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Did You Know?
Manor Park is a non-profit organization, but do you know what that really means?
A non-profit organization (NPO) is an organization whose purpose is something other than making a profit for shareholders. Non-profit organizations are highly varied, although many people have come to associate NPOs with charitable organizations. Although charities do make up a large portion of the sector, there are many other types of non-profit organizations. Overall, they tend to be either “member-serving” or “community-serving”. Manor Park is a “community-serving” organization, focused on providing a full-spectrum of senior living services to the community.
In economic terms, a non-profit organization use its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or mission, rather than distributing its surplus income to the organization's shareholders (or owners) as profit or dividends. Although NPOs are permitted to generate surplus revenues, profits made must all be used to support the operation of the organization for its self-preservation, expansion, or plans. For example, Manor Park owns approximately 750,000 square feet in of livable building space that must be maintained.
Working for a non-profit organization allows you to engage your head and your heart into your work. A non-profit business values the individual and allows you to work with others who have a passion for helping others, also.
Helen Greathouse Manor (HGM) is a vital part of the Manor Park care system. Under the leadership of Steven Calley, Administrator of HGM, Amanda Quest, Admissions and Resident Care Specialist, and Wanda Felix, Director of Nursing for HGM, each resident can find tailored plans designed to provide maximum independence while still meeting the individual’s needs. This tenured staff brings 47 years’ experience with Manor Park Inc. between them. Steven Calley states, “Everyone does Assisted Living differently. Our added services allow Manor Park residents to remain independent longer.” Some of these supports include:
- Medication services
- Bathing assistance
- Transfer assists
Residents transferring to HGM are required to have a current History & Physical and Physicians Orders as part of their admission criteria. A great benefit to Assisted Living is that though a Resident admitting only need base services, it is comforting knowing additional services of nursing assistance are available should their needs change in the future. Ms. Felix noted that a small staff allows a more personal relationship with staff and residents, which allows them to see changes in physical conditions in a timely manner. The ability to contact a doctor for meds and labs also increases the benefit to assist residents through these changes. The results are staying longer and not needing to move to a higher level of care as quickly. She adds this is due to proper care and family support.
Residents transferring following a stay in rehab may come in needing additional services, and over time their physical condition improves so that additional services are no longer needed and are discontinued. Mr. Calley says, one often asked question is whether residents are allowed to “come and go as they please”. The answer is an unequivocal “YES”.
Rodney Berzoza, Admissions and Resident Care Specialist for HGM adds, “Things that become obstacles in Independent Living are not obstacles in Assisted Living. Those who are unable manage their medications, are not eating properly, and need transportation find these services are all provided at HGM.”
Increasing socialization is a prime concern here and all agree social life greatly impacts the aging process. “Social integration, the opposite of social isolation, has been found to be generally beneficial to health across adulthood into old age” (Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, Research Review, March 2007). Eating meals together in the dining room, organized socials, exercise groups, and HGM outings are just some of the ways this isolation is combatted at HGM. HGM doesn’t mean you stop living; you just have the option of doing it with assistance.
By Liz Meredith
Barbara and I moved to Manor Park because we know it is a great place to live. My mother, Nettie Stooksberry, and my grandmother, Myrtle Oldfield, lived here so we knew everything they had to offer on campus.We use the pharmacy, pantry, wellness center and enjoy the Grill.
We travel a lot! Locking the door and leaving with the knowledge that our home and yard are cared for is perfect for our lifestyle.
The outdoor kitchen/covered patio project has finally been completed! Thanks to the generous gift from Concho Resources, it’s a beautiful venue where we can now hold some of our special events. Check it out!