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Join the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services team!

Meet us on Sept. 20, 2019 at 7601 Watson Road  | St. Louis, MO 63119. There are both full time and part time opportunities available for nursing staff, dietary staff, HUD housing staff and housekeeping staff. We offer great benefits package and no cost retirement plan!

Interested in one of our opportunities? Send us your resume ahead of the hiring fair at [email protected]

Join the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services team!2019-09-03T15:08:29+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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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

CRSS in Bloom

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Gardening is a passion shared by many of our CRSS residents, and many of them have utilized their green thumbs in our community gardens. Tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, radishes, strawberries and more are lovingly tended to by the residents of our Independent Living, Assisted Livings, and Senior Apartment buildings both on our campus in Shrewsbury and off-campus at buildings throughout the St. Louis area. Some of what is harvested will be used by the residents themselves, and some will be used during group activities that involve cooking.

In addition to vegetable gardens, our residents and their guests are enjoying all the lush greenery and colorful flowers that this time of year brings. Whether a courtyard oasis, a sweet smelling rose bush outside an apartment window or a colorful hanging flower basket adorning a balcony, nature’s beauty is everywhere you look.

Be sure to click through the photo gallery to see what’s sprouting around CRSS!

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CRSS in Bloom2017-06-12T19:51:37+00:00

Adult Day Program Brings “Tears of Joy” to One Family Member

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We would like to put the Spotlight on our Adult Day Program with this lovely letter of thanks from a participant’s daughter. Pam C. writes:

“Today I had tears of joy when I came to pick up Dad from CRSS Adult Day Program. He was talking with another client while they were putting together a puzzle. This may not seem like a big deal but it was quite a milestone for Dad.

…To see how all of you have helped and are helping him feel so comfortable and at home brings so much relief to our family. I know it is the concern and compassion the staff shows him that is bringing him out of his shell. I go to work with peace of mind knowing he is safe and well cared for by your staff.

I want to thank you and all the staff for the wonderful work you do. Being a nurse I know it is not easy taking care of people who are in need of special care but you all do it with such ease and love.

… All Adult Day Care facilities should hold themselves to your standards and high quality of care.”

Thank you to Pam C. for sharing this with us and thank you to our Adult Day Program staff for the wonderful work they do!

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Adult Day Program Brings “Tears of Joy” to One Family Member2017-06-12T19:51:44+00:00

Foster Grandparents Take a Trip to Pere Marquette

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The Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Foster Grandparent Program provides seniors with opportunities to deliver one-on-one tutoring and guidance to children at critical times in their lives. In order to show appreciation for these extremely important contributions, the Foster Grandparent Program took its volunteers to Pere Marquette State Park for a well-deserved luncheon. Fellowship and stories were shared all day as the Grandparents took a scenic bus tour of Grafton, IL and enjoyed a delicious home-style meal together.

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Holy Infant and St. Joseph Apartments Celebrate Milestones

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Holy Infant Apartments and St. Joseph Apartments, two of the twelve Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Affordable Senior Housing buildings, have been providing low-income seniors a beautiful and secure place to live for 25 and 30 years, respectively. Service Coordinators are available to connect residents with community resources to help them live independently for as long as possible. Residents are a part of the CRSS continuum of care, which includes assisted living services at Mother of Perpetual Help, Du Bourg House and St. Elizabeth Hall as well as short-term rehabilitation, memory care and long-term nursing at Mary, Queen and Mother Center.

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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

CRSS 13th Annual Dinner and Auction Event, “Return to Fabulous Motown”

A special thank you to everyone who came to our “Return to Fabulous Motown” dinner and auction. Because of your generosity, over $180,000 was raised to support our mission and our senior adults! Be sure to check out some of the photos of all the fabulous fun being had by our guests below.

 

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MQMC hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

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Special thanks to all of those who came and participated in the Blood Drive for the Red Cross! We made our goal which means we helped save 60 lives today!!!! Thank you for making a difference and supporting a GREAT cause!!!  Love + Compassion + Hope + Integrity = CRSS way of life!

Also, a big “thank you!” to Allison Combs, Marketing-Leasing Coordinator at OLOL Apartments, for all her hard work in making this event possible!

