Please remember Sunset Home in your will and giving plans each year.
Senator Jil Tracy visits Sunset Home
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home proudly welcomed Illinois State Senator Jil Tracy for a visit today. She toured our community and discussed critical issues impacting skilled nursing facilities, the state budget and patient care for seniors. We appreciate the Senator’s dedication and commitment to our region and for the State of Illinois. February 1, 2017
Pictured: Troy Kemp, Senator Jil Tracy, Denette Kuhlman, Michael Purol and Dawn St. Clair-Davis, Administrator. (Kemp, Kuhlman & Purol are Sunset’s Board of Directors members.)
Happy Birthday to our very own Pastor Dixie Croxton! Did you know Dixie is also Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 32 of Bowen chartered by Living Faith United Methodist Church. Happy Birthday Dixie from your Sunset Home family too! February 16, 2017
Meet the HOME TEAM: Nikki Neese, Activity Director
Hello everyone my name is Nikki Neese and I am the Activity Director here at Sunset Home. I have been employed at Sunset for 15 years. It is hard to imagine that another year has gone by!
Activities is always busy coming up with FUN and exciting activities. February is going to be a busy month! Some of the special events for February are; Super Bowl Party (Go Patriots), Valentine Glamour Pictures, Shadow Art, QDance Performance, Valentine’s Day Dance/Karaoke, Ted & Doris Dede, Marvin Cook, Blessed Sacrament Kids Talent Show, Hy-Vee Floral Design Presentation and much more.
As always, Brenda, Kathy and Susan are here to help make your days brighter. Please don’t hesitate to make a special request or share a new activity idea with any of us!
You can reach Nikki at 217-223-2636 x: 372, email@example.com.
Sunset Home shares with our community partners.
Quincy, IL — Message from Horizon’s Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen: “Our friends from Sunset Home delivered some Christmas cheer this morning! They blessed Horizons with a $532 donation. The winning team from the Sunset Christmas Employee Fundraiser chose to bless Horizons with this generous gift. Quincy defines community and our generous friends from Sunset Home are examples of community at its best. Thank you friends!” December 22, 2016
Merry Christmas 2016 from Sunset Home’s Directors – we are blessed.
Pastor appreciation luncheon today – we are grateful for all who serve in faith and minister to Sunset Home (with Rev. Dixie Croxton, Sunset Home’s Chaplain of Spiritual Life). December 21, 2016
Sunset Home’s annual Christmas Tea today. A heartfelt THANK YOU to Kohl Wholesale for making this day so special for our residents and their families. December 2016
Meet the HOME TEAM: Tasha Rothweiler, Activity Director, The Haven
Christmas Greeting from the Activity Department! My name is Tasha Rothweiler and I am the Activity Director of The Haven here at Sunset Home. I have been employed at Sunset for 10 years. I take my job very seriously and love what I do! I have some amazing employees that work with me in the Activity Department, Dawn Hulett and Kailin Bennett.
My job duties consist of planning activities which meet the physical, mental, and psychosocial needs and interest of residents and to improve their daily living skills. This time of the year is the busiest for the Activity Department. We are be planning activities such as Christmas decorating, our annual Christmas Tea, Christmas shopping with the residents, bus rides to see the Christmas lights, wrapping Christmas gifts, making gingerbread houses, caroling, parties and much more! As the holidays get near please keep in mind that Jesus is the reason for the Season! If you ever need anything from the Activity Department please contact Tasha at 217-223-2636 x: 392. December 2016
Sunset Home’s Red Hat Ladies are collecting TOYS for the Ladies of Charity for Christmas. Please bring a toy to our lobby for boys & girls ages 6 months to 13 yrs old. 418 Washington, Quincy. THANK YOU!
You can make a difference! It’s the end of the year and are you thinking about tax time? Please consider making a charitable tax deductible contribution for 2016. Did you know Sunset Home is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is proudly related to the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to Share the Love of Jesus Christ through Life in a Caring Community. If you would like to make a donation or have any questions, please contact Tracy Hagman at 217-223-2636 x: 308. You can also click on this link. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Sunset’s November Employee of the Month: Kelly Billingsley, Nursing – CONGRATS!
Meet the HOME TEAM: Jeni Yaeger, Social Services Director
Quincy, IL — Fall greetings from the Social Service Department! My name is Jeni Yaeger and I am the Social Services Director here at Sunset Home. I have been here at Sunset for 22 years. The primary function of Social Services is to be here to help our residents maintain their highest level of well-being. More simply, our job is to be here for you in whatever you may need.
Whether there is difficulty adjusting to living in a nursing home, being unhappy with your doctor or care, helping resolve conflicts, obtaining assistive devices or clothes, assist with staying in touch with friends and family, etc. Our purpose is to stand with our residents as their advocate to add strength to their voices in asserting their wishes.
We are a small department but are fortunate to have an excellent staff of 3 full time and 1 part time employees. There have been a few changes within the Social Services Department in the past year. Lindsey Edwards recently departed to get married and embark on her new life with her husband in Southern Illinois. She will be missed. We ask everyone to help us welcome Kailin Bennett to the Social Service Department. She has taken on responsibility for the Haven in addition to her duties as an activity aid. Please contact us is there is anything we can do to help make your stay here better. I can be reached by calling 217-223-2636 ext. 326 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. November 2016
Thank you to the Adams County Election Judges today – remember to VOTE everyone!
Thanks to everyone for a successful job fair – Join the Team!
MEET THE HOME TEAM: Jane Noble, CDM, CFPP, Director of Food Services
As we all know the primary purpose of the Food Service Department is to provide our residents with nutritious and tasty meals that comply with their diet. We are continually revising our recipes and products to improve the taste and quality of our meals. We are now on a menu rotation where we will have fall/winter and spring/summer menus. Fall is such a beautiful time of year and with it brings the holiday season. We will have a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day. Our Christmas Tea will be hosted by Kohl Wholesale and will be on Wednesday, December 7th from 2-4pm in the Main Dining Room. Resident’s Christmas Meal will be on Thursday, December 15th in the Main Dining Room starting at 11:30am. A traditional Christmas Meal will be served at lunch on Christmas Day. If your family members want to join you on Thanksgiving or Christmas day for lunch, they may purchase tickets from the front desk. Lunch for family will be served through the employee cafeteria. There are tables in the Villa View where they can eat. Over the past year we have been so fortunate to have Kohl Wholesale host the “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME” cookout. Not only did we have the traditional Hot Dogs, but we had cotton candy and funnel cake. A good time was had by all. I want to thank the Auxiliary for helping us purchase a new refrigerator that is a great asset to our department. I would like to encourage everyone to come to our Food Committee meeting which is held in the Villa View Lounge at 1:00pm on the third Tuesday of every month. This committee is designed to not only look at any suggestions that you may have, but also for us to look at new ideas for different food items that we may include in the menus. I also want to do some taste testing on new items that are available to us. You may contact me any time at ext. 379 or my e-mail address is email@example.com. October, 2016
Sunset’s October Employee of the Month: Rosie Whitehead, Central Supply – CONGRATS!
3rd Annual WINE PULL – THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER
2016 Illinois Healthcare Association Convention
Nice visit from our friends today – including Rev. C. Douglas Rorex, District Superintendent, LaMoine River District, IGRC of the United Methodist Church. With Rev. Dixie Croxton. September 2016
Walk to END Alzheimer’s 2016 – Sunset Home is proud to be a major sponsor every year.
