From the Desk of Mary Louise and PatriciaPatricia Horn and Mary Louise Sayles, Cedar Hill co-owners

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! And what a beautiful spring we have had – Our residents enjoy sitting in our gardens, walking around the property and getting out and about. At the nursing home, we had great Nursing Home and Nurse’s Weeks; the annual Poker Run with Root Beer Floats and Motorcycles; and most recently we joined with the Village to celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day, out in the courtyard, with lots of sunshine, refreshing healthy drinks and snacks, and great lawn games…horseshoes, hula hoops, ring toss, bean bags and more! A great time was had by everyone, and we all feel a little more fit!
At The Village, our 4th bi-annual Craft Fair was a big hit, as was our Memorial Day Balloon launch. On June 1st, Wildlife specialist, Craig Newman, from Outreach for Earth Stewardship brought some very special friends to visit: a barred owl, a screech owl, and a red tailed hawk! Everyone had a great time with these beautiful birds of prey. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for lots of great photos of our activities!
This spring, we also hosted our first Licensed Nursing Assistant program in conjunction with the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield. The center told us that this is one of the best classes of LNAs that they have seen in years. We’re already planning the next class, so if you know of anyone who is interested in becoming an LNA and wants to work at Cedar Hill please send them our way.
Another program that many of you may want to attend is the Alzheimer’s Support Group, held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Village. See below for details.

Speaker Series

For the past year we have been hosting our popular Speaker Seriesfeaturing a wide range of topics such as Signs of Alzheimer’sMedicare Basics; Advance Care Planning ; Health & the Human Spirit, Parkinson’s Disease; Insurance Coverage of Long-term Care; Living with Diabetes; Nutrition, Wellness, and Aging; and much more. These have all been very informative and engaging, and we look forward to continuing the Series throughout the year. We are particularly excited about the next one coming up on June 14th – “Making it Happen: Successfully Transitioning to Assisted Living”, a panel discussion presented by our very own team here at Cedar Hill. Be sure to RSVP for this one!

Please see the list in this newsletter on other future topics and join us. The series is attracting community members, staff and our residents. Each seminar is free and open to the public. You will find the speakers as well as the audience very educational.

 Please be sure to sign for our mailing list for our newsletter and announcements. We promote our Speaker Series and other Cedar Hill events via email. It is a way for you to stay more connected. Another way is to like us on Facebook. Both sides of our driveway – the nursing home on one side and the Village and Memory Care Center on the other – are active on Facebook. This is a seamless way for families, residents, friends, and employees to stay in touch with all we do on our campus. And we always love positive reviews. We also keep our Cedar Hill website up to date, and you can see our videos there as well.

New Member Joining our Team

Over the last two years, with the opening of the expansion of the Village at Cedar Hill, Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community has grown in numbers of residents and complexity. After a great deal of thought, we have decided to bring on a nursing home administrator which will allow Patricia to focus on the financial oversight of the company as chief executive officer. In mid-June, Cathy Leone, BSN, RN, LNHA, will begin as the Cedar Hill Health Care Administrator and consulting nurse to the Village at Cedar Hill.

This division of labor will allow the nursing home administrator to be more hands-on and focused on clinical needs of all of our community residents. As nursing home and assisted living residents arrive with more medical complexity, we believe an administrator with RN training will serve our residents well.

Cathy brings a strong clinical and resident-centered background to Cedar Hill. She has worked in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living settings. We have worked with her for several years and feel she will be a strong addition to our management team. She knows her stuff and is fun to work with.

This move will also allow Mary Louise – at 81 years of age – to move more into retirement. She will still be actively engaged in our Community life and provide oversight to Patricia and Cathy.

Please join us in welcoming Cathy to our team, and read her letter below.

As always,  we appreciate how much our wonderful families and friends contribute to the quality of life at Cedar Hill. Thank you!
Patricia and Mary Louise

 Letter from Cathy Leone

Dear Cedar Hill Residents, Families and Staff –

I am excited to accept my new position as Nursing Home Administrator and Director of Clinical Services for the Village at Cedar Hill. I have known Mary Louise, Patricia and many of their management team for several years and have always enjoyed and admired the work of Cedar Hill. I have been a full time nurse for 37 years, and love my work and chosen career.

Prior to accepting this position, I worked for Terrace Communities since August 2011 as the Vice President of Resident Care.  This was a nurse leader position for a company that owns and manages eight assisted living buildings.  Terrace Communities serves approximately 600 residents and employs about 450  people.  I supported the health service directors and executive directors in all areas of nursing services; regulatory compliance, policy and procedures, resident care and employee processes.  I provided education, mentoring, and training from leadership to front line nursing staff.  I initiated, developed and supported a new assessment/care plan program, and on line education program for all buildings, as well as coaching supervision training for all management staff in 7 Terrace Communities.
Prior to Terrace Communities, I was the Nursing Home Administrator at Mt. Ascutney Skilled Nursing Facility.  Prior to becoming the nursing home administrator, I was the Director of Nurses at Mt. Ascutney Skilled Nursing for 11 years.
I have held many positions in nursing prior to these.  I was a nurse manager in the skilled/long term care setting at Hanover Terrace.  That is where I found my interest and passion working with the geriatric population.  I was a dialysis nurse for over 10 years working in acute hospital dialysis, as well as an outpatient unit, and home dialysis.  I worked on medical surgical units in several hospitals over the years, a brief time in home health, and a staffing agency covering for multiple sites as a per diem nurse.

