Awards Day 2017

 

Awards Day 2017

Each year Opengate residents look forward to the Annual Awards Day Luncheon. It’s a day when everyone dresses in their finest and are recognized for the accomplishments of the year.

Residents and their families, along with Opengate staff members and board members attended the luncheon at Ceola Manor in Jefferson Valley on Sunday, June 11th where the food was exceptionally good and the atmosphere was festive.

Awards are given for individuals’ progress in Plant Care, Gardening Skills, Socialization Skills, Advocacy Skills and Leadership Skills. It’s also a time when everyone can socialize, dance, and have a fun afternoon.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Hulten and Chief Operating Officer Randi Rios-Castro spoke to the audience about the year’s achievements and how proud they are of all the accomplishments.

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Opengate was proud to honor residence manager, Nicole Martin, with our 2017 Scholarship Award.

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Employee of the Month, May 2017

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to James Gbla for being voted Employee of the Month, May 2017!

With his charismatic personality, James Gbla is dedicated to any additional assignments given to him, including filling in if the Director is called away from the building. He

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James Gbla, Employee of the Month, May 2017

assists the Director by waiting for all transportation vehicles to return and makes sure the building is locked and secure. He also tends to the med area.

James is always extremely polite and quick to step in to lead with the care of our individuals as well as other Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).

As we receive new DSPs into our training, he consistently provides patience and insight to any of his peers that may be struggling. He steps up to partner with new trainees on his own initiative.

Employee of the Month is an honor bestowed on an a staff member by the nomination and votes of peers within the agency.

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Elder Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Elder care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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There is no escape from the aging process for most of us, and thanks to improvements in technology and medical advancements, the developmentally disabled population is living longer. However, their longevity introduces a fresh set of challenges for individuals, families, and caregivers.

Parents, often the primary caregivers for their adult children, typically wish to care for them in the home, if possible, and depending on the severity of their disability. Unlike the majority of aging adults, individuals with developmental disabilities likely do not have adult children to step into the role of guardian or caregiver when their parents are no longer able to parent, or pass away.

In essence, at a time in life when all of us require more help, their support system is breaking down and leaving them with fewer options. It is highly recommended that all families make arrangements for the care of their children, and those with disabilities require careful planning with distinct strategies

“Our staff is available to assist families in planning for the future of their loved one, as well as themselves as primary caregivers,” reports Opengate Chief Operating Officer, Randi Rios-Castro. She adds, “We work with individuals and families to reach outcomes which are important to them.”

Along with typical aging challenges, these individuals may face failing health symptoms at a younger age due to decreased mobility, poor health care choices, or consequences of their particular disability. Many general health practitioners are not equipped to address increased needs of a person aging with a disability. Opengate is proud to provide a residence which cares for medically frail individuals with supportive and experienced 24-hour medical care.

Individuals who are now facing old age have experienced a different type of lifestyle than those who are younger and coming into adulthood. Younger adults have experienced more community involvement, inclusion, and better resources than those who may have spent time in institutions. They have had more opportunity to develop social skills, as well as enjoy benefits from a society which is more accepting than in the past.

Opengate provides a place for our seniors to interact, play games, socialize, and listen to the music of their own generation, not isolated, but being together with others who share commonalities. By working with individuals and their families to create personal outcome plans, everyone is on the same page when addressing their needs and goals.

It’s never too early to begin planning for the care of your aging child with developmental disabilities or mental health issues. Planning for long-term care of an aging adult is not only a necessity, but an act of love. By creating a legacy giving and donation plan you are building the foundation for the future care of your loved one.

To make an appointment with an Opengate staff member who can advise about all of the resources available, assist in creation of a personal outcome plan, or legacy giving, please call 914-277-5350 or email postoffice@opengateinc.org and you will be properly directed.


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Garden Beginnings

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Marcy Street Ladies, Tracy and Christina getting ready for gardening season.  

 

Our vegetable gardens begin with seeds planted in the greenhouse and carefully tended by Opengate residents until the seedlings are ready for planting in the outdoor gardens.

Last year our garden and greenhouse areas were expanded by the community service project completed of Eagle Scout Chris Tuosto of Somers. Chris’s uncle was the inspiration for last year’s expansion and we appreciate the extra space for growing he afforded our residents through his project.

As always, we look forward to harvesting the fresh vegetables after the growing season and enjoying the fruits of labor provided by the residents of Opengate.

 

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Employee of the Month, April 2017

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Sharon Oloo for being voted Employee of the Month, April 2017!

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Sharon Oloo, Employee of the Month

Sharon’s dedication to working with extremely challenging individuals has been an inspiration to her co-workers, as well as her achievements towards the betterment of Opengate as an agency.

She is described by her peers as a hard working individual who always puts those she cares for as her top priority. Sharon consistently shows empathy and patience with all the individuals in her care.

Other nominees include: Emroy McPherson and James Gbla. Both have demonstrated dedication to their co-workers and the individuals served.

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