Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 3

May 16, 2012
Meredith Martin, The Eden Alternative

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of possibilities we have yet to reach in honoring Elderhood and enriching our care partnerships.

Sanctuary at St. Paul’s in South Bend, IN is a large campus serving a variety of support needs for about 377 Elders. They are located on 35 acres filled with reflection gardens, trees, paths and benches so everyone can enjoy the out-of-doors.  They have a lot of wildlife around like deer, raccoons and ducks. They have several vegetable and herb gardens and raised flower beds that the Elders tend to. The kitchen uses the herbs in meals and for decorations. Within their campus, the Elders can do their grocery shopping, banking, visit the library, seamstress, podiatrist, audiologist, beauty shop, restaurant, Bistro, wellness center or simply spend time reflecting in one of their chapels. The Elders here have some unique interests like participating in their world-famous chorus or bell choir, writing haiku poetry, the prayer shawl ministry, art or volunteering on the campus or throughout the larger community. They have one hallway decorated with artwork done by the Elders and host an Elder art show every two years.

Learn more about Sanctuary at St. Paul’s here.

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