Quincy,IL — LIVE this morning! Thank you Mary Griffith, WTAD AM 930: “Rev. Dixie Croxton from Sunset Home told Mary about the Blessing of the School Bags event this Monday in Sunset’s Oliver’s Chapel at 6:30PM. Everyone is welcomed to share blessings with the residents of Sunset and the school children getting ready to return to school safely. Visit sunsethome.org for more information.” (Pictured: Rev. Dixie Croxton.) August 12, 2016
Quincy, IL — THANKS KHQA-TV! Nikki with David on air tonight showcasing Sunset Home’s Blessing of the School Bags event & school supply drive – join us on Monday, Aug 15th at 6:30pm. August 5, 2016
MEET THE HOME TEAM: Ruth Sparrow, Director of Housekeeping & Laundry
Happy Summer and greetings from the housekeeping and laundry departments. My name is Ruth Sparrow and I am the Director of Housekeeping and Laundry. I have been at Sunset Home for 25 years. I have 16 people on my team, both full time and part time in both departments.
The housekeeping departments’ main focus is to maintain the cleanliness of the building; including cleaning the resident’s room or offices, hall- ways. Laundry’s main focus is to make sure the residents have clean and presentable clothing to wear on a daily basis and is delivered 3-4 times weekly. Linen for the units is outsourced to another company.
Floors, hallways and resident’s rooms are stripped or waxed and maintained on a weekly basis. Housekeeping works in conjunction with all the other departments depending on the needs.
Whether to get a room ready for new residents to assisting the Activity department to get ready for the bazaars and everything between.
The Villas is maintained on a weekly basis, which includes cleaning the common areas, elevators, stairwells. Also they are cleaned and made ready apartment becomes empty. Monthly meetings are held on a regular basis to continue offering training and educational topics relevant to these two departments.
We are always here to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 217-223-2636 x:368. Have a great day and stay cool! Sincerely, Ruth
Quincy, IL — A blessing today of lavish love & praise for the Quincy Police Department, thank you for all that you do – Treat Day! August 3, 2016
Sunset Home Welcomes Rev. Dixie Croxton, our new Chaplain of Spiritual Life
Quincy, IL — Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to all residents, families of residents and staff members of Sunset Home, I am Rev. Dixie Croxton and I am excited to join the team of Sunset Home to serve your spiritual life needs. I was born and raised on a farm North of Paloma, in Adams County and graduated from Unity High School in Mendon. Before being called into ministry, I was a Legal Secretary for the Trust Department of Illinois State Bank in Quincy, IL. I began ministry in 1981 with the Augusta Larger Parish of the United Methodist Church as a preaching staff member. It was there I met my husband of 33 years, Ron and in 1983 we were wed at the Paloma
United Methodist Church. Ron is a farmer and we make our home on the farm in Schuyler County just about 10 miles from Golden and Augusta in the area where my husband grew up and went to school. Our marriage has been blessed with two children, Julie our daughter who is a manager of financial account at C N A insurance in downtown Chicago and is engaged to Jonathan Lee and will be wed on September 3rd in a small town near Rockford and our son David who is married to Nichole Reich Croxton. David works fulltime in excavation in the Golden and surrounding area and also farms fulltime with Ron. David and Nichole are expecting our first grandchild in November 2016. I attended Quincy College / John Wood College studying Business Administration and graduated from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO in 2002 from the United Methodist Course of Study program. I am an appointed and License Pastor of the United Meth- odist Church. For the past 14 years I have served the congregations of the West Central Charge (Schuyler and Adams County) consisting of as many as seven congregations and most recently consisting of the Brooklyn, Camden, Houston and Ebenezer United Methodist Churches in Schuyler County. Through my many years as a local church pastor, I have lead regular worship and Bible Study in our local nursing homes and retirement facilities. I enjoy all outdoor activities including leading a Boy Scout Troop, gardening, and helping with farm chores.
Jesus in John’s gospel commanded Peter to, “Feed my sheep”, dispatching him out into the world to care for the spiritual needs of all who are hungering for God. God has called me to do likewise. I am excited about this new chapter of my ministry that God is calling me to and look forward to leading worship, Bible studies and serving your spiritual life needs in all the area of Sunset Home. July 2016
Quincy, IL — Thanks to the Quincy Fire Department – Chief Joe Henning & crew for coming to Sunset Home today for our annual fire extinguisher safety training. July 13, 2016
Sunset’s awesome Dietary team – join us today for our Ice Cream Social – open to the public!
Quincy, IL — Great day – Sunset Home is pleased to support the Ladies of the Quincy Chamber annual golf outing! June 3, 2016
Sunset’s June Employee of the Month: Laura Feltes, Accounting Dept – CONGRATS!
Sunset’s July Employee of the Month: Brenda Humphrey, Activity Dept – CONGRATS!
MEET THE HOME TEAM: Sherry Rakers, LPN, Haven Coordinator
I‘ve worked for Sunset Home for many years and have been in the nursing field for over 30 years. In 2015, I was promote to Unit Coordinator of The Haven. The Haven is the largest State certified Alzheimer’s Unit in Southern Illinois with 43 beds and the only facility with a Certified Dementia Practitioner on staff. I received my LPN license from JWCC and was a CNA before becoming a nurse. I coordinate and help manage the care of The Haven Alzheimer’s Unit residents by communicating resident needs and changes with The Haven unit staff, nursing, doctors, Nurse Practitioners, therapists, and most importantly with family members. I also coordinate the continuing education that is required for The Haven staff. Our team works with the Activity staff, Dietary, Social Services and Housekeeping departments to ensure our residents receive the best care possible.
Sunset’s April Employee of the Month: Nancy Huddleston, RN – CONGRATS!
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home’s new Short-Term Rehab Center grand opening reception. The center features upscale amenities, state-of-the-art therapy equipment and a selection of private rooms. You do have a choice for rehab in our area….a recent knee or hip replacement…we will help you Restore Your Routine. March 24th, 2016. Pictured: Dawn St. Clair-Davis, Administrator and Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore.
United Methodist Church Leadership Workshop
Feb 21, 2016: Sunset participated in the Winter Leadership Workshop for the United Methodist Church – Lamoine River District hosted at the Pittsfield UMC – as we continue to share Sunset’s mission. Thank you Superintendent Rev. Doug Rorex.
Sunset Home receives the LIVE UNITED AWARD
Quincy, IL: Feb 18, 2016 – The United Way of Adams County press release: Congratulations to the two companies that were awarded the LIVE UNITED Award at our 2016 Annual Meeting. Quincy Media (Herald-Whig and WGEM-TV) and Sunset Home lead by example and truly show what it means to Give, Advocate, and Volunteer!
Sunset’s February Employee of the Month: Karen Brumbaugh, CNA – CONGRATS!
Meet the HOME TEAM: Dawn St. Clair-Davis, Administrator
A YEAR OF PROGRESS: As many of you know, Sunset Home has undergone many positive changes over the past year. We have updated our elevator, replaced a boiler, remodeled the Chapel, replaced flooring in the laundry room, purchased a new washing machine, installed new lighting along with ceiling tiles on 3 City View, and the biggest project underway over the past year, which is nearing completion, is the remodel of 4 City View.