I graduated from Wilkes University with a BS in Nursing.  I attended University of NH where I took classes towards a Master’s Degree in Nursing.  I have been a full time nurse for 37 years, and love my work and chosen career.  I have lived in Quechee, Vermont for 22 years with my husband and 3 children.  My youngest is now 20.  I enjoy gardening, cooking, yoga, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family.I look forward to meeting all of you when I begin my position at Cedar Hill in mid-June.

Cathy Leone, RN, NHA



Check out our newest video

“Rhapsody of Flowers: June in Lois’ Gardens”


Mary Louise Sayles, winner of Lifetime Acheivement AwardCedar Hill Wins Multiple Statewide Awards

Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community is honored to be the recipient of three awards presented by the Vermont Health Care Association at last year’s VHCA Conference – Lifetime Achievement Award, Nursing Home Activity Director of the Year, and Nursing Home Volunteer of the Year.
We wish to thank all the nominees and winners for everything they do here at Cedar Hill. Congratulations!

Read the full Story Here


We’re Looking For A Few Good Hands …

Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community, and The Village at Cedar Hill in Windsor, are looking for some cheerful Volunteers to interact with our very special residents. This may include: Reading, Call Bingo, Play Cards/Board Games, Go for Walks, Hand out Snacks, Sit and Chat, Help Residents Write Letters, Do Manicures, Cards, and Assist with Crafts and Art Projects.
If you are interested in a most rewarding experience helping others, and have your own transportation to and from our facilities, please contact:VolunteerFor Cedar Hill Nursing Home:
Barb Flinn, Tel. 802-674-6609

For Village at Cedar Hill Assisted Living or Memory Care Center:
Andrea Lapins, Tel 802-674-2254

Volunteering – Rewarding and Fulfilling, and a Great Way to Earn Community Service Hours!

Mark Your Calendars!

The summer is a very busy time at Cedar Hill, with every nook and corner bustling with activity. Here are a few of the things we have planned:

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Please join us in the coming months, as Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community and The Village at Cedar Hill host a monthly series of fact-packed and thought-provoking Seminars on timely issues affecting our senior population. We are proud to present some of the most knowledgeable experts in our area on a variety of topics that could touch each of us at some point in the future.

All Seminars are held in the Activities Room of the Village at Cedar Hill, 92 Cedar Hill Drive, Windsor, Vermont. Please follow signs to the main entrance-North wing. Refreshments will be served. Admission is FREE!Making it Happen; Successfully Transitioning to Assisted Living

Reservations are suggested: RSVP: Barb Greer 802-674-2254 or  Email:

June 14, 2016 at 10am “Making it Happen: Successfully Transitioning to Assisted Living”  Roundtable discussion on what you need to know about moving to a senior living community, with members of the Cedar Hill staff. RSVP NOW!

July 21, 2016 at 10am “Common Foot and Leg Problems” presented by James Wilton, DPM, Valley Regional Hospital.

September, 2016 “Elder Law” Presenter and date TBD

October 25th, 2016 at 10:00am & 5:00pm “Medicare and Open Enrollment” presented by Kabray Rockwood, Owner of Rockwood Agency, Windsor VT. Two presentations—morning and afternoon.

Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for more info

car show 201615th Annual Father’s Day Antique Car & Tractor Show

Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12-2pm

Join us for this FREE family-friendly event featuring:

• Antique Cars & Tractors
• Free Root Beer Floats
• Live 50’s & 60’s Music with Roy Munstermann
• 50/50 Raffle to Benefit Resident Entertainment Fund
Come enjoy one of Cedar Hill’s major events of the year where our residents, families and the public love mingling with the cars and tractors and their drives on our beautiful campus.
Have a classic car? Bring it to the show!
For more information on the cars or tractors call Barb Flinn at (802)674-6609 ext. 216 E-mail:
No Registration Fees!

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2 Hour Lake Sunapee Boat Cruise

Thursday, June 23, 2016 sunapee cruise
Depart Cedar Hill at 10:30; Lunch at 11:30;  Cruise 2-4pm

One of The Village Resident’s favorite summer outings is the 2 hour cruise we take on Lake Sunapee, in NH. After a relaxing lunch at the Anchorage Restaurant on the water in Sunapee Harbor, we stroll over to the MV Mt Sunapee, settle in a comfy deck chair, and listen as the Captain narrates the history, lore and points of interest on beautiful, pristine mountain lake.

Family members are welcome to join us – contact Andrea Lapins 802-674-2254 x-222. We will depart the Village at 10:45 a.m., or you can meet us at Sunapee Harbor. Cost for seniors is $18.00 plus lunch. Adults, $20.

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supportgroup600x600Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Next Meeting: July 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: Because of the Fourth of July Holiday we have moved the July meeting to July 12th. The regular schedule will resume in August.

Cedar Hill is Proud to Announce our New Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group,
presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter Community Facilitators and hosted by The Village at Cedar Hill held the first Tuesday of each month from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
 Do you care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Are you looking for information and support? You are not alone. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups provide emotional, educational and social support for family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other, related dementias.
Facilitators: Cathy Connors, LPN The Village at Cedar Hill
Brandie Armstrong, BS Psychology The Village at Cedar Hill

Build a support system with people who understand.

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“One of things that struck me was how quickly people on staff recognized me as a family member, and would come up and tell me how much they liked my mother! I hadn’t even met them yet, but they already knew me and my mom. It really is like a big family here. It’s so comforting to know that she is in a place that values her as a person, not just a room number.”
Daughter of new resident 


Family members – Please remember to mail your survey to “MyInnerview”.

Didn’t get a survey? Give us a call at 674-6609.