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What do you do while you are waiting?

Many people have a parent or spouse who is on a Dementia Care community wait list. Sometimes, the wait for an available space might take weeks, or even months. As people live longer, the demand for this type of care is increasing.

There Are Options

One option that can provide some relief while you wait is enrolling in an Adult Day Program, sometimes called Adult Day Care. These programs benefit not only the people who enroll, but their spouses, children and caregivers.

The CRSS Adult Day Programs can help a couple stay together and delay the cost of advanced care for a longer period. Caregivers can get sufficient respite from a full-day program to work, make appointments or just take a much-needed break. We also offer a caregivers’ support group that meets monthly. Program staff can visit with and entertain your loved one while you attend the meeting.

From the participant’s perspective, Adult Day Programs provide a social life that isn’t easily available at home, as well as stimulation from live music performances, games, singing, field trips and art projects. Medications can be given if the participant requires them and transportation to and from the Program is available within certain geographical boundaries.

If the person in the Adult Day Program is a veteran, there may be financial assistance available. The program is also payable by Missouri Medicaid and often, grants from the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Associations are available to assist with the cost.

An Adult Day Program can also be a great option for younger adults with disabilities. The socialization and activities offered make for a wonderful way to spend a day.

So, if you are playing the waiting game, don’t be discouraged. The CRSS Adult Day Program may provide the assistance you seek while you wait.

For more information, or to schedule a visit…

Please contact Cheryl Woodruff at 314-962-7501 or simply submit your information using the form below and a member of our staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest in our
CRSS Adult Day Program.

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What do you do while you are waiting?2019-01-23T11:42:08+00:00

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

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“The mission of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project is to improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by facilitating creative expression through poetry. We do not set boundaries in our beliefs in what possible for people with memory impairment to create. By saying to people with dementia, we value you and your creativity; we are saying we value all members of our community.” –www.alzpoetry.com

Residents of Grace and Faith Communities, the dementia care neighborhoods within Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living, joined Lila Shepley, a certified Workshop Facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in creating this beautiful poem about the beach.

POEM: The Beach

Come to the Beach*
    I think of my honeymoon!
    I think of sand!

Where the sea is blue*
    The large waves coming in<
And little white waves come running at you*
    There are penguins!
    It’s a lot of fun

A wave comes splashing over your toes*
    I think of nighttime and the sound of the waves
You just stand still and away it goes*
    It makes me seasick
We’ll build a castle down by the sea*
    And walk in the sand
And look for shells if you’ll come with me*
    To watch the surfers
    I just love it!

* Author unknown
Italicized = Memories verbalized by residents to include in their poem

For inspiration, Lila brought along several things to help residents get into a beachy state of mind. Sea Shells, sun screen, and a pail and shovel were some of the things residents were able to touch, smell and look at to help tap into their creativity.

Lila started with lines from an existing poem about the beach and asked residents to add in memories, thoughts or insights to each. What resulted was a beautiful poem that definitely makes you crave sand and sun!

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Alzheimer’s Poetry Project2017-10-09T18:22:43+00:00

Dementia Training

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The staff of Mother of Perpetual Help’s Grace and Faith Communities participated in an eight hour training course to enhance their knowledge and give them practical tools to use in their day-to-day interactions with memory care residents. Training was provided by Lila Shepley.

Lila Shepley is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager with 14 years in the senior care industry. Lila’s passion is working with those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Lila earned her certification as a Trainer in the Positive Approach to Care developed by Teepa Snow.

“As a Care Partner, it is our job to figure out the right support so they can shine” (Teepa Snow). The focus of this approach is to determine what remains rather than what is lost.

“How are they precious? How are they unique? What do they still have that I can use to help them live life?” (Teepa Snow).

We learned about Positive Physical Approach and the Hand Under Hand technique which respects the person living with dementia’s reality. We learned about each stage of dementia, or Gem as Teepa calls it, and what skills still remain. We learned about unmet needs, introvert versus extrovert, the importance of saying “I’m sorry” and much more. With the new knowledge and the extensive role play and practice, the care providers will better be able to provide individualized, gentle care.

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Dementia Training2017-07-24T11:22:37+00:00

Spring Raffle 2016

Two prizes this year!

$5 ticket – Or 5 tickets for $20

1st winning ticket will choose between an electronics package (includes Samsung 48” flat screen LlED HDTV, BluRay/DVD player and $500 Amazon gift card) OR a 2016 Cardinals baseball package (includes 4 tickets to 3 games 2016 season -games in June, July, August and September) Second winning ticket will … Read More

Spring Raffle 20162016-03-23T18:11:51+00:00

Upcoming Events

Judy Erslon of BrightStar Care will be speaking about the FBI Top 10 Scams and How to Avoid Them. This information is helpful for older adults, their family members, caregivers and professionals who serve them. The event takes place on March 5th from 8:00AM till 9:00AM in the Activity Room at Mary Queen and Mother Center. No RSVP is necessary. Call Stacy at 314-447-6282 for more information or directions.

Upcoming Events2015-03-13T19:20:35+00:00

New Apartments – St. Paul Apartments

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new apartments, the St. Paul Apartments! These apartments will better the lives of all of our residents by providing them with much needed services and amenities. The apartments feature many rooms with kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. There is a common area where the residents can congregate and relax.

New Apartments – St. Paul Apartments2015-01-26T20:01:31+00:00

Our Lady of Life Renovations

We have just completed renovations on the Our Lady of Life apartments! These renovations will improve the lives of all of the residents within, and will improve the look and feel of these apartments. Included in the renovations is new rooms, lobby, kitchen, dining hall, parking lots and exteriors of all of the buildings.

Our Lady of Life Renovations2016-10-18T16:49:33+00:00

Spring Raffle 2014

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  1. Each ticket will cost $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20.
  2. Individual purchasers of raffle tickets must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Tickets will be sold March 17th – May 16th. The drawing will be on May 16, 2014 the last day of the celebration of Senior Adult Week.
  4. You need not be present to win.
  5. The first winning ticket pulled will pick from one of the two prize choices. First winning ticket will choose between an electronics package with a 16GB Apple iPad2 and a Samsung 46” flat screen HDTV OR a 2014 Cardinals baseball package with 4 tickets to 4 games. Second winning ticket will receive remaining prize package.
  6. Winners will be notified by phone by May 22, 2014.
  7. The Raffle winner is responsible for any applicable taxes.
  8. This is not a tax deductible contribution.
  9. The Raffle is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
  10. Proceeds of the Raffle are for the benefit of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services a 501c3.

Spring Raffle 2014 Winners!

First raffle ticket drawn was Mardi Manary and she chose the TV/iPad package.

Second winning ticket drawn was Claire Laurentius who wins the Cardinals baseball package.

Spring Raffle 20142014-05-22T21:14:45+00:00

Ice Cream Fundraiser – May 19, 2012

Join our Young Friends of CRSS for their first fundraiser this Saturday, May 19th, at any of the St. Louis area Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store locations (Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Oakville and St. Peters).  Bring in the coupon below and Oberweis will donate 30% back to CRSS on everything you buy!

Hope to see you there!

Ice Cream Fundraiser – May 19, 20122012-05-16T16:02:21+00:00

Spring Raffle 2012

With the weather warming up and spring blooming, Cardinal Ritter

Senior Services is announcing the Spring Raffle 2012. The grand prize winner
can choose either a a 16GB Apple iPad2 with a cover, dock and headset OR a
Samsung 46″ flat screen HDTV with a Blu-ray DVD player and movies. Proceeds
will benefit CRSS senior adults without resources. Learn more by clicking
Spring Raffle 20122012-03-14T19:06:15+00:00