Hillcrest Picnics at Kleiner Park








Driving into the park from Records Road, you pass through the grand entrance via Kleiner Memorial Parkway. The grand entrance includes plantings and structural elements, as well as a curved arch that crosses the Parkway and pedestrian pathways and welcome visitors into the peaceful park environment. Kleiner - Senior Center1(1)







The civic component of the park is comprised of the Meridian Senior Center and a building site for a future civic structure. The Meridian Senior Center is a single story, 13,800 square-feet building with expansive views of the South Pond.

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The grand Promenade connects the site visually, from the band shell at the North Pond, through the Grand Plaza, across the Parkway, and to the South Pond. The Grand Promenade includes hard surfaces, park benches, and trees to create a peaceful, relaxing setting alongside the North Pond.

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Hillcrest Assisted Living visited Keiner Park for a picnic and enjoyed  some of the amenities at the park. Everyone soaked up the sun and each others’ company.

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Gardening Tips

Gardening is America’s favorite leisure outdoor activity, enjoyed by more than 78 million people, according to the National Gardening seniorAssociation. For most of us, gardening provides a welcome sojourn in the natural world, a sanctuary that promises relief from the challenges of life. Yet many feel the need to give it up as they become less physically able. Gardening can enrich the life of the senior gardener in many ways – physically, mentally, and spiritually. The following tips for modifying tools and gardening techniques can make all the difference for the senior gardener.

  • Paint your garden tools with a bright color. This will enable the senior gardener to easily locate tools.
  • Purchase seed and seed tape for easier handling and planting.
  • Grow plants that heighten the sense of touch or smell.
  • Use a vertical garden or trellis. This allows the senior gardener to plant and weed without stooping or bending.
  • Build and design raised beds that provide a place to sit and garden.
  • Try using a stool, chair, or bench to avoid constant stooping or squatting.
  • Use the right length tools. Long handled or curved handled tools provide better grips and more leverage.
  • For safety sake, garden early in the morning or late in the day. Avoid being out between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Drink plenty of decaffeinated fluids to prevent dehydration. Also, allow time for breaks in the shade.
  • Wear lightweight clothing, long sleeved shirt, eye protection, sunscreen, a big hat to shade face, and gardening gloves.
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For additional information contact your local University of Missouri Extension Center or the University of Missouri AgrAbility Project, at 1.800.995.8503.

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Afternoon Tea with Martha Washington

Hillcrest Logo colorHillcrest invited family and community to attend a tea party and enjoy a wonderful afternoon drinking tea and crumpets while visiting with family and friends. Hillcrest partnered with Idaho Humanities Council to bring this event to our community. Our guest speaker was Janet Worthington who portrayed Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Martha was born in Virginia in 1731, Martha Dandridge married Daniel Park Custis and had four children, two of whom died in childhood. When her husband died suddenly leaving her a very wealthy widow, she was courted by and married General George Washington. When Washington was elected the first president of the United States, Martha Washington was honored as “Lady Washington,” 



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Cooking Corner at Hillcrest



Carmel Cashew Pie






A no-bake recipe that calls for cream cheese, Marzetti’s Old Fashioned Caramel Apple Dip, cinnamon, vanilla, cashews and whipped topping chilled in a graham cracker crust.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 20 minutes
Serves: 8-10

  • 1 1/4 cups, divided Marzetti® Old Fashioned Caramel Dip
  • 2 8 oz packages plain cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Chopped cashews, plus whole cashews for garnish
  • One 9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 cups Whipped topping


In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 cup of Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip, cinnamon, vanilla and chopped nuts. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon filling into a prepared pie shell. Refrigerate covered for 2 hours. At serving time, garnish with remaining 1/4 cup Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip and whole cashews. Store covered in refrigerator.


- See more at: http://www.marzettikitchens.com/kitchens/recipes/detail/67/caramel-cashew-pie#sthash.Yg1DjW6j.dpuf

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National Day of Prayer at Hillcrest





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Our administrator welcomed our residents, families and guests to Hillcrest Assisted Living to join us in celebrating this important day in the life of our country; the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer.

This year’s theme and scripture is “Pray for America.”     “ In his name nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:21.

