News

Research shows ability to reduce risk factors for dementia

According to recent research, more than one-third of the risk factors for dementia are preventable. The data show that a few lifestyle changes now could dramatically reduce the risk of dementia later in life. The researchers, who presented their findings at the...

How to maintain independence while living in long-term care

Among the most common reasons that people avoid staying in long-term care is the perceived lack of independence. But in many cases, transitioning from home to long-term care can actually free up a person’s time and energy for the things he or she enjoys most....

Summer activities can help improve common health complaints

The sun is out! (Most of the time, anyway.) Not only is this beautiful Whatcom County sunshine good for the soul, it can be quite good for the body, too. As people age, we start to become more and more concerned with common health topics, such as arthritis, heart...

Three tips for visiting a loved one living in long-term care

Do you have a loved one living in a skilled nursing facility like Christian Health Care Center in Lynden? CHCC gets a lot of family visitors, and many of them aren’t quite sure how to interact with their loved one, other long-term care residents and even staff so...

NAC program at CHCC named one of best in state

Great news! The Nursing Assistant Certified training program at Christian Health Care Center has been named one of the top-performing programs in the state of Washington, based on the percentage of students who pass the difficult state certification exam. Making this...

Tips for battling elder loneliness

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Loneliness can lead to early death. Studies consistently show that the feeling of being alone is a leading contributor to poor physical and mental health among the elderly. One such study, from the University of California, San...

What are nursing assistants, and what do they do?

Looking for a job in Whatcom County? What would you say to a quick-start career with practically guaranteed full-time work? The only caveat is that, like any nurse, you have to be compassionate and loving, with a servant’s heart. Is that you? Great. Read on. As the...

What to consider before choosing a therapeutic rehab center

Physical, occupational and speech therapy provide a number of benefits. You probably know this already, because if you’re reading this your doctor has likely prescribed therapeutic rehabilitation or has at least encouraged you to consider the many ways therapy can...

The benefits of therapeutic recreation in a long-term care setting

"Recreation's purpose is not to kill time, but to make life; not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life." -Author Unknown The staff and volunteers at Christian Health Care Center have...

Skilled nursing social workers: Your family away from family

Family. They’re trustworthy and reliable, always around to help when you need them. You laugh with them, cry with them and, especially as you get older, you rely on them daily. Christian Health Care Center has a team of social workers on staff whose job is to think...

Pausing to recognize Pastor Appreciation Month

Every October at Christian Health Care Center, we pause to recognize Pastor Appreciation Month. Why? It’s not just because we have an incredible spiritual support staffer, although Gary Van Hulzen certainly is someone whom we appreciate dearly. It’s because at CHCC,...

One Patient’s Story: Then and Now by Kathryn Noble

By Kathryn Noble, CHCC rehabilitation patient in 2016. Then (1984-85) — Mkar Christian Hospital (MCH), Mkar, Nigeria. Now (July, 2016) — Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), Lynden, WA. I revel these days! I revel in unlimited hot and cold water. I revel in dazzling...

Remembering 9/11, locally.

This article was originally published in the Lynden Tribune.  9/11 is just around the corner. This commemorative day has become a time for citizens across the United States to honor and remember first responder who work to protect and serve us all. Here in Lynden we...

Technology upgrades allow nurses to spend more time with patients

“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest,” said William Osler, a Canadian physician who is one of the four founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Why? Because they’re good with computers?...

Post Op Care: Rest and rehabilitate at CHCC after surgery

“I enjoy convalescence,” Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said. "It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile.” Good luck convincing a doctor of that, though. After surgery, your care team isn’t likely to let you get away with much downtime. Absolutely...

CHCC’s care transition team receives award

Christian Health Care Center's transition support nurses were recently recognized by Leading Age Washington--a trade association serving not-for-profit and mission-driven organizations like ours. Leading Age Washington presented the 2016 Excellence in Research &...

Skilled nursing homes can help older adults live full, active lives

Walking the halls of Christian Health Care Center you notice something interesting. A family recognized from their regular visits with a loved one is deep in conversation with a resident they aren’t related to. This particular resident doesn’t have much family around,...

Five benefits of regular exercise for older adults

The older I get, the more I feel my age. My body doesn’t heal as fast as it used to, and it’s not as resistant to pain. And yet the more I move, the better I feel. That’s not a coincidence, of course. Regular exercise offers a host of benefits for older adults. Let’s...

Community BBQ marks 60th anniversary of CHCC

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of Christian Health Care Center! It’s time to celebrate the staff, volunteers and community partners who have helped our nonprofit facility provide healthcare to Whatcom County elders since 1956. Join us for a community BBQ as...

Long-term care planning for older adults

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Those wise words from Alexander Graham Bell are as meaningful today as they were when he said them more than 100 years ago. Preparation and planning helps people succeed in many phases of life—as children we...

8 ways to volunteer with the elderly

While staff members and residents at Christian Health Care Center work together to build a strong network of support and attentive care, we also rely on a pool of dedicated volunteers who help maintain and support the positive atmosphere at our non-profit skilled...

Disaster planning tips for older adults

“The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today.” The most common natural disasters we have potential to experience here in Whatcom County are extended power outages,...

Therapeutic rehabilitation for older adults

Therapeutic rehabilitation services, when combined with restorative nursing care, can be beneficial in helping older adults recover from medical procedures or other health conditions. At Christian Health Care Center in Lynden, occupational therapists, physical...

Start a career in healthcare with free nursing assistant training!

Nursing assistants have the extraordinary opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults.  As a professionally trained nursing assistant, you can offer patients compassion and care while assisting them with day-to-day life tasks such as dressing,...