Rise of the Phoenix - Our DON in the News Graphic

Going through your own personal struggles can truly help build empathy for better caregiving - and that certainly has been the case with our own director of nursing, Dawn Nimtz.

Check out the attached image - a copy of the article about her own fight through cancer and the support and strength she found by joining Team Phoenix is the Milwaukee area.

We are so blessed to have Dawn on our team!

Winter Olympics at Pine Haven

2018 is the year of the Winter Olympics, and with the planning and coordination of our Life Enrichment team, our residents are getting the opportunity to participate! 

At each campus, a week has been set aside for Olympic games. Events include things like the snowball relay, a snowball fight (with wadded up paper instead of snow, and team members with plastic snow shovels sweeping the "snow" onto the other team's court), hockey, basketball, bobsledding (with residents selecting their own "bobsled team" made of Lego people frozen into sleds made of ice, racing down a length of gutter), and more.

"It's been a lot of fun for the residents and the staff," said life enrichment manager Martina Wessels. "We love seeing everyone having such a good time, and proudly showing off their medals to others, telling them what they won them for."

Giddings Avenue campus completed their events last week - you can see the video of highlights to see all the fun.

Mar. 15, 2017: LFL Event - Easter Crafting with JoAnn

Celebrate National Craft Month!

Crafters from JoAnn will teach attendees about the joys of craft them and guide them through making their own Easter project to take home. There is no cost for this event!

This free event will be held on March 15th, from noon until 1:30pm in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls, as part of Pine Haven’s “Learning For Life” series of educational events, which are open to the public and feature a new topic each month. The goal of these lecture series is to provide information that is of interest to the general population, offering them a chance to learn more about topics that will benefit them through life. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP so we can have enough supplies on hand. This event is FREE! Snacks will be served.

If you have questions or to RSVP, please contact Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

Learning For Life: National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th, and Pine Haven will be supporting this with the first in their Learning For Life educational community seminars.

Pine Haven Christian Communities announced they will hold community learning events each month in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls. This series of educational events is open to the public and will feature a new topic each month. The events are free to attend, and will take place one Saturday each month, at 10:30 am.

“You’re never to old to learn – and there are a lot of subjects that are of interest to our residents and their families. We decided to create these learning events, to help bring the wider community onto our campus,” said Pine Haven’s director of marketing & community outreach, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “When people come onto our campus, they bring energy and excitement that our residents really enjoy. So, our plan is to have a wide variety of topics throughout the year, so that they’ll be of interest to as many people as possible.”

The first event will be held on April 16th, which is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Speaking at this event will be Christine Freund from the ADRC (Aging & Disability Resources Center), who will explain advance care planning, why it’s important and help guide attendees on how to get started. RSVPs are not necessary, but you can list your attendance on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/188814388162622/.
Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. To learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit nhdd.org.

Assisted Living on Haven Drive Campus Now Open

Perfect moving weather welcomed residents as they moved into their new home at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls on August 3rd.

Thirty-one residents moved into the new portion of the campus, coming from the community as well as moves from Pine Haven’s Pine Drive campus in Oostburg, their Giddings Avenue campus in Sheboygan Falls, and within the Haven Drive campus itself. Staff, family, and volunteers worked together to make the move a smooth and easy process with little disruption to the residents. Most of the moves started after breakfast and were complete in time for the residents to have lunch in their new home.

“God has led us through the building and move-in process, and His presence was clearly felt today,” said CEO Ron Walvoort. “He blessed us with beautiful weather, an efficient, relaxed relocation process, and a quick adjustment by all to their new homes. We give praise and thanks for His goodness.”

The new section of the Haven Drive campus includes 8 traditional assisted living apartments, 24 apartments for later stage memory care, and 8 apartments for those who need both memory care and high levels of physical care – the only assisted living household of its kind in Sheboygan County. Portions of the campus previously opened include: 40 apartments for supported independent living, 36 apartments for long-term skilled nursing care residents, 14 apartments for rehabilitative therapy patients, a state-of-the-art therapy gym providing both in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services. It is a full continuum of care.

The campus also includes many community features such as a multi-purpose community center for community events, an educational center, and a Village Square with a café, general store, beauty salon, and room for people to gather and socialize. Built at-grade, so those with walkers or wheelchairs will have access to all features, Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus is set up like a neighborhood, to feel like a community anyone would want to call home.

