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.
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.
Our Hope Community Memory care, the secure area within the larger Mary, Queen and Mother Center, is now expanded to accommodate the growing need for Dementia and Memory Care in our community. We have also added a lovely hearth room and update dining room to this area.
Notice anything missing? We have eliminated the nursing station in our short-term rehab wing. The conversion to electronic medical records has made the need for a central nursing station obsolete. Now you will find nurses and aides charting real-time information using mobile workstations.
Mary Queen and Mother Center has been serving the rehabilitation and long-term care needs of Senior St. Louisans for over 30 years. We are committed to embracing the change and growth needed to continue serving for another 30!
Mary, Queen and Mother Center is under construction! The plans include a bigger space for rehab services, an additional wing of memory care which will connect to the current Hope Community, giving more space for activities, dining and moving about as well as removing the large nurses’ station no longer needed as we move to electronic health records.
The Hope Community dining room has been completed and the rehabilitation therapy suite is next! Be sure to check out some of the photos in the gallery above for an inside look at the progress.
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In 1991, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services added St. John Neumann Apartments to its family of affordable housing apartment buildings. Located in Jennings, MO, The building offered 100 efficiency and one bedroom apartments for seniors with low income.
This year, the building underwent an extensive renovation process. Vital systems like fire safety were upgraded. A generator for power backup was added to provide emergency lighting and ensure that the emergency pull-cord system in the apartments continues working during a loss in power.
The apartments were modernized with more efficient heating and cooling systems and upgraded appliances. The bathrooms in the units were converted from traditional bathtubs, which can present a fall risk for many seniors, to a lower, cut-out tub design and grab bars were added for additional safety.
In addition to these improvements, some of the building’s efficiency apartments were combined and converted into several handicapped accessible one bedroom units to accommodate those potential residents needing wheelchair accessibility.
We are proud to celebrate 25 years of providing seniors with affordable housing at St. John Neumann Apartments.
Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living opened Faith Community Memory Care Community in September. Faith Community joins Grace Community in Assisted Living Memory Care and Hope Community, our skilled memory care community. CRSS is dedicated to providing
the best care for our residents with programming specifically for those with memory issues. More than 20 of our employees recently completed the Alzheimer’s Association Advanced Person Centered Dementia Care certificate program. CRSS continues our involvement of Music and Memory programming in five of our programs. For additional information about Memory Care at CRSS, please contact Stacy at 314-458-0736.
On September 20th, hundreds of family members came out to Our Lady of Life Apartments at our Shrewsbury Campus to celebrate Family Fun Day! There were games, face painting, pony rides and plenty of food and of course don’t forget the absolutely perfect weather! It was an absolutely perfect day for everyone!
On Friday, August 14th, CRSS held the annual Foster Grandparent Appreciation Luncheon! The luncheon is a wonderful way to celebrate and thank our Foster Grandparent volunteers for all their time and talents given to make the program great. And from the looks of these photos, the Foster Grandparents really know how to have fun!
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Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living residents and families gathered to honor three very special ladies and their birthdays. The three guests of honor were presented with a rose, an angel figurine and a certificate in recognition of their centenarian statuses during a special luncheon. Dorothy Benten (101 years old), Sr. Evelyn Kaminski and Pierina (Rene) Marnati, (both 103) celebrate their birthdays this summer within weeks of one another.
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CRSS celebrated our annual Senior Adult Week May 10th-15th! We kicked off the week on Monday with a special Opening Ceremony featuring the one and only – ELVIS PRESLEY! Well,
it was really Steve Davis, but he’s a great Elvis impersonator
Taste of Webster-Kirkwood: Chef Wars!
On April 19th OLOL arrived in Kirkwood for a wonderful tasting event showcasing the fine dinning experience in our local Senior Living Communities. We experienced everything from surf and turf to soup and cheesecake from the talented Chefs and enjoyed spirits from local wineries and breweries. The proceeds benefited the Shepherd’s Center and we will be looking forward to returning next year for another fun night of laughter and fun!