Executive Director's News
Dear Friends of Villa St. Joseph,
It is always good to take the opportunity to look back on accomplishments of the past year, as well as plan for the New Year. And 2016 was a very busy year! Here are a few of the things that were accomplished at Villa St. Joseph:
- The daily rhythm of life continued to be celebrated in all of our long-term neighborhoods. The Carondelet Neighborhood planted a zucchini garden in the inner courtyard. A resident prom was held on our Fontbonne Neighborhood complete with gowns and bowties. A special picnic was held for the Ebensburg Neighborhood. All of these things happened because of the daily interplay of our residents, staff, families and volunteers. Simple things are important in life.
- We expanded our capacity to care for persons in need of short-term rehabilitation services, especially related to orthopedic surgery such as hip and knee replacements. Our average number of short-term admissions per month has doubled with this expanded focus on our Baden Neighborhood. This means that we are taking care of more people in need. We are also working with our local hospital networks and insurance companies to provide rehabilitation services that meet national standards of excellence. In 2016, we discharged 411 short-term rehabilitation residents back home to the local community, which is an increase from 253 in 2015. In addition, our Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation continues to provide specialized services to persons in need from the local community. Villa St. Joseph was also recognized by the Beaver County Times as the “Best in the Valley” Rehabilitation Center in 2016.
- Villa St. Joseph earned multiple accreditations by an international organization, CARF (Center for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), as part of its collaboration with Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Villa St. Joseph is now accredited for meeting both Person-Centered Long Term Care Community and Dementia Care Specialty Program standards. This means that we offer programs geared to meet residents’ unique personal needs, as well as therapeutic programs for memory care, in a manner that meets internationally recognized standards of excellence.
- We are enhancing our therapeutic interventions for residents with memory impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s by adding technology such as It’s Never Too Late computer programs to connect residents with past memories. All staff completed Alzheimer’s’ Association education on positive approaches in caring for these residents. Our staff’s special caring has resulted in efforts from a Special Olympics to a prom, as well as daily activities. With our secure neighborhood, and access to a beautiful inner courtyard area in summer, we provide a supportive alternative to care for these persons with memory needs.
- We have continued to offer and expand our therapeutic arts programming, with support from generous donors. These programs include both music therapy and the visual arts. The Villa Voices sing at our annual talent show. You can tour the facility and view the lovely paintings by residents that are on display in our lobby area. All of these efforts tap into our residents’ strengths, and empower them to grow in new ways.
- Approximately 50% of our residents receive care under the Medical Assistance program, which does not cover the cost of our care. We continue to supplement this care by the generous support of donors, and hold special events such as our Annual Young at Heart event to raise needed funds. In 2016, Villa St. Joseph provided over $700,000 in benevolent care. These efforts to raise funds are a necessary part of our daily work to assure that we can provide the “simple things that are important in life” to our residents.
Our plans for 2017 include the continuation of our work to advance in the areas of person-centered care for all residents, excellence in dementia care, and excellence in short-term rehabilitation.
LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
If you are looking to make a difference in someone's life, consider volunteering at Villa St. Joseph! We are looking for volunteers to support many aspects of our services here including:
- Volunteers in our Fontbonne Neighborhood to assist in providing activities or simple conversation with our residents who have memory impairments. You may also want to be part of our technology program.
- Cup O' Joe greeters or persons who would enjoy being part of offering cafe programming to visitors for the day.
If you are interested, please contact Chris Gebhart, Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at 724-869-6306.
Mary M. Murray, MPH, NHA