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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.

Group Volunteer Opportunities (1)

Group Volunteer Opportunities (2)

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.
Adult Day February 2014 Calendar

Tabitha Adult Day

A daytime home away from home, Tabitha Adult Day provides a safe, nurturing environment for adults who need extra care during the day when other family may not be available.

As support for family caregivers, Adult Day is an economical choice for many families who need extra support during the day. The program features positive activities that enrich older adults and support those who may be experiencing memory loss.

View Tabitha Adult Day's February Activity Calendar

Contact Tabitha Continuum Navigation at 402.486.8520 or clientservices@tabitha.org for more information about Tabitha Adult Day.

2014 Columbus/David City Hospice Volunteer Training

Columbus and David City Hospice Volunteer Training at Trinity Lutheran 2200 25th St Columbus 68601 will be held in April. The dates you should attend are:

April 3rd 9:30-4p

April 10th 9:30-4p

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

The Answer - Tabitha Magazine Winter 2014

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

The Answer - Winter 2014

2014 Auburn Hospice Volunteer Training

Auburn Hospice Volunteer Training at Trinity Lutheran 634 Alden Dr Auburn 68305 will be held in February. The dates you should attend are:

February 6th 9:30-4p

February 13th 9:30-p

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

2014 Hospice Volunteer Trainings

Tabitha Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers provide support and companionship to clients in the last stages of life. Volunteers prepare meals, assist with personal care and provide transportation. Volunteers visit clients in Tabitha's Journey House SNF for Hospice and Palliative Care, in other care facilities and in client's homes. After your hospice volunteer application is approved, specialized training is provided to prepare you for this unique and rewarding opportunity. 

The 2014 Hospice Volunteer Training Dates are as Follows:

Lancaster:  

LifeQuest 

  • January 6th 5-8p 
  • January 8th 5-8p 
  • January 11th 9-4p

Auburn:

Trinity Lutheran 634 Alden Dr Auburn 68305

  • Feb 6th 9:30-4p
  • Feb 13th 9:30-4p

Columbus/David City:

Trinity Lutheran 2200 25th St Columbus 68601

  • April 3rd 9:30-4p
  • April 10th 9:30-4p

York/Fairmont/Geneva

First Evangelical Lutheran Church 1211 E 14th York

  • June 5th 9:30-4p
  • June 12th 9:30-4p

Lancaster/Crete

LifeQuest

  • Aug 13th 5-8p
  • Aug 16th 9-4p
  • Aug 21st 5-8p

Grand Island/Aurora

St Francic Mem Health Care Ctr 2116 West Faidly

  • Oct 9th 9:30-4p
  • Oct 16th 9:30-4p

Lancaster/Crete

LifeQuest

  • Dec 4th 9-4p
  • Dec 11th 9-4p

If you are interested in attending one of the training dates, have questions, or would like more information about volunteering contact Tabitha at 402.486.8564. 

TABITHA EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED FOR COMPASSION AND COMMITTMENT - DEC. 10, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is committed each day to promoting the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults. Behind that mission are the compassionate and committed team members who generously share their talents with Tabitha. Last quarter the organization honored Tasha Brown, Nate Fellers and Crystal Sato as Tabitha Employees of the Month and Aloha Schmid as Leader of the Quarter for their dedication to service and upholding not only Tabitha’s mission but its award-winning LIVE2Succeed corporate culture.

Tasha Brown, resident assistant at Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, makes sure the residents she serves are at the center of all she does. Brown goes out of her way to help other team members and always brings a smile to residents, who look forward to seeing her each day.

Nate Fellers, physical therapy assistant, is an invaluable member of the Tabitha rehabilitation team. He brings a positive energy to those he works with, and goes above and beyond to help Tabitha clients with the physical, educational and emotional aspects of reaching their rehabilitation goals. 

Crystal Sato serves as music therapist and life enrichment aide for Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In her work, Sato validates every Elder, bringing them out of shyness or lack of self-esteem by introducing them to music and social activity. She is courageous and kind, sharing her musical talents and joy for life with the Elders of Tabitha.

Aloha Schmid has served Tabitha over the years in many roles but most recently received recognition for renewing Tabitha’s culture as interim administrator of Tabitha Hospice—Nebraska’s first hospice provider—and providing educational opportunities to medical professionals and the greater public as community outreach liaison. Her optimism, vision and refusing to accept anything but the best is seen and acknowledged by team members, clients and community members.

Tabitha’s LIVE2Succeed culture encourages team members to love their job, invite optimism, vision success and embrace the mission.

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 KICK OFF GIVING SEASON THIS TUESDAY

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is please to invite its 28-county service area and beyond to join in the ultimate #unselfie on Giving Tuesday (#GT), December 3.

Giving Tuesday is a national movement to encourage charitable giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Begun in 2012, Giving Tuesday garnered more than $10 million nationwide in its first year with the help of partnerships from more than 2,500 service-oriented, non-profit organizations, including Tabitha.

Tabitha, a non-profit, Christian-centered provider of Elder Care, serves more than 3,000 clients daily in southeast Nebraska, a large portion of whom rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the generosity of donors to the Tabitha Foundation. To find out how you can help an Elder in your community on Giving Tuesday, contact the Tabitha Foundation at 402.486.8509 or click on Tabitha.org.

And once you do, don’t forget to share your #GT #unselfie this Tuesday on Twitter or Facebook!

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 Partners With Lincoln Libraries' One Book - One Lincoln
TABITHA PARTNERS WITH LINCOLN LIBRARIES’ ONE BOOK – ONE LINCOLN
 
Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, was pleased to partner with Lincoln City Libraries’ annual One Book – One Lincoln city-wide reading program for a free community event held earlier this month. “A Little Grief Support for Harold Fry” provided a unique view of the One Book – One Lincoln selection, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by featuring an “interview” with the novel’s main character and insights into grief support from Tabitha Hospice experts. 
 
The event was free, open to the public and offered a unique, interactive perspective into the book’s main character and the processes of grief and healing. Audience members were able to participate in the conversation, posing questions about grief and hospice to “Harold” and several Tabitha experts.
 
“Partnerships like these are so important to the work we do at Tabitha in challenging the misconceptions that surround grief, hospice and end-of-life care,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We’re pleased to help provide insight and further enhance the reading experience for those participating in this year’s One Book – One Lincoln as well as show how hospice care can help give families time and support throughout the healing process.” 
 
The 12th annual One Book – One Lincoln community reading program began on September 3, 2013, with the announcement of Rachel Joyce's charming, quirky and ultimately uplifting debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. One Book - One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience. For more information about the reading program, visit www.lincolnlibraries.org.
 