4 City View will be the home of our new Short-Term Rehabilitation Center. This location will be a place where you can stay in a fully-furnished, upscale setting, with various amenities, while you undergo intense therapies intended for you to Restore Your Routine and return you to your home. We are in the final stages and all paperwork is about to be sent off to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Once IDPH receives the information we will await their inspection and approval before we can occupy the space. We are very excited to see this growth take place and to offer an additional service to the community.
In 2016 we proudly move forward with the application process for the United Methodist Association’s EAGLE accreditation. Eagle is: Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence and is the only faith-based accrediting body in the world with the focus on ministry with older adults and children. This will further position Sunset Home on the leading edge of Skilled Nursing providers. Sunset’s mission is to Share the Love of Jesus Christ through LIFE in a Caring Community.
There are many great things in store for Sunset Home, our residents, families, and team members. We are honored and privileged to be able to share in these great successes together. (posted: Feb 1, 2016)
Activity staff appreciation luncheon – thank you for all that you do!
Sunset’s January 2016 Employee of the Month: Jessica Beaver, Transporter – CONGRATS!
Christmas Giving: Please remember Sunset Home in your will and giving plans each year.
Please consider giving a tax deductible gift to Sunset Home this Christmas season. Sunset Home is nonprofit 501(c)(3) and is proudly related to the United Methodist Church. Every donation helps our residents and to sustain our ministry. It is easy to give: you can donate online at www.sunsethome.org, send a check to 418 Washington, Quincy, IL 62301, or contact Tracy Hagman, Development Director, 217-223-2636 x308, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and God Bless.
Oliver’s Chapel Rededication Ceremony – Dec 6th, 2015
Reverend Oliver Taube
July 29, 1923 – December 25, 2013
“IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL”
Celebrating our beautiful new chapel and to honor Reverend Oliver Taube. Rev. Taube served Sunset Home as pastor for over thirteen years. Our guests include Rev. Taube’s family, Sunset’s residents and their families, staff, Board of Directors, local pastors and key individuals who were instrumental with the remodel project.
HISTORY: We are excited for the completion of Oliver’s Chapel at Sunset Home remodel project. The planning started last year and with successful fundraising efforts and a grant from the Arthur 0. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund. We raised $38,293 that paid for the full renovation including new chairs, light fixtures and flooring. The blessings keep coming: Janet Quintero, of Vermont Street United Methodist Church has created and is donating a custom made stain-glassed window piece to place on the altar: “The Ascension of Jesus” and is dedicated in loving memory to her parents Reverend John & Miriam Conaway.
It’s officially the holidays – UGLY SWEATER DAY at Sunset!
In Sunset Home’s lobby is the beautiful Tree of Life….A Living Memorial.
The Tree of Life provides a special way to recognize a loved one. Gifts of $300 or more will be recognized with an inscribed leaf, and gifts of $10,000 or more will be recognized through inscriptions on one of the stones located below the tree. Please contact Tracy Hagman, Development Director for more information: 217-223-2636 x: 308 or email email@example.com.
Sunset’s December Employee of the Month: Bridget Martin, CNA – CONGRATS!
MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Directors of Sunset Home.
Sunset’s November Employee of the Month: Sherry Rakers, LPN – CONGRATS!
Sunset team – Illinois Pioneer Coalition Summit in Springfield.
Meet the HOME TEAM: Tracy Hagman, Development Director
My name is Tracy Hagman and I am the Fund Development Director for Sunset Home. I am responsible for all fundraising initiatives, marketing and public relations. Fund Development is the strategic marketing of our nonprofit organization by building relationships with people and other organizations. It is important to develop reliable sources of income to sustain Sunset Home’s long term mission which is: Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ through Life in a Caring Community. We are a faith based community proudly related to The United Methodist Church. Examples of ways to give to Sunset Home: monetary gifts, trust & will directives, grants, stocks, endowment interest, property, grain, livestock, bequests and corporate donations.
2015 UPDATES: Sunset Home continues to thrive. The construction will be complete by the end of the year on the 4th floor of our building for a new Short-Term Rehabilitation unit with 13 beds that will be a private wing with upscale amenities. Sunset was also awarded a generous grant to help purchase state-of-the-art Physical Therapy equipment. More information to come soon! We are also very excited for the completion of Oliver’s Chapel at Sunset Home remodel project. The planning started last year and with successful fundraising efforts and a grant from the Arthur 0. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund we raised $38,293 that paid for the full renovation including new chairs, light fixtures and flooring. The blessings keep coming: Jan Quintero, of Vermont Street United Methodist Church is creating a custom made stain-glassed window piece to place on the altar. Oliver’s Chapel at Sunset Home will be dedicated this December with a reception hosted by Sunset’s Auxiliary for Oliver’s family, our residents & staff, the local churches and for all who contributed to our beautiful new chapel. Lastly, we just finished our 2nd Annual Wine Pull Fundraiser. We netted $21,901 (a 26% increase from last year) and all the proceeds from this event are allocated for the purchase of a new boiler for our heating system. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and visit our website for a virtual tour. Tracy’s contact information: 217-223-2636 x:306, firstname.lastname@example.org. November 2015
Sunset APARTMENTS Open House – Independent Living, located at 8th & Broadway – please mark your calendars!
Sunset’s October Employee of the Month: April Brown, CNA – CONGRATS!
Meet the HOME TEAM: Cindy Yuchs, Sunset Apartments Director.
“My name is Cindy Yuchs and I am the Director at Sunset Apartments. Sunset Home purchased the apartments in 2003 and at that time I was working at Sunset Home and was asked to come manage and oversee the operation of Sunset Apartments. I have been employed by Sunset Home for 39 years. Now you’re probably thinking that’s a long time, how old is she? Well, let’s just say, now I am considered a senior citizen too! When Sunset Home purchased the apartments in 2003 there were several things that needed to be updated. Most of the things were cosmetic changes due to the age of the building. While being structurally sound, harvest gold appliances, and gold Formica counter tops were no longer in style. By the time we had been here for 2 years, all of the apartments had white appliances. As apartments come open we have been remodeling the kitchenettes in the apartments with new back splashes, stainless steel sinks, and modern counter tops and lighting. This is a time consuming project and will take several years to complete since we have 93 apartments. Last spring we updated the large Activity Room where residents who choose to, come to eat a noon meal. This room is also used for daily activities, and other social functions. The room now has round tables, comfortable chairs, and new flooring which gives the room a very inviting and comfortable feeling. One side of the room now has comfortable leather furniture, a cozy fireplace, and a 70 inch big screen TV for residents’ enjoyment. Stop in any time to see what we are all about!” Cindy’s contact information: 217-221-1246, email@example.com. October 2015
WINE PULL FUNDRAISER
Our 2nd Annual Wine Pull last night was magical! THANK YOU to all our sponsors, Gallery Solaro, County Market, donors, board members, Sunset’s Wine Pull team, our Advisory committee and the Quincy community for making this event a huge success! SAVE THE DATE for next year: Sept 15th, 2016!
Sunset’s September Employee of the Month: Lisa McDonald, Restorative Nurse – CONGRATS!
