Springmoor welcomed Jennifer Mondolino, our new Dining Room Director, to the kitchen this month. Cooking is her passion. Planning, shopping, tasting, catering and serving are all part of the food experience for her. “Eating is such a big part of everyone’s life, whether it is just grabbing a quick bite to eat or a sitting down for a formal five-course dinner gala, the conversations are more enjoyable with a delicious meal,” she says.
Jennifer grew up in Stony Brook, New York. She has an undergraduate degree from Johnson and Wales University, a master’s degree in Healthcare Policy and Management from Stony Brook University and, from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, she earned a diploma in pastry and baking. To say that cooking is her passion is almost an understatement! She gives much of the credit to her mentor who shared her knowledge of what needs to happen to make the perfect meal.
The First Job
Like many teenagers, her first job was at Starbucks. This one happened to be located in a hospital. She quickly moved from Starbucks to an Assistant Director position in food service at the hospital with a wonderful mentor. The 350-bed hospital offered room-service style dining. Everything was ordered on an iPad in each patient’s room and expected to be not only delicious but also delivered in forty-five minutes or less. The hospital also served a special menu for those on the surgical recovery floors. They served family and staff in the hospital dining rooms and often catered large galas for special auxiliary events. From planning to prep, Jennifer was behind the scenes learning to do it all. Continue reading →
Are you interested in taking a tour of our campus? We would be more than happy to show you around, introduce you to our staff and tell you about all the extras Springmoor has to offer. Bring your questions. Bring your walking shoes. Bring a friend or family member. We are only a phone call away.
What to Expect
Before you arrive, one of our marketing counselors will give you an overview on the phone. They will answer your initial questions and help you prepare for the tour. Let them know if you have a specific type of housing you are interested in and they will make plans for you to see it. If there are special amenities that you are interested in seeing or classes you would like to observe, please let them know of your interests also. There is so much to see that it often takes two or three trips to take it all in!
To prepare for your first visit, study the information packet our marketing counselors have mailed to you and bring a list of questions. For those who like to do research, there is a wealth of information on the web with questions to ask on a first visit. For those who prefer to ask friends and family, start now. Ask friends living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and others who have begun to tour, like you, what they have found. Make a list of items that are important to you. What do you like about your home, your neighborhood and your style of living? What are you interested in doing with your free time? Do you have family in the area? Do you participate in activities in the community? Where are your favorite shopping areas? Do you attend cultural events in the city? All these are important things to consider when choosing which community best fits your needs. Location and amenities are an important aspect of making your decision.
Understanding the Finances
During your first visit, the marketing counselors will help explain the costs of living at Springmoor. They can give you worksheets to help guide you through the process. As with any CCRC, there is an initial entry fee. The monthly fees will vary depending on the size of the home you choose and whether or not you are moving in as a couple or by yourself. The monthly fees cover a wide range of housing costs such as housekeeping, security, cable, phone, gas and electric, and home maintenance. This fee also covers services and amenities such as our Wellness Center, dining, short-term rehabilitation, medical transportation and a variety of social, educational and cultural programs.
The Wellness Center may be one of the first stops on your tour. Our heated saltwater lap pool is home to aqua-fit classes each day. The center also includes an exercise classroom, state of the art fitness machines, a sauna and a massage center. With over forty classes offered each week, there will certainly be one to fit your style. Personal trainers are also available to help you find the perfect workout for your needs.
The North and South Village Dining Rooms, The Bistro and The Garden Café will be a tour stop too. With four options for dining, you have a choice of grabbing a quick to-go meal, breakfast, a casual light lunch or dinner or gathering with friends and enjoying a relaxing restaurant style meal in the dining room. If you are hosting a group luncheon or a family party, the dining room can cater a meal in one of our private dining rooms.
Your marketing counselor will have talked to you about Springmoor’s many different housing options over the phone. She can show you our larger homes with two bedrooms, den and a garage or a smaller villa located on the perimeter of the 42-acre campus. If you prefer to be closer to the dining rooms and the exercise facilities, an apartment in North or South Village may be your style. Options ranging from alcoves to two-bedroom/two-bath apartments can be added to your tour. It is often best to see one or two and come back for a second visit after you have had time to think through your wants and needs.