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 comfort and support to family members during and after hospice care. Learn more about Tabitha Hospice at www.TabithaHospice.org.
 
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.
 
Community Memorial Service Offered in Seward - December, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to offer a free community memorial service for anyone experiencing the grief of a loved one during the holiday season. Join Tabitha on Monday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., at the Seward Lied Senior Center, 1010 Manor West Dr., in Seward, to remember those no longer with us and to hear from special guest, Judy Mullally of Tabitha Hospice who will speak on “Finding Peace through Grief.”

“Grief can loom heavily when loved ones are lost, especially during the holiday season,” said Chris Wismer, Tabitha Hospice administrator. “We’re honored to provide this event that will give community members an opportunity to remember and find peace.”

Tabitha Hospice is the longest serving provider of hospice care in Nebraska and serves 28 southeast Nebraska counties. Tabitha Hospice gives families time to process the end-of-life journey and carry out final wishes. Grief support and bereavement services are offered to family and friends of Tabitha Hospice clients for 18 months following hospice care. More information about Tabitha Hospice’s services and grief support can be found at TabithaHospice.org.

The Answer Magazine - 2013 Fall Edition

Click below to check out the 2013 fall edition of Tabitha's The Answer, our quarterly magazine. This edition gives readers an in-depth view of Tabitha rehabilitation services and Tabitha Hospice. Inside you’ll find a photo pictorial of our state-of-the-art rehabilitation gyms, a client story about reclaiming independence and how Tabitha Hospice provides comfort and love to families on the end-of-life journey.

2013 Fall - The Answer Magazine

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

Donors Make it Possible for Tabitha Elders at Fundraising Event
In the background of Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Tabitha supporters joined the organization for its annual signature fundraising event held in October. Guests of the event generously gave more than $100,000 through sponsorships and donations, with all contributions benefiting Tabitha’s Make it Possible fund, a resource that helps give Elders the opportunity to make dreams come true and create lasting memories that otherwise may not be possible.
 
“We thank everyone who was able to join us for this truly amazing evening,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “What a wonderful opportunity for us to experience the grandeur of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena and to grant so many amazing experiences to Tabitha’s Elders.”
 
The evening offered guests not only the opportunity to grant “bucket list” wishes to the more than 3,000 Elders Tabitha serves daily but also gave them a chance to win exciting experiences of their own including trips, tours and tickets generously donated by Tabitha benefactors.
 
Tabitha thanks its major sponsors of the event, including Union Bank & Trust, American National Bank, Dr. Rod and Debbie Basler, Pastor Greg and Rose Bouvier, and Immanuel among many other corporate and individual sponsors. The organization also thanks those dignitaries in attendance: Nebraska State Senator Kate Bolz, Lincoln City Councilman Doug Emery and Lancaster County Commissioners Jane Raybould and Deb Schorr.
 
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 Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Now Accepting Hemodialysis Referrals

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce that in response to requests from the health care community and in accordance with an ongoing commitment to serving all Elders in need, Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln is now accepting referrals for hemodialysis clients in need of skilled nursing and/or long-term care.

For our referral partners wishing to learn more about our customizable renal diets, specialized clinical staff training, new charting capabilities and more, contact a Tabitha Continuum Navigator at 402.486.8520. Tabitha thanks Bryan Health for helping to make possible this new service through its educational partnership via staff training, diet plan collaboration and ongoing 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 PARTNERS WITH LINCOLN CITY LIBRARIES FOR ONE BOOK ONE LINCOLN SPECIAL EVENT
Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to partner with Lincoln City Libraries’ annual One Book – One Lincoln city-wide reading program for a free community event on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m.  The event, titled “A Little Grief Support for Harold Fry”, will overview the program’s featured book for 2013 through a mock “interview” with the novel’s main character led by a Tabitha Hospice expert.
 
The event is free, open to the public and will be hosted on Tabitha’s main campus at 4720 Randolph Street in Lincoln. Reservations are not required but are appreciated and can be registered at Tabitha.org/rsvp or by calling 402.486.8529.
 
The 12th annual One Book – One Lincoln community reading program began on Sept. 3, 2013, with the announcement of Rachel Joyce's charming, quirky and ultimately uplifting debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, as the selected title. One Book - One Lincoln is a community reading program sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries. The program encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of the program is to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience. For more information about One Book - One Lincoln, visit lincolnlibraries.org.
 
As the first and most experienced provider of hospice care in the state of Nebraska, Tabitha Hospice has been committed since 1979 to providing effective, compassionate symptom control and pain management for individuals throughout their end-of-life journey, while also offering comfort and support to family members during and after hospice care. Learn more about Tabitha Hospice at TabithaHospice.org.
 
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.
Hospice Volunteer Fall Training - Lancaster

Tabitha Hospice will be hosting a fall training for all interested hospice volunteers in its Lancaster region:

September 26 and October 11

All interested volunteers must attend the two-day training. For more information, please contact the volunteer department at 402.486.8564.

TABITHA HONORED WITH CORNERSTONE AWARD - SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is proud to be the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Award. Honoring leadership in the community, the Cornerstone Award recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit of businesses that have a substantial Lincoln presence; provide innovative, customer driven services; show civic leadership through the betterment of Lincoln; and provide an atmosphere which gives employees maximum opportunities for growth.

“We are honored and humbled to be recognized as a pillar in the community,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president & CEO. “Tabitha has, for over 127 years, existed to be in service to this community and it is exciting to be honored by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce for our commitment.”

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 Nebraska to provide Medicare-certified home health care, hospice care, Meals on Wheels 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 5,000 Elders each year with the help of more than 1,100 employees and 2,500 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.

GARDEN SQUARE RESIDENTS CELEBRATE AND GIVE BACK FOR NATIONAL ASSISTED LIVING WEEK - SEPT 16, 2013

National Assisted Living Week kicked off Sept. 8, and residents of Tabitha’s Garden Square Assisted Living of Crete pulled out all the stops in celebration. This year’s week-long theme was “Homemade Happiness”, and festivities included educational presentations, live entertainment and a family picnic. The week concluded with residents reaching out to the community by baking homemade cookies and delivering them to the Crete Volunteer Fire Department.

“Our hope was to spend this week celebrating the wonderful residents who call Garden Square their home,” said Sherri Due, administrator at both Garden Square and Tabitha of Crete. “Every day is a privilege to serve our residents; what a wonderful opportunity to celebrate.”

Garden Square Assisted Living is a Tabitha living community designed for Elders who are not yet in need of skilled nursing care, yet require assistance with the activities of daily living. Its warm, home setting offers Elders the comfort and support of Tabitha’s outstanding assisted living services in a relaxed, friendly, hometown community.

