABITHA MEALS ON WHEELS - JAN 2015

Southwood Lutheran Church’s annual musical benefit, Concert with a Cause, has chosen Tabitha Meals on Wheels as its offering recipient for the 2015 event. Join the two organizations for an afternoon of music and mission at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Southwood Lutheran Church, located at 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd. in Lincoln.

Each year, Concert with a Cause welcomes Christian music artists and brings together the community in support of a worthy organization or project. This year’s featured artist is Mary McDonald, a multi-talented composer, arranger, pianist and organist from Tennessee. McDonald has composed more than 700 choral arrangements, seasonal cantatas and keyboard collections, including numerous top-selling anthems. She will be joined by local artists including the Lincoln Boys Choir and Southwood’s senior choir, men’s chorus and quartet.

Concert with a Cause is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected in support of Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

Founded in 1967, Tabitha Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, noon meal directly to the homes of elderly and disabled individuals in the Lincoln community. It also provides an invaluable safety check, especially for those who live alone. Tabitha Meals on Wheels was the first and today is the only program of its kind in Lancaster County. Many of the program’s 500+ daily clients cannot afford the $5.75 cost of a meal and therefore rely on the generosity of Tabitha’s donors and community partners. Along with an army of volunteer drivers, donors to Tabitha ensure this program can continue to say yes to those in need. Learn more about how you can help support Tabitha Meals on Wheels by visiting Tabitha.org

For more information about Concert with a Cause, contact Denise Makinson at dmakinson@southwoodlutheran.org

TABITHA OFFERS HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND GRIEF GROUPS IN LINCOLN THROUGHOUT JANUARY

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of grief groups and hospice volunteer training in January. 

Tabitha Hospice is offering volunteer training on Jan. 17 and 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Tabitha’s main campus, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln, Neb. Tabitha Hospice volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Both training days are required. Pre-register today by contacting Susan Eichele, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

New drop-in grief groups will begin in January and open to anyone in the community experiencing loss. No registration required. Questions may be directed to Tabitha Hospice, 402.486.8506.

“Loss of a Loved One,” held Mondays beginning Jan. 5, 10-11:30 a.m., at “The Harbor” coffee shop in Lincoln, Neb., 1265 S. Cotner Blvd (in the Piedmont Shops)
Men’s Drop-in Group, held the first and third Fridays, 1:30-3 p.m., at the HyVee cafeteria at 70th & Pioneers, Lincoln, Neb.

Griefshare, a video-series grief group will meet Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m., Jan. 7-Mar. 25, on Tabitha’s main campus, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln, Neb. Griefshare is a Christian-based film series where group participants watch a film and discuss. Registration is open to the public, but is required for Griefshare. Please call Tabitha Hospice at 402.486.8506 to register.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA OFFERS HOSPICE VOLUNTEER INTEREST MEETINGS AND TRAINING IN NEB. CTY

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to invite the public to a hospice volunteer interest meeting held Jan. 9, 10-11 a.m., at Tabitha in Nebraska City, Neb., 1114 Grundman Ave. This meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Tabitha Hospice volunteer. Call Tabitha Hospice at 402.486.8506 to rsvp for this informational meeting.

Interested volunteers can attend volunteer training on Feb. 4 and 12, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Tabitha in Nebraska City, Neb., 1114 Grundman Ave. Tabitha Hospice volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Both training days are required. Pre-register today by contacting Susan Eichele, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA OFFERS CLINICS AND INTEREST MEETINGS THROUGHOUT WEST REGION IN JANUARY

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of clinics and interest meetings throughout the month of January  spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Hospice volunteer interest meetings, for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Tabitha Hospice volunteer. Pre-register today by contacting Susan Eichele, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org:

Jan. 15, 10-11 a.m., at Tabitha in York, Neb, 522 Grant Ave.
Jan. 15, 1-2 p.m., at Courtyard Terrace in Hebron, Neb., 1 Terrace Cir.
Jan. 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at City Library in David City, Neb., 399 5th St
Jan. 29, 2-3 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb., 2720 28th St..

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

Jan. 7, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
Jan. 14, 8-9 a.m., at York Leisure Home in York, Neb., 215 Lincoln Ave.
Jan 15, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
Jan 15, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda
Jan 23, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on Jan. 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA ACQUIRES SOUTH LINCOLN PROPERTY FOR NEW ELDER LIVING COMMUNITY - DEC. 11, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce its latest, innovative response to the growing demand for aging journey options in Lincoln.

Having recently acquired the property at 3355 Orwell Street in Lincoln’s Williamsburg neighborhood through a significant in-kind donation, Tabitha will renovate an existing building into its revolutionary, residential-style skilled nursing and long-term care model for hospice and palliative care clients.

Tabitha first responded to the need for a dedicated hospice care community in Lincoln in 2011 by opening Journey House SNF for Hospice Care and Palliative Care on the organization’s main campus in central Lincoln. Since then, the demand for inpatient hospice and palliative care services has continued to grow, with Journey House experiencing a consistently lengthy prospective client waiting list.

As a non-profit, Christian-centered organization, Tabitha relies on the generosity of donors and community partners to meet the needs of Elders throughout a 28-county service area. The new community in Williamsburg will progress as contributions are secured to fund the necessary and extensive renovations.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA OFFERS HOLIDAY SUPPORT WITH ONE-DAY GRIEF GROUP - DEC. 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public “Grieving through the Holidays,” a one-time grief session held on Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Tabitha’s main campus, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln, Neb. 

Often the holidays are the most difficult times for those experiencing loss. Whether the loss is recent or years passed, support is available. Join us for this comforting group as Tabitha experts help to grieve and cope during the holidays.

This support group is free and open to the public but space is limited, contact Caitlin Mason, 402.486.8506 to reserve your spot.

Bereavement and grief are normal, yet emotional aspects of the hospice journey. Through Tabitha Hospice, Nebraska’s first hospice provider, bereavement support is offered to all loved ones for 18-months following hospice care. Grief support groups, supportive mailings as well as personal conversations are all included aspects of Tabitha Hospice bereavement support.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Health Screenings Available in December 2014

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
Dec. 4 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Tabitha in York, Neb., 522 Grand Ave.
Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
Dec. 18, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
Dec. 18, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on Dec. 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074. 

December 2014 Hospice Events

Hospice Memorial Service

Tabitha is hosting a free community memorial service for anyone experiencing the grief of a loved one during the holiday season. Join Tabitha on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., at the Seward Lied Senior Center, 1010 Manor West Dr., in Seward, to remember those no longer with us. No registration required. 

Volunteer Training

Dec. 4 and 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Tabitha’s main campus location in Lincoln, 4720 Randolph St. Training is free and open to the public. Each participant must complete the two-day workshop to serve as a hospice volunteer. Tabitha Hospice volunteers can provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Pre-register today by contacting Susan Eichele, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

One-Day  Grief Group

 “Grieving through the Holidays,” is a free, one-time grief session held on Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Tabitha’s main campus, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln, Neb. This support group is free and open to the public but space is limited, contact Caitlin Mason, 402.486.8506 to reserve your spot. 

TABITHA UNVEILS CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN CRETE - NOV. 19, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, proudly hosted a celebratory ribbon cutting and unveiling ceremony earlier today at Garden Square Assisted Living of Crete to debut the completion of several recent renovations and mark the announcement of exciting campus development plans on the horizon.

Inside the newly-renovated living community, Tabitha showcased the completion of a first phase of updates, including new concrete work, interior and exterior paint, a freshened and re-decorated entryway, complete bathroom and spa remodeling, and new furniture in common living areas.

To christen the sparkling new space, Tabitha announced a renaming both of its Crete campus as a whole, now Tabitha in Crete, and of its assisted living community, now Tabitha in Crete: The Gardens.

“We’re deeply proud of our roots in Crete, now more than 40 years strong,” said Heath Stukenholtz, vice president, Tabitha Foundation. “Our commitment to Saline County Elders and their families is to uphold the exceptional care we’re privileged to provide here, and to offer our clients the very best care environment the industry has to offer.”

Stukenholtz went on to describe phase two of Tabitha’s campus development plans in Crete. Replacing the current Tabitha of Crete skilled nursing and long-term care community, the organization will break ground early in 2015 on two residential-style communities, just east of Garden Square’s current location. Each community will be home to 17 Elders and feature even more personalized, resident-guided care and lifestyle choices. Tabitha is among the first in the nation to introduce residential-style skilled nursing and long-term care in a rural community.

“We believe in giving Elders the ability to live life on their own terms,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “As a non-profit, Christian-centered organization, Tabitha’s mission is to promote the independence, dignity and well-being of older adults. We believe that making available this kind of innovative, just-like-home living is one of the best ways to do that.”

The two houses are projected to welcome new residents beginning in in Q4, 2015, Stukenholtz said.

“Our new Crete campus will bring the absolute best of Tabitha to Saline County Elders,” he said. “A fuller, more modern and robust continuum of services that includes living communities to suit a wide range of care needs, along with the excellence of Tabitha’s home care programs, available to Elders wherever they call home.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA AND UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN COLLABORATE FOR MEMORY CLINIC - NOV 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are pleased to invite the public to a program helping individuals and their significant other, friend or family member explore issues surrounding memory support. The workshop, titled Avoiding the Brain Strain: How to Keep Your Brain Stronger, Longer, is a 10-week program beginning Jan. 14, and will be led by speech language pathologists and graduate students.

Centered on providing education and solutions, participants in the clinic will focus on developing strategies to improve independence and safety with daily functional skills and activities. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, receive guidance from professionals, and brainstorm and implement techniques to manage daily memory loss challenges.

Those interested in attending can register via phone at 402.472.6792 or 402.416.2936. Cost to attend is $80 per couple and space is limited. Couples can include spouses, friends or family members. Deadline to register is Dec. 15.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha's The Answer Magazine - Now Available Nov. 13, 2014

Click below to read the latest edition of Tabitha's The Answer, Tabitha’s quarterly magazine. This edition of The Answer celebrates Tabitha Hospice and the many Elder Care services available to clients at-home. Discover some inspiring client stories, peruse a home care grid (a perfect overview of home services) and learn the basic steps for having the “aging” conversation with a loved one.

Tabitha's The Answer Magazine

Tabitha Home Health Repeats as Best of Lincoln - Nov. 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is proud to once again be named best home health care provider in the annual KFOR 1240 Best of Lincoln awards. The organization has earned the title every year since 2008.