It is our sincerest hope today that we are all reminded of the value and encouragement that prayer can bring, not only for ourselves, family members and friends, but also the entire nation.

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Our Director of Nursing lead everyone in The Lord’s Prayer.

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The Community Liaison with Legacy Home Health & Hospice mbriggs@legacyhomecare.com  and the Chaplain with Horizon Home Health and Hospice jschmidt@horizonhh.com  read the Presidential Proclamation of 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. We have been recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Look this proclamation up it is worth reading.

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The seven centers of prayer are government, military, media, business, education, church and family. Each area was prayed for.

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Staff prayed for our residents at Hillcrest. We recognized the many and diverse age groups that make up our nation. However, today we especially called attention to our seniors who are apart of this community and also seniors that live across this great country. We applaud their ability to endure the difficulties of change over the years.

“Lord of all generations, we especially pray for seniors on this national day of prayer. Let them always feel that they are important in the communities that are still important in the communities they call home. Remind them that there is no age limit on being a United States Citizen. We pray that you will encourage them that their prayers and dedication to will always be heard and received with the same attention as when they were younger.”

“O God we pray that you rekindle the hearts and minds of our seniors for service, involvement and dedication to you and their fellow citizens.”

“We lift our seniors to you today. Please, show them compassion, mercy and love at this stage of their lives. May They forever be revitalized with your ever moving and inspiring Holy Spirit.”

We Pray these things in your name today. Amen

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Our Sales and Marketing Director led us in our closing prayer.

Father, we come to your to pray for our nation, the United States of America. You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, “America, America, God shed his grace on thee.”  Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see breakdown of the family, crippling addictions and random acts of horrific violence. Lord, we need your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove your work and your council from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have “forgotten God.” But Lord you have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.

God’s presence could be felt as united, the assembly prayed together for each other, our nation and much more. Please join us next year in The National Day of Prayer on  the first Thursday in May. Check out our website at www.hill.crest.com for future events.

Please check out the National Day of Prayers website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org Hillcrest was registered at a site for prayer in Boise. Look for Events-click and type in Boise, Idaho and hillcrest will appear.






Make Informed Choices about a Walker

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Leslie Rigg is a certified Complex Rehabilitation Specialist with ATS Wheelchair & Medical. She came to help us learn to use our walkers. Many questions were asked and our residents went away with information that is valuable to their health.

  • Types of walkers
  •  If you have difficulty balancing or you’re at risk of falling, a walker can make it easier for you to get around-whether you use the walker temporarily or as a permanent aid.
  • If stability is a significant concern, you might choose a standard walker without wheels-which you must pick up to move.
  • a two wheeled walker allows you to place weight on the walker as you move. The legs with wheels allows you to easily push the walker forward, and the legs without wheels prevent the walker from rolling while you’re stepping forward. If you don’t need to lean on the walker for balance, you might be able to walk faster with a four wheel walker.
  • Selecting a grip.
  • Most walkers come with plastic grips, but you have other choices as well. You might consider soft grip covers, especially if your hands tend to get sweaty. If you have trouble grasping with your fingerers-secondary to arthritis, other joint pains or nerve problems in your fingers-you might prefer a larger grip.
  • Fitting your walker
  • Adjust your walker so that it fits your arms comfortably. This will reduce stress on your shoulders and back as you use the walker. To tell if your walker is the right height, step inside your walker and check your elbow bend. Place your hands on the grips. Your elbows should bend at a comfortable angle of about 15 degrees.
  • Next place one leg inside the walker. Don’t step close to the front bar. Keep the walker still as you step in. Finally, place the other leg inside the walker. Repeat.
  • If you need to place weight on the walker as you move, start by pushing the walker forward. Keep your back upright.
  • Don’t lean over the walker.
  • When using the walker, it is important to stay upright as you move. This will help protect your back. Always step into the walker, rather than walking behind it. Be careful not to push the walker too far in front of you or set the handles too high. Also, avoid hurrying and taking large steps when you turn. Change directions slowly. Never try to climb stairs with a walker.

Please contact Leslie at: leslie@atswheelchair.com if you have any questions.

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