This past week I was able to have a change in scenery and go visit Pioneer Pointe, our housing with services location just a few blocks from the care center. I had never learned in school about a location like the Pointe that offers services, but gives residents the choice to remain as independent as they like. This offers another line of service along PioneerCare’s continuum of care that lets services be customized to the need of the individual. Stephanie, who manages the Pointe, gave me a tour of the beautiful facility that feels like a community. I was able to attend a monthly tenant meeting at the Pointe that covered the events of the month, and allowed residents to voice any questions, comments, or concerns they might have. The tenants were very appreciative of the staff at the Pointe and what they do, and it felt like a tight knit community.
Next week, June 21st is the Longest Day, a day the Alzheimer’s Association calls on to raise awareness for the fight on Alzheimer’s Disease. Pioneer will be participating in this event through our Cycling Without Age program, providing the new trishaw arrives in time. Volunteers will be able to sign up for 15 minute shifts, taking turns riding the new bike and keep it moving throughout the whole day. People can donate online in support of the PioneerCare team, called Pioneer’s Pedal Pushers, by going to the team’s page. Donations by cash or check are also accepted at PioneerCare Center’s reception desk.
Pioneer also had a familiar piece of art installed this week. A statue that was installed at the former campus in 1984 has been reinstalled in our front courtyard! The statue was created locally by artist Kirk Williams, and was a fixture in the courtyard at PioneerCare until the move to the new building. A reception is being planned to celebrate the installation. Watch for the date as plans are solidified.
Editor’s note: PioneerCare is pleased to have Joel King join us as administrative intern for the summer. During his time with us, Joel will provide observations and updates on his activities through regular blog installments. Check the news section of our web site as his story unfolds.