News and Press
Windsor Gardens of the Valley Selected to Participate in CAHF Volunteer Engagement ProjectNovember 28th, 2018
North Hollywood, CA – Windsor Gardens Healthcare Center of the Valley (“Windsor Gardens”), announced today they were selected by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) as only one of 20 facilities in California to participate in a new Volunteer Engagement Project. The California Department of Public Health awarded a grant of $700,000 to CAHF to develop a template for the creation and sustainment of volunteer programs in skilled nursing facilities. The CAHF Volunteer Engagement Project will provide a framework for facilities to engage their communities and create a successful and ongoing volunteer program. Beginning in July 2018, the project will span two and a half years and support the implementation of an intensive pilot volunteer program in 20 skilled nursing facilities in California. “The presence of a robust volunteer program in a skilled nursing center improves quality of life by providing companionship and individualized activities that are resident-driven,” said Amanda Davidson, volunteer engagement project manager. “The project will identify effective, positive, person-centered practices supported by volunteers and promote them in an idea guide as a resource,” she added. Windsor Gardens’ participation in the project will begin July 2020 and end December 2020. Two in-person site visits from CAHF staff will occur between those dates. “Volunteers offer important opportunities for social interaction with our residents,” says Nurit Ruber, Administrator at Windsor Gardens. “Activities that incorporate volunteers are an integral part of bringing the feeling of home to our care centers, and we are excited to have been accepted into the CAHF Volunteer Engagement Project.” The grant is funded from nursing home fines collected by the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division and deposited in a federal Civil Monetary Penalty Fund. The comprehensive state-specific handbook will be available free to any of California’s 1,250 skilled nursing facilities wishing to implement a successful, sustainable volunteer program.
Windsor Care Centers Participate in National Compliance and Ethics WeekNovember 19th, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Keeping up its tradition of encouraging employees to follow the highest of standards of corporate compliance, Windsor nursing and care centers across California and Arizona announced today their participation in Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week. The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics & Health Care Compliance Association (SCCE & HCCA) organizes the annual event, which scheduled this year’s event from November 4 through 10, 2018. Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week is an extension of Windsor’s ongoing compliance and ethics program, which is overseen by Marissa Kirby, Compliance Director at S&F Management Company, a healthcare consulting company. Windsor care centers have a code of conduct that all employees are expected to follow. The code calls on employees to act openly and truthfully in all their endeavors and avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Windsor’s team members played Compliance and Ethics Bingo to reinforce the Compliance and Ethics Program in a fun way. Bingo winners were entered into a drawing for prizes. Each team member was provided with an “Awareness, Recognition and Reinforcement” bracelet and inspirational quotes were shared each day. “I am thrilled to use this week to highlight the outstanding record the Windsor employees have toward compliance and recognizing the compassionate excellence they bring to every facet of their work,” said Tim Lehner, COO of S&F Management Company. Company-wide compliance and ethics education, held upon hire, and at a minimum annually, provides the opportunity to roll-out new and updated compliance and ethics program policies and reinforces with employees their compliance and ethics’ obligations.
Windsor Gardens of Salinas Nominated for Award of Excellence in Food Safety in Monterey CountyOctober 10th, 2018
October 10, 2018 – Salinas, CA – Windsor Gardens Rehabilitation Center of Salinas, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located in Salinas, CA, announced that it was nominated for the 2018 Monterey County Award of Excellence in Food Safety by the Monterey County Health Department. Each year, the Environmental Health Bureau of Monterey County thoroughly reviews the food establishments in its districts to choose nominees. Each nominee is required to meet a high level of criteria that is specifically based on the Monterey County Gold Seal requirements. A choice group of fifteen Monterey County food establishments were nominated due to their acknowledged consistency in food safety. Three winners were selected by the Award of Excellence Food Safety Panel at the 10th Annual Food Safety Conference, held on September 24, 2018, at the Monterey County Government Center. While Windsor Gardens of Salinas was ultimately not selected as one of the three winners, it is a great honor to be one of just fifteen food establishments in Monterey County to be recognized for its diligence in providing such a high level of food safety. “The Nutrition Department at Windsor Salinas feels honored and appreciated to be recognized,” says Diane Venter, Director of Nutritional Services at Windsor Gardens of Salinas. “Food Safety is a collaborative effort. The Nutrition Department demonstrates their commitment to protecting the community health and we will continue to provide excellence."