WINTER GROWTH INC

Where friendships grow and care is extraordinary

Olney, MD   |  www.wintergrowthinc.org

Mission

Winter Growth's Mission is to foster community by empowering seniors and adults with disabilities to live their best lives. We do this by listening and creating an environment for connections. Our Vision is to be the leader in person-centered care.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Ms. Cyndi Rogers

Main address

18110 Prince Phillip Drive

Olney, MD 20832 USA

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EIN

52-1153556

NTEE code info

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our founder created Winter Growth in 1979 because of her dreams and passion to create better services for society's most vulnerable population. She was determined that Winter Growth's services would be provided in a way that offered quality of life for seniors facing chronic illnesses and disabilities, as well as much-needed support for their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Assisted Living

Provide residential services including memory care, medication management, assistance with activities of daily living, nutritious meals, laundry and housekeeping services in a home-like setting.

Population(s) Served

Provide 6 hrs of therapeutic activities, nursing oversight, medication administration, nutritious meals and snacks, and assisted transportation.

Population(s) Served

Provide assisted transportation for Winter Growth's Assisted Living residents and Day Program participants to allow access to physician appointments, shopping and other activities.

Population(s) Served

Hourly and overnight respite care for seniors and adults with disabilities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Adult Day Care clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Medical Day Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Adult Day Care client service days

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Medical Day Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Medical Day Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Winter Growth believes our clients still have the ability to have meaningful relationships and experiences and we have tailored both our adult daycare and assisted living programs to maximize each individual's capacity to be an active member of our community. While most adult daycare programs and assisted living homes are stand-alone facilities, Winter Growth recognized that the combination of the two programs under one roof would be beneficial for clients. With the inclusion of onsite an adult daycare program our residents can increase their circle of friends and find kindred spirits.

Most local assisted living homes that are small like Winter Growth, with 16 or less residents, do not offer private rooms for their residents. Of the homes that do have a few private rooms, none are available to clients funded by Medicaid instead, low income residents are required to share a room with a stranger who may be loud and disruptive due to the progression of dementia. Winter Growth, however, recognizes the importance of having a private space for everyone regardless of their funding source. Having to give up one's independence is difficult. No longer having your own home, the ability to take care of oneself, and the freedom to travel alone whenever you want can be an emotional burden. Winter Growth recognizes the sacrifices these individuals have made due to their declining health and is committed to ensuring that each resident has their own special space. Due to our commitment to honoring the dignity of all those we serve, these adults can have a private room to retreat to when they are tired, to privately visit with guests, and to create a space with their own pictures and personal belongings that makes it feel like they are indeed home.

Winter Growth is working to strengthen its person-centered care model. Person-centered care promotes choice, purpose and meaning in daily life. This approach will result in better quality outcomes with staff being able to identify and respond quickly and appropriately to the changing needs of our clients.

To accomplish this goal, staff is continuously reviewing current processes and procedures to determine what adjustments can be made to better serve client preferences. We examine many areas including our dining services, our current morning wake up times and evening bedtimes, and our outing schedule. Staff creates a process for clients and/or family members to effectively communicate preferences and choices about care and activities both at the start of their time with Winter Growth and on an ongoing basis.

Winter Growth has given much thought to the physical building. Instead of a sterile environment we wanted to create a feeling that you were visiting a friend for the day. For those with anxiety due to their illness, this feeling of visiting a home instead of an institution has made adjustment to the setting easier. With most of our clients suffering from some degree of dementia, the environment needs to be secure with locked entrance doors. To offset this inability to leave the building alone, however, our buildings have continuous hallways so that clients can walk without reaching a dead end. Along the way are several alcoves with chairs, some with puzzles or other items that may interest the walker. Our enclosed courtyards are also easily accessible by all so even those with severe dementia have the ability to wander outside on their own. The hallways are wide and lined with handrails for those with difficulty walking and those in wheelchairs have ample space to move around. The building itself is all on one level to allow for safe movement for all and the doorways are extra wide to allow for easy access between rooms.
Winter Growth has a fleet of vehicles that include wheelchair accessible vans. Our door-to-door service allows those requiring transportation to our programs to participate without navigating the more complicated or prohibitively expensive transportation services offered in the county.

To effectively complement Winter Growth's skilled nursing staff, our paraprofessional providers receive advanced training on the various illnesses that our clients experience. Both weekly meetings and monthly trainings focus on how staff can best provide services to the diverse population we serve. Staff have learned how to de-escalate anxious or even angry clients whose brain functioning has been compromised by dementia. We have brought in speakers to help staff members understand the impact of different mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; on a client's experience at the center; and staff applies this knowledge when dealing directly with clients and when planning activities for our day program

Each weekday our residents and daycare clients have the opportunity to participate in a 45-minute exercise class. Over the years we have seen our clients maintain strength and balance which has a direct impact on decreasing the probability of falling. Daily brain fitness activities are incorporated into the programs to stimulate memory. Studies have shown that keeping both physically and mentally active can slow the rate of mental decline; and clients' family members have repeatedly confirmed that their loved one's memory issues have been noticeably impacted by Winter Growth's programming.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Altered menu offerings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WINTER GROWTH INC

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Bednarzik

James Crites, Treasurer

Eliot Striar

Tom Benedict

Claire Lea, Secretary

Suzi Padgett

Michael Valazak

Phyllis Madachy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/10/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.