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2021 Castle Senior Living Golf Outing

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1st ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

Please join us for the 1st Annual Golf Outing presented by Castle Senior Living! Join us for a fun packed day in support of the Castle Cares Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization providing scholarships for high schoolers going into healthcare or anyone furthering their education in healthcare, grants for emergency funds to frontline healthcare workers, and wish celebrations to celebrate seniors throughout our community.

Event Highlights
  • Catered Lunch & Dinner
  • Auction Items
  • Thousands of Dollars in Raffle Prizes
  • Putting Contest
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Hole Events

 

Pricing and Golf Options:

    1. Golf Foursome* with Mulligan pack** and hole sponsor*** – $580
    2. Golf Foursome* with Mulligan pack** – $480
    3. Golf Foursome* – $400
    4. Single Golfer with Mulligan pack** and hole sponsor*** – $230
    5. Single Golfer with Mulligan pack** – $130
    6. Single Golfer – $110
    7. Hole Sponsor*** – $100
    8. Dinner only – $40

*When checking out please provide names of foursome in the “notes” section
**Mulligan Package (two mulligans, two raffle tickets, one ticket to the putting contest)
***Hole Sponsorship comes with sign with your name at the hole and opportunity for a rep and table to be present. We will contact you for sign information.

  • Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
  • Location: New Berlin Hills Golf Course, 13775 W.Graham St., New Berlin, WI 53151
  • Schedule:
    • 8:30am – Check-In and Putting Contest until Shotgun Start
    • 10:00am – Shotgun Start
    • Lunch: Boxed lunch provided while out on the course
    • 4:00pm: Dinner, Raffles, Auction and Prizes!
  • Questions or interested in being a Sponsor/Providing Donations? Please call (262) 977-7781

All proceeds benefit the Castle Cares Foundation

Meet the Team Member: A Q & A with Nicole Kunze

By Senior Living

Nicole Kunze joined the Castle Senior Living team in 2021 as the Hospice Director of Nursing. Nicole received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Gateway Technical College and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University. She has close to 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population, including more than 10 years working in assisted living facilities, and an additional seven years of experience within the hospice setting.

We recently sat down with her to learn more.

What do you enjoy most about being the Hospice Director of Nursing at Castle Senior Living?

I enjoy being a leader where I can nurture a warm and welcoming culture amongst my team. Currently, there are only a few of us, but we are looking forward to expanding our team as our hospice program continues to grow.

I also enjoy my patients and learning more about their lives with each visit. They have such great stories! It is important to me to provide quality end-of-life care for all. I had always dreamed of being a nurse. I spent many days with my grandmother, who worked in a senior living community, and I’d spend time helping the patients and hearing their life stories. I think I was only 8 at the time, but I’d volunteer, help prepare meals, run activities and even bring my grandma’s dog around to visit residents. I really enjoyed it and volunteered there throughout high school.

 You have close to 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population, what told you that this was the right fit for you?

It is hard to put into words. I grew up with it through my grandmother and then as my grandparents aged, I assisted with their care and was with each of them through end of life. I love to see my residents and patients smile and just enjoy taking care of them. It is always a special moment when you can see that memory being brought back to life. It warms the heart. I enjoy serving them and making sure that their needs are met – especially in hospice. They deserve that comfort and peace as they live out the rest of their life.

I sometimes see one of my patients smile or just enjoy life and think to myself, “I hope that’s me some day.” They have such enthusiasm for life and I just love dancing with them at our little get togethers. It is the little things that make it worth it.

 Castle Senior Living provides independent living, assisted living and memory care services and has recently added hospice. Can you tell us more about why you’re excited about this new service offering?

I’m so excited! I was in hospice for about seven years before going into assisted living and I’m so glad to be back in hospice. I truly missed it. My heart belongs here. We have a great team and I’m looking forward to providing continuity of care for our patients.

I’m passionate about serving our terminally ill population and providing quality care during hospice. I see caring for an individual throughout the end of life as a privilege and take great pride in this work. It’s exciting to get this program up and going so that we can provide this service to our Castle Senior Living communities as well as the greater Milwaukee area.

 What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?

Professionally, I’d say I’m most passionate about caring for others. I’m also always willing to learn and love trying new things. Learning is vital as it ensures that we provide the best care for our patients that is anchored in evidence-based practices.

Personally, I’m passionate about my family. My husband and I have five children with the oldest being 16 and youngest is 8. We enjoy going to the ocean, camping, vacationing and spending time outdoors. One of our favorite vacations was spending a week and a half in Maine, where we could go to the beach and enjoyed hiking the trails at Acadia National Park.

