Cornelia House, Melvin Sr., Jim Palmer Sorry, Saint Paul City Council, Coventry Chapel, Jim Palmer, Melvin Carter Sr., Toni Carter, Melvin Carter III
At HomeFALL/WINTER 2012 "ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS" FROM OUR HOMES TO YOURS Sharing the gift of family September's concert at Coventry Chapel was joyous proof that THE APPLE
s don't fall far from the tree! Melvin Carter Sr., Cornelia House resident and trumpet player extraordinaire, hosted a spirit-filled concert of jazz and Gospel music performed by Three Generations
of his amazing family. That's grandson Saint Paul City Council
Member Melvin Carter III on the Steinway (above left), and that's daughter-in-law Ramsey County Commissioner
Toni Carter (second from the right in the Gospel choir). Toni is flanked by four of Melvin Sr.'s granddaughters, plus a grandson-in-law on bass. In the lower left picture, Mel breaks out his horn for a couple of songs, including the official Cornelia House theme song, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." He is accompanied by son Matthew Carter, an accomplished jazz pianist and vocalist. In a nutshell, the concert brought down the house. "I was so proud of my family," says Mel. "Putting this concert together was a gift. It brought us all closer." It brought Mel's Cornelia House family closer too. EpiscopalHomes.org
Egg on our face!
Thank you for joining us! See you again next August!
The At Home newsletter you received in June was our Annual Report
issue. In that issue, we saluted the many friends who supported our mission with gifts of their time, talent, and/or treasure in the previous year (2011). In spite of our best efforts to make sure we didn't miss anyone, we did. Our belated thanks to: Volunteers Tom and Pam Hove Diane Raff
Nearly 1,400 friends and neighbors attended our first Classic Car Rally on Saturday, August 18th (not counting our 70+ resident and staff volunteers and the 100+ people showing their cars)! If you missed it, the event featured classics and street rods from Minnesota's top car clubs, plus live music and State Fair food at vintage prices. Special thanks to the kind souls who donated over 500 pounds of food shelf items plus $300 in cash for our neighboring Keystone Food Shelf!
Emerald Donors Patricia Zajac Richard and Jo Ziemer Roger and Marcia Ziemer Robert and Marylou Zimmermann Lois and Dick Zwieg
Jim Palmer wrote this poem for his friend, Rich Purcell, who is a mortician. "I was still in my 80's when I wrote it," says Jim. "I'm in my 90's now, but am pleased to report that I am still very much in love with life. Living here at Episcopal Homes has helped make that possible. My needs have changed in recent years and so have my wife Lee's, but the changes haven't necessitated moving away from the community we've grown to love over the past seven years." Jim and Lee Palmer, retired educators from the Mac-Groveland neigborhood, moved to Cornelia House (Independent Living) in 2005, then to Iris Park Commons (Assisted Living) about a year ago. Lee moved to Episcopal church
Home in July.
Sorry I'm Late by Jim Palmer Sorry, I may be late. I got lost on the way to your graveyard although the place is near. Just stopped to watch the sunset to scratch our old dog's ear. While I appreciate your kindness your readiness and staff, I was distracted by a grandson who is learning how to laugh. So despite the disappointments the troubles and the strife, I am late to our appointment. Fell back in love with life.
At Home TRANSITIONAL CARE SURPRISE
In April, 1945, Don McIlrath was in Patton's 3rd Army when it liberated Stallag VIIA, a POW camp in Moosburg, Austria. In September, 2012, Don met Iris Park Commons resident Charles Woehrle, one of the POW's he had helped liberate 69 years ago. All because Chaplain Kay stopped by Don's room to greet him, and they got talking.
"I always greet patients when they arrive at our Transitional Care Center," says Chaplain Kay Provine, our Director of Spiritual Life. "When Don mentioned that he had been in Patton's 3rd Army when it liberated Nazi prison camps, I knew that I just had to introduce him to Charles." Don and Charles never met when Stallag VIIA was liberated, so they enjoyed sharing their two very different perspectives
of that great day. "We were told to keep our distance from the POW's," says Don. "They were infested with fleas." Charles says, "We forgot all about the fleas. We just wanted to give to those guys a hug!" Charles took the photos below with a camera that a fellow POW had "liberated" from their captors. The army used these and other photos Charles took in the Nuremberg Trails. The photo at right shows happy, newly-freed GI's posing with trophies they "liberated."