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MQMC hosts Red Cross Blood Drive2015-08-25T15:24:59+00:00

*New!* Faith Memory Care Community Opening Fall 2015

Mother of Perpetual Help, CRSS’s Assisted Living located on the Shrewsbury campus, will expand its offerings for Assisted Living Memory Care with the addition of Faith Community. This expansion is a result of the need and success of the current Grace Memory Care Community.
Scheduled to open early Fall 2015, Faith Community will provide ten additional studio apartments in a secured community for those with dementias, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and other cognitive impairments.
For additional details, contact the Admissions Coordinator at 314-447-6282.

*New!* Faith Memory Care Community Opening Fall 20152015-07-09T17:29:34+00:00

CRSS Speakers Series – Thursday, July 9th

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Hosts Speakers Series Open to the Public

 ST. LOUIS, MO, July, 2015  – Cardinal Ritter Senior Services invites the community to attend its bi-monthly Speakers Series on Thursday, July 9th, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Life Apartments on the Cardinal Ritter Campus, 7655 Watson Road, Shrewsbury, MO 63119.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about subsidized senior housing qualifications and application processes from a senior housing expert with over 40 years of experience.

Light refreshments will be served.

No RSVP is needed to attend this informative event. For questions or directions, call Stacy at 314-447-6282.

About Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

Situated on a beautiful wooded campus in Shrewsbury, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services provides programs, facilities and services designed to meet the needs of senior adults and offer them choices and opportunities across a continuum of care. CRSS provides the highest quality of services to senior adults through independent housing and assisted living facilities, rehabilitation and long-term nursing care, adult day services, memory care, social services, volunteer opportunities and assistance for seniors to remain at home safely. For more information, visit www.cardinalritterseniorservices.org

CRSS Speakers Flyer

 

CRSS Speakers Series – Thursday, July 9th2015-07-02T20:34:32+00:00

Spring Raffle 2015 Winners!

This year’s First Place Winner is Theresa Hebron, she chose the electronics package!  This year’s 2nd Place Winner is Pam Hebron, she won the Cardinals baseball package!

They are sisters in law who both visit their aunt at MQMC and bought tickets from the front desk of MQMC.

We also picked two more Winning Seller Tickets and those are Sr. Kathy Geringer and Carolyn Vogler.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year – we raised more than $3,000!

 

Spring Raffle 2015 Winners!2015-05-19T23:11:51+00:00

YOU did it St. Louis!

Thank You for Making GiveSTLDay a HUGE Success!

What a way to come together St. Louis!  Yesterday, the St. Louis community raised over $2 million dollars for the 790 area nonprofits participating in GiveSTLDay – that’s almost DOUBLE what was raised last year!
More than $4,500 was raised to support the seniors at St. Elizabeth Hall, our low-income assisted living facility in the Central West End.  This money will be used to update the residents’ rooms with new bedding, including new mattresses, sheets and pillows!
We are so grateful to each and every one of you for your continued support of our senior adults and our mission.  We simply couldn’t do it without you!
Thank You!
YOU did it St. Louis!2015-05-15T19:42:30+00:00

What To Do While You Are Waiting?

Many people are waiting for a parent or spouse who is on a Memory Care community wait-list to get the call that there is finally an available space. These days, more often than not, Memory Care does have a wait-list at most communities. As people live longer, demand is increasing.

One great option that most people don’t know about is enrolling in an Adult Day Program, sometimes called Adult Day Care. These programs benefit not only the participants who enroll, but their spouses and children.  …. Read more

 

What To Do While You Are Waiting?2015-03-25T15:41:01+00:00

Upcoming Events

Join us for the 4th CRSS Speakers Series Event on Thursday, May 7th from 8:00am till 9:00am in the Mary Queen and Mother Center Activity Center. Cheryl Woodruff and Teddy Garagiola, RN, of the CRSS Adult Day Program, will present “Pre-Memory Care Placement: Caregiver and Respite Advice”.
Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary. Call Stacy at 314-447-6282 for more information or directions to the event.

Upcoming Events2015-03-13T19:47:35+00:00

Spring Raffle 2015

Two prizes this year!

$5 ticket – Or 5 tickets for $20

First winning ticket will choose between an electronics package (includes 16GB iPad Air 2 and Samsung 48” flat screen LED HDTV) OR a 2015 Cardinals baseball package (includes 4 tickets to 4 games 2015 season – games in June, July, August and September).  The Second winning ticket will … Read More

Spring Raffle 20152015-03-12T19:28:10+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