“This honor is entirely attributed to the compassionate and committed team members who contribute each day to the success of our home health care program and the care of Elders across southeast Nebraska,” said Jeremy Hohlen, Tabitha vice president of operations. “We are blessed to receive this recognition again for 2014.”

KFOR’s Best of Lincoln is "the people's choice" award since its inception in 1985. KFOR uses internet-focused consumer opinion market research to conduct a survey of the best Lincoln has to offer. Thousands throughout the city weighed in to choose their favorites in various categories.

Tabitha was the first to offer home health care in Lincoln, in 1966, and one Nebraska’s first Medicare-certified home care programs in the state. Tabitha Home Health Care serves 20 Nebraska counties with nursing and therapy support specializing in cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedics, respiratory, diabetic care and post-surgery support. Through personalized care plans, Tabitha Home Health Care team members work with clients and physicians to improve mobility, self-care skills, communication and strength along the aging journey.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Repeats as Recipient of Governor's Wellness Award - Nov. 3, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is proud to be recognized as a 2014 Governor’s Wellness Award recipient by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. The organization was among 50 Nebraska companies set apart by excellence in employee wellness programming and celebrated at a luncheon earlier this month.

The Governor’s Wellness Award was created in 2007 to recognize Nebraska employers that have developed successful models for encouraging wellness at work. Tabitha’s award-winning company culture includes an essential focus on employee wellness and life balance. As part of this commitment, the organization offers monthly wellness challenges, health-focused educational seminars, and free access to Tabitha’s on-site health clinic and fitness gym for employees and their families, to name a few.

“Tabitha places a high priority on encouraging physical and emotional health among our teams,” said Angie Cardwell, APRN and Tabitha’s director of wellness. “It is part of what allows us to fulfill our mission of compassion in providing exceptional care to Elders. Employee wellness benefits the individual as well as the company, and we are honored to once again be a recipient of this award.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Offers November Clinics and Interest Meetings Throughout Western Service Area

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce an offering of clinics and interest meetings throughout the month of November spanning across Tabitha’s west region service area.

Hospice volunteer interest meetings, for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Tabitha Hospice volunteer:

  • Nov. 6, 2-3 p.m., at Garden Square in Crete, Neb., 1405 Hickory Ave.
  • Nov. 13, 10-11 a.m., at St. Francis Memorial Health Care Center in Grand Island, Neb., 2116 West Faidley Ave.
  • Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m., at Memorial Community Care in Aurora, Neb., 1423 7th St.
  • Nov. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at St. Vincent DePaul Church in Seward, Neb., 152 Pinewood Ave.
  • Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at City Library in David City, Neb., 399 5th St.
  • Nov. 20, 10-11 a.m., at Hearthstone in York, Neb., 2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Nov. 20, 1-2 p.m., at Courtyard Terrace in Hebron, Neb., 1 Terrace Cir.

Growing through Grief bereavement group will be offered at United Methodist Church in Aurora, Neb., 1104 A Street, 1-2:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 11. This 6-week group is open to the public and helps individuals explore loss through poetry, art and conversation.

Blood pressure screenings, free and open to the public:

  • Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Seward Senior Center in Seward, Neb., 1010 Manor Dr.
  • Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Tabitha in York, Neb., 522 Grand Ave.
  • Nov. 12, 8-9 a.m., at York Leisure Home in York, Neb., 215 Lincoln Ave.
  • Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Geneva Senior Center in Geneva, Neb., 1120 F St.
  • Nov. 20, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Grand Island Senior Center in Grand Island, Neb., 304 E 3rd St.
  • Nov. 20, 11-11:30 a.m., at the Wilber Czech Village in Wilber, Neb., 316 S. Shimerda

A foot care clinic will also be offered at the Aurora Senior Center in Aurora, Neb., on Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1205 11th St.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Tabitha at 402.362.7739 or 800.286.9074.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Welcomes Tran as Director of Adult Day - Oct. 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome Brittany Tran as director of Tabitha’s Adult Day program. In her new role, Tran plans, develops and implements programming while providing leadership for this valuable Tabitha service that offers a daytime home away from home for community Elders.

Tran returns to Tabitha with a wealth of experience in Elder Care. She previously served the organization as admissions coordinator and has since enhanced her leadership skills and experience in Elder Care and program organization. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned gerontology certification in 2008.

“Brittany’s experience and courageous vision is a perfect fit for Tabitha and our Adult Day program,” said Kristine Dykeman-Schoening, Tabitha’s vice president of continuum. “We’re excited for this program to grow under her leadership.”

Tabitha’s Adult Day program helps Elders maintain their independence by providing a safe, nurturing environment for adults who need extra care or social support during the day when other family may not be available. As support for family caregivers, Adult Day features positive activities that enrich older adults and support those who may be experiencing memory loss. It is one of only a few programs in Lincoln that specializes in on-site, daytime Elder support.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Crete Communities Invite Public to Family Halloween Event - Oct. 2014

Trick-or-Treat Safetly at Tabitha of Crete and Garden Square Assisted Living!

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m. 

Garden Square Assisted living - 1405 Hickory Ave, Crete, Neb. 

Tabitha of Crete - 1540 Grove St, Crete, Neb. 

Bring your ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks to trick-or-treat in a safe environment for this free, family-friendly event. All are welcome to enjoy some festivities and bring some holiday cheer to the Elders of Tabitha's Crete communiites. 

Contact us at 402.826.2241 with any questions. See you there!

Tabitha Hospice Sets New Dates for 2014 Fall Bereavement Groups in Lincoln

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, has updated the dates and will provide more sessions for upcoming grief support meetings. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Growing Through Grief, a six-week support group meeting to explore loss through poetry, art and conversation. The group will host three separate sessions, Monday mornings, Oct. 27-Dec. 1; Wednesday mornings, Oct. 29-Dec. 1; and Wednesday afternoons, Oct. 27-Dec. 1. 

GriefShare will now meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. beginning Oct. 14. GriefShare is a nine-week Christian-based grief support group helping individuals cope after the loss of a loved one through topical videos and discussions.

These support groups are open to the public but space is limited, contact Caitlin Mason, 402.486.8506 to reserve a spot or receive more information.  

Bereavement and grief are normal, yet emotional aspects of the hospice journey. Through Tabitha Hospice, Nebraska’s first hospice provider, bereavement support is offered to all loved ones for 18-months following hospice care. Grief support groups, supportive mailings as well as personal conversations are all included aspects of Tabitha Hospice bereavement support.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA SIGNATURE EVENT RAISES HIGHEST AMOUNT IN ITS HISTORY - OCTOBER 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, welcomed nearly 350 friends and supporters to the Country Club of Lincoln on Sept. 25 for the organization’s annual signature fundraiser.

Raising almost $115,000 in a single evening to support Tabitha’s essential services throughout 28 southeast Nebraska counties, guests bid on unique “experience” auction items, with three grand prize winners, each with a companion, jetting off the following morning on a private plane for a spontaneous weekend getaway weekend in Jackson Hole, Wy.

The event’s 2014 donation total is the highest amount ever raised at Tabitha’s annual event, and all contributions go to directly benefit the more than 3,000 Elders Tabitha serves daily.

“It was a truly amazing night,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “What a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate life’s experiences and the work of Tabitha, made possible by so many selfless and generous individuals and companies.”

Tabitha thanks its major sponsors for their support, including Resort Lifestyle Communities, Immanuel, Dr. Rod and Debbie Basler, Assurity Life Insurance Company, Davis Design, UNICO Group, Inc. and Union Agency, among many other corporate and individual sponsors. Tabitha also thanks the numerous community dignitaries in attendance: Nebraska State Senator Bill Avery, Lincoln City Councilmen Doug Emery and Jon Camp and Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird, Lancaster County Commissioners Deb Schorr and Larry Hudkins, the latter accompanied by his wife, former Nebraska State Senator Carol Hudkins.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

The Answer Magazine - Sept. 2014

Click below to check out the 2014 fall edition of Tabitha's The Answer, our quarterly magazine. The 2014 fall edition of The Answer celebrates the ways Tabitha helps Elders remain independent. Our cover story introduces you to Judy and Larry Taylor, two of our passionately committed Meals on Wheels volunteers. The issue also highlights the dedicated employees celebrated at our annual LIVE celebration, gives a re-cap of our special visitor, Glencye-Lee Heiner (granddaughter of Tabitha founder, Rev. Heiner), and much more.  

Download The Answer Magazine

For more information, or to subscribe to The Answer magazine, please contact us at pr@tabitha.org.

Tabitha Invites Community to Dementia Forum - September 19, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to host an interactive dementia forum on Thursday, Sept. 18 in LifeQuest conference room at Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (4720 Randolph St.). The event is open to the public and free of charge. Sessions will be offered at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Forum guests are encouraged to come with questions for a panel of professionals featuring Tabitha memory care experts and Dennis Molfese, Ph.D., renowned brain research specialist from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The forum panel will guide attendees through making decisions concerning memory loss-affected loved ones, identifying the warning signs of dementia and coping with a loved one’s memory issues.

Space is limited; please RSVP to 402.484.9998 or pr@tabitha.org by Sept. 15 to reserve seating. 

2014 Grand Island/Aurora Hospice Volunteer Training

Grand Island and Aurora Hospice Volunteer Training at St Francis Mem Health Care Ctr 2116 West Faidley will be held in October. The dates you should attend are:

October 9th 9:30-4p

October 16th 9:30-4p

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions call Tabitha at 402.486.8564.

Tabitha Offers Upcoming Lancaster Grief Support Group Meetings - Fall 2014

TABITHA OFFERS UPCOMING GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to two upcoming grief support group meetings.

Growing Through Grief, a six-week support group meeting to explore loss through poetry, art and conversation. The group meets Mondays, Oct. 27 – Dec. 1, 10-11:30 a.m. at Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln. The group is led by Tabitha Bereavement Coordinator, Caitlin Mason and Concordia University Professor of Life Ministry, Dr. Kevin Kohnke.

GriefShare, a nine-week Christian-based grief support group helping individuals cope after the loss of a loved one through topical videos and discussions. There are two sessions for this group, meeting Wednesdays Oct. 8 – Dec. 17, either from 10-11:30 a.m. or from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tabitha’s main campus. This group is also facilitated by Dr. Devin Kohnke.

These support groups are open to the public but space is limited, contact Caitlin Mason, 402.486.8506 to reserve a spot.