We also enjoy watching movies together. We just watched Black Widow and recently finished up watching all the Marvel movies in chronological order. That took some time!

  Do you have any secret talents?

 I don’t think I have any secret talents – unless multitasking counts? As a mother to five kids, I’ve learned to excel at it. I can hear several conversations happening at the same time and remember what was said. I can be typing a message and be talking on the phone at the same time. Maybe not a secret talent, but certainly a useful one!

Hospice Eligibility Guidelines – Visits with Von

By Senior Living, Visits with Von

When is the right time to navigate toward the hospice route?

In some of our previous discussions we have mentioned that many who have received hospice services have wished they would have enrolled sooner, and that hospice is not a service reserved for just those in their final days or weeks of life. For this upcoming presentation, we will discuss when the right time is for hospice, hospice eligibility, review the process of how someone can learn more about hospice services, and how to determine if you, a loved one, or client may be eligible for this incredible benefit. Join us for our August 11th discussion in which we will be diving into the different eligibility guidelines for hospice.

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Date: August 11, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Virtual (via Zoom Meet)

RSVP: yvonne@castlewi.com (You will be sent a link)

Yvonne Ward APSW, ACHP-SW

Hospice Executive Director

Yvonne Ward joined the Castle Senior Living family in 2020 and is an integral part of our soon-to-be-launched Hospice program. Yvonne (or Von as we like to call her) has over 11 years of professional experience in hospice, social work, and the healthcare industry. She is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker – certified in 2017 from the National Association of Social Workers. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare with a Criminal Justice Certificate and her Master’s in Social Work with a Mental Health emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her goal is to help people with their physical, mental, emotional and healthcare needs by providing resources, support, advocacy and education. Von is so passionate about the individuals and families under her care, that she once arranged for a hospice patient to fulfill a last wish to go skydiving and then proceeded to jump out of the plane with him for support!

Senior nutrition is essential for good health and quality of life

By Senior Living

At Castle Senior Living, providing compassionate care in a loving environment includes well-balanced nutrition for our residents’ overall health.

The key to person-centered care is staying aligned with our residents’ changing care needs – and nutritional needs are no exception.  In fact, one of the most common health risks that seniors face is malnutrition. This happens for several reasons:

  • Decreased metabolism
  • Smaller calorie intake
  • Reduced appetite
  • Diminished nutrient absorption
  • Psychological and physiological changes

Below you will find some of the key nutrients our senior population should focus on:

  • Fiber-rich foods like whole grains are key for supporting good heart and digestive health.
  • Protein helps with muscle strength as muscle mass decreases. This is essential for mobility.
  • Vitamin B12 helps with the body’s central nervous system and blood flow – alleviating fatigue, episodes of confusion and more.
  • Vitamin D works with Calcium and Magnesium for strong bones and muscles as they become more fragile with age.
  • Potassium supports several body systems such as the cardiovascular system, nervous system and muscle health.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids are crucial for brain and heart health. Low levels are known to cause memory loss and decreased immunity for physical and emotional health.

Quality, well-balanced, home-cooked meals for our residents ensure that both their nutritional needs and appetites are satisfied. Contact us today to learn more about the nutritional value we offer in our dining services.

Meet the Residents: Doug and Linda Smith – “Living in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”

By Senior Living

Doug and Linda Smith could locate The Grand Hills Castle on West Cleveland Avenue in New Berlin long before they ever moved into the place that they now call home.

“We lived three miles from here and used to go by all the time while it was under construction,” recalls Linda. “We didn’t know what it was going to be at the time. I asked my daughter about it and she just happened to live next door to Kevin Kiefer, (President and Owner of Castle Senior Living). Later on, when Doug and I started talking about moving and investigating communities in the area, this seemed like the right place to be.”

Doug, who was diagnosed with polio when he was 14, started becoming weaker about 10 years ago. He has no strength in his legs, so a Hoyer lift moves him from the bed to a wheelchair or recliner.

“His health issues and us both getting older made us realize that we needed more help than what we could handle at home.”

It’s why Doug was the first of them to make the move to The Grand Hills Castle in January of 2019. Linda joined him in May of that year. Since that time, the Smith’s have come to recognize and highly value how the community supports their different needs through “person-centered care”.

“It’s a lot like Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood here,” she says. “The people are friendly and really look out for us. I saw one of the gals in the kitchen go out of her way to help someone having difficulties maneuvering around and got the resident back to their room.”

Soon after COVID-19 began in March of 2020, Linda and Doug safely sheltered in place for two weeks without seeing anyone but staff. One day, a caregiver brought her three skeins of yarn, some crochet hooks and patterns to embroider to help her pass the time. So far, Linda has made a throw blanket for their sofa.

