News & Notables
Auditorium Renovations (Summer-Fall 2012)
Thanks to a generous donation from The Home’s Auxiliary, our auditorium will soon have media capabilities to show movies and live stream services from local synagogues as well as a food service pantry to cater special events for residents, families and outside groups. It will also have beautiful new décor, and new fire suppression and temperature control systems. Targeted Completion Date: October 2012
Spa Renovations (Spring 2011)
The bathing rooms on each resident floor at The William Breman Jewish Home were transformed into luxurious spas. Residents truly love the spa experience. The spa renovation is part of The Home’s culture change initiative – creating a place that looks and feels more like home.
Formerly institutional in appearance, the new spas have state of the art bathing equipment. This new equipment includes a 9-jet whirlpool experience and a height-adjustable shower chair with reclining features and leg rests; heat lamps to provide warmth; bright and colorful tile throughout the space as well as new furniture and décor; and individual lockers for residents to store their toiletries. Click here to visit our Photo Gallery and see our spa pictures.
The Auxiliary Expands to The Cohen Home (Fall 2011)
The Auxiliary is proud to announce a new initiative to support The Cohen Home in organizing many activities, programs and events for their residents. The Cohen Home is expanding the Auxiliary’s membership rolls by actively seeking new members in their surrounding Alpharetta and Johns Creek area, and recruiting them for their volunteer needs.
Georgia Medical Care Foundation Recognizes The Home for its Commitment to Quality in Partnership for Patients (Summer 2011)
The William Breman Jewish Home was recognized in the July 2011 edition of the Georgia Medical Care Foundation’s (GMCF) report. GMCF honored The Home for its “Commitment to Quality in Partnership for Patients” and its journey in culture change.
The journey in culture change includes “Neighborhoods at The Home” where by each staff person is consistently assigned to the same neighborhood and to the same residents who live there. Staff members become family with the residents and the residents’ families become extended family to others in The Home.
Meyer Balser NORC Receives new Freedom Grant (Summer 2011)
The Meyer Balser NORC received new Freedom Grant funds for 2011 from the Atlanta Regional Commission for seniors needing transportation. The Meyer Balser NORC members now have affordable transportation when needed to see a doctor, attend NORC health and wellness programs, or for social activities with family and friends.
The Zaban Tower Renovation (Summer 2011 – Early Fall 2011)
Plans are in the works to renovate the main lobby and common spaces at The Zaban Tower. Included in the renovation will be new floor and wall coverings, new furniture, fixtures and art. The passenger elevators will also be renovated. Everyone is looking forward to the new furnishing and décor.
Residents of The Home Hit the Road for Their Annual Trip to Barnsley Garden (Spring 2011)
Residents, family members and staff of The Home embarked on their second annual overnight trip to Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, GA in May. While at Barnsley, the group toured the gardens and ruins on-site, were pampered with spa services and dined while enjoying live entertainment. Click here to visit our Photo Gallery of pictures of this outing.
The Joy of Shabbat (Quarterly)
Residents enjoy Shabbat with their loved ones in the Garson Auditorium of The William Breman Jewish Home. Local synagogues dine with us and lead a brief service. Residents and their families look forward to this wonderful community event.
TimeSlips - A Unique Storytelling Program for Residents with Memory Impairment or Loss (Monthly)
TimeSlips is an innovative storytelling technique that helps residents with dementia use their imaginations to tell a story. Residents with memory loss and communication challenges enjoy weaving many topics together to form a story. Click here and read the story created along with the photo that inspired it [PDF].
Life Long Learning Classes (Monthly)
You are never too old to learn! That’s the motto of the monthly lifelong learning classes at The Home. Residents’ lives are enriched with spiritual, educational and creative activities such as Torah study, painting, photography, travel club and poetry reading and writing. The poetry classes have been particularly popular. Click here to read poems from two of our residents [PDF].
Suzi’s Brew Coffee Corner at The Cohen Home
Not only is the coffee brewing but residents at The Cohen Home are percolating with ideas and thoughts about the ever popular Novel Book Club. Residents gather at Suzi’s Brew Corner and discuss topics generated by the day’s reading or memories from their lives sparked by the book’s prose. In the past year, The Post Mistress, Water for Elephants, The Shell Seekers, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Midwife, and Inside Outside were some of the books the residents embraced.
Education Series a Popular Feature at The Cohen Home
The Cohen Home offered an on-going education series this past year which featured educational and informational sessions, many planned by residents. This year The Cohen Home education series included: The Jewish Americans Public Television Series; The Louvre Lecture Series; CNN: An Insider’s View with Joe Sterling and Travelogues of the Appalachian Trail, China, and Israel. The Cohen Home residents truly enjoy these special segments.