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Team Focus continued to build upon its reputation with our silver medal in the 2014 Senior Olympics at the Masonic Care Community. A big thank you goes out to our Therapeutic Recreation Department for their efforts in coaching our residents to excel in the various events! It was an evening filled with fun and excitement for all those who attended.
Link: Senior Olympics
Focus is a proud Lunch Sponsor for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and is happy to show their support, as well as offer their assistance, in the upgrades they are making to the campus.
Focus will be hosting a blood drive on November 26, 2014. We encourage all those who can to donate. We invite the community, families of loved ones residing here at Focus, staff, and anyone else eligible to give blood to join us on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 11:00AM until 4:00PM. We will hold a raffle for all those who donate to win a prize. Please contact Nick in Marketing at (315) 732-0100 ext. 2761 for details!
Our residents helped make this St. Patrick’s Day special for staff by participating in a St. Patty’s Day social where we served Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Shamrock Shakes, & St. Patty’s Day Cookies. We enjoyed music and entertainment, as well as a surprise visit from a furry feline friend!
Students and alumni seeking employment in a fast paced, exciting long-term care environment should come apply at the Maria College job fair! We have openings for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, HHAs, and more at both of our sites! We look forward to seeing you!
Bob moved from Sandy Creek, NY to Utica in September of 2012. The Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center family assisted him since he was no longer able to live alone. Bob often worried about who would care for his horse and his ill daughter.
When Executive Director Jeff Emhof came to Focus Utica he met Bob and quickly learned of Bob’s concerns. Staff were able to arrange for Bob and his friend Shirley to take a day trip to Sandy Creek with Mr. Emhof and his wife. The foursome enjoyed the scenery throughout the 1 ½ hour trip to Sandy Creek. They met one of Bob’s daughters at the Sandy Creek Diner for a memorable meal and time of sharing. Bob’s daughter assured him that her health had improved. She told her dad, “You don’t need to worry about me!”
Bob was pleasantly surprised when three gentlemen in a booth near his table called over to him, “Bob? Is that you?” The men enjoyed some reminiscing and laughs before dinner was served.
After dinner, Bob picked up his guitar at his daughter’s house to bring back to Focus Utica. He then popped in at a market nearby to surprise his granddaughter who manages the deli. Bob was hoping to see his horse in nearby Pulaski, but it was not where he expected it to be.
Although Spring rains fell most of the day, nothing could dampen Bob and Shirley’s spirits. The big trip to Sandy Creek couldn’t have been better. Mr. Emhof commented, “Focus Utica strives to make each day special for those living here. Helping elders achieve their goals and live their dreams brings a smile to all of us—not to mention the memories we make.”
It was another great trip for the seniors who live with us here at Focus in Utica! A fun filled day of golfing, ladder ball, Frisbee, and relay games were played at the Masonic Care Community site. The residents of Focus in Utica showed their dedication and competitive drive, taking home 2nd place overall in the games.