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 subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

TABITHA WELCOMES VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES - SEPT, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome Jessie Kruse as vice president of human resources. In her new role, Kruse will oversee Tabitha’s hiring, recruitment, employee education and all volunteer efforts for one of Lincoln's premier health care organizations, which employs 1,000+ individuals and more than 900 volunteers.

“I am pleased to welcome Jessie to the Tabitha family,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Her enthusiasm and dedication has already made positive impacts, and we’re excited to see her grow and enhance our team.”

Kruse joins Tabitha with a background in business and accounting. Her career to date includes more than 10 years' experience in human resources, business communication and management.

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 helps Grandparents, Grandchildren Celebrate those who Make Life Grand - Sept. 8, 2013

The Tabitha team stepped out across southeast Nebraska earlier this month in celebration of those who have come before us. On Sept. 8, the nation celebrated Grandparents’ Day and that weekend, Tabitha staff, volunteers and their families brought the celebration to a local level in the cities of Lincoln, Crete, Nebraska City and York, Neb.

Volunteers in rural areas delivered not only smiles but also greeting cards encouraging their communities to send words of thanks to the grandparents and grandchildren in their lives. In the capital city, volunteers took time to recognize each client residing in a Tabitha main campus living community. In all, nearly 450 residents of Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Village Independent Living Apartments, GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites, Tabitha’s Green House® neighborhood and Tabitha’s Journey House SNF for Hospice Care were celebrated with smiles, gracious handshakes and sweet treats.

“Grandparents’ Day is such a special time at Tabitha,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “It encourages the greater public to celebrate and recognize those in their lives who not only have come before them, but shown guidance and established community. These are the things we do every day at Tabitha.”

Celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day, Grandparents Day was declared a national holiday in 1978 in hopes that grandchildren would recognize the wisdom their grandparents could provide. Grandparents Day is one of a few reciprocal holidays, meaning grandchildren not only honor their grandparents, but grandparents in turn celebrate their grandchildren.

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 Promotes Clark to Supervisory Role - August 15, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce the promotion of Shannon Clark, RN, BSN, to Tabitha Hospice’s west region clinical coordinator. In her new role, Clark will supervise licensed and support staff, directing clinical services to ensure the most compassionate care and committed service for clients, physicians and families. Tabitha’s west region encompasses 17 central Nebraska counties, including the cities of Seward, York, Geneva and Grand Island.
 
“Shannon has served Tabitha for the three years and in that time has demonstrated a great understanding of Tabitha’s mission to serve Elders, as well as supporting care teams and families in our western region,” said Aloha Schmid, Tabitha Hospice interim administrator. “We are anxious to see her flourish in this new position.”
 
Clark has given her talents to Tabitha Hospice since 2010. During that time she has earned recognition in Tabitha’s Hearts of Gold caregiver appreciation program and has served as a Tabitha Steward, where she has encouraged and led her peers to embrace Tabitha’s award-winning LIVE2Succeed corporate culture. Clark also is a member of the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association and has served as an educational speaker on a variety of health-related topics.
 
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 Recognizes Dedicated Employees in Q2 - August 13, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is committed each day to promoting the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults. Behind that mission are the compassionate and committed team members who generously share their talents with Tabitha. Last quarter the organization honored Jenna Meyer, Lynette Pospisil and Sara Zimbelman as Tabitha Employees of the Month, and Pat Deeds as Leader of the Quarter for their dedication to service and upholding not only Tabitha’s mission but its award-winning LIVE2Succeed corporate culture.
 
Jenna Meyer serves as living assistant at Tabitha’s GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites. She not only embraces Tabitha’s culture of compassion but takes her responsibility above and beyond, volunteering to chair committees and work groups that benefit both residents and team members.
 
Lynette Pospisil, resident assistant at Tabitha of Crete, invites optimism for residents and co-workers. She is the first to step up for a specific task or project and always puts Crete’s Elders at the center of all she does.
 
Sara Zimbelman, RN, a visiting nurse from Tabitha Home Health Care, is the very definition of a team player. She brings positivity to her own job and this past quarter offered her help to the hospice team when short-staffed.
 
Pat Deeds, RN, is clinical coordinator for Tabitha Home Health Care. Deed leads an interdisciplinary team that relies on her years of home care experience in providing compassionate and committed home health care. She continues to inspire those around her, and has been especially instrumental in the success of Tabitha’s regional teams, serving 28 southeast Nebraska counties in all.
 
Tabitha’s LIVE2Succeed culture encourages team members to love their jobs, invite optimism, vision success and embrace the mission.
 
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 Welcomes Assistant Administrator - August 9, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce the addition of Trish Smolik, RN, BSN, MSN, as Tabitha Hospice assistant administrator. As assistant administrator, Smolik is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Tabitha Hospice’s regional teams spanning 28 southeast Nebraska counties, and facilitation of quality and process improvement for Tabitha’s end-of-life services.
 
Smolik joins Tabitha with more than 16 years’ nursing experience working in a variety of health disciplines. During that time, her experiences have ranged from direct client care to nursing education, development and leadership.
 
“Trish’s experience is well suited for Tabitha Hospice,” said Aloha Schmid, Tabitha Hospice interim administrator. “She continues to show compassion for clients, families and the interdisciplinary teams that comprise Tabitha’s hospice services.”
 
“I feel very honored to be part of the Tabitha family,” Smolik said. “Hospice holds a very dear place to me, and I feel great dedication to lead our hospice teams to excellence while ensuring clients and families can sense our commitment and compassion throughout their 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 Invites Public to Ongoing Bereavement Support Groups - August 1, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to welcome the public to its ongoing grief support groups held monthly and facilitated by Tabitha Hospice.
 
Participation in the support groups requires no advance RSVP or registration. Adult children of a deceased parent are invited to attend from 1:30-3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, and a group focused on surviving spouses convenes from 3:30-5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
 
These professionally led groups address a range of grief-related topics and cover every unique stage of the grieving process.
 
All groups are held at Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln, located at 4720 Randolph Street. For more information, contact Judy Mullally at 402.486.8546.
 
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 - Tabitha Magazine Summer 2013


Check out our latest version of the Answer, Tabitha's quarterly magazine!
The Answer - Summer 2013

Tabitha Communities chosen by NNFA Interact Collaborative - August 1, 2013

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce that two of its skilled nursing communities, Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lincoln, and Tabitha of Crete, were selected by the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association (NNFA) as participants in the NNFA INTERACT Collaborative, a quality improvement program designed to help nursing communities improve care and reduce unnecessary and costly hospitalizations for residents. Tabitha’s communities were two of only 15 in the state selected for this innovative six-month program.
 
