As a noun, Merriam-Webster defines mission as a calling or vocation, or a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry-on humanitarian work. It goes on to define missions as a plural as organized missionary work. At Epworth Villa it is defined as caring for others – even those we may never meet or know. To celebrate May Mission Month, Epworth Villa’s Religious Life Committee and newly appointed Chaplain, Laura Glover, have teamed with Epworth community volunteers including Delphine Jewell, Jimette McLean, and Cathy Nichols.
The group sought out speakers to share their stories of missions throughout the month and led the community in two large projects. The first mission project was a clothing drive to benefit Skyline Urban Ministry. The community gathered 881 pounds of new and gently used spring and summer clothing. This broke their previous record of 550 pounds. The flood buckets were the final project of Epworth Villa’s Mission Month. On March 28th, residents, employees, board members, and special guests met to celebrate all the current and former missionaries in the community and assemble the flood buckets. The group had a goal of completing 10 buckets at a cost of $60-75 per bucket.
Flood buckets contain the essentials needed to enable those affected by floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes — locally and globally — to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up. A specific list of supplies for the flood buckets is provided by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). They are a global relief agency that helps with relief efforts both here in Oklahoma and around the world.
Glover said in her short tenure at Epworth Villa, she has been so delighted at how busy and involved the residents of Epworth Villa are in their community. “We have so many residents who have given of their time and talents in missions throughout their lifetime – and there is no stopping them now!”
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Epworth at Home has always been here for us. Al and I have each had surgeries while living here at Epworth Villa. A registered nurse, physical therapist, and occupational therapist worked with Al here in our home. I have had two surgeries and needed help with bathing and housework. Epworth at Home provided health care nurses for me. All brought big smiles and friendly talk as well as doing their jobs efficiently. They also followed through and checked back with us to see if we needed more assistance. They provide all the home health services that we needed.
We know if we need help again, we can always count on Epworth at Home to send the appropriate professional to help us! -Al and Sonie Lieber
Epworth Villa has been named a Telligen QI Connect™ Community Quality Champion! Recipients of this inaugural Telligen QI Connect™ award.
Telligen is pleased to present this award in recognition of outstanding activation by organizations located in your home community who have utilized relationships to recruit individuals and partner organizations to join together to focus on the most challenging issues facing us all today in this time of COVID-19 and beyond: opioid misuse, increasing access to behavioral health services, ensuring smooth patient transitions with changes in level of care, patient safety, chronic disease prevention, and self-care, and nursing home quality.
We want our teammates who work so hard to care for others to feel acknowledged and recognized for their efforts and have a renewed energy in these trying pandemic times. We know our team is passionate about their work. We honor them for making a meaningful impact on the quality of life for our family, friends, and loved ones.
Weather you live at Epworth Villa or anywhere in our service area, our goal is to deliver high-quality, personalized care in the warmth and comfort of your own home. Doing better than anyone else is what we are all about.
We offer Private Duty– In-home help when you need it. We also provide Home Health – Skilled care in the comfort of your home. Hospice – Care for a loved one of any age that is nearing their end-of-life.
A testimony from Rev. Dan Frisby-
In every age, stage and page of life our greatest human need is to find hope, healing and health when life becomes most challenging, chaotic or critical.
As a retired United Methodist Minister in our Oklahoma United Methodist annual conference since serving as a student pastor in 1965 while attending Oklahoma City University till retiring in 2007, my goal and mission has been to assist, affirm and advance these essential needs for all who find times of greatest need when life may become most frightening, fragile or frustrating due to unexpected changes life may bring.
Such an event changed my life when my auto was totaled by a rear-end collision that left me facing serious back surgery. Hope, healing and health in every aspect of life became my greatest need! Following my successful surgery I faced the recuperation, restoration and renewal of renewed health.
I found the essentials I needed from the Epworth Home Health care team of their professional staff of nursing, therapy and nutrition who nurtured me back to health through their empathy, expertise and experienced care that I required to be restored back to health. I needed in this most fragile and frightening life experience.
It is with deep gratitude and a grateful heart that I commend the Epworth Home Health care team to and for your health if, or when, you may experience such need or care to restore, renew or recuperate.
We would like to highlight some of our talented teammates. Meet Tiffany Eustace, SLP.
Tiffany has been a speech pathologist since 2008 and has served the residents of Epworth Villa with the rehab team for the past 10 years. Tiffany says she has always worked in skilled nursing and enjoys working with the geriatric population because of the close relationship that are formed. “I enjoy working with and helping people during a hard time of their lives. I love to get to know my patients and who they are and what they have accomplished. My patients have taught me much more than I have taught them. My goal from the very beginning of my career was to always be open to learning and growing as a therapist and professional.”
To learn more about the rehab services at Epworth Villa please call 405-752-1200.