Bereavement and grief are normal, yet emotional aspects of the hospice journey. Through Tabitha Hospice, Nebraska’s first hospice provider, bereavement support is offered to all loved ones for 18-months following hospice care. Grief support groups, supportive mailings as well as personal conversations are all included aspects of Tabitha Hospice bereavement support. 

Tabitha Hospice Team Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - August 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge recently made its way to Tabitha, as Tabitha Hospice west region team members supported the cause by participating in the ritual made famous across social media. The brave septet doused themselves with frigid water in solidarity to honor the many Tabitha Hospice team members who have served and currently serve clients with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Participating in the challenge were Tabitha team members: Shannon Clark, Sharon Foster, Elizabeth Larsen, Cindy Lee, Julie Mees, Rayl Robbins and Makaela Wagner.

As the first and most experienced provider of hospice care in the state of Nebraska, Tabitha Hospice has been committed since 1979 to provide not only the most compassionate clinical, symptom control and pain management for individuals throughout their end-of-life journey, but also to comfort and support family members during and after hospice care. Learn more about Tabitha Hospice at www.TabithaHospice.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Offers Fall Grief Groups in Lancaster Region

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to Growing Through Grief, a six-week support group meeting to explore loss through poetry, art and conversation. The group meets Mondays, Sept. 1 – Oct. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. at Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln. The group is led by Tabitha Bereavement Coordinator, Caitlin Mason and Concordia University Professor of Life Ministry, Dr. Kevin Kohnke.

Growing Through Grief is open to the public but space is limited, contact Caitlin Mason, 402.486.8506 to reserve a spot.

Bereavement and grief are normal, yet emotional aspects of the hospice journey. Through Tabitha Hospice, Nebraska’s first hospice provider, bereavement support is offered to all loved ones for 18-months following hospice care. Grief support groups, supportive mailings as well as personal conversations are all included aspects of Tabitha Hospice bereavement support.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Southwood Lutheran Awarded for Commitment to Tabitha Meals on Wheels - Aug. 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to share in celebration and congratulate Southwood Lutheran Church for receiving the Governor’s “Point of Lights Award” for their continued commitment to Tabitha Meals on Wheels. Southwood was awarded the prestigious honor at a ceremony Aug. 13, at the state capital.

Southwood congregants have shared their time, talent and treasure with Tabitha for the past 13 years, totally more than 25,000 volunteer hours. Though they’ve served in a variety of ways, their passion for Tabitha Meals on Wheels has been an essential part of this service’s success. Southwood provides over 60 volunteers who assume responsibility for multiple Meals on Wheels routes each week. In all, the group delivers more than 4,000 meals each year.

In addition to their service with meal delivery, Southwood volunteers were instrumental in helping to start Tabitha's Food Box Program. These congregants provide financial resources and organize volunteers to deliver boxes of groceries to dozens of our communities Elders in need each week.

The Governor's "Points of Lights Awards" are presented quarterly and recognize Nebraska volunteers who give their time, talent and energy to help Nebraskans build stronger communities. Judging criteria includes fulfilling community needs and providing solutions, community mobilization, innovation, impact, building partnerships and collaborations, and ongoing involvement.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels has delivered a hot, noon meal to the homes of individuals in the Lincoln community since 1967. It remains the only program of its kind helping individuals remain independently in their homes. The need for Tabitha Meals on Wheels continues to climb each year and most recently averages over 500 meals delivered each day. Recipients not only receive a balanced meal, but families gain the peace of mind knowing that a volunteer is checking on their loved one with every delivery. As 70% of recipients are unable to afford the full cost of a meal, volunteers and generous supporters are essential to this program’s success.

Collaborative Workshop Sheds Light on End-of-Life Decisions

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Roper & Sons Funeral Services and the University of Nebraska-Omaha are pleased to invite the public to a visionary and collaborative workshop Begin with the End in Mind, held this fall on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln.

Begin with the End in Mind invites participants to do just that, to lift the veil off the often negative stereotypes associated with end-of-life and to live life thinking about your story, your legacy. First offered to overwhelming success on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus, these organizations are pleased to bring this free workshop to the citizens of Lincoln.

“This subject struck a chord with me and my colleagues,” said Julie Masters, PhD, professor and chair at the department of gerontology at UNO and a co-developer of the series. “It invites people to think about life differently, that you should live life the way you want it to turn out. It helps to get people comfortable talking about end-of-life issues because truly, if you’re talking about death, what you’re really talking about is life.”

The series includes three sessions, led by four of Nebraska’s celebrated visionaries in end-of-life care. Part one explores writing your own obituary instructed by Dr. Masters and Paige Toller, PhD, associate professor and assistant director, school of communication, UNO. Part two features Steve Olson, funeral director at Roper & Sons and explores both the informative and compassionate sides funeral planning. The final session is led by Tabitha hospice director and champion of end-of-life and palliative care, Dr. Lisa Mansur, MD, FCCP, FACP, to discuss planning and protecting your end-of-life wishes.

The workshop series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register, call the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at 402.476.6265, visit olli.unl.edu or email olli@unl.edu. Sessions are held the second Friday of September, October and November, 2-3:30 p.m. at Tabitha’s LifeQuest Conference Center, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln. 

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha and UNL Collaborate for Memory Support Clinic - August, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are pleased to announce a new program helping individuals and their significant other, friend or family member explore issues surrounding memory support. The memory clinic, titled Avoiding the Brain Strain: How to Keep Your Brain Stronger, Longer, is a 10-week program beginning Sept. 3, and will be led by speech language pathologists and graduate students.

Centered on providing education and solutions, the clinic will focus on developing strategies to improve independence and safety with daily functional skills and activities. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, receive guidance from professionals, and brainstorm and implement techniques to manage daily memory loss challenges.

Couples interested in attending can register via phone by calling Judy Harvey at 402.472.6792 or Abbe Davis at 402.416.2936. The deadline to register is Aug. 15 and space is limited. Cost to attend is $80 per couple. Couples can include spouses, friends or family members.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Tabitha Offers Hospice Volunteer Training in Lincoln - August, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will offer specialized, progressive training for volunteers on the following progressive dates in Lincoln:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 13
    • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 16
    • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21
    • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All sessions will be held in Tabitha’s LifeQuest Rehabilitation Center conference room at 48th and J Streets. Training is free and open to the public. Each participant must pre-register, preferably a week in advance, and complete all three workshops to serve as a hospice volunteer.

Tabitha Hospice volunteers provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to Tabitha’s clients. Register today by contacting Susan Eichele, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email susan.eichele@tabitha.org.

Training is conducted by professional Tabitha Hospice team members. Sessions address the hospice philosophy, the role of each team member, confidentiality, communication techniques, spiritual care, comfort measures, understanding end-of-life issues and managing personal stress. Hospice clients may reside in their homes or a living community. An interdisciplinary team including the client’s physician, nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, and volunteer work together to make the client’s end-of-life journey as pain-free, peaceful and fulfilling as possible. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers. For more than 30 years, Tabitha Hospice has provided support and care for persons with a life-limiting illness so they might live life as fully and comfortably as possible.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Tabitha Hospice Holds Volunteer Interest Meetings - July 24, 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to a Tabitha Hospice volunteer interest meeting in David City, Thursday, July 24, 11 a.m.-noon, at David City Library, 399 5th Street and in Columbus, 2-3 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 25th Street.

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care and serve a critical role on Tabitha Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams. They may be asked to provide respite care, companionship, bereavement, light housekeeping, office/clerical support and help with other daily tasks. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers.

All those interested in attending informational sessions are encouraged to RSVP to Susan Eichele, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, 402.486.8506 or Susan.Eichele@Tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

2014 Lancaster/Crete Hospice Volunteer Training

Lancaster and Crete Hospice Volunteer Training at LifeQuest will be held in August. The dates you should attend are:

August 13th 5-8p

August 16th 9-4p

August 21st 5-8p

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions call Tabitha at 402.486.8564.

TABITHA OFFERS PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP JULY 24 SEWARD

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, facilitates a support group for individuals and their caregivers in the Seward area, who are battling Parkinson’s disease.

The support group, which gathers the fourth Thursday of every month, will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, at Emeritus at Heartland Park (500 Heartland Drive) in Seward.

Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder, for which the cause is unknown. Although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options to help manage its symptoms.

The symptoms of individuals with Parkinson’s disease vary from person-to-person, but the primary signs of the disease include:

·         Tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face.

·         Slowness of movement.

·         Rigidity of the limbs and body.

·         Impaired balance and coordination.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Tabitha Welcomes Community, Connects Elders with Summer Concert Series - July 2014

TABITHA WELCOMES COMMUNITY, CONNECTS ELDERS WITH SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is bringing music to Tabitha Elders and the community with its summer outdoor concert series, Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays. For the second consecutive year, concerts will be held once per month on Tuesday evenings in July, Aug. and Sept. on Tabitha’s main campus in the heart of Witherbee Neighborhood.

Community members are welcome to join Tabitha’s Lincoln campus Elder residents for this free, family-friendly event. Kicking off the series is Paul Ramp on July 15, playing Dixieland jazz classics. The series continues with the Sarabande Jazz Band with Tim Javorsky, bringing soulful tunes to the stage on Aug. 12, and concludes on Sept. 9 with Remember When with Old Friends, a night of 40s hits and show tunes.

“We look forward to welcoming our neighbors to our campus, as community is a guiding principle for our residents throughout our continuum of Elder Care services,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We are excited for the opportunity to enrich our Elders’ lives with music and help to keep them connected in the community we share.”

Music begins at 7 p.m. on Tabitha’s east lawn near the corner of 48th and Randolph Streets. Free popcorn and lemonade will be available during the concert. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

TABITHA OFFERS PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP JUNE 26 SEWARD

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, facilitates a support group for individuals and their caregivers in the Seward area, who are battling Parkinson’s disease.

The support group, which gathers the fourth Thursday of every month, will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Emeritus at Heartland Park (500 Heartland Drive) in Seward.

Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder, for which the cause is unknown. Although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options to help manage its symptoms.

The symptoms of individuals with Parkinson’s disease vary from person-to-person, but the primary signs of the disease include:

·         Tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face.

·         Slowness of movement.

·         Rigidity of the limbs and body.

·         Impaired balance and coordination.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Pilger Tornado Relief Efforts - June 20, 2013

The C of Contribution is alive and well at Tabitha. Here's how you can help the Pilger tornado relief efforts: 

Donate money:

Financial support toward rebuilding can be sent to:

Pilger Community Development Fund
c/o Midwest Bank
P.O. Box 346
Pilger, NE 68768

Donations also may be dropped off at any Midwest Bank branch.