“We’re very proud to partner with the NNFA for this visionary new collaboration,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “For decades, Tabitha has been an innovator in quality and compassionate care for Elders. This new opportunity only furthers our commitment to honing in on and improving best practices for clients, families and the greater community.”
 
INTERACT, which stands for Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers, is a quality improvement program designed to improve the identification, evaluation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. Through the use of specifically developed INTERACT tools, some clients can be treated in the nursing home without any complications, costing Medicare only about $200 instead of $10,000 or more if the client is hospitalized. Using such care in nursing homes nationwide could improve care, reduce complications from hospitalizations, and avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare expenditures annually. For more information about INTERACT, visit http://interact2.net/.
 
The Nebraska Nursing Facility Association is a non-profit trade association representing proprietary, non-proprietary and governmental nursing facilities. NNFA also represents the interests of individuals and businesses interested in the nursing facility profession. NNFA is an affiliate of the Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA) and the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Each facility member of NNFA is also a member of AHCA. Visit www.nehca.org 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’s latest e-book offers essential Memory Care Resources - July 25, 2013


Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is has released its third e-book of 2013, How to Cope with Your Loved One’s Memory Loss, now available to download for free at Tabitha.org.
 
“Creating these books, and making them available at no cost to the public, was very intentional,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We have been caring for Elders for decades, and that experience has shown us that helping a loved one thorough the aging journey is complicated and filled with questions. Tabitha’s e-books provide invaluable guidance to those supporting an aging parent, spouse or family member.”
 
Tabitha’s e-book series helps guide and support those helping loved ones through the complex world of aging with topics range from what kinds of support are available to how to recognize the signs that may signal more support is needed. In the latest e-book Tabitha experts explore the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and offer guidance on how to cope with symptoms and when to seek outside support.
 
Tabitha continuously strives to raise the standard in expert memory care support for Elders in southeast Nebraska. This spring more than 125 care staff from six different Tabitha service lines, including skilled nursing, assisted living and home care, became certified dementia practitioners.
 
To download your free version of How to Cope with Your Loved One’s Memory Loss, visit Tabitha.org and click on “Download e-books” at the top of the screen. Additional e-books published later this year will explore how to approach your loved one about needing support, how to know what support is right and what is a continuum of Elder Care services. Continue visiting Tabitha.org for the latest details on when these books become available. 
 
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 Residents Celebrate Life at Annual Carnival - July 23, 2013


Tabitha’s Lincoln campus residents recently enjoyed an annual summer spectacular with an evening of street games, picnic food and entertainment at the second-annual Tabitha Green House® Carnival. The event welcomed more than 700 Elders, family members, employees and neighbors and included the Tabitha Living Communities of GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites, Journey House SNF for Hospice Care, Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Tabitha Village Independent Living Apartments, along with hosts and residents from all four Tabitha Green House homes.
 
“We were so thrilled to welcome so many friends and family to celebrate life with us during the carnival,” said Anne Ferguson, Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center administrator. “The Green House residents were happy to welcome our friends and neighbors, and we were so pleased to expand this annual celebration to include all of Tabitha’s main campus residents.”
 
The carnival came to life thanks to the vision of Tabitha’s Green House residents, the determination and hard work of Tabitha staff members, and partnerships from community sponsors like Cornhusker Bank, Hiland Dairy, Temple Baptist Church and VVS Canteen. Community volunteers from Walgreens and Sheridan Lutheran Church also came out to lend a hand. 
 
Tabitha’s four Green House homes, located just north of the organization’s main campus in the heart of Lincoln, 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. Each house is home to 9-12 Elders who enjoy life on their own terms while receiving compassionate skilled nursing care. Green House homes are a unique and innovative living community environment that support 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, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.
 

July 11th, 2013 Tabitha adds Fujan to Expand Community Outreach

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce Justin Fujan as the most recent addition to its community outreach team. In this newly created role, Fujan will be focused on continued community outreach efforts in Tabitha’s main region, serving Lancaster County, and its east region, serving Nebraska City and eight surrounding counties.

Fujan brings to his new position a passion for Elder Care backed by compassionate experience. He served the previous four years as a memory care specialist on Tabitha’s life enrichment team at Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Prior to joining Tabitha, Fujan earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“Justin has been refreshing for our team,” said Jeremy Hohlen, vice president of operations. “He is bright, talented, outgoing and above all compassionate in the work we do throughout Tabitha’s full continuum of Elder Care service.”

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.

July 9th, 2013 Tabitha Introduces Griefshare Support Group in Lincoln

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to introduce GriefShare, a new 13-week grief support group beginning in August on the organization’s main campus in Lincoln.

Facilitated by Concordia University’s Rev. Dr. Kevin Kohnke, GriefShare is a professionally led, compassionate support group that 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.

Dr. Kohnke is an associate professor of family life ministry and the director of human services, family life ministry and gerontology at Concordia University in Seward, Neb. His experience includes eight years of GriefShare leadership and specialized training in grief support.

GriefShare participants are invited to attend any part or all of the 13-week series at Tabitha, beginning Aug. 7 through Oct. 30. Classes will take place each Wednesday from 10 a.m. – noon.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Judy Mullally at 402.486.8546, as group size is limited. Mullally is also available to provide information and answer questions prior to the group’s first session.

A second GriefShare opportunity will be available at Tabitha in January 2014.

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.

July 2nd, 2013 Gateway Sertoma Golfs to Support Tabitha Meals on Wheels

Lincoln’s Gateway Sertoma Club and Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, joined forces to welcome more than 160 golfers to HiMark Golf

Course in June for a great cause. Proceeds from the 11th annual event brought in nearly $45,000 in support of Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

In true tournament-style, the event featured a four-person scramble, hole games, prizes and a media challenge, in which the KLKN Channel 8 Eyewitness News team re-claimed the coveted media trophy.

"Gateway Sertoma Club is once again honored to be a part of this tournament for Tabitha Meals on Wheels, now 11 years and running,” said Charlie Huff, Gateway Sertoma Golf committee member. “This is our largest fundraiser, and our members really work hard on it. We support Tabitha because Meals on Wheels is such a terrific program that benefits Lincoln’s seniors."

Proceeds from the tournament totaled an amount that provides more than 7,500 hot, nutritious meals to Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients. The program services more than 400 meals per day to those in need. Seventy percent of recipients are unable to afford the $5.75 cost of the meal. As Tabitha has made a point to turn away no one in need, contributions like those from Gateway Sertoma are instrumental in keeping the program in operation.

“Partnerships with great organizations like 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 more than 50 years ago. The group’s mission is “service to mankind”, motivating members to volunteer service and fundraising for community programs in need. Ten years ago, the group merged a love of service with an affinity for 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.

