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Glow-in-the-dark golf slated as fundraiser

The goal of an evening golf tournament on Friday, June 17, is to raise money for a towel warmer at the American Heritage Care Center, as part of the center's "Honoring Traditions" program.

"By definition honoring traditions is a holistic approach to care that increases resident autonomy and quality of life by residents prioritizing their needs and choices," said AHCC Administrative Intern Betsy Thompson. "Honoring Traditions is the result of effective relationships between the resident, their family and all health care providers working as one team."

AHCC was selected to pilot this program to create the feeling of home in the care center.

Thompson said the Care Center initiated the program last September, and has since been taking steps to allow more choices and independence to residents.

Thompson said other Care Centers are using the same "resident-centered care" approach.

"What it entails is allowing residents to live in our facility without the strict schedule that care centers once enforced. It considers the needs of residents' quality of life and choices over traditional health care routines," said Thompson.

In an effort to create a more home-like atmosphere, Thompson said AHCC has made changes to its dining program which allow residents more choices.

"We have a certified nursing assistant taking orders from resident's right before the meal to help increase autonomy. We also have department managers offering choices of milk, juice, coffee or tea to residents instead of just coming out on the tray like they once did," she said.

Thompson said the AHCC is currently looking at options to offer more bathing choices to residents -- which is where the towel warmer comes in.

"We are seeing more of the Baby Boomer Generation, they are wanting to bathe more frequently so we are trying to adapt to their needs. The towel warmer is just an extra amenity to add to the bathing experience. You bathe in a big tub room that can be colder than your typical small bathroom at home, so having a warm towel to wrap yourself in when you're done is something nice for our residents," said Thompson.

Thompson said she is coordinating the golf tournament fundraiser as a Leadership Project required for her to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Health Care Administration degree.

"I have to do four projects of significance within the facility that will help develop my leadership skills and have a measurable outcome," Thompson said. "By doing a fundraiser I will be able to make a positive impact on the experience for our residents."

Thompson is hoping funds from the golf tournament will make the towel warmer idea become a reality.

Golf tournament

The Glow-in-the-Dark Golf Tournament is Friday, June 17, tee-off is 9 p.m. at the Hammond Golf Club, 450 Davis St.

Must register by June 3 at American Heritage Care Center or the Hammond Golf Club.

Cost is $35 for nine holes of golf, glow-in-the-dark golfing supplies and refreshments.

Best ball scramble with teams of four. Drawings for door prizes from the score cards at the end of the night.

Don't forget to bring: Bug spray, a flashlight and a light jacket.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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