Another way to donate money is via redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.

Donate items (food and drink):

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency advises at this time that clothing donation is not needed because residents have nowhere to store the articles. Instead, Performance Toyota and the Salvation Army in Lincoln are teaming up to collect water, sports drinks and non-perishable snack foods for storm victims and volunteers.

Volunteer in Pilger:

Each morning, volunteers who want to help residents of Pilger are asked to check in (bring photo ID) at the Wisner-Pilger High School in Wisner (801 18th Street, on the west edge of town).

All donations of money, time and food/drink is 100% voluntary, but know that every gift of any size counts and is appreciated. Thank you for your giving spirits and hearts for service as you consider helping the residents of Pilger rebuild their town.

Gateway Sertoma Supports Tabitha Meals on Wheels - June, 2014

Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club and Tabitha—your answer for Elder Care—joined forces on June 6, welcoming more than 200 golfers to play for a cause. Proceeds from the 12th-annual golf event brought in more than $53,000 in support of Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

In true tournament style, the event featured a four-person scramble, hole games, prizes and the media challenge where the Lincoln Journal Star team re-claimed the coveted media trophy.

“Gateway Sertoma Club has been honored to be a part of this tournament benefiting Meals on Wheels for the past 11 years,” said Charlie Huff, Gateway Sertoma golf committee member. “Our members are dedicated to this fundraiser because they recognize the extraordinary impact Tabitha Meals on Wheels has in Lincoln."

Tournament proceeds will provide more than 9,200 hot, nutritious meals to Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients. The program serves more than 500 meals per day to those in need. Seventy percent of recipients are unable to afford the $5.75 cost of the meal, and Tabitha is committed to saying yes to all those in need regardless of their financial situation.

“Partnerships like those with Gateway Sertoma are why Tabitha Meals on Wheels can continue to operate,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We are truly blessed by the hard work, dedication and commitment this group has shown to Tabitha Meals on Wheels.”

Gateway Sertoma was founded as a service club over 50 years ago. The group’s mission is “service to mankind”, motivating members to volunteer service and fundraising for community programs in need. Twelve years ago, the group combined its love of service with its love of golf by hosting a charity golf tournament. Members turned to Tabitha to help operate the tournament, with proceeds donated first to Tabitha Hospice and later to Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Growing through Grief Group Begins August 4

"Growing through Grief," a six-week grief support group will begin on Monday, August 4. The group meets at Tabitha the Sward B conference room from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., in Lincoln. The group runs for six weeks and is open to families and friends served by Tabitha as well as anyone in the community in need of grief support. R.S.V.P is appreciated but not necessary. Call 402.486.8506 for more details. 

The next Growing through Grief Group is scheduled for October 27-December 1. 

Tabitha Employees Recognized for Making a Difference - June 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, has a vision of embracing a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest. Not only does Tabitha have this vision for Elders, the organization promotes this ideal to its employees.

Through Tabitha’s “I Make a Difference” award program, team members are recognized each month for representing Tabitha’s commitment to a continuum of exceptional and innovative Elder Care services.

Without the dedication of Tabitha’s team members, our commitment to compassionate care would not be possible. Within the past month, the following Tabitha team members were recognized for Making a Difference during the month of May.

Lancaster Region May – I Make a Difference Honorees

  • Bridget Callahan
  • Lani Glaser
  • Kadi Holmberg
  • Kara Mueller
  • McKenna Regenos
  • Jeanne Wolke

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Honors Employees at Annual LIVE Celebration - May 30, 2014

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, hosted over 300 employees at its annual LIVE Celebration, May 8, at HiMark Golf Course. Employees enjoyed a connection hour, photo booths and dinner.

The event celebrated Tabitha employee successes for 2013. Debra Hauder, continuum navigator, was honored for 40 years of service; Teri Musser, social worker, for 35 years of service; and Dana Murray, admissions/MDS team leader, Linda Sabatka, communications supervisor, and Darrell Sievert, vice president of information technology, were honored for 30 years of service. Nearly 70 others were recognized for their 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years of service to Tabitha.

25-year Honorees - Diane Hyde, Kim King, Robin Pulver, Kim Sasek, Jean Schmutte, Cheryl Sharp.

20-year Honorees - Wanda Driewer, Julie Fowler, Vicky Gerstenschlager, Billie Hermsen, Randy Krueger, Jerry Phares, Nikki Wells, Rosita Wheeler, Jackie Wolfe.

15-year Honorees - Tammy Berndt, Laura Hametis, Rosie Martinez, Mindy Mohler, Ami Nosal, Margaret Rumery, Shirley Smith.

10-year Honorees - Constance Binder, Barbara Calder-Durbin, Peggy Confer, Susan Foltz, Vincent Foster, Jennifer Hall, Cynthia Kohn, Stacy Marx, Judith Policky, Ashley Sneller, Debra Wright.

5-year Honorees - Keith Baehr, Barbara Beaty, Alexander Brown, Susan Brown, Pamela Burrows, Zarifa Cekro, Lelia Chealey, Danielle Conners, Donald Dillon, Nathan Fellers, Amber Gefaller, Jared Godfrey, Trisha Groth, Jennifer Harrod, Stacey Helgoth, Jeremy Hohlen, Kathy Homolka, Kathleen Jisa, Heather Jurey, Kala Kontos, Patricia Kuhlmann, Kathy Lapour, Jennifer Lorenz, Chandra McCurdy, Beth Newton, Lisa Osborne, Karla Renn, Tammy Schnell, Shirley Skrobecki, Joshua Staats, Iris Thompson, Meagan Thompson, Beverly Weible, Joyce Wheeler, Tammy Wollen, Aubrey Young.

April Ostransky, facility services assistant, received the LIVE Well Lifestyle award in recognition of her commitment to healthy living and encouraging other team members to do the same.

Gloria Asch, printing and copy coordinator, Stacy Clark, continuum navigator, Jackie Sterns, RN, and Nancy Wheeler, visiting nurse, were named the LIVE2Succeed award winners for each of their respective regions, while Kimmara Hughes, administrative assistant, was named the overall winner. LIVE2Succeed honors the extraordinary effort put forth by those employees that go the extra mile for Tabitha by going above and beyond their job descriptions.

Evelyn Strong, LPN team leader, was recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year. Strong’s supervisor, Sandra Hovis, director of nursing, noted her superb customer service and love for Tabitha.  

Debra Hauder, Rose Jarzynka, Sandra Shunkwiler, Jenna Meyer, Lynette Pospisil, Sara Zimbelman, Nathan Fellers, Tasha Brown, Crystal Sato, Barbara Beaty, Laurie Smathers and Hope Bokota were recognizes as the 2013 Employees of the Month, while Darrell Sievert, Pat Deeds, Aloha Schmid and Felicia Rasmussen were honored as the 2013 Leaders of the Quarter.

Pastor David Sites, Tabitha director of pastoral care, was presented a letter from Bishop Brian Maas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congratulating him on the 40th anniversary of his ordination.

At the celebration, Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO, gave remarks to thank employees for their commitment to Tabitha’s core values and to building trust with Tabitha Elders and their families. William Strain, chairperson on Tabitha’s board of directors also addressed the crowd, “I thank you for helping to create and sustain the happiness that flows through Tabitha as you do the work of our mission. Thank you for your quiet acts of care that keep smiles on the faces of Elders,” he said.

Tabitha’s award-winning LIVE2Succeed™ corporate culture encourages team members to love their job, invite optimism, vision success and embrace the mission. Hinrichs said of the culture, “Love matters most at Tabitha. My team hears me say, ‘I’ve never worked a day in my life,’ because of this love. It’s love that enables all Tabitha team members to LIVE at Tabitha. We share an unmatched passion for life, for our work and for the more than 3,000 Elders we are privileged to serve daily. We pour our hearts into extending our mission and in doing so, in loving each other and our Elders, we reap immeasurable rewards.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Tabitha Offers Hospice Volunteer Training Meetings - June 2014

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will offer specialized training for prospective volunteers in York on Thursday, June 5 and Thursday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church (1211 E 14th St.). Training is free and open to the public. Each participant must complete the two-day workshop to serve as a hospice volunteer.

Tabitha Hospice volunteers provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Register today by contacting Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

Training is conducted by professional Tabitha Hospice team members. Sessions address the hospice philosophy, communication techniques, spiritual care, comfort measures, understanding end-of-life issues and managing personal stress. Hospice clients may reside in their homes or a living community. An interdisciplinary team including the client’s physician, nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, physical therapist, pharmacist, dietitian and volunteer work together to make the client’s end-of-life journey as pain-free, peaceful and fulfilling as possible. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers. For more than 30 years, Tabitha Hospice has provided support and care for persons with a life-limiting illness so they might live life as fully and comfortably as possible.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Founder’s Family Sees Tabitha Legacy for First Time

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, kicked off National Nursing Home Week by hosting the family of Tabitha’s founding father, Reverend Henry Heiner, on Monday, May 12.

Glenyce-Lee Heiner, the 81-year old granddaughter of Rev. Heiner, came from California to specifically visit and tour the Tabitha campus.  She brought photos and documents from her father, Frank Heiner, who grew up on the property of the original orphanage, which was established in 1886.

Glenyce-Lee Heiner was accompanied by her daughter, Colette Kirk, who said the purpose of their first trip to Lincoln was to see the area where Frank Heiner grew up. “My mother wants to see Tabitha, where her father spent his early childhood,” explained Kirk.

The Tabitha administrative staff hosted an employee reception, a campus tour and luncheon to review the Heiner family history.

“It was exciting to have Glenyce-Lee, at 81-years young, come to see where her father grew up and share her family’s legacy of caring,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We were honored the Heiners shared some personal items, which enabled us to reminisce about the past and demonstrate that the courageous vision and compassion of the Heiner family is alive and well at Tabitha today.”

Glenyce-Lee, who still does daily chores on her Hollister, Calif., ranch, explained how her father, Frank, was one of nine children born to Rev. Heiner and his wife Emma. Tabitha was named after one of the couple’s daughters, Tabitha Katharina Heiner, who passed away in 1894, seven days after her second birthday.

By 1889, the Heiner orphanage began accepting the sick and elderly, anyone who needed care in the community. Rev. Heiner traveled throughout the Midwest, leaving Emma and the children to tend to those who came to Tabitha’s Old Main (completed in 1890 on the 10-acre plot of land at 48th & Randolph Streets) needing help.