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 Aging Presentation at Lincoln Berean

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and Lincoln Berean are partnering to offer a unique opportunity for church goers. On Sunday, June 30, Tabitha experts, Kristine Dykeman-Schoening and Francie Cable, will present “Care Decisions for an Aging Loved One” at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 S 70th St. Learn how to plan for and proactively navigate the health, social and financial implications of the aging journey through this free community seminar.

“This partnership will hopefully be the first of many as we continue looking for ways to connect with Lincoln’s Christian community,” said Jeremy Hohlen, Tabitha executive director of operations. “Knowing when the right time to seek support for an aging loved one is difficult. As a non-profit, Christian centered organization, our mission guides us to provide answers to the tough questions along the aging journey.”

“Care Decisions for an Aging Loved One” will be offered twice on June 30, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Lincoln Berean, room D-103. A question and answer period will follow each presentation.

Speaker Kristine Dykeman-Schoening, Tabitha executive director of continuum, brings 24 years of experience working with Elders and their families. Schoening has received certifications in gerontology and social work and oversees Tabitha’s continuum of Elder Care services. Co-presenter Francie Cable, RN, BSN, CHPN, serves as Tabitha’s community outreach liaison. Her background is in hospice nursing care. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, one of only a few dozen health care professionals in the state of Nebraska with such certification.

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 Executive Named to Thrivent Fellows Leadership Program

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce that Jeremy Hohlen, vice president of operations, was recently named to the prestigious Thrivent Fellows Program, a rigorous, six-month executive development fellowship for the purpose of growing the leadership capacity of the agencies and institutions of the Lutheran Church.

Sponsored by the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Concordia University System of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Congregational and Synodical Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the goal of the Thrivent Fellows Program is to identify, encourage, develop and equip high-capacity leaders for leadership roles in Lutheran agencies and institutions.

“It is our honor to see Jeremy participate in this leadership program,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Investing in our leaders and encouraging their growth is why they continue to excel in today’s world of healthcare. We’re excited for Jeremy, a truly exceptional leader, to hone his skills and expertise, ultimately benefiting the caregivers and Elders he serves.”

Candidates for the program were selected based on their demonstrated leadership and commitment to mission, a strong record of service to Lutheran agencies and institutions, a clear potential for top-level leadership, and on their vocational calls to lead these important organizations. While at Tabitha, Hohlen has proven his commitment to compassionate leadership through roles as administrator of Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and, most recently, vice president of operations, where he oversees Tabitha’s senior living communities and home care 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.

Tabitha Welcomes Community, Connects Elders Through Summer Concert Series

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is working this summer to connect Elders to the community, with a little help from a guitar or two. Tabitha is pleased to announce its first outdoor concert series, Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, to be held the second Tuesday of July, August and September on Tabitha’s main campus in the heart of Lincoln’s Witherbee Neighborhood.

Community members are invited to join Tabitha’s Lincoln campus residents for this free, family-friendly event. Kicking off the series on July 9 is The Links, a nostalgic trio bringing to life the hits from four decades and many musical eras gone by. The series continues with polka band The Brad Kusak Trio, taking stage on Aug. 13, and concludes on Sept. 10 with The Lightning Bugs, a popular jazz group with a big band flair.

“Community is a guiding principle throughout our continuum of Elder Care services,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “We’re pleased to be able to welcome our neighbors and engage our Elders in a fun and entertaining new way.”

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 Shows Commitment to Community through Neighborhood Partnership

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and the Witherbee Neighborhood Association, whose reach spans nearly 2,000 homes in the heart the city, have come together to form a unique partnership in mutual support of their central Lincoln community.

“Community is an important guiding principle throughout the 28 Nebraska counties served by the Tabitha Elder Care Continuum,” said Joyce Ebmeier, Tabitha’s senior vice president of strategic planning and communication. “The Witherbee Neighborhood Association has been a phenomenal partner throughout Tabitha’s Lincoln campus expansion, and we’ve made intentional efforts to include them on our journey.”

Since 2009, Tabitha’s strategic expansion plan has called for the construction of five new senior living communities, reaching even farther into the Witherbee neighborhood that Tabitha has called home since 1890. The new communities include three Green House® homes that provide residential, family-oriented skilled nursing and long-term care, Journey House SNF for Hospice Care, and GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites.

“Many neighborhood groups do everything they can to keep the neighborhood composed of single-family homes. Witherbee doesn’t operate like that,” said Larry Frisch of the Witherbee Neighborhood Association. “When Tabitha looked to expand, we spent some time thinking about it and ultimately discovered that Tabitha’s Elders are just as much members of Witherbee as our neighbors in single-family homes. They deserved to be included, too.”

Tabitha and the Witherbee Neighborhood Association have grown into close partners during the expansion phases. In 2012, Tabitha’s on-site fitness gym, Club 4, was opened to membership by Witherbee members aged 55 and older. The fitness gym features a fourth-floor, birds’ eye view of the neighborhood and offers members exercise equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bicycles and a walking track. The fitness gym provides an ideal environment for Witherbee Neighborhood Association members to join Tabitha employees in maintaining their health side-by-side. Since offering Club 4 memberships to Witherbee neighbors, more than 60 people have made the step toward health with this low-cost and conveniently located opportunity. 

Other partnership ventures have flourished between Tabitha and Witherbee, including the association’s monthly meetings, held on Tabitha’s main campus. Most recently, Witherbee neighbors were invited to Tabitha’s inaugural outdoor concert series, Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, held on the second Tuesday of July, August and September.

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 with Campus-wide Carnival

Tabitha, your Answer for Elder Care, is lighting the grills and clearing the streets for its second-annual Green House® Carnival.

And this year, Elders in Tabitha’s Green House homes are inviting the neighbors, including residents at Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites; Journey House SNF for Hospice Care; and Tabitha Village Independent Living Apartments, in addition to Witherbee Neighborhood families who live near the Green Houses.

The carnival will get underway on Thursday, June 27, from 5-7:30 p.m. and feature a picnic-style dinner, live music, carnival games and prizes for family, residents, friends and caregivers.

“Teams from across Tabitha’s continuum of services have joined together to present this exciting, summer-themed event,” said Anne Ferguson, Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center administration. “Residents of the Green House homes are thrilled to welcome their neighbors for a celebration of summer, family and friendship.”

In 2012, the carnival welcomed more than 400 participants. This year’s attendance is expected to reach 1,200, Ferguson said.

“At Tabitha’s Green House homes, our residents are heavily involved in planning their daily activities as well as special celebrations like this one,” she continued. “Our Elders have some very special surprises planned for carnival guests this year.”