“Doug and I are both big readers and we love crossword puzzles,” says Linda. “A few of the games they play here are similar to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. We’ll play games on the Wii and put together jigsaw puzzles. Just like at home, we run out of space to lay them out.”

“I like to watch TV,” adds Doug. “Mostly old westerns and comedies. I’ll watch almost anything. I also enjoy country & western music.”

Doug and Linda moved to Milwaukee when they were children. Both of them attended the West Allis School District. Doug graduated from Marquette University with a business degree. He was an accountant at a diesel engine company for 33 years and then a business manager for 10 years at Wisconsin State Fair Park until he retired. Linda worked for Northwestern Mutual until they began a family. They have three daughters, Connie, Paige Marie and Denise, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren with one on the way.

“We’re both proud of what nice people our three daughters became,” Linda says. “They visit us regularly.”

The Smith’s say their accommodations at The Grand Hills Castle suit them well whether it’s just the two of them or for family visits.

“We have an apartment with a patio door. I can walk outside and our car is parked here, available for when I need to drive somewhere. There’s a kitchenette and living room with a washer and dryer. It’s disabled accessible with a walk-in bathroom and shower. We get three meals a day, but I still like to use the stove once in a while. When family comes, it’s available for a gathering.

“The Grand Hills Castle is a nice place to live. I like the people who work here and live here. There’s a variety of people and that’s great.”

Debunking the Myths of Hospice

By Senior Living, Visits with Von

Most people think that hospice is about dying. We are here to show you that hospice is about living.

The concepts surrounding hospice are often taboo and we avoid the conversation until we are forced to make end of life decisions. There are many misconceptions about what hospice is and when the best time is to start talking about hospice care. As a result, hospice seems intimidating and this causes underutilization of the many benefits hospice provides. Most patients and families who have received hospice care report they wish they would have known about these services and support earlier.

Join us for our July 14 discussion in which we will be debunking some common hospice myths and providing the real facts!

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Date: July 14, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Virtual (via Zoom Meet)

RSVP: yvonne@castlewi.com (You will be sent a link)

Yvonne Ward APSW, ACHP-SW

Hospice Executive Director

Yvonne Ward joined the Castle Senior Living family in 2020 and is an integral part of our soon-to-be-launched Hospice program. Yvonne (or Von as we like to call her) has over 11 years of professional experience in hospice, social work, and the healthcare industry. She is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker – certified in 2017 from the National Association of Social Workers. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare with a Criminal Justice Certificate and her Master’s in Social Work with a Mental Health emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her goal is to help people with their physical, mental, emotional and healthcare needs by providing resources, support, advocacy and education. Von is so passionate about the individuals and families under her care, that she once arranged for a hospice patient to fulfill a last wish to go skydiving and then proceeded to jump out of the plane with him for support!

Resources for Older Adults – Visits with Von

By Senior Living, Visits with Von

What programs and services are out there for older adults?
How can I help support my loved one?

Join us on June 9 for a lively discussion on what resources are available for older adults. We will review local programs and services that may be available for older adults – whether they live at home or in a senior living community. We will discuss eligibility for and resources that are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and the VA. Programs on the agenda include home health therapies, palliative care, hospice, VA benefits, Medicaid, and different supportive living environments.

If there is a specific resource that you would like to learn about, please include that in your RSVP and we will make sure to cover it.

Download the Flyer

Date: June 9, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Virtual (via Zoom Meet)

RSVP: yvonne@castlewi.com (You will be sent a link)

Yvonne Ward APSW, ACHP-SW

Hospice Executive Director

Yvonne Ward joined the Castle Senior Living family in 2020 and is an integral part of our soon-to-be-launched Hospice program. Yvonne (or Von as we like to call her) has over 11 years of professional experience in hospice, social work, and the healthcare industry. She is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker – certified in 2017 from the National Association of Social Workers. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare with a Criminal Justice Certificate and her Master’s in Social Work with a Mental Health emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her goal is to help people with their physical, mental, emotional and healthcare needs by providing resources, support, advocacy and education. Von is so passionate about the individuals and families under her care, that she once arranged for a hospice patient to fulfill a last wish to go skydiving and then proceeded to jump out of the plane with him for support!

Creating a strong, caring environment for loved ones in assisted living

By Senior Living

Each year in May, we recognize Older Americans Month. This year, the theme is “Communities of Strength” – an especially poignant focus when living through a pandemic and looking to better days ahead.