Sunset Home’s new Director of Human Resources: Angie Gooding
QUINCY, IL — WELCOME! Angie Gooding has been named Sunset’s Director of Human Resources. Angie comes to us with over 15 years of HR experience. Mostly recently, she served as Branch Manager for Manpower in Hannibal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Western Illinois University. Angie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute and has her SHRM–CP through the Society of Human Resource Management. Angie is on the Board of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, past Ambassador of the Hannibal Chamber, and past President of the Quincy Area SHRM Chapter. August 2015.
Tickets available now for our 2nd annual fundraiser – call Tracy at 217-223-2636 x:308
Meet the HOME TEAM: Jeni Yaeger, Social Services Director
Social Services is often hard to explain. Where other departments have a specific primary function, for example: Nursing – to provide healthcare, Dietary – to provide food and nutrition, Activities – to provide meaningful activities, etc. Social Services’ function is to help our residents maintain their highest level of well-being. Our purpose is to stand with our residents as their advocate to add strength to their voices in asserting their wishes. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to help. Jeni’s contact info: 217-223-2636 x:326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunset’s August Employee of the Month: Stephanie Credille, Dietary Dept – CONGRATS!
NURSING WEEK – THANK YOU for all that you do! Representing Sunset Home our Unit Coordinators.
Sunset Home’s new Director of Nursing: Kim Straube
QUINCY, IL — Kim Straube has been promoted to Director of Nursing at Sunset Home. Straube began her career at Sunset Home in 2005 as an LPN and went on to obtain her RN certification in 2010. She was the Unit Coordinator for the Haven, Sunset Home’s dementia unit. In 2012 she became Certified as a Dementia Practitioner. In August 2013 Straube was promoted to Sunset’s Assistant Director of Nursing. Straube is a 2010 RN graduate of John Wood Community College and received her BSN in 2014 from Chamberlain College. Since 2010, Straube serves as the RN Consultant for Recovery Resources. She is on the YWCA Board of Directors, serves as Board President for the Quincy Neighborhood Federation Youth Centers. Straube is a spokesperson for JWCC and serves on JWCC’s Certified Nurse Assistance Advisory Board. March 2015.
Welcome Sunset Home’s new Assistant Director of Nursing: Meridith Reed
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home is proud to announce Meridith Reed accepted the position of Sunset Home’s Assistant Director of Nursing. Reed received her Associate of Science in Nursing degree in 2014 from Hannibal-LaGrange University and her LPN in 2001 from John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. Most recently she was the ADON at a skilled nursing facility in the area. Reed comes to Sunset Home with over 13 years of nursing experience. March 2015.
Sunset congratulates our C.N.A.’s of the year: Shannon Smith, Michelle White & Kim Adrian. Shannon Smith will represent Sunset at the 20th Annual JWCC Community C.N.A. of the Year Luncheon, April 24th, 2015.
We are dedicating Sunset’s Chapel to the late and beloved Rev. Oliver Taube. We are fundraising to make much needed updates. Thank you for your consideration to help!
Our 10th Annual Spaghetti Supper was a huge success – we had over 325 guests! Special thanks to everyone who joined us, to Kohl Wholesale, and all our incredible volunteers: our staff, Sunset’s Auxiliary and the kids from QND & St. Francis! All proceeds benefit Sunset’s Employee Assistance Fund.
Meet the HOME TEAM: Theresa Neisen, Admissions Director
In this first week of April 2015, I will have completed 21 years at Sunset. Any requests for possible admission to Sunset usually come through me, information concerning care is taken, read and passed on to nursing to make sure we can meet the person’s needs. I give tours and explain to families what the protocol is, how payment is made and walk through the process with them. Then the goal is to have the room ready and waiting when admission occurs and complete admission paperwork in a timely manner. I also take care of Long Term Care Insurances and do the pre-authorizations for Medicare Advantage plans and do updates for the insurance company as requested. If that resident is then able to return home, I discuss homecare services available and set up skilled/homemaker services and assist with needs they may have at home and just let them know what services are available. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible, whether it is a short rehab stay or Sunset becomes your home. If there is something you need, let me know and I will do my best to make it happen. Theresa’s contact info: 217-223-2636 x:336, email@example.com
Fun Road Trip – Bowling at the Tangerine Bowl in Quincy, IL. March 11, 2015
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Sunset’s Auxiliary volunteer group – wishing everyone a Happy St. Patty’s Day! Thank you for all that you do!
Sunset’s February Employee of the Month: Lindsey Edwards, Social Services – CONGRATS!
Sunset hosted a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees this holiday season and the winners – Jennifer Cantrell, CNA, Wanda Lord, CNA and Natalie Lord, LPN chose to donate the money raised in the amount of $461.00 to the Quincy Humane Society.
Fun road trip!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Did you know that in Sunset’s Chapel we have baptisms & weddings. Congratulations to Jason & Nikki Neese who baptized their daughter Isabella during services on Sunday. Godparents are Chris & Kim Stephens. Rev. Patty Johansen officiated from Vermont Street United Methodist Church. February 2015
Staff Appreciation Lunch – thanks to the Haven Activities team: Tasha, Ivan (and missing Kaitlyn & Brittany)!
Sunset was proud to host CareLink’s event on POLST: Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment – a very important topic regarding Advance Directives in Healthcare. Over 75 people in attendance. Feb 4, 2015
Staff Appreciation Lunch – thanks for all that you do Activities ladies!
Sunset Home Directors and our Board President attended the Quincy Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Jan 21, 2015
Celebrating Elvis’ Birthday!
Sunset’s January Employee of the Month: Charlotte Ash, LPN – CONGRATS!
Welcome Sunset’s New Director of Food Services: Jane Noble – January 2015
QUINCY, IL — Jane Noble has been named Director of Food Services for Sunset Home. Most recently she was the Director of Dietary, Housekeeping & Laundry at a senior living facility in the Quincy area and was the Director of the Meals Plus Program for the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Noble is a Certified Dietary Manager and comes to Sunset Home with over 30 years of food management experience. Sunset Home is a Skilled Nursing Facility that delivers all levels of service including short term rehabilitation, Independent living and is the largest State certified Alzheimer’s Unit in Southern Illinois.
CHARITABLE TAX CONTRIBUTION
It’s the end of the year and are you thinking about tax time? It is not too late to make a charitable tax deductible contribution for 2014. Did you know that Sunset Home is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is proudly related to the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to provide Life in a Caring Community through the Love of Jesus Christ. If you would like to make a contribution or have any questions please contact Tracy Hagman at 217-223-2636 x:308, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a loved one that might be experiencing signs of dementia? Sunset Home has the largest Alzheimer’s Unit in Southern Illinois and we are here to help.
Happy 95th birthday Ms. Wilma – 95 glorious roses celebrating a wonderful lady!
“We Wish you a Merry Christmas….” Caroling in our best ugly sweaters!
Paula Steffens gets ready for the holidays at Sunset’s salon thanks to our wonderful beautician Emily Keller. Pic courtesy of QHW/Bohnstedt
Sunset’s December Employee of the Month: Dennis Mandeville, Maintenance Dept – CONGRATS!
Sunset’s “Employee of the Month” committee – thank you Meagen, Michelle, Lori & Angie!