Tabitha’s four Green House homes, located just north of the organization’s main campus in the heart of Lincoln, 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. Each house is home to 9-12 Elders who enjoy life on their own terms while receiving compassionate skilled nursing care. Green House homes are a unique and innovative living community environment that support 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, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at www.Tabitha.org.

Tabitha Keeps Bar High in Caring for Memory Support Clients

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, continues to raise the standard in memory care support, this time with a significant investment in team member training to enhance the dignity and well-being of Elders experiencing memory loss.

More than 125 care staff from six different Tabitha service lines, including skilled nursing, assisted living and home care, became certified dementia practitioners this spring through the organization-wide educational effort.

“When 80 percent of older adults experience some form of memory loss, it becomes an issue we just can’t ignore,” said Jeremy Hohlen, Tabitha vice president of operations. “The more team members who are certified in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia ultimately means the best care and outcomes for our clients and their families.”

With certification through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, the designation denotes an individual’s education and training by memory care experts to understand and put into practice the most appropriate activities, psychosocial support, care and comfort measures for individuals and families experiencing dementia at any stage.

Tabitha caregivers who earned the certification represented Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Tabitha Home Health Care and in-home support, Tabitha of Crete and Garden Square Assisted Living of Crete, and the organization’s leading memory support community, GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites. Among the GracePointe team members trained were its director of nursing and director of resident services. Ongoing monthly training will be provided for caregivers by Tabitha in an effort to continually raise the standard in Elder Care memory 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 Hospice Offers Community Grief Groups

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, invites those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to participate in a series of free community support groups. Join us for our Loss of a Parent support group, meeting the third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m., and our Loss of a Spouse support group, meeting the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m.

All groups are held on Tabitha’s main campus at 4720 Randolph Street in Lincoln. They are free, open to the public and led by experienced Tabitha Hospice volunteer, Deb Ahl.

“Support is an important factor in the grieving process,” said Judy Mullally, Tabitha’s bereavement coordinator. “These groups offer participants a chance to share, to listen and to know they’re not alone.”

For more information about the support groups please call 402.486.8546. Groups will be held throughout the year, with one hiatus month occurring in July. More information about Tabitha Hospice, Nebraska’s first and most experience hospice provider, visit www.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.
 

Intergenerational Prom Night Joins GracePointe Elders with Local High School Students

Tabitha’s GracePointe Assisted Living & Memory Care Suites recently welcomed a few youthful volunteers for an intergenerational prom night. Some Enchanted Evening was the theme of the dance, which brought together high school-aged volunteers and more than 60 elder residents of GracePointe.

GracePointe caregivers treated residents to a prime rib dinner and gourmet desserts, followed by dancing under the stars to the big band greats of swing-era music. Area high school students, too, were on hand to enjoy the festivities and cut a rug, bring plenty of smiles to Elders throughout the evening.

“Events like this make a difference to the Elders who call GracePointe home,” said Carol Huenergardt, GracePointe administrator. “Many of our residents would never have dreamed they’d be able to attend a dance again. These students made it possible for them.”

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.

Tabitha Hospice Holds Volunteer Training in Nebraska City

Tabitha Hospice will offer specialized training for prospective volunteers on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 315 S. 16th Street in Nebraska City. 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, shopping, light housekeeping, transportation and help with other daily tasks. Space is limited, so register today by calling 402.873.7047 or toll-free at 800.487.3484.

Interested individuals who, prior to signing up for the training sessions, want to learn more about volunteering with Tabitha Hospice are invited to attend an informational open house, which will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at Tabitha’s Nebraska City office, located at 1114 Grundman Blvd.

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. Most hospice clients remain in their own homes to be cared for by family members and friends. 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 high levels 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 life-limiting illnesses so they might live life as fully and comfortably as possible.

Those unable to attend the June training sessions in Nebraska City may inquire with Deb Van Dyke-Ries, director of volunteers, at 402.486.8564 about alternate training dates in Lincoln.

Answers on Aging: Now Playing on your iPod

Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, Lincoln’s only radio program exploring the aging continuum, has teamed up with iTunes to make tuning in easier for listeners on the go.

In addition to online podcasts available at Tabitha.org, listeners with an iTunes subscription can now access the show’s entire archive on any connected mobile device

“We’re excited to be able to offer our listeners new ways of connecting with Tabitha,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO, and co-host of Answers on Aging. “Working with iTunes allows us to broaden our reach and bring more aging answers to a wider audience.”

Since May 2012, Answers on Aging has aired every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, bringing southeast Nebraska the latest trends and experienced experts to explore the aging journey. Whether investigating when to seek health care for aging-related issues, planning for retirement or highlighting social opportunities for seniors, Answers on Aging entertains and invites listeners not only to face the aging journey but to embrace it.

Answers on Aging podcasts are free and available to download at AgingAnswersRadio.com. Click on the subscription button to access the iTunes podcasts.

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.

Pushing Competition Aside, Tabitha and The Landing Collaborate to Benefit Nebraska Elders

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community, recently announced a paradigm-shattering, innovative collaboration for the benefit of Lincoln-area seniors.

Joined by their common, Christian-centered missions, the two organizations are shedding the common perception of competition within the health care industry’s current environment of fiscal uncertainty and challenge. Through a united effort to serve the best interests of the community, they have brought together Tabitha’s historic, award-winning nursing care with Immanuel Communities’ excellence in living community design.

A groundbreaking ceremony on May 15 officially introduced their first collaborative project: a visionary, resident-centered skilled-nursing and long-term care living community on The Landing’s Williamsburg Village campus in Lincoln.

“Because both Tabitha and Immanuel believe in offering the best options and answers to Elders throughout the aging journey, we have reached across the community to join in collaboration and bring our courageous vision of strengthening options available to Elders to fruition. Indeed, two heads—and hearts—are better than one, and the best is yet to come,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO.

The collaborative community will feature 15 private suites—two built for couples and many shared indoor and outdoor living spaces where residents are encouraged to build relationships and live their daily lives in an environment that’s just like home yet affords the best in skilled-nursing support.

“For decades Tabitha has led the way in forward-thinking solutions for Lincoln’s aging population,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president and CEO. “It only makes sense that the community’s finest living communities, like The Landing, would take advantage of the reputation, innovation and commitment to serving seniors that Tabitha has to offer.”

Slated to open early in 2014, the community will open for site tours later this year. Elders and their families who want to learn more about becoming a resident are encouraged to contact Tabitha Continuum Navigation at 402.486.8520 or visit the community online at www.Tabitha.org/TheLanding

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

 
 

Tabitha Hospice Holds Volunteer Training in Nebraska City

Tabitha Hospice will offer specialized training for prospective volunteers on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 315 S. 16th Street in Nebraska City. 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, shopping, light housekeeping, transportation and help with other daily tasks. Space is limited, so register today by calling 402.873.7047 or toll-free at 800.487.3484.

