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Newly Formed Committee Honors Veterans

Over 50 veterans reside at St. John’s Home and are eager to get to know one another. Following the Veteran’s Day Celebration held last November, veterans like Charlie Kernehan have been brainstorming ideas to form a committee mimicking the American Legion. The first group gathering was this afternoon as way to gauge the interest of…

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Empty Hanger Features St. John’s Meadows Resident

St. John’s Meadows resident Joyce Henck was recently featured in a web series developed by Helene Biandudi Hofer of WXXI News.  Joyce discussed her unique sense of style with Helene, as well as her motivation for dressing up. “I know it sounds weird, but I dress for my husband,” says Joyce, who visits her husband Sam…

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Questions To Ask When Selecting A Nursing Home

The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is a challenging one to make. There are many considerations to take into account. You may find yourself questioning if skilled care is the right level of service for your loved one. You likely will have many unanswered questions as you begin your search…

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Resident’s Eye View: Giving Each One a Sense of Control

Written by Sarah Monthany, St. John’s Home Resident At St. John’s, meals become a therapeutic tool as well as a loving encounter. There is a wide variety of choice of food and drink for each resident. Whenever possible, the adventure of eating is modeled by staff to resident and resident to staff. The staff sits…

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The Changing Face: More Friends?

Written by Berdjouhi Esmerian, Brickstone Resident When I was planning my move to Brickstone “for the rest of my life,” I thought life had reached a point of existence when nothing new would happen anymore. I looked forward to continuing what was left of my days in a nice, comfortable environment with opportunities of some…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Monica Amador

Monica Amador first starting volunteering at St. John’s Home three years ago, usually helping out with transporting residents to and from their beauty shop visits. Over the years, Monica has volunteered in just about every facet of daily life at St. John’s. From friendly visits to participating in special events, Monica continues to help out…

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Notes from Nate

respectful adjective re·​spect·​ful | \ri-ˈspekt-fəl marked by or showing respect or deference   Over the course of this next year, I will be contributing some thoughts and observations to our blog. One thing that really interested me about coming to St. John’s was the company-wide commitment to the brand characteristics. As we enter the holiday season, I will focus on…

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Family Expresses Gratitude for the ‘Blessing’ of Mom’s Care

Earlier this month, we received a touching letter from the family of a resident at St. John’s Home about their experience over the past 14 months. In the spirit of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Family Caregivers Month, and Hospice and Palliative Care Month , and with the family’s permission, we would like to share this letter as a testimony…

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How Can You Best Plan for Long-Term Care?

Planning for future care needs—whether it is for your own necessities or for those a loved one—can seem like a daunting task. Like many people, you may feel strongly that remaining in your home is the ideal situation. According to Dr. Heather Sobel—attending physician at St. John’s Home—that  desire to stay at home often keeps people…

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Rehab Patient Pays it Forward

“I needed to come back because everyone was so nice and good to me.” Richard Stutzman was recently a rehab patient at St. John’s Home. After falling from a ladder and suffering multiple fractures and broken bones, Stutzman was admitted to the hospital before being transferred to St. John’s for rehabilitation. Every day for more…

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