Academy Villas Receives a Perfect Score in State Review
When the Arizona Department of Health Services announced a perfect score for the Academy Villas on a recent review, the staff members were thrilled. A perfect score indicates that the State Regulatory agency, in an on-site review, found no deficiencies in the operations of the Villas. This is the second time in a row that the Villas received this score. Therefore, the next review will take place in two years rather than one.
Arizona State Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities
Reviews of Assisted Living facilities in Arizona are not announced ahead of time. Thus, the staff is completely surprised when the State reviewers walk in the front door. Considerable time is taken to conduct a review since the checklist is long. Examples of the many items that are examined by the reviewers are:
Matching Medication Administration Records to orders received by physicians to ensure that every medication given has an order
Examining all medication boxes to ensure that they are locked and contain no expired medications
Looking at all employee files to check for references and are compliant with CPR & first aid certification in the State of Arizona
Checking TB results on residents and employees that have to be repeated yearly
Testing water temperatures and the review disaster plan manual.
Any issue in the items examined by the reviewers is listed as a deficiency.
The Academy Villas Staff
The staff work that goes into maintaining a healthy and nourishing environment for the Villas residents is extensive and often unnoticed. This involves maintaining many records, vigilance concerning individual residents’ medications and other needs, and maintaining a safe and clean environment both within and outside the Villas. Our Villas staff work together to ensure that all of these steps are followed, and that the residents feel safe and enjoy their life in the Villas. It is reassuring to the staff that their vigilance pays off in a highly successful review by the State. Congratulations to the staff.
William Archibald, an Academy Villas resident, sings in the local Vail Chorale. Recently, at one of their concerts, he was a soloist. Songs from the 1940’s was the theme of the concert. The Arizona Senior Academy hosted the concert, and not a chair was empty. Following his solo, Mr. Archibald rejoined the rest of the group to sing, in harmony, a set of popular war and other songs during and after World War II.
The Vail Chorale
The Vail Chorale was founded seven years ago. At that time, the founding director was a resident of the Academy Village. Further, a number of residents from Academy Village and the Villas are members. The chorale belongs to the Vail area community and is open to anyone who is interested in singing. Presently, a wide variety of members range in age, gender and backgrounds. During the year, the chorale rehearses once a week, and presents a number of concerts.
Music in the Villas
Music is an integral element in life in the Academy Villas. For example, residents can attend the weekly music presentations at the Arizona Senior Academy. Or, they can watch these concerts in the Villas on the TV. In addition, local musicians travel to the Villas and engage the residents in singing old and familiar songs.
A new fabric piece of art has become a permanent addition to the growing art collection at the Academy Villas. For example, the walls contain many pieces of art that brighten the rooms and are a joy to view. Further, residents also bring their favorite art works and photos to their rooms. Seen in the photo above the wall hanging is called “Lovely Birds”. It is is now on the Academy Villas living room wall.
Academy Village Quilters
This wall hanging was created by three members of the Academy Village’s Quilting Group. Thirty very different, colorful birds, two of which are upside down, are portrayed. Fortunately, the quilters designed the wall hanging specifically for the Academy Villas walls and is well loved by the residents. For example, several residents have selected their favorite birds, and a couple of the birds now have names.
Art in the Villas
Art has been described as essential to the human spirit. For example, art makes you think, it takes you to places, and makes you feel something. Further, art also says things that words just can’t say. For these reasons, art is a major element of the decorations in and activities of the Academy Villas. Residents, themselves create art, and join the art classes sponsored by the close-by Arizona Senior Academy.