Sunset Home’s fabulous RED HAT LADIES – donated collected Christmas toys today to the Ladies of Charity for the children of our community. November 17, 2014
Sunset salutes our Veterans – God Bless
Sunset’s November Employee of the Month: Michelle Wortman, LPN – CONGRATS!
Sunset’s fabulous team from First Choice Physical Therapy!
Staff Appreciation Lunch – thanks Maintenance Department!
Sunset celebrates our 125th anniversary with a party for our residents, family & staff!
Sunset’s October Employee of the Month: Rhonda Warning, LPN
Sunset residents visited Madison Park Christian Church recently for the Button Show
Sunset’s Lunch Appreciation day – thank you Dietary Department! – October 9, 2014
Wheelchair Races – proceeds benefit Sunset’s Employee Assistance Fund! – October 3, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS – Sunset’s Wine Pull: raised $17,397 for our elevator improvement fund!
Sunset Home’s 125th Celebration & Fundraiser! – September 18th, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Cheers to Sunset’s hugely successful 1st Annual Wine Pull fundraiser at BoodaLu Steakhouse. Mrs. Hazel Mills – our #1 Cork Girl pictured her with Jeff Spear. With gratitude to all our generous guests, sponsors, board members, wine donors and the community for helping us raise a substantial amount of money for Sunset’s elevator improvement fund! SAVE THE DATE for next year: Sept 24th, 2015
Sunset’s September Employee of the Month: Randy Huntley, Dietary Department
Sunset Home Presenting Sponsor – Alzheimer’s Walk 2014
Sunset welcomes Rev.Tom Corum & members from the First United Methodist Church of Champaign
HAPPY Retirement to Sunset’s wonderful shuttle bus driver
Gary Daggett, July 31, 2014
Sunset Home & the American Red Cross – July 24, 2014
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home proudly hosts a blood drive for the American Red Cross. Thanks to Angie & everyone for giving blood today, and to Sunset’s Laura Feltes for coordinating the event (not pictured).
Welcome Sunset’s new Director of Accounting: Kayla Klauser – July 2014
Kayla Klauser of Quincy, IL., has been named Accounting Director at Sunset Home. In her new role, Klauser will direct all financial affairs, including accounting, payroll, business office, purchasing, billing and reimbursement, credit and collections, and other financial matters as directed by the Administrator. She is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her Master of Accountancy degree from Western Illinois University in 2010. Her prior professional experience includes performing audit and tax work at a public accounting firm in Quincy.
Sunset Home’s BED RACES!
July 8, 2014 — Courtesy of QHW: From left, “Bed Wetters” teammates Candy Kleemeyer and Sherry Rakers push “patient” Stephanie Davenport, in bed, to the finish line as they compete in the Sunset Home Bed Races Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the parking lot of the Quincy nursing home. Tracy Hagman, Fund Development & PR Director for the home, said the event raised close to $2,000. Proceeds will benefit Sunset’s Alzheimer’s unit, The Haven, and the Central Illinois Chapter-Alzheimer’s Association. Competing against the Bed Wetters is Denise Crisp, right, Matt Doane (not seen) and Tasha Rothweiler in bed. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Sunset’s July Employee of the Month: Ruth Sparrow, Housekeeping/Laundry Director
Sunset welcomes Vermont Street United Methodist Church’s new Pastor, Rev. Patty Johansen to our community. – July 1, 2014
Mark your calendars – BED RACES! Benefits Sunset’s THE HAVEN & the Central Illinois Chapter-Alzheimer’s Association!
Sunset Home’s Family Fun Day!
June 20, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Family Fun Day for our residents, families and staff! Games, food, the Balloon Dude (Jay Almeter), cake walk, bounce house (Peoples Prosperity Bank), dunk tank (Sunset Auxiliary), music, funnel cakes and much more! Thank you to everyone, including the Quinsippi 4-H club, who participated and generously donated for such a great day! June 20, 2014
Sunset’s Annual Ice Cream Social
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 11th. Ice cream, a variety of cake and treats, plus carry-out is available – family fun for all! Proceeds to benefit the Sunset Home Auxiliary.
Pictures from the Ice Cream Social!
The Sunset Swingers playing in the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament! June 6, 2014
Sunset’s June Employee of the Month: Jessie Vahle, LPN
Sunset Home’s new shuttle bus! May, 2014
“Taste of Quincy”
May 15, 2014
THANK YOU to all the local food vendors who generously donated their delicious specialty items for Sunset’s residents to enjoy! The Abbey, Arby’s, BoodaLu Steak House, Casey’s, Coach House, Culver’s, Dairy Queen, Domino’s, El Rancherito, Fazoli’s, Hy-Vee, Jimmy John’s, KFC, La Gondola, Lakeview, Little Caesars, Maid Rite, Maine Course, O’Griffs, Panera Bread, Pier, Riverside Smokehouse, Roly Poly, Sprouts, TCBY, Thyme Square, Tony’s Too & Underbrinks
Great day at the Quincy Senior Center Resource Expo!
ALOHA! Sunset celebrates Nursing Home week, May 12-16th, with fun activities for residents, families & staff – today is Hawaiian Day
Happy Mother’s Day Tea at Sunset Home!
Sunset Home has such a wonderful history of caring for seniors. Here’s a photo from the early 1900’s of residents and staff. We celebrate our 125th Anniversary this year.
Sunset Celebrates our Amazing Nursing Team
May 6th, 2014
QUINCY, IL — National Nurses Week is May 6-12th! A quote from Maya Angelou: “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Thank you ladies for proudly representing all of Sunset! Pictured: Dawn Whiteside, LPN, Rhonda Warning, LPN, Jessica Hunt, RN, Angie Warning, LPN, Brandy Tallman, LPN
We have an opening in our beautiful Villas – Independent living and your pets are welcome! Call us for information at 217-223-2636 and ask for Sandy
Sunset Home announces new Administrator, Dawn St. Clair-Davis
May 1, 2014
QUINCY, IL — The Board of Directors of Sunset Home has announced the appointment of Dawn St. Clair-Davis as their Administrator effective May 1, 2014. St. Clair-Davis has served as the Assistant Administrator since March of 2013, with the Board intent she would become the full-time Administrator. She replaces Jerry Neal, who has served in an interim capacity since November 2012 and will stay on until July 1, 2014 to continue the transition.
Tom Kelling, Sunset Home’s Board President stated, “The Board is grateful to Jerry Neal for his leadership and exceptional vision for Sunset. We are very excited to have Dawn as the new Administrator and look forward to an outstanding new chapter for Sunset Home.”
Prior to joining the Sunset Home team, St. Clair-Davis served as the Administrator for Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal, MO for five years. She had previously worked as a Program Director for Community Alternatives Missouri, and as an Advocacy Specialist/Investigator for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from William Woods University and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Hannibal-LaGrange University. St. Clair-Davis also holds the designation as a Certified Professional in Adult Services Risk Management from the Center for Aging Services Risk Management. St. Clair-Davis serves locally on the Board of Cheerful Home in Quincy as Finance Chair, and as Vice President of the Board for Northeast Independent Living Services (NEILS) in Hannibal, MO. St. Clair-Davis is also a member of the Rotary Club of Quincy and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary.
