2015 "GOOD NEWS" Reporting from PPRC in Historic Columbus, Mississippi

Where Southern Senior Cuisine Puts Smiles On Faces, Reinforces Activity,
and Provides a Healthy Alternative to Bland Hospital-Style Cooking
Favorites Southern Senior Cuisine
by Plantation Pointe Residents and Staff


Melanie Arnold: Our resident/staff favorites from her presentation was the dirty rice with cranberry raisins and green onion. Also she was the source of the honey BBQ sauce and smoked sausage that Ken Phillips certainly enjoyed. She provided several ideas as to how to spice up our sugar cookies for the holidays.

Amanda Cleghorn: Our favorites from her was a chicken and waffle sticks that can provide up to ten grams of protein for breakfast time which will be a big help when we experience egg shortages. She also provided us with tips on presentation for our Christmas open house, such as mini cookies with whipped topping and apple/cherry pie bites! Her biggest crowd pleaser overall was her corn casserole.

Rod Clair: This was our protein man and he provided us with lots of choices. He had a really flavorful hamburger patty that was pre-seasoned and had a great flavor. His biggest hit was his cube-steak because it was more tender than the ones we usually see and experience. He also offered a lightly breaded southern style chicken tender which is something we have been seeking for a few months. The Quadriciser is a motorized passive/active therapy apparatus which provides residents and walk-ins—who need assistance with movement or are presently unable to walk—with neurological stimulation and a full range of motion the human body needs to remain healthy and mobile.

The Quadriciser simulates reciprocal movements of walking while lying in the supine position. Its cross-crawl pattern stimulates the brain and improves muscle function. The Quadriciser is a total body therapy system that offers a wide variety of therapies to those who are unable to move by themselves. As the user progresses, a more active therapy session may be obtained through simple adjustments of tension, speed, and resistance, thus providing even further results. The Quadriciser is FDA Registered and VA Approved!


2012 Health Screening at Miss. University for Women Health Fair

Story by Joseph B. St. John of The Real Story Publishing

It only takes a moment after arriving on the expansive campus of The Plantation Pointe Retirement Community (PPRC) to realize that this is not the typical senior care facilitySpacious, green, and lakeside, the setting makes one feel as if they are on a college campus. But, don’t let the grounds and the building’s exteriors fool you - the inside is both elegant and welcoming.

The Plantation Pointe Retirement Community is comprised of The Windsor Place skilled nursing center; Windsor Rehab & Recovery outpatient and short-term licensed and certified therapy services; The Arrington, a modern assisted-living community; Philwood Suites a State of Mississippi registered Alzheimer’s and Dementia care wing; Bedford Suites a 24-hour memory loss care wing; and The Estates a beautiful community of senior garden homes.

Yolanda Diaz, LCSW Visits The Arrington
Teeming with excitement and energy, The Arrington—PPRC’s modern assisted-living facility sets a tone of style and grace which is normally seen only at the most luxurious hotels. In addition, the staff of the Arrington makes their residents feel right at home.  Care has been taken to ensure that every resident feels special.

Yolanda Diaz, LCSW is a Long-Term Care consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in the senior care field. She visits the Plantation Pointe Retirement Community campus twice a month to consult with the staff of Philwood Suites wing of The Windsor Place and The Bedford Suites wing of The Arrington to observe and offer recommendations on how to improve the quality of life of each resident.

Ms. Diaz, in her own charming words, says, “We have just started a senior story-time. February is Black History Month, so stories appropriate for that month are read by and shared with residents.” March is Saint Patrick’s Day and Diaz plans to do the same for that month. Another implemented program has local children coming to the PPRC campus to read to adults. Yolanda says, “They have already done a lot for other people, now it’s time for others to do for them.”  

Bedford residents have also benefitted from Diaz’ senior care vision. Many have begun calling bingo and saying grace before dinner. This adds to their interaction with the other residents and staff at the facility. It also makes Bedford residents feel more like a member of “The Arrington Family.”

Ken Phillips, administrator of The Arrington/Bedford Suites, says, “Our company-wide motto says it all, “This is your life. Live it well.” When questioned about what was the greatest thing any assisted-living facility could do, Phillips responded, “Making residents’ life as extraordinary as possible within a well-developed and compassionate routine—filled with love and attention.”

Senior Care Decisions
When grappling with the tough question of when an adult child should consider moving a senior parent/relative/loved one into some form of assisted living, Diaz offered the most sensible advice, “It takes a lot of love to place a loved one in an assisted-living facility—a great act of love in the face of guilt, even from the loved one that you intend to displace.”
Diaz finds that it is never easy to make that kind of decision, but it is one that people have to face every day. “It is sometimes difficult to accept that a loved one, who has—perhaps over several decades—been the matriarch or patriarch of the family, now can no longer care for themselves,” says Diaz.

And for the adult offspring, there is also a sense of confusion, in that a person who has been their beacon of light and their pillar of strength is now dependent on them to assist them with even the most routine tasks. However, it is often not simply a matter of convenience, but also a matter of safety.