News of the move was featured in the Sheboygan Press in their article, "Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus open in Sheboygan Falls."

Haven Drive Campus Nursing Home Opens

As reported in the Sheboygan Press, after 65 years on our Giddings Avenue campus, Pine Haven Christian Home moved the skilled nursing facility to our new Haven Drive campus. 

The decision to build the new campus came as a result of the need to renovate Pine Haven’s existing nursing home. The new campus is designed to feel more like a neighborhood of homes. 

You can read the full story on the Sheboygan Press website or on the Milwaukee BizTimes website.

Residents Move Into New Nursing Home On Haven Drive Campus

Residents Move Into New Nursing Home On Haven Drive Campus

Pine Haven Improvements Featured In BizTimes

Milwaukee Biz Times recently highlighted the changes Pine Haven Christian Communities have made to improve the lives of their residents - by hiring new Life Enrichment Manager, Martina Wessels, and Chef, Crystal Thomas.

You can read the full article here.

Pine Haven New Hires Will Improve Dining, Overall Wellness

Pine Haven Christian Communities has recently added two new staff positions: Pine Haven Chef, Crystal Thomas, and Pine Haven Resident Wellness Manager, Martina Wessels.

“We’re always looking at ways to better serve our residents. We saw opportunities within our activities department, to increase focus on overall well-being, and in our dining service, to increase the number of options available to our residents and improve efficiency so that we could provide additional from-scratch options at every meal,” said Lori Albsmeier, Director of Human Resources at Pine Haven Christian Communities. “The talent and experience of Crystal and Martina are sure to enhance every one of our resident’s lives.”

The organization purchased and installed new, state-of-the-art technology in dietary food preparation including a “combi-oven” and a “blast chiller” over the summer. This equipment, which is new to the long term care industry, allows Pine Haven staff to provide fresher and healthier food, while increasing the variety of options. In order to make the most of the new equipment and further enhance dining service, Pine Haven hired Crystal Thomas as their new chef.

Crystal has a degree in culinary arts, baking, and pastry arts & science from Johnson and Wales University, as well as a certificate in education and supervised culinary interns. She has over 18 years experience as a chef in a variety of settings, including restaurants, resorts, and country clubs. Locally, she has worked at The Osthoff Resort, Lake Street Café, and The Gear Box. Crystal spent 10 years in the United Kingdom working at a resort with a castle and hotel, where they transitioned from traditional cooking equipment to the same food preparation method Pine Haven will now be using.

Looking to enhance the daily lives of residents, Pine Haven also hired a new Resident Wellness manager, Martina Wessels, in early September. Martina Wessels earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Since graduating, Martina worked for Alliance Rehab at a retirement community similar to Pine Haven providing fitness services to residents in independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and dementia care environments. Martina has created exercise programs, coordinated activities within a resident fitness center, planned and coordinated games and fitness activities, created displays on health topics and presented seminars on fitness and wellness topics.

Martina has already structured a new “Gym to Go” program, where she works with individual residents to assess their condition, set goals, and conduct a personalized workout routine with them on a regular basis. This is the first of the new initiatives Martina will be developing to help improve the overall wellness of all Pine Haven residents.

Residents are pleased with the changes. Compliments from residents about the food began as soon as the new equipment was being used, and continue to come in as residents enjoy the new and tasty creations. And many people have already signed up for the newly launched “Gym to Go” program.

For more information about Pine Haven visit www.pinehaven.org or call 920-467-2401.

Scholten & Pilgrim Earn CDP® Designations

Pine Haven Christian Communities proudly announces Rhonda Scholten, RN and Nicole Pilgrim, LPN have earned their Certified Dementia Practitioners designations. With this designation they have joined the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP).

The goal of the NCCDP/ICCDP is to develop and encourage comprehensive standards of excellence in direct-care skills, education and sensitivity in the area of dementia care. The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia education to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients.

Scholten and Pilgrim are both staff nurses at Pine Haven Christian Communities Covenant Home-Assisted Living for Memory Care. For more information about Pine Haven visit www.pinehaven.org or call 467-2401.