Interested individuals who, prior to signing up for the training sessions, want to learn more about volunteering with Tabitha Hospice are invited to attend an informational open house, which will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at Tabitha’s Nebraska City office, located at 1114 Grundman Blvd.

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. Most hospice clients remain in their own homes to be cared for by family members and friends. 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 high levels 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 life-limiting illnesses so they might live life as fully and comfortably as possible.

Those unable to attend the June training sessions in Nebraska City may inquire with Deb Van Dyke-Ries, director of volunteers, at 402.486.8564 about alternate training dates in Lincoln.

Tabitha and The Landing Break Ground on Collaborative Senior Living Community

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, and The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community, are proud to announce the start of a collaborative building project on The Landing’s south Lincoln campus.

The two organizations hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on May 15 to kick off construction of the community, an innovative and visionary skilled nursing and long-term care residence for Lincoln’s most discerning seniors. The celebration included remarks from Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, who presented a proclamation to commemorate the day, as well as a celebration dance, the Harlem Shake, performed by The Landing residents and groundbreaking attendees. 

The innovative community 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 daily lives in an environment that’s just like home. The collaboration brings together Tabitha’s historic, award-winning nursing care with Immanuel’s excellence in living community design and support. The project is further complemented by the two organizations’ common focus on Christian-centered, compassionate care.

“Tabitha is thrilled and honored to once again help lead the way in offering this residential, community-oriented lifestyle to our city’s seniors and their families,” said Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “Working with The Landing and Immanuel to make this bold vision a reality demonstrates the power of collaboration and, ultimately, a priority to continually serve residents through the Christian mission that each of our organizations holds close.”

The building project, slated to open to residents in early 2014, is just the latest in an ongoing and growing collaboration between Tabitha and The Landing.

“Tabitha has always been a leader and an innovator in health care for seniors,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president. “It only makes sense that Lincoln’s finest living communities, like The Landing, would want to take advantage of the experience and professionalism and vision Tabitha has to offer. We’re excited for this collaboration and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Tabitha for the benefit of Nebraska’s seniors.”

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 at 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 Recognizes its Outstanding Leaders

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to recognize and recap its 2012 Leaders of the Quarter. Tabitha distinguishes a leader during each quarter who personifies the organization’s mission and vision of providing compassionate care for Elders. Recipients are selected in connection with Tabitha’s award-winning LIVE2Succeed corporate culture, which encourages team members to love their jobs, invite optimism, vision success and embrace the mission.

2012 honorees were:

Q1: Angie Cardwell, RN, APRN, director of medical services, received recognition for her continued commitment to Tabitha’s LIVE2Succeed culture. Cardwell manages and cares for employees and their families at Tabitha’s employee health clinic, located on the organization’s main campus in Lincoln. For more than 20 years, Tabitha has provided this free health clinic to employees and their families. Additionally, Cardwell oversees Tabitha’s employee wellness program, designed to encourage team members to improve their personal and professional lives through healthier lifestyles. 

Q2: Tiffany Butcher serves as director of Tabitha’s Adult Day program and was recognized for her leadership and compassion toward team members and clients. Tabitha Adult Day is a daytime home away from home for clients. The program has achieved impressive results by creating positive, inclusive activities that enrich older adults and support individuals with memory loss. 

Q3: Jennifer Knecht, director of marketing, heads Tabitha’s marketing and public relations efforts across the 28 southeast Nebraska counties Tabitha serves. Most recently, she proved instrumental in the re-branding of Tabitha’s corporate image, the launch of Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, the inception of a weekly radio program on KFOR 1240 AM, the redesign of Tabitha’s corporate website and interactive strategy, and many other marketing efforts reaching throughout Tabitha’s service area.

Q4: Anne Ferguson, administrator, Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, received recognition based on her overall character and commitment to Tabitha’s largest living option, a 215-bed Elder community providing skilled nursing and long-term care. Ferguson’s leadership displays a phenomenal quality of character and focus on the employees she leads daily.

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 Gives Supporters the Rockstar Treatment

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, will host a Rockstar celebration to honor those who have given extraordinarily in the pursuit of outstanding, compassionate care for southeast Nebraska Elders. The special event begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4 at Embassy Suites in Lincoln.

Each year at Rockstar, Tabitha recognizes a notable employee donor, corporate donor, church and civic organization, and awards a lifetime commitment award to a person or family who has dedicated 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.

2013 honorees include Carol Pewthers, American National Bank, Southwood Lutheran Church, Downtown Rotary Club #14 and longtime friends of Tabitha, Al and Sharon Seagren.

Proceeds from the event benefit Tabitha Meals on Wheels. In operation since 1967, Tabitha Meals on Wheels remains the only program of its kind in Lincoln that delivers hot, nutritious meals to more than 400 individuals every day. Good nutrition is one of the last things allowing many Elders to remain independent in their homes but for many, this independence is financially out of reach. More than 70 percent of Tabitha Meals on Wheels clients cannot afford the full $5.75 cost of a meal. Supporters of the Tabitha Foundation ensure Tabitha Meals on Wheels is able to say “yes” to Elders in need.

Contact the Tabitha Foundation at Tabitha.org/foundation or 402.486.8509 for more information about the Rockstar celebration, Tabitha Meals on Wheels and how you can help support our community’s Elders. 
 

Tabitha Nursing Communities Recognized Among Nebraska's Best

Two Tabitha communities have again been named among the “Best Nursing Homes in Nebraska” by U.S. News & World Report. Included in the 40 communities ranked for the state’s highest quality, compassionate Elder Care in 2013 were Tabitha of Crete and Tabitha-managed Blue Valley Nursing Home in Hebron.

“This recognition represents the unconditional character, commitment, dedication and love of Elders the teams in these communities put forward each and every day,” said Jeremy Hohlen, Tabitha vice president of operations. “Achieving this level of quality standards is difficult. The work of our care teams is phenomenal.”

Report rankings were established based on data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Through a series of regular state inspections, CMS ranks each nursing home in the country—more than 200 in Nebraska alone—on a scale of one to five stars. Communities receive an overall score and scores in each underlying category of health inspections, nurse staffing and quality care.

All 40 communities recognized in Nebraska received an overall score of five stars and anywhere from 3-5 stars in the underlying categories.

This is the third consecutive year for the two Tabitha communities to be noted as the best in Nebraska.