The amenities and list of social, cultural and educational programs can be found in our monthly Pathways publication. There are art classes, lecture series, musical performances, Raleigh Greenway walking tours, health seminars, out-to-dinner (and lunch) outings, day-trips across the state and so much more offered each month. Of course, our calendar is packed full each month with new offerings. As you tour the campus, you will also want to see our Springmoor Putting Green, Croquet Court, Woodshop, Resident Garden, Movie Theatre and Meraki Arts Studio.
The Stewart Health Center
Choosing a CCRC like Springmoor gives you the security of knowing you have health care options available if needed. Short-term rehabilitation stays, memory care, skilled nursing or assisted living are all part of our community. Our staff can care for a spouse or a neighbor while you are only a short walk away. Knowing you can visit your friends or loved one without leaving the campus is a wonderful benefit to having a full continuum of care in the community. Continue reading →
Her mother was a nurse and one of her two daughters is a mental health counselor. A nurse, like her mother, Nina Cole has spent her life taking care of others. Today she serves on the Springmoor Board of Directors offering her knowledge and expertise when it comes to taking care of our community. Springmoor’s independent residents have an on campus doctor and full nursing staff available for any health issues that arise from flu shots, eye exams, blood pressure checks, a seasonal cold or a rehab stay after surgery. The community offers assisted living and skilled nursing as well as memory care and part time home care assistance as needed. Nina’s career has given her a lifetime of nursing experiences that she can bring to the boardroom.
Born in Mullins, a small town in South Carolina, she watched her mother go off to work at the hospital each day. She said she learned to cook early in her life as her mother was often working during mealtimes. Nina’s family moved to Beaufort, North Carolina while her father was in the service. When it was time for college, she headed to the western part of the state to begin her junior college experience at Mars Hill College. Undecided at first, she soon realized that nursing was the path she would pursue. North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston Salem became her home for three years as she completed her degree.
Nina and William met during her college nursing days. The two were married and shortly after graduation moved to Louisville, Kentucky while her husband was in the seminary. She was employed at Kosair Children’s Hospital and Jewish Hospital during their time in Kentucky. Then after a short stay in Virginia, they made their way back to North Carolina. Nina’s nursing career began in Raleigh at Raleigh Internal Medicine. Becoming the Director of Nursing and managing the staff, she says, was one of her most rewarding positions. She later moved to Carolina Allergy & Asthma Center where she found new challenges treating a new variety of illnesses and patients of many different ages.
Nina was also very instrumental in bringing hospice to Wake County. In 1979, Hospice was in its earliest organizational stages across the nation. She became a member for the Board of Directors traveling the state to speak about the benefits and the care they provide to the patients and their families. She continues to be intrigued by the founders and the concept of holistic care they offered. The term “hospice” (from the same linguistic root as “hospitality”) can be traced back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. Today the organization is known as Transitions LifeCare and is one of the larger hospice organizations across the country. They now serve Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, eastern Chatham and Wake Counties, as well as Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
During these nursing years, she also raised their two daughters. She helped with the PTA in their schools and volunteered her services at The Red Cross and The Open Door Clinic throughout their younger years. Wherever she could lend a hand and offer her expertise, she was quick to sign up to help.
As a volunteer at the Open Door Clinic, she, along with many other volunteer doctors, nurses, and clerical assistants offer their time to help those in Wake County that have no access to health insurance. As part of Urban Ministries, the organization remains as the only free and charitable clinic in Wake County with a fully licensed pharmacy. The Food Pantry and men’s and women’s homeless shelters are also part of the agency.
When she is not nursing, she sings in her active church choir and serves on several committees, her favorite being the church’s media team. She loves to read and says working in the church’s library is great fun. She helps purchase books as well as catalog and shelve those that are donated. Nina also enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren. “Grammy” (as she is called) and her 13 year-old granddaughter are often found at the mall. “What 13 year-old doesn’t want to go to the mall?” she asks. Continue reading →
Springmoor wants to help you reach your health and fitness goals. We are excited to announce the addition of something new to the Wellness Center offerings. In mid-November, two of our fitness instructors, Tricia Shipley and Kris Lawyer will begin a Personal Training program. Two of our favorite class instructors will now be available to personally help you reach your fitness goals.