St. Clair-Davis says of her new role, “It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to lead an organization such as Sunset Home. A community where people come first and we are able to carry out our mission on a daily basis to share the love of Jesus Christ through services to the aging, without regard to race, color or creed, and to administer the care for those served with compassion and with charity.”
Sunset Home recently closed on a $6 million bond through the City of Quincy enabling the recent unveiling of a newly renovated dining room and as well as many other needed improvements to the home. Plans for a new short-term rehabilitation unit are in the beginning stages and should open by early 2015. In addition to the 182 bed Skilled Nursing Facility, Sunset Home also operates Sunset Villas, which are senior condominiums on their main campus, and Sunset Apartments located at 301 North 8th Street in Quincy. Sunset Home will celebrate its 125 year anniversary later this year.
Sunset’s May Employee of the Month: Cathy Rumsey, Housekeeping
Congratulations to the YWCA Women of Achievement
April 26, 2014
QUINCY, IL — A group of four women were recognized Saturday night as part of the YWCA of Quincy’s 23rd annual Women of Achievement Gala at the Oakley-Lindsay Center: Lynn Niewohner, Debbie Reed, Denise Conkright and Gabrielle Green for their work in the community.
Ms. Gabrielle Green was honored with the YWCA Future Woman of Achievement Scholarship Award. Pictured here Kim Straube, YWCA Board Member & Sunset’s Assistant Director of Nursing, Gabrielle’s mother Rachel Green, Sunset Home’s Front Desk Receptionist, and Christa Mantzke, Sunset’s Director of Nursing. Congratulations to all the women, indeed “A Voice for All”.
Sunset Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day – April 23, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Lunch with Sunset’s Administrators, Accounting, Human Resources, Reception, Public Relations, Central Supply and Transportation departments. Thank you to our wonderful team!
Senator John Sullivan Visits Sunset Home
April 21, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home proudly welcomed Senator John Sullivan for a visit today. He toured our community and discussed critical issues affecting skilled nursing facilities, the state budget and patient care. Sunset appreciates the Senator’s hard work and commitment to our region and for the State of Illinois.
Pictured: Jerry Neal, Administrator, Senator John Sullivan, and Dawn St. Clair-Davis, Assistant Administrator.
Sunset Home is proudly related to the Illinois Great River Conference of The United Methodist Church and extends Easter blessings to all.
“I asked Jesus how much He loved me?” And Jesus said “This much-“ And He stretched out His arms and died.
Sunset Home hosts VIP Reception for newly renovated Dining Room
April 3, 2014
QUINCY, IL – Mayor Kyle Moore attends Sunset Home & Quincy Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Sunset’s beautiful new dining room. Pictured here with Jerry Neal, Administrator & Dawn St. Clair-Davis, Assistant Administrator. Sunset celebrates our 125th Anniversary this year!
Coming Soon: New Short-Term Rehab Unit
Another exciting project at Sunset – our new Short-term Rehabilitation Unit! Spacious private rooms with microwave and fridge, a fabulous view and much more! Watch for our progress.
Sunset’s April Employee of the Month: Tasha Rothweiler, Activities The Haven
Sunset Home celebrates National Volunteer Week!
Sunset Home’s annual Spring Bazaar
Mark your calendars for Friday, April 11th. Baked goods, flea market items, clothing and furniture – and delicious homemade coffee cake in the Coffee Shop!
Sunset Home Celebrates our Social Services Staff
Meet our “original” Social Services team. Social Work was established in 1889. Coincidentally the same year Sunset Home was founded – this year we both celebrate our 125th Anniversaries! Pictured front: Cheryl Breuer, back row: Lindsey Edwards, Theresa Neisen (Admissions Director), Meagen Davis & Jeni Yaeger.
Sunset Host’s Spaghetti Supper – please join us!
Sunset Home is hosting its 9th Annual Spaghetti Supper on Wednesday, March 26th, from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Meal includes: spaghetti, green beans, breadstick and dessert. Carry-out is available. Spring themed gift basket auction too! Proceeds benefit Sunset Home’s Employee Assistance Fund. Tickets: $4.50 in advance, $5.00 at the door, $2.50 children (12 & under).
Sunset Home’s 2014 CNA’s of the Year – March 2014
John Wood Community College and Community Health Care Agencies, including Sunset, are once again sponsoring the CNA of the Year: Angels in Heath Care. Congratulations to Andrea Miller who will represent Sunset Home at JWCC’s 19th Annual C N A of the Year luncheon on April 25th.
Pictured from left to right: Andrea Miller, Michelle Kendall and Kim Adrian.
Sunset Home’s MARCH Employee of the Month: Opal McCafferty
United Way recognizes Sunset Home – February 19, 2014
QUINCY, IL – United Way’s annual meeting Sunset Home was presented: “In recognition of outstanding progress in dollars raised, participation and special efforts in support of the United Way of Adams County, Inc.”.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
February 13, 2014
QUINCY, IL – Sunset Home celebrates Valentine’s Day with beautiful carnations for our residents and staff. The proceeds benefit Sunset’s Employee Assistance Fund. Special thanks to our cupids pictured: Nikki Vahle & Lindsey Edwards and to Laura Feltes for coordinating.
Sunset Home Celebrates our Activities Staff
January 24, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home’s fabulous Activities Staff honored during a week of appreciation with manicures and treats. Thank you for all the joy you bring to our residents!
Sunset’s Winter Marshmallow Snowball Fight
January 24, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Today Sunset Home brought the winter weather indoors for our annual marshmallow fight with our residents and staff!
Bake sale at Sunset Home in Quincy benefits pet rescue organization
Januray 20, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home in Quincy was filled with the smell of sweets on Monday. A bake sale was held for Homeward Bound Waggin, which is an organization that rescues and transports animals in need and finds them homes.
Organizers say the residents and nurses at Sunset home enjoyed the event so much, they suggested having another bake sale. “Oh the turnout has been absolutely wonderful,” Cathie Fleming of Homeward Bound Waggin said. “We came in with two tables totally packed and we have replenished twice. And we’re still selling. So we have done very, very well.”
Organizers even brought their four-legged mascot, Paula Sue. Paula Sue was a dog that was rescued from a fighting environment, but was rehabbed by some Hannibal veterinarians. (Source: WGEM-TV, Whitney Williams, Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist.)
Sunset Home Bake Sale for Homeward Bound Waggin, Inc.
January 6, 2014
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home is hosting a Bake Sale on Monday, January 20th from 10a – 3p. The proceeds benefit an organization called Homeward Bound Waggin, Inc., which is a pet rescue organization that rescues and transports animals in need and finds them permanent homes. There will be a huge selection of tasty treats including cakes, cookies, pies, candy, and breads. Thank you in advance for your help in supporting this wonderful organization!
Construction begins for Sunset Home’s new Dining Room Remodel
QUINCY, IL — Sunset is excited to announce that our main dining room remodel project commences the first week of 2014. The contractors will have full access to the dining room during this time of construction and have indicated the project will be completed in about eight weeks. During the remodel other areas of the building will be utilized for meal service. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this interim period. The complete remodel will be a remarkable transformation of an area that is such an important part of our Residents’ lives here at Sunset Home.
