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Complete Your Advance Directive This Spring!

The start of April doesn’t just signal the beginning of spring, it is also the launch of our Advance Directive Initiative. During this time we’ll be promoting the importance of advance directives, answering questions about why they are important for young adults to set up, and helping community members complete them.

What is an Advance Directive? Essentially it’s a written document that lays out your decisions regarding future medical treatment in the event that you’re in a situation where you can no longer make them for yourself. You’ll appoint a health care proxy to be able to speak on your behalf.

Who Should Complete an Advance Directive?

Most people think they don’t need any kind of documentation for this until they get older. However, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 18 completes an advance directive. When parents can no longer make medical decisions for you, it’s important to be able to have a say in your medical treatment and appoint a designated person to make these decisions. You never know when a medical event could occur that leaves you unable to communicate your wishes.

How Can You Complete Yours?

Throughout the month of April, Franklin County Rehab and The Villa Rehab will be holding events as part of the Advance Directive Initiative. Be sure to check one out. They’ll walk you through the necessary steps outlined below:

  1. Obtain necessary Advance Directive form

  2. Appoint your trustworthy agent and confirm with them- they can be a family member, friend or spouse

  3. Complete the form and have two non-related people as witnesses

  4. Complete the registry form to send in with your Advance Directive – You are now registered and this can be accessed online at any time!

Upcoming Events:

  • Franklin County Rehab- On April 13th, Marie Walton will be handing out informative pamphlets and the necessary forms needed to complete your advance directive.

  • The Villa Rehab- On April 13th Tina Pelletier and Ronda Parizo will be handing out informative pamphlets and answering any questions community members may have.

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Memorial Day: 5 Fun Holiday Activities To Celebrate The Holiday!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are in full bloom…A sure sign that Spring is here!

And with that warmer weather, comes the official start to the summer season and Memorial Day kicks it all off! What do you have planned for this fun holiday?

If you’re looking to spend it with the special senior in your life, here are some fun ideas for you both to enjoy!

  1. Get Outdoors: If the weather is nice, grab your chairs & outdoor blankets and enjoy the sunshine! Just being out in nature does your mind, body and soul some good! Head to your favorite park for a picnic, watch a parade, or relax with some casual bird watching. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hats & umbrellas.
  2. Make Some Patriotic Desserts: Show off your patriotic spirit with red, white and blue recipes perfect for Memorial Day potlucks, picnics and parties. If you need some inspiration, check out these great recipes.
  3. Enjoy An Ice Cream Social: Grab all your favorite fixin’s for tasty ice cream sundaes. Ice cream, hot fudge or caramel, whipped cream, nuts & cherries. It’s a fun activity for the whole family!
  4. Arts & Crafts: Have you been wanting to start a fun craft project? DIY projects can be enjoyable & easy and they can also be great for stimulating the mind and spirit. Need some inspiration? Here are tons of ways to get creative!
  5. Listen To Music: Use music as medicine for Seniors! Music is a powerful way to connect with someone. Music & Memory go hand in hand and helps residents who experience anxiety, advanced stage dementia or Alzheimer’s, a chance to listen to playlists, and experience the power of music to trigger memories, sing, clap, and enjoy the moment. Find out more on our Music & Memory program here.

We hope you can enjoy some of these easy & fun activities to celebrate the holiday & the upcoming summer season!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Franklin County Rehab Center!  

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Join Us For A Tea Party Kickoff Event: Advance Directive Competition

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We are participating in a friendly competition on Thursday, April 7th, with area providers to see who can get the highest percentage of staff to complete their Advance Directives during the month of April.

This tea party will be our kick-off event. Information will be provided regarding the importance of everyone having an advance directive in place. The paperwork will also be available to be completed. Please join us at 7:30am, 1:30pm or 3pm.

We need your help in order to win this challenge! Please see Marie Walton if you have any questions. You can contact Marie by email at: Or by phone, call (802) 752-1600.

Don’t forget, National Decision Day is 4/16/16.

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Lace Up & Go: National Walking Day is April 6th!

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Spring has finally sprung in Vermont! Don’t you just love the longer days and that warm sunshine? Although it was a mild winter, it still felt like Spring would never show up. But now that’s it’s here, doesn’t it just make you want to get up and enjoy the outdoors?

If you’re looking for a reason to be active next week, you’re in luck! On Wednesday, April 6th it’s National Walking Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. Since 2007, the AHA has held this event on the first Wednesday in April. The goal is to encourage Americans to get up and get moving on this day, and in turn, use that activity and incorporate it into part of a healthy lifestyle.

“These days, we’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day. On the first Wednesday in April, we kick off a month-long celebration designed to help us all become more active. On the day of the event, participants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk,” stated the American Heart Association.

Walking is a low-risk and easy to start activity. Regular brisk walking can help you with the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve your balance and coordination
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve circulation

So what’s not to like about walking? Walking is good for you and it’s an aerobic exercise. We hope you’ll join the movement and participate in the #AHALaceUp National Walking Day!

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Join Us This Week For Some Holiday Cheer!

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just eight days away! We don’t know about you, but all of us here at Franklin County Rehab are hoping for a white Christmas, so bring on the snow Santa! We truly love this time of year, and look forward to celebrating with our residents and their family members to make their holiday as memorable as possible.

We are excited to share with you that we have some upcoming Christmas fun happenings here and you’re invited! We have the following performances scheduled:

  • Christmas Fun & Music by Sergio on Friday, December 18th at 2pm
  • Franklin County Fantastics “Celebrating Christmas” Concert on Saturday, December 19th at 2:15pm, featuring  solos by several of our resident singers!

We also want to give special thanks to our wonderful volunteers that make this annual event possible: Rod and Marianne Sanborn, Jeanne Begnoche, and Bob Bessette and his family! Thank you for your time and all you do!

All of us here at Franklin County Rehab want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Outdoor Activies

Outdoor Activities

At nice days at Franklin County Rehab, we like to take the residents outside to enjoy the gorgeous gardens and beautiful Vermont scenery. Today, we brought several residents out to stroll around our walking paths and enjoy the fresh flowers. Many even stopped to pick and smell our mint plants!

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