“He traveled a lot,” said Glenyce-Lee, recounting stories she heard about her grandfather. “He was out teaching and preaching and traveled to Missouri quite a bit. It was up to Grandma to keep it going.”

After World War I, most of the Heiners had moved to Calif., and when Rev. Heiner passed away on Jan. 6, 1921, in Mena, Ark., while on a preaching tour, Emma headed west, leaving Lincoln, Tabitha, and a legacy that carries on to this day.

Emma Heiner was Glenyce-Lee’s mentor growing up. Grandma Emma and her uncles would tell Glenyce-Lee stories about growing up at Tabitha, playing with the orphans in the orchard and gardens, on the five-acre parcel south of Randolph St. that was purchased in 1892. Glenyce-Lee explained how her aunts and uncles canned fruits and vegetables, did laundry, chores and made and ate dinners of fried bread soup. “It was hard here,” she said. However, it was her grandmother’s stories of helping the sick that made a young girl believe in Christian compassion.

“I thought she could cure anyone,” said Glenyce-Lee, speaking with admiration for her Grandma Emma. “She always talked about how she took care of the people who came to Tabitha and how she cured them. I thought she was like a doctor.”

Colette explained that her mother has always wanted to see Tabitha and the time was right to plan a trip. An email to Tabitha’s website set the wheels in motion for a day that celebrated the past and the present. “This has always been on Mama’s to-do-list,” said Colette, who was also impacted by the love and caring she witnessed.

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the past, Glenyce-Lee and Colette reviewed Tabitha’s historical photos, and thumbed through documents they had never seen. They toured Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; the Meals on Wheels area, which provides daily meals to more than 500 Elders in Lincoln and Lancaster County; Tabitha’s Green House® Homes; Journey House SNF, Lincoln’s only free-standing, Medicare-certified hospice community; GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites, and Tabitha Village, which adorns most of the original property from the 1890s.

“We truly value Tabitha’s history of care and the legacy of the Heiner family,” said Hinrichs. “Rev. Heiner, Emma, and their children created a strong foundation, a spirit of compassionate care. We are honored to carry out the courageous vision of Rev. Heiner and his family to more than 3,000 Elders we serve on a daily basis.”

Although Glenyce-Lee’s aunt Tabitha lived just a short time, her name has become synonymous with compassionate care in Lincoln and throughout 28 southeast Nebraska counties. To Colette and Glenyce-Lee, that’s all that matters.

“The love,” said Colette as her voice trailed off. “Thank you for the work you continue to do. This is a day we will remember forever. It matters in our hearts.”

For a little girl who sat on the couch during the 1930s and ‘40s, hearing stories of Lincoln, Tabitha and the people who needed help, Glenyce-Lee returned to California feeling gratified that her family’s legacy is in good hands.

“I knew over the years that Tabitha had expanded,” said Glenyce-Lee. “It’s amazing. It’s fulfillment of a special dream for me. It really touches me.” She paused, gathering herself for a brief moment before pointing to the sky and saying, “My dad is up there smiling.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

Volunteer for Tabitha's Annual Green House Carnival!

Do you enjoy block parties?  Are you looking for a way for your family or organization to give back?  Do you like to bring smiles to people’s faces?

Volunteers needed Thursday, June 19th 4-6pm or 6-8pm in Lincoln. 

  • Serve food
  • Staff carnival booths
  • Bingo
  • Crossing guard   

For more information, click HERE!

Tabitha Congratulates Best Nurses in Nebraska Honorees

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is proud to recognize nurses Jackie Wolfe, Sandy Hovis, Cindy Thomas, Linda Paulsen, Sue Hill, Trina Frear and Sara Zimbelman, who were nominated for Best Nurse in Nebraska.

Wolfe, a home health care specialist in her 21st year at Tabitha, was recognized as one of the 10 Best Nurses in Nebraska by the Lincoln Journal Star. Nominated by the family of a 97-year old client, named Thelma, Thelma’s daughter stated that the main reason her mother is able to stay in her home is because of the daily care provided by Wolfe. “Jackie is thorough, kind, understanding, knowledgeable and offers friendship in addition to nursing. Jackie has been helpful during the ups and downs of aging. She has also been a good support for me as I live in Colorado.”

“Jackie Wolfe and Sandy Hovis understand and exemplify Tabitha’s compassion and commitment to Elder Care,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We are also very grateful for Cindy Thomas, Linda Paulsen, Sue Hill, Trina Frear, Sara Zimbelman and all of our nurses who demonstrate on a daily basis the power connection. They connect with their co-workers and our Elders to build relationships rooted in love.”

Hovis, an honorable mention in the Journal Star competition, joined Tabitha in May of 2011 as a nursing supervisor and advanced to become the director of nursing at Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center last September. Jeremy Hohlen, Tabitha vice president of operations, said Hovis is a complete nurse. “Sandy believes that the Tabitha staff and Elders are her family and she loves each and every one of them. We are honored to have her because she shares her passions for nursing in so many ways,” stated Hohlen in his nomination of Hovis.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org. 

The Answer Magazine - Spring 2014 Edition

Check out our latest version of The Answer, Tabitha's quarterly magazine!

The Answer - Spring 2014

81-Year Old Granddaughter of Tabitha Founder Coming to Lincoln May 12

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will host the family of Tabitha’s founding father, Reverend Henry Heiner, on Monday, May 12.

Glenyce-Lee Heiner, the 81-year old granddaughter of Rev. Heiner, is coming from California to specifically visit and tour the Tabitha campus. She is planning to bring photos and documents from her father, Frank Heiner, who grew up on the property of the original orphanage, which was established in 1886.

Glenyce-Lee Heiner will be accompanied by her daughter Colette Kirk, who says the purpose of their first trip to Lincoln is to see the area where Frank Heiner grew up. “My mother wants to see Tabitha, where her father spent his early childhood,” explains Kirk.

The Tabitha administrative staff has planned an employee reception, as well as a campus tour and luncheon to review the Heiner family history at Tabitha.

“It is exciting to have Glenyce-Lee, at 81-years young, wanting to see where her father grew up,” says Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha President & CEO. “We are honored that the Heiners are bringing some personal items, so we can reminisce about the past and demonstrate that the courageous vision and compassion of the Heiner family is alive and well at Tabitha today.”

Members of the media will be allowed to interview the Heiners and accompany them on their visit and campus tour from 1:30-3 p.m. Tabitha is located at 4720 Randolph St. For more details contact Jim Angele at 402.484.9995, or email jim.angele@tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Offers Hospice Volunteer Interest Meetings

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to its hospice volunteer interest meetings in Seward, David City and Columbus.

On Thursday, May 22, meetings will be held at 9 a.m. at the Seward Civic Center (616 Bradford St.), 11 a.m. at Hruska Memorial Public Library in David City (399 5th St.) and at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus (2200 25th St.).

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care and serve a critical role on Tabitha Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams. They may be asked to provide respite care, companionship, bereavement, light housekeeping, office/clerical support and help with other daily tasks. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers.

All those interested in attending either informational session are encouraged to RSVP to Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

2014 York/Fairmont/Geneva Hospice Volunteer Training

York, Fairmont, and Geneva Hospice Volunteer Training at First Evangelical Lutheran Church 1211 E 14th York will be held in June. The dates you should attend are:

June 5th 9:30-4p

June 12th 9:30-4p

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions call Tabitha at 402.486.8564.

Tabitha Offers Hospice Volunteer Interest Meetings

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to its hospice volunteer interest meetings in York and Hebron.

On Thursday, May 15, meetings will be held at 10 a.m. at Hearth Stone in York (2600 N. Lincoln Ave.) and at 1 p.m. at Courtyard Terrace in Hebron (1 Terrace Circle).

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care and serve a critical role on Tabitha Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams. They may be asked to provide respite care, companionship, bereavement, light housekeeping, office/clerical support and help with other daily tasks. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers.

All those interested in attending either informational session are encouraged to RSVP to Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Four Tabitha Hospice Workers Honored by NHPCA

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, congratulates hospice volunteers Deb Ahl, Larry Koerner and Bobbi Teten, and Tabitha hospice nurse Kathy Jisa, who received awards from the Nebraska Hospice & Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) on April 15.

Ahl, Koerner, and Teten received the Outstanding Hospice Volunteer Award, which honors exemplary volunteers from Nebraska’s hospice programs. Ahl was recognized to her work as a Tabitha Lincoln/Lancaster volunteer. Koerner, a resident of Crete, was honored as Tabitha’s West Region Hospice Volunteer, and Teten, who is from Nebraska City, serves as a Tabitha East Region Hospice Volunteer.

“This honor couldn’t be more deserving,” said Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “Deb Ahl, Larry Koerner and Bobbi Teten have a great understanding of hospice, are passionate about Tabitha, and demonstrate the compassion and commitment that deserves to be recognized. They have served in different ways whether it is with an active client, bereaved families or sitting with someone during their final hours.  They say ‘Yes’ when being called upon and we are fortunate they share their time and talent to represent Tabitha.”

Jisa earned the NHPCA’s Spirit of Hospice Award, which recognizes true commitment and outstanding dedication to the hospice philosophy while displaying openness to the needs of all and reverencing the dignity of all those who come under hospice care.

“This honor couldn’t be more deserving,” said Christine Wismer, Tabitha Hospice Administrator. “Kathy Jisa is a true champion for end-of-life care. At Tabitha, we believe in compassionate care and Kathy does an excellent job helping those in her care and their loved ones during the end-of-life journey. We are proud to have Kathy Jisa as a member of the Tabitha Hospice Nursing Team.”

Tabitha Hospice is Nebraska’s longest serving agency providing hospice and palliative care nursing, pain and symptom management and 18-month bereavement support in 28 Nebraska counties. Tabitha Hospice is Medicare certified and is provided wherever the client calls home—private residence, assisted living or nursing facility.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune-in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Tabitha, Gateway Sertoma Club Announce 12th Annual Golf Tournament

Tabitha, Your Answer for Elder Care, and Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club will join forces June 6 for the 12th Annual Gateway Sertoma Golf Tournament at Lincoln’s HiMark Golf Course to raise funds for Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

Tournament registration is open until June 2 and includes a four-person scramble, lunch, drink tickets, steak dinner, and prizes. Participants can expect registration, lunch, and range time beginning at 11 a.m. with the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

All tournament proceeds will benefit Tabitha Meals on Wheels which in the past year has grown to serve more than 500 Elders in the Lincoln community daily. Seventy percent of recipients are unable to afford the $5.75 cost of a meal. As Tabitha has made a point to turn no one away from a warm meal, contributions like those from Gateway Sertoma are instrumental in keeping the program operational.

