St. Francis Nursing Center staff and residents enjoyed an appreciation day with the administrator with food and music, making for a fun day at the facility. [Read more…]
The staff at St. Francis Nursing Center participated in the Opening Day festivities and brightened residents’ day by wearing Tigers attire. [Read more…]
The activities department put on a St. Patrick’s Day party for the residents on March 17, 2017. Residents enjoyed music, food and good fun. The staff was able to make St. Patrick’s Day a day to remember! We look forward to the next holiday party.
The Women of St. Francis Social Club cordially invite you to the 1st Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Appreciation Ceremony, an event in partnership with E.N.I.M.O—a non-profit organization. Please see our printable flyer for more details.
When: Monday, November 21, 2016 from 2 – 4 PM
Where: 1533 Cadillac Blvd. Detroit, MI
Please RSVP by November 16 to Tracey Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (313)-823-0435. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
In an effort to foster improved quality of life for our residents, we recently hired a new activities director who is responsible for coordinating events and outings that contribute to the personal well-being of our residents. Over the past couple of months, she has introduced several initiatives that have greatly enhanced our residents’ lives in a meaningful way, including:
Our staff’s close relationship with residents has enabled them to establish a personal connection with each individual and discover their unique passions, hobbies and hidden talents. One resident, a former announcer and radio personality, has a unique gift and love of performing. As a way to recognize his passion and enable him to contribute to our center’s activities in a meaningful way, we recently established a fun, new morning announcement series so he can share his love of performing with others.
As part of our morning announcements, we also introduced the word of the day in an effort to help improve our residents’ cognitive skills and memory retention. After the word of the day is announced, Tracey, our activities director, will visit each patients’ room to see how their day is going. If they can recall the word of the day, she will allow them to pick out a special gift from her prize box.
Since instituting the word of the day, we’ve seen a substantial increase in our residents’ short-term memory, many of which live with cognitive conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In Tracey’s interaction with residents, she also discovered that one of the gentleman held a position as a former chef with the Detroit Yacht Club. She wanted to find a way to enable him to express his passion for cooking, so we instituted our cooking demonstration sessions as a way to recognize his unique gift.
He was immediately excited for the opportunity to rekindle his love for the culinary arts and decided to teach our other residents how to create a special hors d’oeuvres: a graham cracker smeared with peanut butter and drizzled with honey. His creation received rave reviews from the residents who attended his demonstration, and it gave us great satisfaction, too.
Watching him give his cooking lesson was a gratifying experience. As he ever so carefully drizzled the honey on the graham cracker, we could see his eyes light up as if he traveled back in time to his glory days as a chef with the Detroit Yacht Club. He was so full of life, and we could sense that this exercise brought back a sense of purpose and pride for him as an individual.
We truly feel these new additions to our activities program, while seemingly small in nature, have produced a tremendous amount of joy among our residents. We also have a men’s social club called the Knights of St. Francis, as well as a Women’s of St. Francis Club, to foster connectivity between our residents and members of the community.
Not only have these activities enabled us to recognize and reward our residents by tapping into their unique talents and individual passions, it has helped improve their emotional health, interconnectivity with other residents and cognitive skills.
We look forward to building upon the momentum we’ve gained through our activities program and have several other events, including Motown Monday, that we’re planning on rolling out in the near future as a way to celebrate the history of Detroit and the unique interests of our residents.
Here at St. Francis, our mission is simple: Provide superior long-term nursing care and physical rehabilitation services in a welcoming and home-like environment to foster improved quality of life for our residents.
Over the past 50 years, our highly skilled and compassionate team of nurses, caregivers and administrators have helped us do just that. It’s their commitment to personalized patient care that has earned us recognition as a US News Best nursing home in Detroit.
In an effort to recognize and thank our staff members for their contributions, we’ll be featuring people who embody our core values and go above and beyond to ensure our residents and their families receive the individualized care and attention they deserve.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Valerie. Since starting her career at St. Francis as a nurse nearly 20 years ago, Valerie has been promoted to an assistant nursing director and MDS nurse. She now serves as our long-term administrator, and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of our nursing center.
In her role, she is responsible for ensuring our facility adheres to strict compliance regulations regarding the health and safety of our residents, and serves as a liaison between residents and their caregivers in an effort to educate family members and involve them in the patient care process.
Her kind, compassionate and caring nature, and previous experience as a nurse, has enabled her to build strong relationships with our residents and their families. The level of trust and rapport she has established with residents has enabled her to excel in her role and leave a lasting impact on our patients’ lives.
Some of her fondest memories include going out of her way to ensure patients have a connection with their loved ones. She recalls a time when she helped one resident throw a baby shower for their daughter. This particular individual was about to become a grandmother and wanted to be able to do something special for her daughter and soon-to-be grandchild. Valerie and her staff took it upon themselves to throw this woman a baby shower as a way to celebrate the new addition to her family.
This same patient also sadly lost her father. He frequently visited St. Francis to spend time with her, and it was important to Valerie that she had a chance to say her proper goodbyes. When he passed away, Valarie ensured she was able to attend her father’s funeral and provided a source of support during that difficult time in her life.
It’s moments like these that Valerie says are the most gratifying part of her job. Being able to connect with residents on a personal level and contribute to their lives in a positive way is what gives meaning to her work here at St. Francis Nursing Center.
Outside of work Valerie is actively involved with her church, where she sings in the choir. She also enjoys spending time with her loved ones and cherishes the memories they are able to build as a family.
The example Valerie has set is one that has been adopted by many other members of our staff, whom we look forward to featuring in future articles. We are very pleased to have Valerie as a member of our team and are grateful for her contributions and dedication toward our cause.