Welcome Sunset’s new Lay Chaplain: Clif Weisinger
QUINCY, IL – Sunset Home proudly welcomes Clif Weisinger as its new Chaplain succeeding the late Reverend Oliver Taube. Chaplain Clif recently retired after forty-eight years in sales. He is an active member of the Vermont Street UMC serving as Lay Leader and Lay Speaker of the La Moine River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Payson Masonic Lodge #379, Quincy Consistory, the Quincy Masonic High Twelve Club, and a past board member of Chaddock. Chaplain Clif is a lifelong resident of the Plainville, Payson, Quincy, Illinois area.
2014 – Sunset Home celebrates our 125th Anniversary
Sunset Home Hosts Annual Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Tea Party with Santa
December 18, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home hosted its annual Holiday Light Tour on December 18th. Families drove through Sunset Home’s beautiful Christmas light display and the kids got to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. On December 12th & 14th, everyone also enjoyed Christmas Tea parties.
Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Sunset Home hosts a tribute celebration for the Reverend Oliver Taube
December 13, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Our very own Reverend Oliver Taube has recently retired from Sunset Home. A open house was given in his honor for family, Clergy, residents and staff to pay tribute and to thank him for all his years of immeasurable service. We are forever grateful for the lives Rev. Oliver has touched and inspired.
Sunset hosts The Community Foundation annual presentation
December 13, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Today, 42 area nonprofit organizations received grants and learned how to plant a seed and leave a legacy. A record of more than $61,000 was handed out to organizations which have charitable funds and endowments with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Checks were presented during a 9 a.m. program at Sunset Home, 418 Washington, Quincy.
Earnings from the charitable funds and endowments provide an additional source of annual income for the nonprofits organizations. Each year, a portion of each organization’s fund growth is distributed; a portion is retained in each organization’s fund for continued growth.
“In this day, every dollar is critical to support the mission and programs of area nonprofits,” said Amy Lehenbauer, Community Foundation Program Coordinator. “These grant distributions are used by the organizations for a variety of charitable purposes in fulfilling their missions. Due to the generous support of donors and organizations the total dollar amount of grants awarded today has increased by almost 50 percent over 2012 levels.” (Source: Community Foundation)
Sunset Home’s DECEMBER Employee of the Month: Theresa Neisen
Sunset Home’s Employee Appreciation Luncheon
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home’s team with our Administrators, Accounting, Human Resources, Reception, Public Relations, Admissions, Central Supply and Transportation. Thank you to our Staff!
Sunset Home makes improvements
November 25, 2013
QUINCY, IL (WGEM) — Sunset Home in Quincy is looking to complete six million dollars in renovations and improvements. To help initially fund it, they’re turning to the city for special revenue bonds. Administrator Jerry Neal says, “If we can provide them with those services in a home like setting, and get them back on their feet and back to home as soon as possible, that’s our goal.”
Until then, Sunset Home is home for dozens of seniors. Neal says they want to make improvements to some quality of life features. “The main project is a major remodel of our main dining room. It’s one of the older areas in our facility that we really want to upgrade and bring into the 20th century more or less, and really enhance the dining experience for our residents,” Neal says.
Other big projects include work on the roof and renovating one of the nursing wings to a short term rehab center for residents. Monday night, they looked to the city to help get the projects going.
“They requested to refund and re-finance the four million dollars, and then re-finance an additional two million dollars for a six million bond issue,” City Comptroller Sheri Ray says. Ray says service organizations using the city’s bonding authority is nothing new. She also says it has some financial benefits. “Typically a lower government rate,” she says.
Aldermen approved the bond financing at Monday’s city council meeting. Neal hopes the money helps them continue to serve the Quincy community with updated facilities. (Source: Kendra Whittle, Multimedia Journalist, WGEM-TV)
Sunset Home’s NOVEMBER Employee of the Month: Brenda Coon
Sunset & Alzheimer’s Candlelight Service & Soup Supper
November 20, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Sunset wants to thank everyone for a very special event we hosted for the Quincy Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. It was a wonderful night starting with the Soup Supper and then to the chapel to pay tribute to our residents, families and the community that have been touched by this disease. There were about 70 people in attendance.
A special thanks to all the staff that helped (we couldn’t do it without you), to dietary for providing a great meal, the Alzheimer Association staff, Leanne Vandermaiden for her personal testimony about her Grandmother who is a resident here, and to Rachel Green and her daughter Gabriel for singing at the end of the service – inspirational!
Red Hat Ladies looking to make Christmas brighter for local kids
October 24, 2013
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) – One Tri-State nursing home wants to put more gifts under the Christmas tree for less fortunate kids. The Red Hat Ladies of Quincy’s Sunset Home are collecting toys for local children as part of their annual toy drive. Organizer Judy Moss said their hope is to make Christmas a little brighter for local kids.
“It was so heart-breaking for these kids to wake up with no toys at Christmas time,” said Moss. “I think it’s important for us to donate the toys, so they can wake up with something under the tree.”
The Red Hat Ladies are also collecting money to buy toys. You can drop off toys or cash donations until November 15 at Sunset Home. (Source: WGEM: Andy Devine, Multimedia Journalist)
Sunset Home employees contribute $5,119 to the United Way Campaign
October 16, 2013
QUINCY, IL – Sunset Home raised $5,119.00 and recently presented a check to Cheryl Waterman, Executive Director of the United Way of Adams County, Inc. and Jerry Jackson, Campaign Chair on behalf of its employees. Sunset Home also awarded prizes to its staff for their participation in the fundraising event.
Cheryl Waterman stated, “The staff and leadership of Sunset Home should be congratulated for their great community spirit. In their first United Way employee campaign they modeled all the qualities of a leadership company and achieved great results that will make a big difference in our community.”
The United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Sunset Home’s Administrator Jerry Neal said, “Sunset Home employees are committed to supporting our community and we are very proud to partner with the United Way of Adams County.”
Pictured from left to right: Jerry Jackson, United Way Campaign Chair, Pam Fessler, Sunset Home, Cheryl Waterman, United Way Executive Director, and Barb Hutmacher, Sunset Home, HR Director.
Sunset Home’s Wheelchair Races!
September 25, 2013
QUINCY, IL – A very different kind of race took place at Quincy’s Sunset Home Wednesday. A wheelchair race. 20 Teams made up of the Sunset staff and area business navigated through an obstacle course blind-folded! The blind-folded driver had to carefully push their passenger through the course without hitting anything.
Officials say the event gives Sunset Home residents something fun to take part in. “We are very activities driven here and at the end of the day it’s all about our residents, so it gives them a nice way to come out and enjoy this beautiful afternoon and be entertained, it’s a fun day for everybody,” said Tracy Hagman, the Director of Public Relations for Sunset Home.
Almost $600 was raised from Wednesday’s event and will go toward Sunset Home’s Employee Assistance Fund. (Source: WGEM/Jenny Dreasler. Picture QHW/Steve Bohnstedt)
Sunset Home’s Queen!
September 19, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home’s very own Rachel Green’s daughter Gabrielle is Quincy Senior High’s 2013 Homecoming Queen! Pictured here sharing a moment with Homecoming King Benjamin Reinhardt as the pair wait for the start of the parade. (Source: QHW Photo/Phil Carlson)
Sunset Home’s Annual Fall Bazaar
September 13, 2103
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home Ladies Auxiliary hosted its annual Fall Bazaar. A fun day of shopping and delicious baked goods! A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, residents, staff and the community for supporting the Bazaar.
