Goodwin House Incorporated Helps Older Adults Plan for Smooth Transition to Retirement Community

November 13, 2017 – Alexandria, VA – GHI Right-sizing Event Features TAD Relocation Experts

With the highest life expectancy rate in the nation, Virginia’s 8th Congressional District has approximately 770,000 older adults in its population, according to the Urban Institute. Many will choose to move into a retirement community, such as those operated by Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) in Alexandria and Falls Church, Va., and the task will be daunting.

To assist older adults in preparing for moves into Life Plan Communities (LPCs) such as those operated by Goodwin House, GHI recently hosted a right-sizing seminar featuring down-sizing and moving experts from TAD Relocation. Held October 21, the seminar took place at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads (GHBC) and featured tours of apartment homes at this GHI life plan community and included shredding services of old documents to help event attendees start to right size immediately.

“The task of downsizing and parting with belongings collected over thirty to fifty years can be emotionally and physically overwhelming for seniors and frankly, would be intimidating for even younger adults,” said Eileen Spata, regional director for TAD Relocation. “Taking small steps today can go a long way towards a smooth transition to a new home in a life plan or retirement
community.”

Following the seminar, guests had the opportunity to bring personal papers to discard securely in an onsite Shred-It® truck. By the end of the day, guests and GHBC residents had contributed nearly 1,400 pounds of shredded paper to a nearby recycling facility.

Spata encouraged attendees to downsize a bit at a time, starting with sorting and organizing closets, file cabinets, attics and basements. She recommended identifying items to take to their new homes and creating floor plans to help clarify what will fit in the new spaces.

“Save keepsakes that have the most meaning for your new home,” said Spata. “Other items can be distributed to family and friends as gifts and mementos for them to enjoy, and other items can be donated and help those in need.” “GHI understands the challenges involved in making a decision to move into a life plan community and then planning the move,” said Lindsay Hutter, Chief
Strategy and Marketing Officer. “We are committed to helping those that select a Goodwin House community at every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition into their new home – it’s why we host events like this right-sizing seminar and tours of our communities on a regular basis and work with trusted partners like TAD Relocation to assist our new residents as they move into a
Goodwin House community.””

GHI and TAD have published a right-sizing, down-sizing and moving tips sheet that can be accessed here.

About Goodwin House Incorporated:

Celebrating 50 years of providing exceptional service to older adults, GHI is a nonprofit, mission-based Virginia corporation. Today, the strength of GHI begins with its clear statements of mission, vision and values, the stability and integrity of its boards and executive leadership, and its reputation as a trusted partner and innovator in reimagining aging.

The growing family of GHI senior living communities and services owned and operated across Northern Virginia includes: two senior Life Plan Communities – Goodwin House Alexandria in Alexandria’s West End and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads in Falls Church, Fairfax County, and conveniently near Arlington; an innovative living at home life care and services program – Goodwin House at Home; a growing Medicare-certified service – Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice; and the new Goodwin House Small House Living and Health Care Center with a progressive model of senior care. GHI also is the management agent for The Lewinsville Retirement Residences, Inc. serving McLean and Great Falls, Virginia. GHI advances its mission through a 501(c)(3) supporting foundation that assists current and future residents in need and funds programs dedicated to seniors’ wellbeing and vibrant living. Learn more at goodwinhouse.org.

About TAD Relocation:

Experts in “rightsizing,” moving and design services, TAD Relocation, LLC is a premier move management company in the Washington, D.C. area catering to aging adults, busy professionals and their families. The company was founded in 2000 by Susie Danick, a Registered Nurse with a background in art and design. The Gaithersburg, MD-based company is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). Ms. Danick is also a past president and former member of the association’s Board of Directors. To learn more about TAD
Relocation’s service offerings and to set up a free in-home consultation call (240) 403-0177. Taking an active role in the community, TAD Relocation partners with organizations such as A Wider Circle, Life 4 Animals, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations throughout the metro DC area.

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Continuing Care Accreditation Commission

January 16, 2013

Dear Goodwin House Residents,

Great news!

After six months of rigorous, organization-wide preparation, and mid-November on-site visits with four surveyors checking us inside and out, Goodwin House Alexandria and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads have been fully re-accredited by CARF-CCAC (Continuing Care Accreditation Commission).