Memory Loss Care
Patents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss and are often at great risk of doing harm to themselves. Safety and caring must outweigh any guilt felt by the adult child/caretaker. Diaz reminds us all that memory loss care requires a specially-trained and professional staff with superior caring and compassionate personalities with a natural ability to communicate with the person behind the disease. “The safety and security of the loved one is paramount, and that is where Plantation Pointe fills a vital community need,” says Diaz.

The PPRC campus features two memory loss care facilities. The state-licensed and regulated Philwood Suites is one of the finest Alzheimer’s & Dementia care units in the US. It provides a safe, secure environment that promotes freedom of movement within a quiet nurturing environment which is color optimized, open, spacious, and filled with light.

The Bedford Suites provides 24-hour memory loss care for loved ones with mild to moderate degrees of memory loss. Resident of Bedford Suites receive compassionate care, ongoing transparent diagnosis, memory enriched programs, and consistent staffing within a calming homelike atmosphere.

Creating a Better Place for Seniors
Residents of The Philwood and Bedford Suites live in a tranquil, senior enriched atmosphere, which is safe, secure, and active with emphasis on past interests and present capabilities. Personalized activities promote personal wellbeing along with a renewed sense of community, accomplishment, and freedom of movement.

Each memory care facility has a 24-hour staff, security measures, total commitment to its residents, and care professionals who are ready to meet the needs of seniors and family alike—providing a well-trusted, clean, safe, and professional service.

Phillips concluded the interview by saying, “We are here to create a better place for seniors to live and continue life.”  No better words could be said.

You can reach The Windsor Place/Philwood Suites at 662-241-5518 and The Arrington/Bedford Suites at 662-241-0001 or visit The Plantation Pointe Retirement Community online at www.plantation-pointe.net.


2012 Health Screening at Miss. University for Women Health Fair

COLUMBUS, Miss., | August 1, 2012 | Plantation Pointe Retirement Community (http://www.Plantation-Pointe.net), the finest senior care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation provider in the Golden Triangle announces that it now offers Specialty Clinical Treatments by Accelerated Care Plus™ Now Offered at its Windsor Rehab & Recovery Center on the Campus of Plantation Pointe Retirement Community in Historic Columbus, Mississippi.

Accelerated Care Plus has reached beyond the role of a traditional device manufacturer with systematized, evidence-based clinical programs. These programs empower therapists with the tools and skill-sets necessary to treat a broader spectrum of conditions, optimize functional gains and achieve superior outcomes.

By decreasing pain, inflammation and edema, physical agent modalities promote patient comfort and tolerance, allowing earlier, more aggressive therapy intervention.
They also enable therapists to treat more complex conditions, accelerate recovery of function, enhance healing, increase strength and improve neuromuscular control in patients with orthopedic and neurological diagnoses.

With more than three decades of device research and development, ACP’s patented modalities have been referenced in over 100 research articles documenting superior clinical efficacy. They have also been used successfully in a variety of settings including long-term care, orthopedic rehabilitation, outpatient facilities and elite athletics, where ACP is the equipment of choice for over 100 professional and collegiate sports teams.

Alzheimer's Answers Begin Here

2012 Health Screening at Miss. University for Women Health Fair
Alzheimers Dot Gov [http://www.alzheimers.gov], is the government's free information resource about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Here you can find links to authoritative, up-to-date information from agencies and organizations with expertise in these areas.

2011 Alzheimer's Walk Team Raises $2,404.00

2012 Health Screening at Miss. University for Women Health Fair
In 2011, Team Plantation Pointe united with its staff and neighbors in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. In just its third year of participation, Team Plantation Pointe raised more than $2,400 for The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Its involvement and message is that together we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, and provide programs to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

View Images from Columbus' Own 2009 Alzheimer's Memory Walk: 1 2 3 4

2012 Health Screening at Miss. University for Women Health Fair

2012 Health Screening at Miss. University for Women Health Fair
Look for The Plantation Pointe Retirement Community (PPRC) Booth at The 2012 Mississippi University for Women Health Fair on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. PPRC Staffers will perform Blood Pressure Screenings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. in the Emma Ody Pohl Gymnasium. Entry and Screenings are FREE and Open to the Public. For more information contact Frankie Wilkins at (662) 241-5518.

Bedford Suites Memory Loss Care Wing Opens

Bedford Suites Memory Loss Care wing is open for business and filling up. Bedford Suites is a special place within The Arrington Assisted Living Community where loved ones with mild to moderate memory loss receive 24-hour compassionate care, ongoing trans-parent diagnosis, memory enriched programs, and consistent staffing, within a calming homelike atmosphere. For more information contact Jan McCafferty, at The Bedford Suites or telephone her: (662) 241-0001.

Greg and Ken Phillips Earn Administrator Credentials

Greg Phillips and Ken Phillips successfully met Federal and State licensing and accreditation requirements of the Mississippi State Board of Nursing Home Administrators and the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). By successfully completing both administrator training programs, the Phillips’ are fully-licensed and accredited in Mississippi.