According to the publication, one in seven Americans age 65 or better will need care in a nursing home. The report findings help millions of Americans and their families each year to find the best quality of care available in their area.  

Tabitha of Crete is a 40-bed community offering skilled nursing and long-term care to Elders in a small-town setting. Tabitha-managed Blue Valley Nursing Home in Hebron is a 64-bed community where care staff sets high standards and aims to provide quality care with a family approach.
 

Tabitha Welcomes Tammy Ward

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, is pleased to announce the addition of Tammy Ward to the organization’s strategic planning, business development and public advocacy efforts. In her new position, Ward is responsible for fostering the growth of Tabitha’s services and strategic relationships as well as advocating for Elder-supportive policy at the state and federal levels.

“Making a difference in people’s lives has always been a passion for me,” Ward said. “Working at Tabitha and advocating for Elders allows me to continue to make a difference in a new and very meaningful way.”

Before joining Tabitha, Ward served as Lincoln’s district manager for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson. She has been involved in state and federal policy issues since 1988. Ward also is a member of MBA Research Executive Advisory Network (ExecNet), an organization of business professionals who collaborate on national curriculum models used in education.

“We’re so pleased to have Tammy join the Tabitha team,” said Joyce Ebmeier, Tabitha’s senior vice president of strategic planning. “She has shown great leadership and enthusiasm during her years of service to Nebraska. Her expertise will be tremendous for Elders and for Tabitha.”

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.

Action Alert! - Preserving the tax deduction for charitable contributions!

Please help Tabitha send a resounding message to Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation! 

It is important for them to understand that losing the tax deduction for charitable contributions would significantly and negatively impact our ability to generate donations that are vital to sustaining Tabitha’s Mission of service to Elders.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means is hearing testimony today, so the timing of your message couldn’t be better.

Click Here and follow the simple instructions.  It will only take a couple of minutes of your time, and it will help so much.
 

Call to Action: Preserve Public and Private Funding for Aging Services - Feb. 5, 2013

Federal funding for aging services programs, like those provided by Tabitha, will be cut substantially as of March 3 unless Congress passes legislation to prevent automatic spending reductions, known as sequestration.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 called on Congress to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. Congress so far has been unable to pass deficit reduction legislation to satisfy this requirement. March 1 is the latest deadline to avoid a “fiscal cliff.”

Sequestration will have the following impact on aging services:

  • Medicare reimbursement to health care providers will be cut by 2%. These cuts will amount to an $11 billion cut in Medicare spending.
  • A 5.1% cut in Section 202 housing funding, amounting to $18 million.
  • The Administration on Aging, which manages Older Americans Act programs, would get a 5.1% cut, amounting to $86.7 million.
  • Medicaid is one of the few federal programs that would be exempt from the automatic spending cuts.

There is no denying the seriousness of the federal budget situation and the need for shared sacrifice to address it.

However, aging services programs already have absorbed many cutbacks over the last few years. Section 202 funding for this year is less than half of what it was three years ago. We have had no new construction money for two years. Medicare reimbursement has been curbed both administratively and under the Affordable Care Act.

We are concerned about the potential impact of more spending cuts on programs that already are under-funded in relation to the growing number of elders needing services. In addition, if sequestration goes into effect, funding levels for future years will be computed according to the new, lower baseline.

Your legislators need to know how automatic spending cuts will affect the people you serve, many of whom are physically or mentally frail, with limited financial resources.

Please contact your legislators by clicking the link below and urge them to prevent sequestration by taking a fair and balanced approach to reducing the federal budget deficit. We need a budget plan that does not impose a disproportionate burden on those least able to sustain cutbacks in health care, housing and long-term services and supports for people as they age.

Contact your legislators today!

 

CALL TO ACTION: LB405 - Feb. 4, 2013

On Wednesday, February 6, Tabitha will be testifying at a legislative hearing regarding LB405. This piece of legislation would eliminate sales tax exemption for ALL non-profit organizations, including Tabitha. This change, if passed, would result in increasing operating costs, and could force many non-profit organizations, such as Tabitha, to pass the costs on to our community’s Elders and in some cases, eliminate important services.

If this legislation advances, the impact on Elders in need of care, some of whom have already outlived their resources, will be great. Tabitha is speaking out against LB405. Will you?

Ways to Help:

  • Attend the public hearing on February 6, 2013, 1:30 p.m., room #1524 at the State Capital. The hearing will also be broadcast on NET2, the Legislature’s web site and NET’s web site, www.netNebraska.org/television
  • Contact your Senator through e-mail, phone or mail. Visit http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php for a list of Senators. Download the sample letter by clicking the link below. Simply download and update the respective fields and send.

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Tabitha of Crete Again Earns Five Stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Tabitha of Crete has again been awarded five stars, the highest mark in Elder Care, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Through a series of regular state inspections, CMS ranks each nursing home in the country on a scale of one to five stars. Facilities receive an overall score and subcategory scores pertaining to health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of care.

“This is another appreciated but also well-deserved reflection of our caregivers’ commitment to excellence,” said Kelsie Ryan, administrator. “Tabitha of Crete is a community within a community full of compassion, love and the region’s standard for quality, skilled nursing care.”

Tabitha of Crete consistently maintains top-tier CMS rankings, evidence of its compassionate, expertly trained staff and a dedication to Tabitha’s Christian mission of delivering Nebraska’s only complete continuum of services focused on 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.
 

The Walmart Foundation Supports Tabitha Meals on Wheels

The Walmart Foundation generously awarded Tabitha with $33,248.00 in grant funds to support a remodel the Meals on Wheels program’s distribution area and office, unveiled to the public last fall.

“The support of the Walmart Foundation was important in meeting an increased demand for Elders in our community who rely on Tabitha Meals on Wheels to remain independent,” said Heath Stukenholtz, senior vice president of the Tabitha Foundation. “The remodel allowed us to improve the staging area for meal delivery routes and add elements to make the entrance more accessible and ultimately safer for volunteers.”

Tabitha Meals on Wheels delivers warm, nutritious meals to more than 400 Elders every day of the year. In operation since 1967, Tabitha Meals on Wheels remains the only service of its kind in the Lincoln community. Over the years, the daily noon meal has made the difference in Elders remaining independent in their homes.

The program relies heavily on its donors, as nearly seventy percent of meal recipients are unable to pay the $5.75 per meal required to provide services. Tabitha has never turned away Elders with an inability to pay.

The Walmart Foundation strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on the community. The Foundation funds organizations in the focus areas of education, workforce development/economic opportunity, health and wellness, environmental sustainability, hunger relief, women’s economic empowerment and the veteran population.

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 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.
 

The Answer - Tabitha Magazine Winter 2013

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

The Answer - Winter 2013