But no matter what the time period or situation, there are always so many things to consider when the critical decision of moving a loved one to assisted living comes to the forefront.  Families often have to take a hard look at what their relative truly needs to be comfortable versus what they might want that person to have to make themselves feel better about the change.

If you’re starting the process of a life transition with your loved one, it takes courage and a thorough conversation about what’s best for them in a new living space.

  • Allow some personal belongings. Downsizing is an important factor when moving to assisted living. A favorite kitchen table or lounge chair may no longer fit in a new space, so it is left behind. What is important to pack for your relative are photographs of family and friends, photo albums, favorite books, a piece of artwork or a familiar blanket and pillows. Transitioning to new housing for your loved one shouldn’t mean giving up all the comforts of their former home.
  • Not everything should be new. Moving someone into an assisted living facility is a huge adjustment. So much is different for them – the people, the food, the routines. Many times, families look to our spaces that include kitchens as a must-have, especially if their loved one enjoyed cooking. If the resident is taking all meals in the dining area and needs significant support when eating, then the kitchen isn’t a necessity. Experts remind us that change should be kept to a minimum. The best approach is to limit the new things that our residents need to learn and adjust to, and they may not even use or need because of the complete amenities offered.
  • Expect change. It will happen. Your loved one will tell you that they don’t like where they now live. They may even ask to go home. Remember, this is a normal process when dealing with major changes. Keep in mind that to them, home is both a place and a feeling. Ask them to talk to you about what they miss. It may not change anything, but allowing them to express how they feel is incredibly important.
  • Be patient. Three to six months is the average time experts say that it takes for someone to adjust to assisted living. Stick with the reasons for your loved one’s move – improved safety, health, security, and comfort. This will help get through the tough times in those early days and weeks.

No matter what stage of the assisted living process, you can turn to Castle Senior Living for guidance. Talk to us about concerns that you have as we support your loved one through the transition and toward a happy lifestyle. We are proud to provide a comfortable, loving home environment that encourages independence, stability and happiness, and includes a variety of amenities, programs and clinical support for our residents. That’s how we build a community of strength.

Read more here or contact us with any questions.

Dementia 101 – Visits with Von

By Senior Living, Visits with Von

What is dementia?
How can I help my loved one?

Join us on May 12, when we will review excerpts from the dementia presentation, “Take My Hand – Effective Skills for Caregivers” (provided by University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and the Wisconsin Caregiver Academy). We will cover what dementia is as well as review the signs, symptoms, and stages of dementia. Additionally, we will watch a video to better help explain what it feels like to have dementia. Finally, we’ll discuss effective skills for dementia care.

Castle Senior Living incorporates the full version of this training module into our orientation for all of our employees.

Download the Flyer

Date: May 12, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Virtual (via Zoom Meet)

RSVP: yvonne@castlewi.com (You will be sent a link)

Yvonne Ward APSW, ACHP-SW

Hospice Executive Director

Yvonne Ward joined the Castle Senior Living family in 2020 and is an integral part of our soon-to-be-launched Hospice program. Yvonne (or Von as we like to call her) has over 11 years of professional experience in hospice, social work, and the healthcare industry. She is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker – certified in 2017 from the National Association of Social Workers. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare with a Criminal Justice Certificate and her Master’s in Social Work with a Mental Health emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her goal is to help people with their physical, mental, emotional and healthcare needs by providing resources, support, advocacy and education. Von is so passionate about the individuals and families under her care, that she once arranged for a hospice patient to fulfill a last wish to go skydiving and then proceeded to jump out of the plane with him for support!

Castle Senior Living Job Fair on May 27

By Senior Living

Castle Senior Living is excited to host a job fair for anyone interested in joining our team. If you think you may be a good fit, please attend! And if you know of anyone who may be a good fit, please encourage them to attend.

We will be holding on the spot in-person interviews. However, if you feel more comfortable or wish to have a virtual interview, we can arrange for that too. For those coming in person, we will have paper applications available day of or you can get a jumpstart and apply online. If you are wanting a virtual interview, please apply online and communicate that you prefer a virtual interview.

We encourage you to visit our Careers page to learn more about our culture, values and benefits of a career at Castle Senior Living.

Date & Time
Thursday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location
10427 W. Lincoln Ave Suite 1400
West Allis, WI 53227.

Current Openings

  • CNAs (certified nursing assistants)
  • CBRF Caregivers
  • LPNs (licensed practical nurses)
  • Culinary Positions – cooks, aides, etc.
  • Medical Assistants
  • Lead Caregivers
  • House Managers
  • Maintenance Tech

A full listing of open positions can be found here.

To find out more information or if you have any questions please email our recruiter – Meghan Sullivan.