Spreading Christmas Cheer at ACH Community Care Center

Alliance, Ohio – Christmas came five days early at Alliance Community Hospital’s (ACH) Community Care Center (CCC).

On Friday, December 20th, CCC residents, patients and family members filled the dining room for the annual CCC Christmas Party! Musical entertainment was provided by John King, who performed covers of modern country songs, as residents and staff danced. While it was not the traditional Christmas party many would expect, the atmosphere was energized and fun for all in attendance. Holiday refreshments were prepared by the ACH Nutritional Services Department.

The festivities were made even more special when Santa Claus made a surprise guest appearance! He spread holiday cheer and good wishes for the New Year as he greeted each party-goer. All of the children were invited to share their Christmas wishes with Santa and had the opportunity to have their picture taken. Then Santa presented each child with some early Christmas presents.

But the children weren’t the only ones on Santa’s nice list this year! With help from the CCC staff, Santa handed out presents to each of the residents and patients.

“The staff members of the Community Care Center and Alliance Community Hospital are so kind and generous to our residents; they provide the majority of the presents Santa handed out,” said Lori Underwood, CCC Activity Director. “Every resident and patient at CCC received several gifts. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!”

The CommunityCareCenter is a 68-bed, extended-care facility that provides a home-like atmosphere and a competent and caring staff to its patients and residents. For more information about the services available at The Community Care Center or Alliance Community Hospital go to www.achosp.org , like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more about the true stories of extraordinary, compassionate care that make Alliance Community Hospital the most patient-centered facility in the state of Ohio.

Lori Underwood, CCC Activity Director, hands Santa a present for one of the CCC residents during the party.

Lori Underwood, CCC Activity Director, hands Santa a present for one of the CCC residents during the party.

Becoming better balanced

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

November 20, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Photos by: Gayle Agnew, Alliance Review

Becoming better balanced – ACH physical therapist shares information on balance training

Becoming better balanced

Nutritional needs change as we age

 The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Nutritional needs change with age (click to read the full article)

By: Mallory Evans, Published September 5, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Nutrition, Senior Citizen Nutrition

Review Photo/ Kevin Graff
Registered and licensed dietitian, Dawn Wagner, takes age and physical condition into account as she plans meals for patients at Alliance Community Hospital. As seniors continue to age, their nutritional needs change.


Winter Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop, extra winter safety precautions are crucial. With winter, comes an increased chance of falls and injury. Heed these safety tips before you venture out into the cold:


  • Wear the proper footwear. Check the traction on your shoes and make sure the soles are not worn or smooth.
  • Check sidewalk railings and make sure they are sturdy enough to support your weight.
  • Keep salt and a shovel near walkways for easy access.
  • Carry a cell phone in case a fall occurs and you are unable to get up.
  • Ask for help when leaving a location and have to walk across slick surfaces.
  • Have a plan. Prepare yourself on what to do if you or someone you are with falls.
  • Take it slow. Allow yourself extra time when going out.
  • Strengthen your legs. Strong legs help brace a person when a fall occurs and help prevent injury.