Left to Right: Don McIlrath, Chaplain Kay, and Iris Park Commons resident Charles Woehrle How did Don happen to choose our Transitional Care Center for his short-term rehab? "It was an easy choice," says Don. "My mother spent her last 13 years at Episcopal Church Home. I had lunch with her every Friday and really got to know the staff. They were wonderful then, and they're wonderful now. The food's good too, and I like how everyone gets a private room with its own bath. Thumbs up!" Don went home to his wife of 68 years, Bette, the day after this interview. He took a lot of memories with him.
At Home WHAT IS HOSPICE? Hospice is a philosophy of care for persons at the end of their lives. It focuses care on the whole being physical, emotional, and spiritual. Everyone has a right to die with dignity in as much comfort as possible. Hospice care ensures that. When one of our residents requires hospice care and services, we provide the family with a list of proven providers from which to choose. Our staff has wonderful working relationships
with all of them.
Where and how is hospice care provided? Hospice care is provided in a person's home wherever home may be private residence, assisted living facility, group home, skilled nursing facility. People on hospice are cared for by a team of doctors, nurses, Social Worker
s, home health aides, volunteers, and a variety of therapeutic services, such as Music Therapy
. Does hospice provide 24 hour care? A hospice nurse is available on call 24 hours a day. The nurses, Social workers
, home health aides, and other hospice team members
, make routine visits to provide comfort care physical, emotional and spiritual. They train family caregivers to give medications, transfer, turn, and care for the hospice client. Families can hire extra help privately for extended periods of care-giving if needed. Bereavement support for the family continues for at least 12 months after the hospice client has died. Who pays for hospice? Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances cover the cost of the hospice team visits, equipment, and medications related to the hospice diagnosis. When is hospice care appropriate?
· Spouse and/or family member unable to provide care due to client's declining health · A doctor's order is needed to start hospice care (see below) Is hospice "giving up"? To elect hospice is to change the treatment focus from curative to comfort care only. Hospice clients will get their symptoms managed so they can live their last days to the fullest. If their condition stabilizes or improves, they may go off hospice care until their condition changes and hospice services are needed again. Starting hospice care also allows family members
to resume their role as husband, wife, son, daughter, without the added burden of being a care-giver as well. Do I need to wait until my doctor prescribes hospice care? Any one can bring up enrolling in hospice with their doctor, but a doctor's order is needed for hospice services to begin. The doctor and hospice staff will evaluate the client to make sure that he/she meets the hospice criteria for admission. Most hospice programs offer consultations to clients and their families to discuss the services offered and answer any questions the person and family may have.
· Client and family want additional comfort care and support · Declining health and functional status
with frequent hospitalizations · Increased pain not well controlled with current medications
How do I find out more information about hospice services and programs? Contact Carrie Smida, Director of social services
at Episcopal Church Home. Call her at 651-632-8820 or email [email protected]
· Symptoms needing frequent interventions (i.e. shortness of breath, infections, problems swallowing, nausea and vomiting)
Our thanks to Deb Lane, Community Liason, St. Mary's Hospice in Saint Paul, for allowing us to share her expert insights on the subject of hospice care.
SHAKESPEARE COMES TO US
On a recent Friday evening, the Community
Room at Kings Crossing became a theater. It was
packed with residents from our four Independent
Living residences. The play was Shakespeare's
Measure for Measure which looks at the inadequacy
of human efforts
to step inside others' shoes
and render good justice. "I was nervous about
seeing Shakespeare," says one resident, "but
I really understood everything that was going on.
Amazing how it is still relevant today!" Another
says,"I can't believe they can bring that kind of
theater to our own home!" Hats off to our Arts
and Events Coordinator Kristin Aitchison (who is very much a theater person herself) for
arranging to bring the professional Ten Thousand Things theater company
to our "stage."
The mission of Ten Thousand Things is to bring lively, intelligent theater to people with little
access to the arts. They perform in homeless shelters, prisons, community centers, and low-
income residences like ours. The play at Kings Crossing was such a success that Ten Thousand
Things will be back next spring with Streetcar Named Desire, this time at Carty Heights.
Interviewed about urban senior mobility issues
on On Friday, October 5th, Twin Cities Public Television (Channel 2) premiered Redesigning Minnesota: Road Work Ahead. Seabury resident Marjorie Fletcher and Episcopal Homes President & CEO, Marvin Plakut are both interviewed in the program. They share their thoughts on the Central Corridor Light Rail. You can view the program online at http://redesigningmn.org/programs.
