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Bucks County Women's Journal: Newsworthy Alzheimer’s Care Featured at Pine Run

Newsworthy Alzheimer’s Care
Featured at Pine Run

By Barbara Chierici, Sr. Director of Marketing
and Mary Clark, Correspondent

Bucks County Women’s Journal
June/July 2015

There are several reasons The Garden at Pine Run Health Center is the best place for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia illnesses to receive care. In April, Channel 6 Action News came to film one of the many unique ways that The Garden makes each day interesting and rewarding for its residents. The Garden is a 40-bed personal care neighborhood located atop the Pine Run Health Center on Ferry Road in Doylestown Township.

Channel 6 aired a video featuring a “Creative Clay” workshop at Pine Run Health Center taught by Kris Sinisi, ceramics and visual arts instructor at The Conservatory of the Arts in Doylestown. The video segment ran on “The Art of Aging”—a weekly show hosted by Lisa Thomas-Laury.

Viewers of the program got a vivid look at memory-impaired residents ably using their hands to explore form and to create works of art. They were shown using tools to add detail and texture on beautiful “sun tiles.” The clay works will be fired and then glazed by these remarkable amateur artisans before being displayed in the art gallery at Pine Run.

Creative pursuits in art, music, and gardening are often a highlight in the day for residents of The Garden, which honors the individual. The heart of The Portrait Approachsm, found only at Pine Run, celebrates and supports personal interests, preferences, and talents, keeping residents’ familiar joys and practices comfortably close.

Volunteers like ceramic artist Kris Sinisi get energized sharing their time and talents with residents. It is a perfect opportunity to light up a room with smiles and enthusiasm and to take a break from the routine. Artfully inspired volunteers may contact Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Hansen at 215-489-7117. There are many ways to become involved in a heartwarming day.

New renovations are now complete at the Pine Run Health Center providing wonderful new space for these types of activities. There are rooms large enough for crafts and TV film crews, as well as quieter gathering spaces and an inviting café—all redone for comfort, insuring a pleasant place to linger and share good times.

Now that The Garden is an integral part of Doylestown Health, families of residents find comfort knowing that their loved one is in the right place for any type of healthcare change, with a full continuum of care available. And it keeps what can be upsetting disruptions to a minimum.