How is the home “moving forward with the times?”
- Residents and families will have access to and use of current technologies in ways that enhance their lives.
- Homes will endeavor to provide update technology to improve resident care and communicate better with other healthcare providers.
- Staff will recognize and appropriately use technology and recognize that it does not substitute for the verbal and human touch with the residents.
- In using technology, the dignity of the residents will be respected.
Our belief is that quality of care is attained by a team spirit that has shared sense of achievement, accountability, ideas, insights and the commitment to the wise stewardship of resources. Treating one another respectfully and justly, and joining together for our common Mission, will enable us to continue to move forward with the times.
How does our home reflect that the Spiritual Care of each resident is important?
- The chapel, liturgy and sacraments are an integral part of the pastoral program of our facilities.
- The religious preference of each resident is respected.
- The Clergy of the resident’s denomination are invited to visit, give spiritual support and pray with the resident.
- The Spiritual needs of each of our resident’s reach beyond Church services and environment. Upon admission, the resident/family member/responsible person(s) will be invited to provide a spiritual history so that provisions can be made to address the resident’s spiritual needs.
Our belief is that each home should provide a welcoming, person-centered environment and atmosphere of a “Home”. Personal warmth, love and care will reflect and give value and purpose to the residents’ lives. The wholistic care of each resident encompasses their physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Guided by our Catholic tradition we seek to honor the spiritual journeys of all people of all faiths.
How do we see Compassion lived out in our facilities?
- The staff sit and talk with the residents while in their room.
- The staff listen to each resident in order know how to help them.
- When the residents are going through a hard time, extra care is taken with them.
Our belief is that each person is created in the image of God as an object of His personal love, and as such we are to bring hope, healing and comfort to all we encounter in our ministry. In the words of Mother Angeline Teresa, we strive to be “kinder than kindness itself.”
How is the Palliative Care carried out in each home?
- Every home conducts annual staff training sessions to review the Carmelite Sisters’ Philosophy of Care and Sanctity of Life Statements incorporating Roman Catholic teachings and values.
- Staff will be educated in the philosophy of the palliative care and pain management procedures developed by the Carmelite Sisters’ Central Ethics Committee.
- Total relief from pain and suffering is not always possible. Staff will provide spiritual, psychological support, presence and loving encouragement. When appropriate, touch and alternative therapies to console the suffering resident will be provided.
Sanctity of Life
Our belief is that all life is sacred and we advocate especially on behalf of the elderly. We are committed to witness to the gospel message of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Acknowledging the importance of palliative care, our healing ministry does recognize that sickness, suffering and death are potential occasions of experiencing God.