Gateway Sertoma was founded as a service club over 50 years ago. The group’s mission of “service to mankind” motivates members to volunteer service and fundraising for community programs in need.  Eleven years ago, the group married their love of service with their love of golf by hosting a charity golf tournament. Members turned to Tabitha to help operate the tournament with proceeds benefiting first Tabitha Hospice and later Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

Registration is open online at Tabitha.org/golf. For more information, contact Charlie Huff at 402.440.0892 or CCharlieHuff@aol.com., or the Tabitha Foundation at 402.486.0892 or Foundation@Tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Tabitha Hospice Offers Volunteer Interest Meetings

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to its hospice volunteer interest meetings in Grand Island and Aurora.

On Thursday, May 8, meetings will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Memorial Health Care Center in Grand Island (2116 W Faidley) and at 1 p.m. at Memorial Community Care in Aurora (1423 7th Street).

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care and serve a critical role on Tabitha Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams. They may be asked to provide respite care, companionship, bereavement, light housekeeping, office/clerical support and help with other daily tasks. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers.

All those interested in attending either informational session are encouraged to RSVP to Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Offers Hospice Volunteer Interest Meetings

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to its hospice volunteer interest meetings in Nebraska City.

On Wednesday, May 7, a meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Tabitha’s East Region Office (1114 Grundman Blvd.).

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care and serve a critical role on Tabitha Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams. They may be asked to provide respite care, companionship, bereavement, light housekeeping, office/clerical support and help with other daily tasks. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers.

All those interested in attending either informational session are encouraged to RSVP to Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

GracePointe Prom Night Brings Volunteers, Students, Elders Together

Tabitha’s GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites hosted its third annual intergenerational prom on Thursday, April 10. The dance brought together high school and college students, community and corporate volunteers, and more than 60 Elder residents of GracePointe.

GracePointe caregivers treated the Elders to a special prime rib dinner and gourmet desserts followed by music and dancing under the stars to the big band greats of swing.

“Events like this make a difference to the Elders who call GracePointe home,” says Kelsie Ryan, GracePointe administrator. “Partnering with volunteers makes a difference. Many of our residents would have never dreamt they’d be able to attend a dance again. The students and gracious volunteers make it possible for them.”

Volunteers from Talent Plus and the University of Nebraska wrestling team assisted with decorations and set-up, while students from Nebraska Wesleyan University, as well as Lincoln Pius X and Lincoln Southeast high schools were on hand to interact with GracePointe residents and lead the dance.

GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites is a 63-bed community designed for Elders who are not yet in need of skilled nursing care, yet require assistance with the activities of daily living. Two of GracePointe’s three neighborhoods are designated to care for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. GracePointe is part of Tabitha’s full-continuum of Elder Care services.  

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Offers Hospice Volunteer Interest Meetings in Lincoln

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to its hospice volunteer interest meetings in Lincoln.

On Thursday, May 1, a meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the LifeQuest Conference Room with another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, at 5 p.m. in Sward Conference Room A. The LifeQuest and Sward Conference Rooms are located within Tabitha’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (4720 Randolph St.).

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care and serve a critical role on Tabitha Hospice’s interdisciplinary teams. They may be asked to provide respite care, companionship, bereavement, light housekeeping, office/clerical support and help with other daily tasks. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers.

All those interested in attending either informational session are encouraged to RSVP to Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Runza, Braeda Provide for Special Meals on Wheels Delivery

Runza® Restaurants and Braeda® Fresh Express Café teamed up with Tabitha for the third year to treat Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients to a dining experience, delivered right to their door. On Tuesday, April 15, Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients received, a Runza sandwich and cookie donated by the restaurants.

“This is a great partnership,” said Shirley Smith, Tabitha’s director of food and nutrition who oversees the production of Meals on Wheels. “Most of our clients are homebound and cannot prepare meals for themselves. They don’t get the opportunity to go out to eat. To have a local restaurant provide a meal for our clients is a really nice treat for them.”

The restaurants donated Runza sandwiches and cookies to recipients the past two years which received an overwhelmingly positive response from Meals on Wheels recipients. Tabitha received cards, letters and phone calls from clients, thanking Runza and Braeda for such a gift.

Tabitha Meals on Wheels provides more than 500 meals daily to Elders in need of a warm, nutritious meal. In addition to the meal, Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers provide an invaluable safety check for clients. Tabitha was the first and remains the only organization in Lincoln to deliver meals to anyone who needs them, regardless of their ability to pay.

“We are grateful to have such wonderful support from Runza Restaurants and Braeda Fresh Express Café,” said Heath Stukenholtz, Tabitha Foundation vice president. “More than 70 percent of our Meals on Wheels recipients cannot afford the $5.75 cost of the daily meal. The generosity and commitment of Runza and Braeda to give back to the people of this community is significant. Contributions like this enable Tabitha Meal on Wheels to continue to assist those individuals who need our help to remain independent in their own homes.”

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune-in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Offers Parkinson's Support Group April 24 in Seward

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, facilitates a support group for individuals and their caregivers in the Seward area, who are battling Parkinson’s disease.

The support group, which gathers the fourth Thursday of every month, will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, at Emeritus at Heartland Park (500 Heartland Drive) in Seward.

Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder, for which the cause is unknown. Although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options to help manage its symptoms.

The symptoms of individuals with Parkinson’s disease vary from person-to-person, but the primary signs of the disease include:

  • tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • slowness of movement
  • rigidity of the limbs and body
  • impaired balance and coordination

April is National Parkinson’s Month. To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, feel free to attend the meeting.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Honored with Rotary Salute to Business Award

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is proud to be the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Rotary Salute to Business Award, which recognizes a Lincoln organization that has made significant contributions to the community by providing an environment in which employees and volunteers do extraordinary work.

“We are honored and humbled to be recognized by the Rotary Clubs of Lincoln,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president & CEO. “Tabitha has, for over 128 years, existed to be in service to this community, paralleling the Rotary’s dedication to the spirit of service.”

The Rotary Salute to Business Luncheon, held April 8 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, hosted nearly 600 attendees, including 39 corporate sponsors, and several distinguished guests. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale and District Rotary Governor of Rotary 5650 Jim Griesen gave congratulatory remarks. Ray Ringlein attended representing U.S. Senator Mike Johanns, General Roger Lempke represented U.S. Senator Deb Fisher, and Todd Wiltgren represented U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.

Representatives from Lincoln’s four Rotary Clubs presented Hinrichs with a one-of-a-kind award provided by Lincoln Industries.

Tabitha’s ongoing commitment to the Lincoln community is demonstrated by its excellence in care demonstrated by clinical outcomes, customer service surveys and employee commitment. Tabitha was the first to provide the state’s full continuum of Elder Care services, the first in Lincoln to provide Medicare-certified home health care and Meals on Wheels, and the first in the state to provide hospice care and innovative Green House® Homes, while staying close to its mission of serving Elders in need regardless of financial gain. Tabitha is a non-profit organization that serves more than 3,000 Elders each day with the help of more than 1,100 employees and 1,200 active volunteers.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Honors Supporters, Raises $35,000 at Annual Recognition Luncheon

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, honored a select group of supporters who have given extraordinarily in the pursuit of outstanding, compassionate care for southeast Nebraska Elders. Those organizations and individuals were honored during Tabitha’s Into the Blue celebration held April 2 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.

The luncheon celebrated Tabitha’s commitment to Elders in our community. Proceeds from the luncheon totaling nearly $35,000 go to support Tabitha’s continuum of care.

The luncheon, hosted by the Tabitha Foundation, honored a notable employee, corporate supporter, church, local foundation and individual(s) who have dedicated time, talent and treasure to Tabitha’s Christian mission of delivering innovative Elder Care services that promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults. Honored recipients were: Tabitha employee Linda Sabatka, St. Pauls Lutheran Church (Grand Island), Ameritas, Rogers Foundation and Grace and Floyd Sager.

The Character Award, honoring a Tabitha team member who is always doing the work of Tabitha, was presented to Sabatka, Tabitha’s supervisor of communications and an extraordinary employee since 1983.

St. Pauls Lutheran Church received the Compassion Award for its unwavering Christian compassion to Tabitha and everyone in need. St. Pauls has been a generous supporter of Tabitha and its programs since the 1980s, contributing financial resources, food, and clothing to help Tabitha remain a vital community resource for Elders.

Ameritas earned the Courageous Vision Award. Ameritas has been a long-time partner, supporting Tabitha’s efforts to continually improve. Since 1986, Ameritas has provided financial support for building and construction projects while many of its employees graciously donate their time and effort to Tabitha’s Meals on Wheels, Hospice and GIVE2LIVE programs.

The Rogers Foundation was presented with the Continuum Award, which recognizes an organization that understands the mission and purpose of Tabitha. The Rogers Foundation has generously contributed to building projects and Meals and Wheels for more than 30 years.

The Connection Award was presented to Grace Sager and her later husband, Floyd. The Sagers were recognized for their commitment to building relationships rooted in love, because at Tabitha, love matters. The Sagers, whose family affiliation with Tabitha dates back to 1901, initiated an endowment fund for Tabitha’s nursing scholarships program, which has allowed countless Tabitha employees to earn a nursing degree.

“Tabitha is honored to have such wonderful supporters,” says Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president & CEO. “The commitment of organizations, like Ameritas, the Rogers Foundation, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, and dedicated individuals like Linda Sabatka and Floyd and Grace Sager enable our team to serve over 3,000 Elders each day.” 

More than 75% of Elders in Tabitha’s care rely on federal- and state-funded programs to pay for their health care needs. With funding for government programs in constant flux, the Tabitha Foundation works behind the scenes to ensure Elders continue to get the care they need and deserve. Donations to the Tabitha Foundation help provide loving support that is otherwise unaffordable to many Elders. For those we serve who are struggling financially, government-run reimbursement programs and their individual resources are not enough to cover the cost of care. Donations help to make up part of that shortfall.

Contact the Tabitha Foundation at www.Tabitha.org/foundation or 402.486.8509 for more information about how you can help support our community’s Elders. 

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Offers April Hospice Volunteer Training Sessions

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will offer specialized training for prospective volunteers in the David City and Columbus area on Thursday, April 3 and Thursday, April 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus (2200 25th St.). Training is free and open to the public, and each participant must complete the two-day workshop to serve as a hospice volunteer.

