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Monthly Archives: September 2020

The tradition of the Fall Harvest Festival at Milwaukee Catholic Home will continue!

For years this has been an event open not only to our residents, but to the neighborhood and community, so we’ve come up with a way to still safely include all our MCH friends and family as well!  While it may look different than previous years, we are excited to celebrate this most beautiful season and bountiful harvest from our organic farm, Clare Gardens!  

Place your order by visiting the A Life Engaged website and choose from our Fall Favorite Festival favorites! Then, visit our “drive-through” on Thursday, October 8th, from 10 am to 3 pm to pick up your items! 

If you are interested in either of our raffle baskets, please call Julie at 414-220-3217 to purchase raffle tickets.  We cannot sell raffle tickets online. For more information, call Amy O’Connor at 414-220-3214.  

 

The month of September is always a highlight no matter what year it’s in, and for several good reasons. The intense summer heat is starting to lessen, but the days of sunshine and pleasant temperatures are still aplenty. The long awaited football season finally begins, and the state of Wisconsin puts on their finest Green and Gold once a week to cheer on our Packers. And of course, September is the perfect excuse to visit your local apple orchard or sip on a pumpkin spice latte.

But we also must take this beautiful month to focus our attention on more serious topics, topics that impact the health and wellbeing of countless people in our society; those that are 65 and older. For us at Milwaukee Catholic Home, we are always thinking of ways to improve the lives of our beloved residents, and do whatever possible to keep them as safe, as happy, and as healthy as possible. This week in particular, we pay special attention to the topic of falls, as September 21-25, 2020 is National Fall Prevention Awareness week.

The drastic impacts of a fall cannot be overstated; this common and everyday accident can have serious and long lasting impacts, especially for the senior population. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in seniors. The most common causes that can cause a serious stumble include everyday distractions, excessive clutter, and an individual’s poor balance.

Luckily, a few simple steps can greatly decrease a person’s likelihood to be injured. Here are some tips that can help older adults effectively risk their reduce of falls.

Remove clutter in the apartment, and walk carefully when there are potential hazards, such as throw rugs.

If something is out of reach-ask for help! Never stand on chairs or similar unreliable structures to get an object you can’t easily access.

Consider a nightlight in the bedroom or bathroom.

Stay active in order to maintain endurance, balance and strength. One of the best ways to do this at Milwaukee Catholic Home is to attend a Strength and Balance exercise class. This is offered for residents three times a week and improves an individual’s flexibility, overall fitness, and aerobic capacity.

Make sure your mind stays active too! One of the best ways to do this at Milwaukee Catholic Home is to participate in one of our Brain Fitness Programs, which focus on keeping one’s mind engaged, attentive and aware.

While it’s understandable that the threat of a fall can cause seniors to stop doing the activities they daily enjoy, fortunately, an occupational therapy practitioner can use your daily activities as a basis of therapy to help ensure that a resident of Milwaukee Catholic Home can still live a life that is fully engaged.

Here are some of the things an occupational therapist will do to prevent the risk of falls in a private residence of an older adult and their living community.

Give recommendations on how to arrange furniture in the apartment so that the resident can move freely.

Ensure items that are frequently accessed by the resident are easily accessible.

Give recommendations on installing crucial equipment such as railings, grab bars, or rubber matts in critical locations.

Increase an individual’s physical conditioning by focusing on their favorite activities.

September is the time of year to enjoy pleasant weather, cheer on our favorite team, and break out the fall sweaters and scarves. But it’s also the time of year to remind ourselves of our duty and our priviledge to keep the residents of Milwaukee Home safe and healthy. During National Fall Prevention Awareness week and every week of the year, the Milwaukee Catholic Home family makes it our mission to ensure that our residents are appropriately protected from falls.

As a continuing care community and skilled nursing facility, MCH has been and will continue to follow the CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) guidelines set forth to protect the safety and well-being of elders living in our community. However, social distancing has been a direct challenge, as we have always fully embraced community life and the importance of belonging to something bigger than self.

But at MCH, we know that it will take much more than a global pandemic to shake our faith and spirit.

“I feel that this time has been a great gift, as it has given me opportunities to deepen my relationships with residents of Milwaukee Catholic Home and my colleagues.” says Pastoral Care Coordinator Terri Adrian. “I can think of no better way to see the face of God!”

As an organization with a history of over 100 years of Catholic mission and ministry, our Pastoral Care programs lie at the heart of who we are. Miraculously, this has still been the case at MCH even during COVID-19.

Here are just a few of the ways our Pastoral programs have spiritually fed residents and staff of MCH during COVID-19:

We have been blessed by the generous gifts of time and wisdom by MCH resident Fr. Jim Connell. His celebration of daily Mass has been wonderfully sustaining during this difficult time. Not only is Mass open to 15 residents for in-person attendance, but each Mass is also broadcast virtually in resident apartments.

Milwaukee Catholic Home was delighted to welcome Bill Scobey-Polachek as the newest member of our leadership team earlier this month.  Bill is assuming the newly created role of Pastoral Care Coordinator in the Health Care Center.  “Pastoral care means providing emotional, social, and spiritual support for people of all faith backgrounds,” says Bill. “It means providing opportunities for residents to practice their faith traditions and grow closer to God. It means helping residents become connected as a faith community and supporting them on their journeys.  I have faith that God is continuing to form me through my experience as Pastoral Care Coordinator.”

MCH resident Bob Regner has led residents and staff daily in the praying of the Rosary, giving the intentions of many proper attention.

Evening Taize prayer services have provided an opportunity to quiet and calm ourselves, and rest in the assurance that all will indeed be well.

“Faith in Our Lives”, a small discussion group recently formed by the Pastoral Care Team and dedicated residents, serves as an opportunity to look at faith from a broader, more ecumenical perspective.  

As members of our community, we know that you care deeply for the continuing success of Milwaukee Catholic Home in its mission to provide faith-filled service to older adults. Thank you as always for being part of our mission and our family.

We will move through this together with brighter days ahead!

In case you missed it! Take a moment to view these very special highlights from the Trinity Woods Groundbreaking Celebration held September 3, 2020!