Sunset Home Walks for Alzheimer’s
September 5, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home’s team is pictured here in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Clat Adams Park. With numerous fund raising events during the year, Sunset raised over $9,200 for the Association. Sunset has the largest State certified Alzheimer’s Unit in Southern Illinois with 43 beds and the only facility with a Certified Dementia Practitioner on staff.
Taking the First Step- Kim Straube
September 1, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home’s Assistant Director of Nursing, Kim Straube, talks about her experience at JWCC and how her life has changed.
Sunset Home’s Employee Appreciation September Luncheons – thanks to our Staff!
Maintenance, Housekeeping & Laundry, and our partners First Choice Physical Therapy.
Woof, Woof. Sunset Home Celebrates National Bring Your Dog to Work Day
August 29, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Some of the pooches that came to work today with our staff and played with the Residents. Fun day at Sunset!
Sunset Home’s new Virtual Tour posted on Website
When visiting our website: www.sunsethome.org, be sure to view our new virtual tour! You can access on the homepage by selecting the shortcut button at the top right: “Take a Tour”. It is also posted under “About Us” / Virtual Tour.
Sunset Home Red Hat Society donates to the Quincy Humane Society
August 9, 2013
QUINCY, IL — The Quincy Humane Society got a big boost Friday morning from some generous animal lovers. The Red Hat Society at Sunset Home donated dozens of pet supplies and $106 to Sally Westerhoff, Executive Director. The ladies have been collecting donations for weeks. They say it breaks their hearts to think about the adoptable animals with no place to call home. Humane Society officials say the donation couldn’t have come at a better time. (Source: WGEM)
Sunset Home’s new Director of Nursing: Christa Mantzke
Christa comes to Sunset Home with 16 years of prior nursing experience. Her career includes working as a LPN at McDonough District Hospital and Snyder’s Vaughn Haven in Rushville and as an RN at Heritage Manor in Mt. Sterling and Wexford Health Sources in Rushville. She graduated from Carl Sandburg College and Spoon River College.
Welcome Sunset Home’s new Assistant Director of Nursing: Kim Straube
Kim has been promoted to Assistant Director of Nursing at Sunset Home. Kim began her career at Sunset Home in 2005 as an LPN and went on to obtain her RN certification in 2010. Most recently she was Unit Coordinator for the Haven, Sunset Home’s dementia unit. Kim also serves as the RN Consultant for Recovery Resources since 2010.
Sunset Home and the United Way of Adams County
July 23, 2013
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home’s Red Hat Ladies partnered with the United Way’s Day of Action to help make kits for the Parent & Child Education program (PACE) that focuses on readiness for children’s academic success. LIVE UNITED!
July 11, 2013
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home’s Red Hat Ladies organization is collecting items for the Quincy Humane Society. The Supply Drive will go through Monday, August 5th . Donation boxes are located in Sunset’s lobby at 418 Washington Street, Quincy.
Sunset Home and Quinsippi 4H Club
July 11, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Members of the Quinsippi 4H Club plant flowers at Sunset Home, thank you!
Sunset Home and United Methodist Church Luncheon
July 10, 2013
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home and the Reverend Oliver Taube hosted a luncheon for Ministers and personnel from the LaMoine River District of the Illinois Great River Conference of the United Methodist Church. The luncheon was an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and fellowship. Sunset Home’s core mission is care and compassion for meaningful living in partnership with the United Methodist Church.
Sunset Home honors it’s Volunteers of the Year
June 27, 2013
Quincy, IL — Sunset Home hosted a special luncheon to honor all the wonderful people that volunteer their time. Pictured left to right: Tasha Rothweiler, Sunset Home Assistant Activity Director, Judy Peters, Vicky Murray and Nikki Neese, Sunset’s Activities Director. Judy & Vicky conduct ceramics activities every Monday from 9a-11a at Sunset Home. Congratulations and thank you!
Sunset Home employees race to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association
June 18, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Employees at Sunset Home raised money for the 2013 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk with its fourth annual Bed Races event.
Staff rolled their co-workers on hospital beds as part of a relay race to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research. Residents sat along the sidelines and cheered on the racers. Sunset Home Activity Director Nikki Neese says the money will help benefit people suffering from the disease. “Here at Sunset Home we have one of the biggest the units throughout Illinois. We have 43 beds so I think it’s important to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s association,” Neese said. (source: WGEM)
Sunset Home would also like to thank Mayor Kyle Moore and Tegan Orpet from KHQA-TV for their participation.
Sunset Home hosts its annual Ice Cream Social for residents, family and the community
June 12, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Pat Lawber sits with her friend Mary Ann Thomas at the Sunset Home Ice Cream Social Wednesday. “We go to all the ice cream socials, because they usually have really good food and we don’t have to cook or clean.” Lawber said. (source: H-W Photo/Michael Kipley).
Free haircut at Vatterott in honor of CNA week
June 14, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Amando Jaco, a certified nursing assistant at Sunset Home in Quincy, gets a shampoo from Nicole Barner before getting a haircut. Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott College is offering CNAs free cuts, styles and makeup this week during CNA Appreciation Week. (source: H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Sunset Home hosts Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours
April 25, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Sunset Home hosted a Business Before Hours event for the Quincy Chamber on Thursday, April 25th with over 70 people in attendance. The event is an opportunity for area business people to network and visit businesses in the area to showcase their facilities, staff and offices. A special thanks to the Chamber and to Bailey’s Fudge for the wonderful coffee cakes and specialty coffees.
C N A of the Year Celebration
April 25, 2013
QUINCY, IL — John Wood Community College and several local health care agencies sponsored the 18th annual CNA of the Year Celebration luncheon on Thursday, April 25, at the Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York, Quincy.
Sunset Home’s Kenny Warrington was one of the eight nominees – congratulations Kenny!
It’s time for retirement, again — for Loraine pastor
April 12, 2013
LORAINE, Ill. — That first try at retirement did not work out so well for Oliver Taube, but he’s pretty sure this one will stick.
After Taube, who will turn 90 this summer, retired from more than 40 years in agriculture-related businesses in the early 1980s. But he found himself an unwilling retiree.
“I had been retired for about 30 days and knew I didn’t want to do nothing but “loaf” around,” he said. “I had always been a “do-er.'”
At the time, Taube had a history of being a lay speaker in church. He decided to pursue that calling and wound up as “The Rev.” Oliver Taube and a pastor in the United Methodist Church. More specifically, he wound up as pastor at the Loraine United Methodist Church, a position he is leaving June 30 after 28 years.
A retirement open house is planned for Taube from 1 to 4 p.m. June 15 at the Loraine UMC.
Meet our new Director of Fund Development and Public Relations
April 1, 2013
QUINCY, IL — Welcome Tracy Hagman, our new Director of Fund Development/Public Relations. Tracy comes to us with over 19 years of management and sales experience. Most recently, she served as Director of Marketing for Adams Telephone Co-Operative, a local state-of-the art communications company. Tracy previously worked at Mercantile Bank as Vice President of Treasury Management, and as Sales Manager for KHQA-TV. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in Business Administration. Tracy is active with the United Way of Adams County, the American Red Cross and is on the Board of the Quincy Humane Society and is a wonderful asset to our team!