The letters from CARF International state:

Goodwin House Alexandria / Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads has earned a Five-Year Term of Accreditation.  GHA / GHBC have many strengths as demonstrated by its high level of conformance to the CARF-CCAC standards.  You provide quality programs and services to the persons served, staff, and other stakeholders.  The relationship between staff and the persons served is strong, with both groups voicing high levels of satisfaction.  The organization is governed by a dedicated governing board and strong leadership that support the culture and drive the organization’s mission.

Multiple commendations were provided for each community, including:

•             The dedicated staff members who support the organization in fulfilling its mission and values, ensuring that the needs of its persons served come first.

•             A strong governing board, very dedicated to the mission and values of the organization.

•             An excellent and well-deserved reputation for provision of quality and compassionate care … reflected in many tributes paid to the organization from persons served, family members, and the community.

•             The organization’s Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) to foster the professional development of its staff.

•             The diverse arts programs at each community that meet the unique needs and interests of the persons served.  Staff embraces a person-centered approach that promotes the freedom for each person to choose his/her desired medium.  The works of persons served are proudly displayed throughout the community.

•             Exemplary conformance was noted in the Financial Planning and Management standard for days cash on hand ratio and cash to debt ratio for each community in the 75th percentile as compared with other accredited CCRCs around the country.

Many other commendations were received – some unique to each community and others shared.   Each community had a few areas noted for improvement, none material and mostly related to record-keeping.

What does it mean to be accredited?

To seek and attain accreditation in our field is not an easy or routine decision and requires on-going commitment to what CARF-CCAC calls ASPIRE to Excellence.

Goodwin House communities have been continuously accredited for over 20 years.  Across the country, of close to 2200 CCRCs, fewer than 300 have chosen to go through the CARF-CCAC accreditation process.  Of the 100 largest multi-site CCRC organizations in the country listed in the LeadingAge/Ziegler 100 (Goodwin House is on this list), only 30 of the 100 organizations are accredited.

To receive this affirmation from CARF-CCAC is a tribute to every person who helps to lead this great organization and keeps us strong and healthy – Linda Lateana and Harry Baldwin and the GHA and GHBC teams; the members of our leadership and staff teams organization-wide; our deeply engaged, wise and caring resident leaders;  our amazing boards.

One of our Board members observed that to ASPIRE to Excellence is also known as The Goodwin House Way.

With thanks for serving you,

Kathy

Kathleen S. Anderson

President and CEO

Goodwin House receives Arts Council of Fairfax Grant

Arts Council of Fairfax County Grant to fund Senior Arts Institute at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads

 Falls Church, VA –Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads will host the Fairfax County Senior Arts Institute in late spring 2013, thanks to a Project Support grant from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. The Institute will consist of four weeks of daily art classes, taught by professionally-trained artist-instructors. Each day, classes will be offered in various ‘worlds of the arts,’ including theater, dance, music, visual arts, handcrafts, and photography. Senior adult learners are encouraged to attend these free classes, which will be offered at varying levels of mastery, from beginner to intermediate/advanced. Requests for proposals by instructors will go out in September, and class registration will open in April 2013. Staff of local villages, senior centers and retirement communities will also have the opportunity to participate in or audit some of the classes.

Quote from LL here about “Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads has a long-standing tradition of encouraging life-long learning  and  inspiring older adults to explore the creative arts in new ways.   We are excited that this grant will further  our ability to do this as well as to offer these programs to those living outside of our community”

“Project Support grants help to spur new performances, advance community partnerships, and support educational activities both in and out of the classroom.”  stated Linda Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax, Goodwin House  has established its support of excellence in senior arts programs in a variety of ways; both Goodwin House campuses feature bustling Arts Centers, staffed by full time, professionally-credentialed artist-instructors, and both offer curated art galleries that feature the works of local and resident artists. The Senior Arts Institute will further both Goodwin House’s vision “to expand the ways and places we serve older adults,” and will extend to Fairfax seniors Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads’s nurturing, creative learning environment where older adults discover, create, and inspire through the arts.

For more information, call Dee Pekruhn at 703-824-7221 or email her at dpekruhn@goodwinhouse.org