Seabury is being converted to "Affordable Senior Housing with supportive services
" Seabury opened in 2002 as an Independent Living residence for low-income seniors. Most of Seabury's original residents still live there, but more and more are needing supportive services. We obtained a HUD grant to convert Seabury to a residence that offers supportive services. Now, folks needn't move when they need them. Hot meals will be among the services, so Seabury is getting a kitchen. Here, we see the kitchen vents being installed. Work should be done by Christmas. EpiscopalHomes.org
At Home OUR BIG NEW VENTURE "Episcopal Homes is expanding their mission again, embarking on a new venture with a vision that is amazing and exciting - three residences that will be at the Cutting Edge
of all we know about senior living. It will fill a need that is ever growing in our community and offer a gracious and supportive home to people of all sorts and conditions. "As much as I've enjoyed my seven years of living at Cornelia House, I'll be moving to The Terrace at Iris Park to be part of this new venture. It will make my world richer in so many ways." Irma Wyman, Charter Resident, Cornelia House
One reason the three new residences we're building will be such great places to live is that they were designed with input from people who will actually live there. For example, Irma Wyman (former Honeywell Vice President and Arch Deacon of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota) thought it was important for the new venture to have a warm water pool for exercise and therapy. She and her neighbors signed a petition supporting the inclusion of a pool in the design. A study was done. The pool is feasible. It will be built. All Episcopal Homes residents will be welcome to use it, and so will family and friends when they visit. Irma is shown above with architect Jon Grothe and Episcopal Homes President & CEO Marvin Plakut. She has already picked-out her apartment. You can too. Contact Marketing Director Deb Veit at 651-632-8800 or email [email protected]
When your new home is ready, the Light Rail will be at your door.
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Welcome Home, Shelly Rucks! Shelly Rucks is our new Director of Development. She comes to us after five successful years with the Minnesota Historical Society
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Episcopal Homes at a glance...
Episcopal Church Home
Iris Park Commons (62+)
Cornelia House (62+)
Rehab & Long-Term Care 651-646-4061 1879 Feronia Avenue Saint Paul MN 55104 (1 block SW of University & Fairview) Seabury (62+)
Assisted Living 651-646-1026 1850 University Avenue W Saint Paul MN 55104 Carty Heights (62+)
Independent Living 651-288-3931 1840 University Avenue W Saint Paul MN 55104 Kings Crossing (62+)
Affordable Independence 651-379-5102 1830 University Avenue W Saint Paul MN 55104
Affordable Independence 651-288-1142 412 Dunlap Street N Saint Paul MN 55104 (1 block SW of University & Lexington)
Affordable Independence 651-493-4606 500 Dale Street N Saint Paul MN 55104 (NE corner of University & Dale)
COMPLETING OUR 5-STAR URBAN VILLAGE FOR SENIORS IN 2014
The Terrace at Iris Park (62+) Catered Living The Green House® Project at Episcopal Homes Long-Term & Memory Care Midway Pointe (62+) Affordable Independent Living Plan ahead! Waiting lists are already forming for all three residences. Join our waiting list for the residence that fits you best. When you do, we'll keep in touch with you about progress on what could be your next home (with Light Rail at your doorstep). We'll invite you to special preview events to mark milestones in construction too. To learn more, contact Marketing Director Deb Veit at 651-632-8800.
490 E. Lynnhurst Avenue Saint Paul MN 55104
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for seniors by providing homes and services that support each individual's physical, social, and spiritual needs. We've been saying "Welcome Home" to all for 118 years.
FALL BOUTIQUE CORNELIA HOUSE SAT OCT 27 · 9 Am-3 pm awesome Holiday Shopping ideas! Meet with representatives from Pampered Chef · Tastefully Simple · PartyLite Candles · Tupperware · Mary Kay · Thirty One... 20 more! UNIQUE GIFTS, MOST UNDER $50! Handmade Pottery, Jewelry, Handbags, Cards · Artwork · Books · Baked Goods FREE Cider & Treats! Prize Drawing every 30 minutes! A portion of each sale helps support program
s for our resident community.
You're invited to join our residents (your neighbors) for free matinee concerts at Coventry Chapel Please RSVP to Julie Niewald at Cornelia House: 651-288-3931 or [email protected]
Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m. Vicky Mountain sings Jimmy Van Heusen Vicky is Chair of the Voice Department at MacPhail. She'll be accompanied by our Steinway and string bass. Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Dan Newton and the Hula Peppers Hawaiian stylings from the Golden Age of 78 RPM records, perfect for everyone in denial about the approaching winter. Learn more at www.daddysqueeze.com. Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. Don Irwin returns to light-up our Steinway Imagine Roger Williams, Peter Nero, and Ferrante & Teischer all rolled into one person that's Steinway Artist Don Irwin! www.donirwin.com.
Check EVENTS on our web site for new additions! EpiscopalHomes.org
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