Tabitha Hospice volunteers provide respite care, bereavement, companionship, light housekeeping, office and clerical support while providing comfort and joy to our clients. Register today by contacting Susan Reilly, Tabitha Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 402.486.8506 or email susan.reilly@tabitha.org.

Training is conducted by professional Tabitha Hospice team members. Sessions address the hospice philosophy, communication techniques, spiritual care, comfort measures, understanding end-of-life issues and managing personal stress. Hospice clients may reside in their homes or a living community. An interdisciplinary team including the client’s physician, nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, physical therapist, pharmacist, dietitian and volunteer work together to make the client’s end-of-life journey as pain-free, peaceful and fulfilling as possible. Tabitha Hospice clients and their families routinely report a high level of satisfaction with the friendship and support provided by Tabitha Hospice volunteers. For more than 30 years, Tabitha Hospice has provided support and care for persons with a life-limiting illness so they might live life as fully and comfortably as possible.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Lincoln Rotary Clubs honor Tabitha

The combined Rotary Clubs of Lincoln are pleased to announce that their 2014 ‘Salute to Business’ honoree is Tabitha for their outstanding service and contributions to the Lincoln community.  The award will be presented by the combined clubs at a luncheon at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday, April 8th. President and CEO Christie Hinrichs will accept the award on behalf of Tabitha’s board, staff and volunteers.   

Serving Lincoln since 1886, Tabitha is a non-profit, Christian-centered provider of Elder Care services that offers the state’s first and most experienced continuum of care.  Existing to promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults, Tabitha serves clients and their families at every stage of the aging journey through compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. 

Tabitha believes everyone should receive the same quality, compassionate care—no matter their financial situation.  This commitment is illustrated no better than through Tabitha Meals on Wheels, begun in 1967 as the first program of its kind in Nebraska and today the only Meals on Wheels provider in Lincoln/Lancaster County. 

The Rotary Salute to Business is in its 22nd year.  Previous ‘Salute to Business’ honorees include Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Crete Carrier Corporation, Assurity Life Insurance Corporation, Duncan Aviation, Valentino’s and many other well-known, highly regarded Lincoln businesses. 

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.  Lincoln is home to four Rotary Clubs, Downtown Club 14, East, South and Sunrise. 

Enjoy lunch and our Salute to Tabitha, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Doors open at 11:30, program will begin promptly at noon. Individual tickets are $30, corporate tables also available.  For more information, go to www.rotary14.org

Tabitha at The Landing Welcomes First Resident as Grand Opening Celebrates Collaborative, Award Winning Long-Term Care Community in Lincoln

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community, proudly opened the doors of their award-winning collaborative Elder Care community, Tabitha at The Landing, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication on Wednesday, March 12.

Lincoln City Council and Tabitha Board member Doug Emery commemorated the occasion by reading a proclamation from Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler. Guests attending the grand opening of the residential-style living community that features the latest in Elder Care were presented two symbols of welcome: a “pineapple” key chain and Hawaiian lei.

“Tabitha at The Landing demonstrates the power of collaboration as two organizations with a single focus come together under the courageous vision of improving the lives of Elders,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Tabitha has demonstrated enhanced quality of life and the positive effects of strong clinical outcomes in our Green House Home® model of skilled nursing and long-term care which Tabitha at The Landing is based upon. A residential, family-style community means an environment that is home. Since we introduced the first Green House to Nebraska in 2006, Tabitha continues to believe this model of long-term care is not the future of nursing homes, it is the present.”

Tabitha at The Landing brings together the best of Tabitha and Immanuel, which share a common vision that focuses on Christian compassion and exceptional care for Elders. This collaboration has earned Tabitha and Immanuel’s presidents the 2014 Innovators of the Year Award from LeadingAge Nebraska.

 “You see the heart of two caring organizations coming together” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president and CEO, at the grand opening. “We’ve built upon our core of Christian-centered values. Tabitha at The Landing will add to the quality of life for the residents who move in. We will make this house their home.”

Tabitha at The Landing employees welcomed Joyce Benson, the first resident of the community, by presenting her with the first Hawaiian lei as she entered her new home, which features 15 private suites—two built for couples—along with a beautiful hearth area, dining room, spa and outdoor patios where residents can interact, form relationships, and live their lives in an environment that is home. Designed and equipped for safety, Tabitha at The Landing features skilled-nursing care as well as rehabilitation and restorative programs.

This collaboration brings together Tabitha’s historic, award-winning skilled nursing and long-term care with Immanuel’s excellence in senior living community design and support. The collaborative effort started with a ground-breaking ceremony last May.

LeadingAge Nebraska, the State Association of non-profit organizations whose fundamental purpose is to improve the care and services provided to older Nebraskans, honored Gurley and Hinrichs for their vision, leadership and innovative spirit at its annual convention and awards luncheon on Thursday, March 13 in Kearney.

Tabitha at The Landing is located at 6120 S. 34th Street. Those who want to learn more about residence opportunities are encouraged to contact Tabitha Continuum Navigation at 402.486.8520.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, healthcare and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Immanuel owns and operates seven retirement communities on five campuses, serving more than 3,000 seniors in Nebraska and Iowa. Each community is built on Immanuel’s 125-year legacy of providing Christ-centered services and allowing individuals to become a part of something bigger without ever losing themselves. Immanuel believes there is nothing in life more rewarding than helping others live their lives to the fullest. For more information, visit www.immanuelcommunities.com.

Tabitha Celebrates Supporters at Annual Recognition Luncheon

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will host Into the Blue, a donor recognition luncheon on April 2, 11:30 a.m., at Embassy Suites in Lincoln. During the celebration, Tabitha will honor those who have given extraordinarily in the pursuit of outstanding, compassionate care for southeast Nebraska Elders. 

The luncheon will celebrate a notable employee donor, corporate donor, church, organization and individual who dedicate exceptional time and talent to Tabitha’s Christian mission of delivering innovative Elder Care services that promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults.

Honored recipients in 2014 include Tabitha employee Linda Sabatka, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Ameritas, Rogers Foundation and Grace Sager.

Proceeds from the awards celebration help Tabitha continue its mission. More than 75% of Elders in Tabitha’s care rely on federal- and state-funded programs to pay for their health care needs. With funding for these government programs in constant flux, the Tabitha Foundation works behind the scenes to ensure Elders continue to get the care they need and deserve. Donations to the Tabitha Foundation help provide loving support that is otherwise unaffordable to many Elders. For those we serve who are struggling financially, government-run reimbursement programs and their individual resources are not enough to cover the cost of care. Donations help to make up part of that shortfall.

Contact the Tabitha Foundation at www.Tabitha.org/foundation or 402.486.8509 for more information about the Into the Blue celebration and how you can help support our community’s Elders. 

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha at The Landing Grand Opening Celebrates Collaborative, Award Winning Senior Living Community in Lincoln

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community, are proud to announce the completion of an award-winning collaborative building project with the grand opening celebration of “Tabitha at The Landing” at 10 a.m. on March 12.

The grand opening will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a proclamation by Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler to commemorate the day, and tours of the residential-style living community that features the latest in Elder Care and has earned Tabitha’s and Immanuel’s leaders the 2014 Innovator Award from LeadingAge Nebraska.

The building project, which began with a ground breaking ceremony on May 15, 2013, features innovative and visionary skilled nursing in a long-term residential living community. Tabitha at The Landing brings together the best resources of Tabitha and Immanuel, which share a common vision that focuses on Christian-centered, compassionate care.

“Tabitha at The Landing demonstrates Tabitha’s commitment to continue to lead the way in offering innovative skilled nursing and long-term care, residential living community selections to the Elders of Lincoln and their families,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Tabitha is excited to partner with Immanuel to create this Elder-focused living community. Working together with The Landing at Williamsburg Village and Immanuel to bring this bold vision to fruition for our Lincoln community demonstrates that shared Christian compassion, courage and collaboration hold great power when combined.”  

Tabitha at The Landing features 15 private suites—two built for couples—along with many shared indoor and outdoor living spaces where residents are encouraged to interact, form relationships, and live their lives in an environment that is just like home. This collaboration brings together Tabitha’s historic, award-winning nursing care with Immanuel’s excellence in senior living community design and support.

“We are extremely excited about our partnership with Tabitha. Tabitha at The Landing completes our campus, now offering independent through long-term care living in the Williamsburg neighborhood area, while providing peace of mind to The Landing residents and their families,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president and CEO. “This addition to The Landing campus fulfills a promise Immanuel made to our residents when we opened the community.”

For this significant achievement in Elder Care services, Hinrichs and Gurley will be honored by LeadingAge Nebraska as the 2014 Innovators of the Year on Thursday, March 13 at the Business Associate Power Luncheon in Kearney. LeadingAge Nebraska is a State Association of non-profit organizations whose fundamental purpose is to improve the care and services provided to older Nebraskans. 

Tabitha at The Landing is located at 6120 S. 34th Street. Those who want to learn more about residence opportunities are encouraged to contact Tabitha Continuum Navigation at 402.486.8520.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Immanuel owns and operates seven retirement communities on five campuses, serving more than 3,000 seniors in Nebraska and Iowa. Each community is built on Immanuel’s 125-year legacy of providing Christ-centered services and allowing individuals to become a part of something bigger without ever losing themselves. Immanuel believes there is nothing in life more rewarding than helping others live their lives to the fullest. For more information, visit www.immanuelcommunities.com.

New Group Volunteer Activities

Click the links below to view some upcoming group volunteering opportunities with Tabitha. These opportunities are perfect for getting involved in your community as a group or oganization.

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Tabitha at The Landing Community Welcomes Leadership Team

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, and The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community, are proud to welcome their leadership team to Tabitha at The Landing, a collaborative and innovative new community opening its doors to residents this March.

Genie Watters leads the team as the community’s executive director and was instrumental in selecting Jodi Triggs, D.O. as medical director; Brenda Soto, RN, BSN, as director of nursing; Ashley May, BSW, as social work and life enrichment coordinator; and Kathy Turnbull, CDM, CFPP, as chef and lead culinary partner.

Together, the team will lead the way in opening this collaborative community providing visionary skilled nursing and long-term care for Lincoln’s most discerning seniors.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring on this outstanding group of leaders to open the doors of Tabitha at The Landing,” said Genie Watters, the community’s executive director. “This community confirms Tabitha and The Landing at Williamsburg Village’s commitment and bold vision to revolutionize traditional skilled nursing and long-term care by bringing it into a home-like setting.” 