The new program will start with a fitness assessment and then be designed to fit your specific needs. While training with your private coach, they will evaluate your interests, establish goals and track your progress. Tricia and Kris will demonstrate each exercise with proper form to reduce risk of injury. They will teach you which muscle groups are being targeted during your training. The trainer will work with you one-on-one for the duration of your session to ensure that you are safe and that you are obtaining optimal results. Each session will include a warm-up, an exercise portion and a cool-down period. The trainers will share helpful exercise tips and information while you are working together.
Have you made one or more of these statements in the past few months?
- I don’t know where to start with an exercise program.
- I need to continue exercising after physical therapy.
- I need motivation, accountability and support.
- I want to learn exercises to do on my own and how to perform them properly.
- I have a fitness goal but need help developing a plan to achieve it.
- I need weight loss assistance.
- I want to prevent falls and stay independent.
- I need a challenge.
- I want to change my exercise routine.
- I want an assessment to determine my abilities.
- I need to find the areas that I should focus on.
- I want to create maximized workouts for better results.
Does this sound like you? If so, let’s get started! Springmoor has something new to help you achieve your wellness goals.
The instructors will be happy to work with you wherever you are the most comfortable. They can meet you in the South Village Pathways Wellness Center or in the North Village Exercise Room. They can meet you in the privacy of your own home. If you want to train in the pool or the equipment room, they can meet you there also.
We have planned the program to work with your schedule. Each session can be scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The amount of sessions will depend on your goals, needs and interests. You and your trainer will decide on the number of sessions that fit your schedule and design a program to meet your fitness goals.
Kris Lawyer has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She started teaching aerobic dance in 1983 at Spa Lady, an all women’s gym in Raleigh. Since then she has become a certified instructor and taught a wide variety of exercise classes including Strength Training, Kickboxing, Cycling, Yoga and Step. After two shoulder surgeries and a back surgery, Kris has concentrated on senior fitness instruction.
She teaches Chair Yoga, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and a variety of other classes for Springmoor Residents. Kris enjoys working one-on-one with residents and sharing her knowledge of fitness gained through may years of experience. As an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, she believes that you can improve your health and fitness at any age through proper, regular exercise and have fun while doing it!
For Tricia Shipley, exercise is an important, meaningful part of daily living. She believes in the mind-body connection of wellness. Although our schedules are busy, she believes exercise should be incorporated to become routine. Tricia is an ardent supporter that exercise can prevent health problems and improve quality of life.
Tricia holds certifications in personal training, group fitness, PiYo, Silver Sneakers and Health Eating Every Day from the Cooper Institute. She has provided group fitness instruction and personal training for 20 years, specializing in strength training, functional training, sport-specific training, circuit training and core training.
Both Kris and Tricia tell us the goal is simple once you get started. They will motivate you, keep you on the right track and always provide support. Ask anyone who has taken one of their classes – they are inspiring. Continue reading →
Looking for a part-time job in high school that works with school hours, study time, after-school sports and club meetings can be challenging. The Springmoor Dining Room schedule offers many of our neighborhood high school students the perfect place to work. Serving in one of our four dining areas during the weekday dinner hours or on the weekends makes for the ideal first job.
Madison was a sophomore at Leesville High School when she became an employee at Springmoor. She says the hours were perfect for her schedule. She came in before dinner and worked a few hours several nights a week in the South Village Dining Room. The residents made it a fun place to be. She got to know each of them, their families and their favorites on the menu.
High School Sweethearts
After her high school graduation, Madison continued to work at Springmoor and began taking classes at Wake Tech. Eric, her high school sweetheart, decided to follow in his mother, father, and stepfather’s footsteps and join the armed services. After boot camp and his stateside service, she and Eric were married. Shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan, they got the news that they were expecting a baby. Madison continued working in the Springmoor Dining Room and taking classes while Eric was away.
Emery, their little girl, arrived three weeks prior to Eric’s return to the states. Madison moved to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville when he returned. She enrolled at Coastal Carolina Community College for her CNA certification. Still unsure of her career path, she knew it would either be in nursing or teaching. “Both jobs involve helping others and this is what I knew I wanted to do,” she said.
