Last night, the south parking lot at St. John’s Home was bustling with over 200 elders, staff, and family members enjoying tasty food, great music, and good company. The annual Food Truck Rodeo is a favorite event among residents and features a variety of food trucks including the infamous Sticky Lips BBQ, Marty’s Meats, Wrap Me Up, and Eat Me Ice Cream.
As part of the Eden Alternative, dogs are seen on a regular basis at St. John’s Home. This year’s 3rd annual Dog Days of Summer on July 24 was yet another successful year. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds gathered with elders, staff, and family members in the courtyard for an afternoon of smiles, slobber, and sunshine. “The relationship between our elders and animals is a connection we try to maintain here at St. John’s,” explains Tracy Koflanovich, therapeutic recreation practice partner. “There are some elders who don’t seem to engage in other activities as well as they do when they can have that animal on their lap. When they can hold and pet a dog, it provides that physical memory of past animals they may have owned or had a relationship with.”
Every Friday afternoon, the 'Now We Drum' group gathers together to play instruments ranging from maracas and tambourines to hand drums and shakers. The group has continued to gain participation from elders residing at St. John's Home and is hoping more elders will join in the future. A beach-themed performance was held in the courtyard today and was enjoyed by residents, family members, and staff alike.
June 21 marks the longest day of the year, and it was a busy one for St. John's. At St. John's Meadows residents, family members, and staff enjoyed a "Summer Solstice Festival" with an afternoon of great food, music, and games. Back at St. John's Home elders, family members, volunteers, and staff gathered in the auditorium to enjoy the movie "I'll Be Me" starring Glen Campbell. Refreshments and home-made goodies were sold at a small cost to benefit our local Alzheimer's Association Chapter. Thanks to all for making The Longest Day a successful and fun celebration!
Nothing beats sunshine, ice cream, and great music! We welcomed our hippie-loving friends from the band Nightfall to the courtyard today and they did not disappoint!
The World of Wildlife Educational Encounters (WOWEE) made an appearance at St. John's Home today with several exotic animals. Elders and staff gathered in the courtyard to enjoy an afternoon of meeting a bearded dragon, binturong, wallaby, and many more!
St. John's volunteers, elders, and staff gathered together today for a special recognition luncheon. Hundreds of individuals braved the rain and packed into Locust Hill Country Club to enjoy an afternoon of celebration and appreciation for those who have given and continue to give their time to St. John's.
"Photography feels like something that's been a part of me always, but for whatever reason I've only recently discovered. It gives my eyes a way to share beauty, my heart a way to express joy, and my faith a way to celebrate love and connection that points to something greater than myself."
Tracy is part of our Therapeutic Recreation team here at St. John's. In honor of February being Recreational Therapy Month, we would like to recognize her amazing photography pieces. Check out more of Tracy's work at the Terry Art Gallery!
Comedian and Author Judy Batalion spoke at Brickstone by St. John's on March 6 as part of the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester’s Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival.
Elders and staff alike enjoyed a night full of great food, music and smiles at the annual Date Night Valentine's Dinner at St. John's Home on February 13. From the beautiful red ribbon lined chairs and centerpiece flowers to the photo booth and festive props, the evening provided a fun time for all.
Each year, St. John's Home holds a special luncheon to honor elders who have reached the century mark. This year, 11 elders shared this special meal with their families and each other. Kudos to the Therapeutic Recreation team for putting this great event together!
February is American Heart Month and on February 3 (National Wear Red Day) staff and elders throughout St. John's took part by wearing red!
St. John's Home employees and neighborhoods submitted entries into the 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Contest. Staff and elders were asked to vote for their favorite sweater, and prizes were given out for the top 4 vote-getters.
Former President George Bush announced in October 1989 the first annual “National Healthcare Food Service Week” to observe the contributions of professionals in the health care food service industry. The week of observation reaches out to professionals such as chefs, dieticians, and food service volunteers who not only keep waistlines in check, but who provide delicious and health conscious meals for health care facility residents and staff.
St. John's honored its own dining services employees for this national observance throughout the week by featuring a number of special ways to say "thank you" to this dedicated work force for their contributions. Food is such an important part of the lives of our residents, this team is critical to creating quality of life for those who call St. John's their home.
