Here at Riverview we’re always looking for new ways to bring meaning, joy, and excitement into the lives of our elders. There’s certain to be some excitement on Saturday, May 21st as Riverview hosts the first ever “Rumble on the River” wrestling competition. Bluegrass Championship Wrestling will be here, complete with a wrestling ring and a crew of their toughest wrestlers to put on an action packed wrestling event. Our Riverview team will also be selling concessions. All proceeds will go to our Relay for Life team. You certainly won’t want to miss this unique event. It will be FREE admission and the community is invited to attend.
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Riverview will host our Annual National Day of Prayer Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 AM. There will be many guest speakers from the community, as well as entertainment, and a free pancake breakfast. The community is encouraged to attend this special event.
Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the 2016 Riverview HealthCARE National Day of Prayer Pancake Breakfast.
Riverview HealthCARE is close to debuting our newest culture change initiative. We have worked hard to transform our care partners and our home personally, organizationally, and physically, and the results are easy to see. There are so many great things that go on in our Riverview community each day that go untold. It’s like we need our own news show to cover it all. Well, here it comes!
Several months ago, we lost an elder here at Riverview and they have been greatly missed. He was a man who was well known by many, and known by all for his great love for basketball. He particularly loved high school basketball. In fact, he loved high school basketball so much that he had amassed a nearly unbelievable streak–for the last 54 years of his life, he attended the boys “Sweet 16″ High School State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
For the past few years, I personally had the privilege of being part of this wonderful journey to help keep his streak alive. He had become such a fixture at the state tournament, that everyone knew him and everyone looked for him. I knew that this year would not be the same. It was the first time in 55 years that Perry wouldn’t be there. That didn’t seem right to me.
I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful man’s funeral service when he passed, but since then I’ve also been planning a memorial service for him. It was kind of an unconventional memorial service, but very fitting if you knew him. To honor him, we decided to keep his streak alive. I designed some t-shirts, we gathered up a group of elders who love basketball, and we journeyed from our home in Prestonsburg to Rupp Arena for the “Perry Jones Memorial Sweet 16 Trip.”
It was a great trip and a great experience for the elders, but the greatest moment for me personally was the moment we got off the bus. Two men immediately looked at our shirts and approached us. These men, like most everyone that journeys to Rupp for the Sweet 16 each year, knew Perry and commented on how cool it was that we were keeping his streak alive.
At Riverview, our motto is “honoring our community one elder at a time” and when we really form relationships with these individuals we can do things like this, not only in life, but even beyond. The joy is in the journey, and the journey continues!
Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor
Click HERE for a story I wrote about Perry a few years ago.
Our annual “Sweetheart Ball” was held last night at our Riverview home. A crowd of family and community members gathered in our dining room to get a good look at our elders as they came through for the grand march. They were all decked out in beautiful dresses or suits and ties. A group of beauticians volunteered their time to come in and do hair and make-up, much to the delight of our elders.
After the grand march, it was time to hit the dance floor with music from a live DJ. Words cannot describe the joy our elders expressed during this annual ball. After dancing for a while, everyone took a break to enjoy a fancy dinner, complete with ribeye steaks, grilled chicken, baked potatoes, and salad from our new Riverview Restaurant & Grille. The special dessert for the night was this month’s Taste of Hometown winning dessert recipe.
The evening ended with the crowning of this year’s Sweetheart Ball King and Queen. Local news channels and newspapers were on hand to get the scoop on this awesome event.
-Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality/Eden Mentor
Monday, February 16th, will mark the debut of the new “Riverview Restaurant & Grille,” located inside our Riverview HealthCARE home. As our elders stroll down the “streets” of the Riverview community that exists inside our home, they will leave their neighborhoods, turn down Blackcat Blvd. and enter the Riverview Restaurant & Grille. They will be greeted and seated by a waiter, given a menu, and offered a drink. Our elders will have the everyday pleasure of experiencing restaurant style dining complete with a daily special, a la carte menu, soup and salad bar, and delicious daily dessert choices.
This is just the latest addition to our Riverview community, which is also home to the Mugg-Z Café, Riverview Movie Theatre, Fred Harris Memorial Library, Riverview Community Chapel, and much, much more.
We are an Eden Alternative registered home that is committed to culture change. Here at Riverview, we focus on person-centered care, and we strive each day to create the type of home environment our elders deserve. Our mission is to radically change the landscape of health care forever.
-Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality/Eden Mentor
As January nears an end and February approaches, love is already in the air here at Riverview. Decorations are displayed and plans are being made for our annual Valentine Sweetheart Ball.
Today, there was a friendly competition held between our different departments with our elders as judges. Our first ever Valentine Cake Bake-Off was held in our dining room and nearly every department entered a homemade, custom decorated treat. When the dust settled and the votes were tallied, it was dietary who for best tasting cake. Other winners included housekeeping with best appearance, and activities with most original. But the fun really began after the judging as we all enjoyed these delicious desserts.
Sounds of the season echoed throughout our Riverview community today as we were visited by a wonderful group of carolers. A group of men and women from Mountain Comprehensive Care Center dropped by to spread some holiday cheer. Our elders were treated to some great singing, including some holiday classic like “Jingle Bells,” Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and many other wonderful songs!
Angels came bearing gifts last night at our Riverview home. Not just any angels, but Facebook Angels! This is a local organization that was started seven years ago with the intention of bringing a “Christmas Miracle” to those who have a hard time making that happen. Facebook Angels adopt names of people from all over the county, including our elders here at Riverview. Each year they deliver hundreds of gifts and help make Christmas a special time for a lot of people in our community. We are so grateful for their visit!