Tabitha at The Landing, located at 6120 S 34th, Street in Lincoln, features 15 private suites—two built for couples—along with many shared indoor and outdoor living spaces where residents are encouraged to interact, form relationships, and live their lives in an environment that is just like home. This collaboration brings together Tabitha’s historic, award-winning nursing care with Immanuel’s excellence in living community design and support. Learn more about this community at www.TabithaAtTheLanding.com or by calling a Tabitha Continuum Navigator at 402.486.8520.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Janet Albers Takes Home New Mixer as Winner of Tabitha’s Lancaster Cooking for Comfort Taste-off

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is thrilled to congratulate Lincoln resident Janet Albers as the winner of its inaugural Cooking for Comfort Taste-off competition.

Janet’s extraordinary Ham & Potato Soup topped five other recipes chosen for the regional contest held Feb. 20 at Tabitha (4720 Randolph). For her winning effort, Albers was presented a new mixer emblazoned with the Tabitha logo.

The winning recipe impressed the panel of local celebrity judges that included: Jeff Korbelik, Lincoln Journal-Star, Brett Edwards, KLKN TV Sports Director; Dale Johnson, KFOR; Vicki Huff, Tabitha Foundation Board Chair and Bridget Fargen, KOLN/KGIN TV News Anchor. Albers scored 106 out of a possible 125 points as the judges considered the taste, originality, appearance, as well as the feeling of comfort the dish provided.

Tabitha Huenink, Bennet, and Lana Holmes, Lincoln, tied for second place. Huenink’s Chicken Pot Pie and Holmes’ Fudge Truffle Cheesecake both scored 105 points on the judge’s scale to earn co-runner-up honors. A Crock Pot Bread Pudding recipe submitted by Ron Asch, Lincoln, was an Honorable Mention. Kate Jones, Lincoln, and her Tomato Tortellini Bisque earned an Honorable Mention as did a Poppy Seed Pie, created by Jennie Schmidt, Lincoln.

“Cooking for Comfort was a fun, interactive and meaningful new way to engage with the Lincoln community and others throughout our 28-county service area in southeast Nebraska,” said Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO. “Tabitha’s commitment to the compassionate care of Elders truly came to life in the recipes and memories shared at today’s event. There is nothing like the smell and taste of great food to bring out those comforting feelings of caring and love.”

Incorporating entries from Lancaster County and surrounding communities, Tabitha team members selected the finalists and their recipes for the regional taste-off. All recipes submitted, regardless of being chosen for the regional taste-off, will appear in Tabitha’s Cooking for Comfort cookbook which will be published later this year.  To reserve a copy go to www.tabitha.org/cookbook.

Cooking for Comfort is an effort begun last fall to increase awareness of Tabitha services throughout southeast Nebraska. Incorporating “comforting” themes—like food—while raising awareness and educating the public on the wide-ranging benefits to clients and their families of choosing Tabitha and its Elder Care Continuum services.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Elicia Davenport Takes Home New Mixer as Winner of Tabitha’s York Cooking for Comfort Taste-off

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is thrilled to congratulate York resident Elicia Davenport as the winner of its inaugural Cooking for Comfort Taste-off competition.

Elicia’s incredible Creamy Chicken Enchiladas topped four other delicious recipes chosen for the regional contest held Feb. 18 at the York Country Club. For her winning effort, Davenport was presented a new mixer emblazoned with the Tabitha logo.

The winning dish impressed the panel of local celebrity judges that included: Danielle Meyer, KAWL Radio; Steve Moseley, York News-Times; Sally Ruben, York Chamber of Commerce; and York Country Club Restaurant Manager Tod Riley.  Davenport scored 88 out of a possible 100 points as the judges considered the taste, originality, appearance, as well as the feeling of comfort the dish provided.

Matt Clark, McCool Junction, and Melanie Hansen, Hastings, tied for second place. Clark’s Seven-Layer Dip and Hansen’s Savory Sweet Cookies both scored 76 points on the judge’s scale to earn co-runner-up honors. A Green Salsa recipe, also submitted by Clark, was an Honorable Mention. Marilyn Schmit, Bellwood, submitted a Chocolate Ribbon Dessert that earned an Honorable Mention as well.

“The taste-off is a wonderful event,” said Chris Wismer, Tabitha Hospice Administrator. “It really gives Tabitha a chance to make a personal connection with new people and communicate our commitment to elder care in a fun and unique way.”

Incorporating entries from York and surrounding communities, Tabitha team members selected the finalists and their recipes for the regional taste-off. All recipes submitted, regardless of being chosen for the regional taste-off, will appear in Tabitha’s Cooking for Comfort cookbook which will be published later this year.

“We are thrilled to host the Cooking for Comfort Taste-off competitions,” explained Charity Ebert, Tabitha Health Care and In-Home Support Administrator. “Quality nutrition is an important part of elder care. Having wonderful new recipes to try is always fun for so many of the elders we serve. I cannot wait for the book the come out.”

Cooking for Comfort is an effort begun last fall to increase awareness of Tabitha services throughout southeast Nebraska. Incorporating “comforting” themes—like food—while raising awareness and educating the public on the wide-ranging benefits to clients and their families of choosing Tabitha and its Elder Care Continuum services.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Dorothy Schuerman Takes Home New Mixer as Winner of Tabitha’s Garden Square Cooking for Comfort Taste-off

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is thrilled to congratulate long-time Wilber resident Dorothy Schuerman as the winner of its inaugural Cooking for Comfort Taste-Off competition.

Schuerman’s appealing Red Waldorf Cake topped four other delicious recipes chosen for the regional contest held Feb. 13 at Garden Square, a Tabitha living community, in Crete. For her winning effort, Dorothy was presented a new mixer emblazoned with the Tabitha logo.

The deep red cake, featuring lily white frosting, impressed the panel of five celebrity judges that included: John Reeves, Publisher Crete News; Kevin Meyer, Doane College Vice President of Advancement; John Lothrop, Garden Square Ambassador; Cheryl Slama, Dietary Coordinator Garden Square and Tabitha of Crete; as well as Garden Square resident Mary Maurin. Schuerman’s dessert scored 114 out of a possible 125 points as the judges considered the taste, originality, appearance, as well as the feeling of comfort the dish provided.

Kathy Koerner, Crete, and her Peppermint Cheesecake recipe was the Runner-up, scoring 110 points on the judge’s scale. A Chili recipe, also submitted by Koerner, was an Honorable Mention. Fellow Crete residents Mary Kay Guhde and Ann Hagaman also garnered Honorable Mention awards. Guhde’s entry was a Chocolate Crinkle Cookie, while Hagaman was recognized for her Healthy Lemon Blueberry Scone recipe.

“The taste-off was a wonderful event,” said Sherri Due, Administrator of Garden Square and Tabitha of Crete. “It was evident that the competitors, judges and our Garden Square residents thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

Incorporating entries from Crete and surrounding communities, Tabitha team members selected the finalists and their recipes for the regional taste-off. All recipes submitted, regardless of being chosen for the regional taste-off, will appear in Tabitha’s Cooking for Comfort cookbook which will be published later this year.

Cooking for Comfort is an effort begun last fall to increase awareness of Tabitha services throughout southeast Nebraska. Incorporating “comforting” themes—like food—while raising awareness and educating the public on the wide-ranging benefits to clients and their families of choosing Tabitha and its Elder Care Continuum services.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org

Tabitha Vice President Nominated for Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program


Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, congratulates Heath Stukenholtz, vice president of the Tabitha Foundation, for his nomination by local business leaders to participate in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program.
 
Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to build an understanding of dynamics, challenges, solutions and opportunities. The esteemed program facilitates accelerated networking, intense exchange of ideas and best practices, and experiential learning.
 
“Heath’s inclusion as a nominee for this prestigious program is a tribute to the tremendous character and courageous vision he has shown and continues to show at Tabitha,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “It speaks volumes of Heath’s contributions to Tabitha and our community.”
 
Having joined the Tabitha Foundation in 2011, Stukenholtz oversees all aspects of fund development. A University of Nebraska-Kearney graduate in business administration, he has extensive experience in sales management, advertising and marketing. Stukenholtz is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln Fellows—Class XXVIII and a member of the Gateway Sertoma Club.  He also is active in his community, volunteering with Junior Achievement, Lincoln Paint-a-Thon, Friendship Home and Tabitha Meals on Wheels. 
 
As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.
 

Tabitha Foundation Broadens Reach with New Team Members
Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome Tammy J. Ward as director of mission development and advocacy, and Kylie Fisher, annual giving and development coordinator, to the Tabitha Foundation team.
 
As director of mission development and advocacy, Tammy J. Ward works to build and foster relationships with organizations and individuals, focusing on their understanding and support of Tabitha’s mission. She also advocates for Elder-supportive policies at the local, state and federal levels. Prior to her joining Tabitha in 2013, Ward has been involved in public policy since 1988, serving in the Lincoln mayor’s office, the Nebraska legislature, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and most recently as district manager for United States Senator Ben Nelson.
 
Kylie Fisher supports Tabitha’s foundation team by coordinating annual giving campaigns, donor development and communications. A graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Fisher has gained experience in marketing and communications, working within the health care and non-profit industries.
 
As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.
Tabitha Invites Community to Grief Support Groups in Lincoln
Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to invite the community to its 2014 winter and spring grief groups.
 
GriefShare is a compassionate support group led by Concordia University’s Rev. Dr. Kevin Kohnke and addresses a range of grief-related topics, including the uniqueness of grief, the effects and journey of grief, how not to become mired in grief, and the spiritual healing grief can provide. GriefShare participants are invited to attend any part or all of the 13-week series, to be held in two separate sessions on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln (4720 Randolph St.). The first session meets Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3 p.m. beginning Feb. 12, and the second session is scheduled for Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 19.
 
Growing Through Grief is a six-week support group exploring loss through poetry, art and conversation. The group meets each Wednesday between Feb. 19 and March 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tabitha’s main campus and is facilitated by Tabitha social worker Kara Mueller.
 
A specialized, drop-in grief group designed specifically for men suffering a loss is offered on an ongoing basis on the first and third Friday of the month at the Loveknot Café (1265 Cotner Blvd.) from 1:30-3 p.m. The group is facilitated by Ross Smith, Tabitha bereavement coordinator.
 
Those planning to attend any of Tabitha’s grief groups are encouraged to RSVP to 402.486.8506.
 
As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.