As we honor our patron saint (whose feast day is on Friday) and celebrate our Home, residents and staff alike are enjoying dressing up in themed apparel. Each day’s activities, too, correlate with the theme of the day.
So far, we’ve had “Dress Up Day,” “Sports Day,” and “Western Day.”
“Colorful Sock Day,” “Hat Day,” “Wear Your St. Anne’s Shirt Day,” and “Patriotic Day” are yet to come!
Moving into an assisted
living or basic care facility is often a big and emotional decision. After all,
many individuals prize their independence and are hesitant to relinquish a
routine that may have worked well for many years. However, there may come a
time when a choice needs to be made. But when is that time? Here are a few
signs that it may be the right time to move into assisted living.
For seniors across the
country, declining health can be
a major challenge to overcome. That is why one of the benefits of moving into
an assisted living or basic care facility is that you will have support for
dealing with a chronic illness. If you or your loved one’s health has gotten
considerably worse, it may be time to move into a place that can monitor and
provide the attention you need to continue to thrive.
With age, many
individuals find that they don’t have the same levels of socialization that
they did in the past. Whether due to the death of a spouse, far-flung family
members, or a lack of activities out of the home, isolation and depression can be very real challenges. Fortunately, moving into an assisted
living or basic care facility can help naturally and organically increase
opportunities for social interaction. This, in turn, could improve emotional
and mental health for the long-term.
Challenges with House
Maintaining a tidy and
well kept home may have been a top priority in younger days. However, according
to House Method, one sign that it may be the right time to move into assisted
living is if it’s getting too difficult to do things around the house. Tasks
such as vacuuming, lawn care, and paying bills on time are essential to your
independence. If you’re having trouble doing day-to-day tasks, can’t keep up
with maintenance of your home, and don’t have a family member or caregiver to
help, assisted living or basic care may be a great solution.
In many cases, families
or individuals will choose to have at-home care before looking into an assisted
living or basic care facility. However, high levels of at-home care can quickly
add up, making an assisted living or basic care facility a wiser financial choice. If this is the case, it may be the smartest move for you and
your loved ones to look into the potential for assisted living or basic care.
Aversion to Cooking
Eating healthy foods is
an important part of staying well, whether you’re dealing with longer-term
illnesses or simply looking to live out your years in the best shape you can.
However, if you find it difficult to make food for yourself to the point that
you’re skipping meals, it may be time to look into assisted living. This makes
the tasks of daily life—such as eating well—simpler and far more convenient.
Assisted living or basic
care facilities are designed to make life as pleasurable, comfortable, and
stress-free as possible. If you’re experiencing any of the above signs, it may
be time to look into your assisted living or basic care options.
July 21-27, we will again celebrate our patron saint, St. Anne. We don’t know a lot about this holy woman, but she was the mother of Mary (and Jesus’ grandmother). Below is a poem about her.)
We honor her especially on her feast day, July 26. Residents and staff are encouraged to join in the fun of the week, which will include the following dress up days: Sunday, July 21 ~ Dress-up Day Monday, July 22 ~ Sports Day Tuesday, July 23 ~ Western Day Wednesday, July 24 ~ Colorful Sock Day Thursday, July 25 ~ Hat Day Friday, July 26 ~ St. Anne’s Shirt Day Saturday, July 27 ~ Patriotic Day We’ll have special activities that go along with the days’ themes.
This summer, Sr. Elaine is celebrating 60 years in Religious Life! Although there will be festivities at the provincial house in Hankinson, we’re planning a celebration here at St. Anne’s, too, for those unable to attend there.
You are welcome to join us Thursday, June 20th at 2 p.m. for a reception in honor of Sr. Elaine’s Jubilee. No gifts, please. Your presence is gift enough.
Sr. Elaine also started out her religious life serving in education, but after ten years moved into the field of long-term care. She has served at St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand Forks since 1970, working in the business office and helping the elderly and disabled who live there in many ways. She has brought joy to many over the years by playing her accordion, active as a member of the area accordion club for a number of years and continuing to entertain residents and others in the area.
Please join us in sending up a prayer of thanksgiving for these Sisters and their many years of beautiful witness, as well as in continued daily prayer for more vocations to the Consecrated Life within our Diocese.
Did you know that this past Wednesday (2nd Weds. in May) was set aside in honor of receptionists nationwide, we didn’t until just now!
Around St. Anne’s, receptionists do a lot more than just answer the phone!
Weekends can be pretty quiet, and a good time for little projects, but Monday through Friday tend to make up for this! The ability to multitask is crucial for a receptionist here during business hours.
During this time, receptionists take and direct calls from medical providers and any number of other inquirers. They assist residents with business needs, make change, and sell stamps and gift case items.
There are busy times and quiet times.
Although the receptionist is not “up on the floor,” running around and assisting with personal care needs of our residents, (s)he plays a very important role and is the first point of contact in dealing with the outside, be it visitors or callers.
If you have a little extra time and would like to “give back” to your community, you might even consider becoming a volunteer receptionist here
This past Saturday, our Board of Directors approved a new mission statement. Our former statement had been written to represent the services offered by all of the facilities staffed by the Franciscan Sisters from Hankinson. The new one is more reflective of the special work done here at St. Anne’s as a long-term care facility. The new mission statement reads:
Our mission at St. Anne’s is to provide a safe, caring, and family-like home for our residents. Inspired by St. Francis, we strive to serve each person who comes to us as we would Christ. We welcome those who come to us from various backgrounds, treating them with love and dignity while providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
St. Anne’s strives to embody the gospel message in accord with the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” given by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops.
You may know someone who is an avid recycler, and maybe, you are one yourself. It’s good to look out for the environment, right?
Probably, though, you’ve never met one as dedicated to the cause as our dog Zoe is!
She loves to lick out the tins from chicken pot pies and the foil from tuna melts, preparing them to go into the recycling basket.
Watching Zoe, as she chases the item around the room also provides us with comic relief after a busy day. She works it vigorously with her tongue to get off the savory morsels, often making her way into a corner.
Too bad more people in our society aren’t interested in investing a little effort, like Zoe does, into protecting our environment, and caring for this world that’s entrusted to us!