She credits her Labor and Delivery Nurse (LDN) with the reason she has chosen to pursue a career in nursing. “She was awesome and made me realize this is what I want to do for others.” Now a mother, a wife and a student, Madison continued to juggle many hours of hard work.
After his five-year service ended, Eric and Madison moved back to their hometown of Raleigh. When they returned, she began looking for a nursing position. Her mother mentioned Springmoor. “Don’t they have nurses on their staff?” she asked. Madison now has her LPN degree and is continuing her nursing education. Eric, a Marine Combat Videographer, is currently pursuing his degree in computer science.
“Full circle,” she said, “I waited on many of the residents in the dining room when I was in high school and now I am taking care of them again.” This time it’s as a nurse. She still juggles school, family and a career. While her husband is in physics and calculus classes in the morning, she is at home studying. Online courses make it easy to have a flexible schedule for her studies. Madison works the evening shift and alternating weekends at Springmoor. As a float nurse, she is assigned to different wings each evening. She loves this position she says, “I get to know everyone and their families.” Continue reading →
This week, Bill Marley, one of Springmoor’s newest residents shares his journey to Springmoor – his new home and his new extended family.
Many thoughts come to mind as Frances and I reflect on our journey to Springmoor. This journey actually began in quiet conversation one evening a few years ago as we discussed the notion of downsizing. Many “empty-nesters” tend to do this after growing weary of rattling around in a big house, climbing stairs to the second floor, and constantly attending the responsibilities of property ownership.
We were very independent, but had a few developing health issues. This led us to consider moving to one of the fine retirement communities in Raleigh. We are blessed to have our two sons and their families living in the Raleigh area. They would gladly provide all the assistance needed as we grew older. However, Frances and I wanted to spare them of that responsibility and the effect caring for us would have on their lives.
Being Raleigh residents, we were well acquainted with Springmoor. Many friends were living here and Frances had performed for the delightful Springmoor Residents many times as a member of the Cardinal Singers.
A Springmoor Marketing Counselor became our guide along this journey. It was an easy decision to choose Springmoor as our future home. We both had a comforting feeling of relief the afternoon we sat with her and signed papers placing us on the wait list for residency. Just having our names on that list gave us an immediate sense of belonging to this community.
After moving here four months ago, the feeling of belonging has grown stronger. Everyone has welcomed us into the Springmoor Family with open arms. We enjoy seeing old friends more often now and meet new friends almost daily. Frances has benefited tremendously from the expert physical therapy sessions at the Stewart Health Center. I enjoy being a cashier at Springmoor’s Little Corner Store one morning a month. Becoming more involved in activities and volunteering our services as much as possible is something we are looking forward to in the months ahead.
I want to express the thought that “comfort” and “relief” are defining words in our lives since becoming Springmoor Residents. This is particularly true for me. Frances uses a walker and depends on me to be her “legs” and perform more than the usual “chores” expected of husbands around the house. Her safety and well-being are first and foremost. When living in our Raleigh home, I carried on my shoulders the responsibility of being first responder by calling 911 and then doing all I could awaiting the arrival of help. The weight of that responsibility has been significantly lightened now that we are Springmoor Residents.
Before Springmoor, I was always uneasy leaving Frances alone at home when I had to make an occasional day-trip out of town. I made certain she had everything needed close at hand, including medicine, a charged cell phone, and list of emergency numbers. I scheduled my trips when one or both of our sons would be in Raleigh and could come to help, if needed. I then called throughout the day to make certain she was all right. I was always uneasy there would be a certain delay in getting help to her if she had any trouble.
Now I am “comforted” and “relieved” in knowing that if Frances needs help while I am away, she can dial zero, pull the security cord, or press the pendant and help will be at our door in a brief minute. On a recent 12-hour round trip to Bryson City in the far western mountains, I knew Frances was safe in our Springmoor home. I was much more at ease driving in the heavy I-40 traffic without an urgent feeling I needed to get back home as soon as possible. That night, as I turned off Sawmill at the end of the trip, the double driveways at the lighted Springmoor entrance were like two outstretched arms welcoming me home again. I knew Frances was awaiting my return, safely inside the community. Continue reading →