In their words: VHS residents share life stories for Skilled Nursing Care Week
It’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 14-20)! We are spotlighting some of our VHS Residents at Virginia Health Services’ seven nursing and rehabilitation centers.
At The Hamilton Assisted Living, our 40 studios, one- and two-bedroom private apartments give you the space you need to feel at home, while our professional nursing staff is available to assist you 24/7.
At The Hamilton, you’ll always have the peace of mind and comfort of knowing you have access to the full continuum of healthcare services offered by Virginia Health Services.
We offer a secure and comfortable lifestyle with your health and wellness as our top priority.
One of the significant advantages of living at The Hamilton Assisted Living is access to healthcare services provided by VHS Home Health Care, Rehabilitation and Hospice.
We stand out because we can coordinate your care while you remain in the safety and comfort of your new home.
The Hamilton also offers fitness and wellness activities and exercise programs with your best life in mind.
THE HAMILTON ASSISTED LIVING
offers many amenities for you to live your best life.
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The Hamilton offers a dining venue with your needs in mind. We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our attentive staff work hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere and create a fantastic dining experience.
ACTIVITIES AT THE HAMILTON
We charge no entry fees to live at The Hamilton. We provide a choice of floor plans to fit your needs. All of our apartment homes have private bathrooms, individual climate controls and emergency alert systems. Each floor plan includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave and plenty of storage.
Check out the complete selection of floor plans and see interior photos here.
THE BENEFITS OF ASSISTED LIVING
If you need assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including medication management, mobility and dining, the team members at The Hamilton are here for you. Assisted living with Virginia Health Services allows individuals to live as independently as possible, with peace of mind knowing there is a nursing staff available 24/7 at the touch of a button.
Ruth returned to her home one day after shopping to the door ajar. She was exiting her car when an intruder ran out with a family heirloom. Her memory is deteriorating, but the police didn’t find any forced entry, which meant Ruth forgot, again, to lock the doors.
Her son Daniel knows it is time for Ruth to move somewhere safe, where someone is keeping tabs on her medication and can help her bathe and use the toilet. He’s often afraid to see what “housekeeping” has been done when he visits. They tour assisted living communities, including The Hamilton in York County, about a 10-minute drive from Daniel. Ruth moves in within a month.
She befriends the nursing staff, who come in to help her out of bed and dress in fresh clothes for the day before she takes her medicine. They assist her to the dining room for breakfast, where she sits with a friend. They eagerly await a visit from Mr. Hamilton, the resident rabbit, in the courtyard before heading into the activity room for a date with a puzzle before lunch. After an afternoon nap, Ruth and her friend create artwork over a glass of wine before dinner in the dining room – fresh fish is on the menu, Ruth’s favorite.
The nursing team helps bathe her before bed, and her last round of pills. Ruth relaxes, watching TV in her sitting room, before using her walker to get into bed. Daniel called – he’ll be by the following day and they’ve reserved the private family dining room so Ruth can enjoy a meal with her grandchildren.
It’s a better sleep for them all, knowing assistance is a call away, and the doors are always secured.
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Suzanne Williams has worked with Virginia Health Services, Inc. for over 20 years. She oversees the independent and assisted living communities for VHS. She previously was the Administrator for VHS nursing and rehabilitation centers including The Newport and York, and oversaw day-to-day operations of The Huntington and The Hamilton assisted living communities in those roles. She has worked in long-term care for 25 years and is passionate about caring for our aging. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys time with her daughter and family, traveling in and out of the country, kayaking and photography. Suzanne leads with the philosophy of treating every resident and staff member as family. It’s so important to offer a nurturing environment for all.
Elizabeth has been working in geriatrics for 17 years. Emigrating from the Philippines in 2003, she has brought with her a mentality of caring for family and others. Elizabeth started as a Home Health Aide, became a Certified Nurse’s Aide, then a Licensed Practical Nurse. Eventually, she obtained her Associate’s in Science at Thomas Nelson Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences with a major in Health Management at Old Dominion University. During her Administrator-in-Training at Riverside Lifelong Health, Elizabeth performed different duties in various facilities that led her to an Administrator role at Riverside Convalescent Center-Saluda. Elizabeth is also currently serving as Secretary for Virginia Healthcare Association (VHCA)-Tidewater Region.
At home she enjoys karaoke, cooking, photography, and playing golf with her family.
Elizabeth believes that being an Administrator at VHS means being part of a team who is focused in delivering high quality living and care. Her personal vision is, “Compassion is strength, which should be built on and shared in whatever way possible.”
Joel is Assistant Administrator at The Hamilton Assisted Living and York Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He oversees to day-to-day operations of the facility. Before joining VHS, Joel served eight years in the U.S. Navy as a Submariner stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He worked on several projects with the Pearl Harbor survivors from World War II and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal two times during his service in the Navy. He has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and is currently working on getting his administrator’s license. Joel is married and has three children. He and his family love the beach and going to the pool. Joel is inspired by the quote, “A little bit of kindness goes a long way” and is motivated by seeing the Residents happy and well taken care of.
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