Some of the photos featured here showcase our employees, who are committed to bringing good food to tables across our system of care!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on October 21 (National Mammography Day) staff and elders throughout St. John's took part by wearing pink!
St. John's Home residents celebrated the kick off of the 2016 St. John's Games with an Opening Ceremony on August 5, which featured a Parade of Neighborhoods and live music by the Nate Rawls Band.
On September 1, staff and volunteers from St. John's Home treated elders to a fantastic wine tour throughout the home featuring wines from the Finger Lakes region.
On September 19, St. John's Home hosted an Alternative Health Fair for elders, staff, volunteers, and visitors. Several vendors provided information and demonstrations on such topics as acupuncture, yoga, hypnosis, massage, aromatherapy, essential oils, and much more!
Scenes from the bi-weekly art class at St. John's Home as well as some shots of Patricia Lerner's exhibit at TR Gallery.
On June 30, St. John's Home celebrated 'Kids Day." The day consisted of a variety of activities that elders and children could enjoy together. The day began with "Story Time" where children and elders read a story together. The celebration concluded with a concert in the courtyard by Mike Kornich.
Nursing home staff and elders celebrated "Nursing Home Week" June 6-10. Events throughout the week included carnival games, a petting zoo, and a concert where special guest Spikes from the Rochester Red Wings made an appearance.
Elders enjoyed the beautiful summer weather this afternoon with a Strawberry Social in the Courtyard!
As the 2015 New York State Fair continues, St. John's Skalny Day Break Adult Day Program created their own fair full of games, face painting, music, and prizes!
Skalny Day Break clients played games such as the ring toss, skee ball, "duck fishing," and more all while winning tickets that they could cash in for a variety of fun prizes. Clients also watched their friends play and tapped their feet to the music or had their face painted.
Skalny Day Break is also celebrating their 40th anniversary in September! Learn more here.
St. John's Skalny Day Break Adult Day Program celebrated their 40th anniversary on September 18 with a luncheon. The event was attended by staff, clients and their families, and past Skalny Day Break employees.
Throughout the luncheon, family members shared with the audience the positive impact Skalny Day Break has had on theirs and their loved ones lives.
Read more about Skalny Day Break and their journey to 40 years.
A special Good Friday pancake breakfast for elders staring the Easter Bunny! Volunteers also put together Easter baskets and delivered them to Veterans living at St. John's Home.
Elders living in the Lilac Neighborhood at St. John's Home spent the afternoon making tie-dyed shirts for themselves with help from the therapeutic recreation team. They tied up the shirts, splashed red, green, blue, and purple dye, and now they have unique outfits for Spirit Day coming up in July.
Yetta Sher worked as a fashion illustrator for Rochester-based department store icon McCurdy's, sketching out images that were published in the Democrat & Chronicle and the Times Union. But her passion for art did not stop there, as she dabbled in various styles and methods.
On Saturday, April 25, the auditorium at St. John's Home played host to the Senior Prom. Elders, staff, family and friends got dressed up, danced, and enjoyed music with an "Under the Stars" theme. Photos were taken and provided by AmySue Ras, a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist on the Tulip Neighborhood.
St. John's Home resident Rose Bowles celebrated her 100th birthday while Eibe Ruesch celebrated turning 90 in the Lilac Neighborhood on Wednesday. A massive strawberry shortcake and an apple pie were served to Rose and Eibe, as well as other residents, family, and friends. When asked what the secret is to living 100 years, Rose answered, "Gotta just keep breathing!"
The annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon was held on Friday, April 10, at Mario's, and again showed the value and appreciation of volunteering at St. John's. More than 200 people were in attendance representing the more than 500 who volunteered at St. John's over the past year, contributing 32,000 hours of service in 2014.
Members of the St. John's Home Auxiliary spent Thursday, March 19, delivering balloons to each and every elder at St. John's Home. It's a great opportunity for volunteers to have one-on-one interactions with elders at the Home as they move from floor to floor and room to room.
Tom Hope, surrounded by his wife, Mabeth, his family, and his friends was honored on the third floor of the Resevoir building on Thursday, February 19, just a short time after Tom received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Staff and other elders joined the celebration, which included a speech from Tom about his years in the service in World War II, as well as a spontaneous singing of 'God Bless America.'
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