St. Agnes students take part in ‘Green Apple Day of Service’

St. Agnes students take part in ‘Green Apple Day of Service’

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To commemorate Earth Day, students at St. Agnes School, 1800 Newburg Road, held its second “Green Apple Day of Service for Earth Day” April 22.

During the day, students took part in environmental education games, heard from community helpers and learned about the importance of mindfulness while being in nature. They also heard presentations from master gardeners who discussed the importance of composting and recycling. Students also decorated flower pots that were delivered to elderly residents at Nazareth Home on Newburg Road.

A Green Apple Day of Service is a “unique moment to join schools across the world to celebrate the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability,” according to a press release from the school.

 

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Nazareth Home honored by U.S. News & World Report

Nazareth Home wins Best of Kentucky award

Source: The Record
December 11, 2021

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Nazareth Home Highlands was listed among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes.

U.S. News & World Report gave Nazareth Home a high performing rating in the area of short-term rehabilitation, according to a press release from the home.

The short-term rehabilitation rating began in 2018 and “assesses the quality of care provided for patients hospitalized after surgery, heart attack, stroke, injury or similar condition. The rating is based upon U.S. News’ assessment of 10 quality measures which focus on staffing, medical outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care,” said the release.

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Nazareth Home wins Best of Kentucky award

Nazareth Home wins Best of Kentucky award

Source: The Record
November 30, 2021

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Nazareth Home was recently selected for a Best of Kentucky Nursing and Rehabilitation Award by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living.

The award is based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services star ratings of four or higher as well as satisfaction surveys of residents and families, according to a news release from Nazareth Home.

In addition to the 2021 Best of Kentucky award, three Nazareth Home employees received individual awards:

    • Katrina Chesser received the Professional Achievement/Caregiving Award.
    • Matt Elliott received the Supportive Care Award.
    • Jason Rader received the Supportive Care Award.

Mary Haynes, Nazareth Home president and CEO, said, “We are honored to again be a recipient of a Best of Kentucky Award. We are also extremely proud to have Katrina, Matt and Jason as part of our incredible team. They are more than deserving of the awards they received.”

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Nazareth Home felt ‘web of support’ during lockdown

Nazareth Home felt ‘web of support’ during lockdown

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By Marnie McAllister
June 3, 2021

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Susan Tahaney, a social worker, went to work on Thanksgiving Day at Nazareth Home to help residents connect to their families with the help of an iPad and a TV screen.

As she pulled into the parking lot on the Highlands campus, a stranger stood silently on the asphalt holding up a sign that said, “You are loved.”

As she recounted that story May 27, Tahaney pulled off her glasses and wiped tears from her smiling eyes.

“It was like a web of support,” she said, sniffing back her emotion so she could speak.

A spider’s thin silk becomes stronger as it’s woven into the layers of a web, she explained.

“I’ve only been here a year and a half,” she said. “I don’t know what good times at Nazareth Home look like. I came two weeks before the shutdown.”

But she believes the facility and the community around it provide “a web of support” for staff and residents alike.

Nazareth Home’s two campuses, like the rest of Kentucky, went into lockdown in March of last year. But while most people locked down by degrees, residents of long-term care facilities were suddenly isolated entirely from the outside world. The staff who worked there became their lifelines.

This March, restrictions on long-term care facilities began to lift and access is now possible with some precautions.

Tahaney, the home’s program director, shared her story of the lockdown at Nazareth Home during a discussion on May 27. She was joined by Father Albert Wilson, a resident; president and CEO Mary Haynes; Jason Rader, supervisor of environmental services; and Sister of Charity of Nazareth Sharon Gray, a vice provincial of the congregation who lives on the campus.

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth founded and still sponsor Nazareth Home Highlands and Nazareth Home Clifton. Together, the facilities have about 290 beds. The homes offer a variety of services, including personal care for those who live independently but need some on-site care, services for those with memory impairments, long-term skilled care and rehabilitation services.

The Lord will see me through

Father Wilson, who has served as a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville for 70 years, said he’s learned to adjust to hardship in his 94 years of life.

“I didn’t like the idea of wearing a mask and being restricted, but that was the nature of the time,” he said of the lockdown. “I remember the 1937 flood. Growing up, you learn to adjust to a lot of things. We are affected by change so often, you make a habit of it.”

It helps, he said, to be with people at Nazareth Home.

“The people are always very good here. The staff are like family and we’re a family as residents,” he said.

For Father Wilson, who served as a pastor of several parishes before he retired in 1996, the lockdown provided contemplative time.

“I had time for prayer, basically,” he said. “And a lot of reading.”

Asked how he coped with the solitude, he said:

“It goes back to Cardinal (John Henry) Newman. The Lord has given me one task he has not given another, and he will see me through. That has been a sort of guide for me.”

In it together

His example and that of other residents helped the staff cope so they could focus on their work, said several staff members.

“Our elders have been through so many experiences,” said Tahaney. “They’ve been through wars. They’ve helped us get through. It’s really beautiful.”

While residents were isolated, the staff rallied to do whatever it took to help them adapt, said Mary Haynes, administrator. Standard staff schedules became a thing of the past.

“Susan came in on holidays to make sure residents could see their families” on virtual platforms.

Jason Rader, the supervisor of environmental services, said, “We were definitely in it together. You didn’t know when you were going to get off work.”

His department — and others like it in health care facilities — are among the pandemic’s unsung heroes, Haynes noted. They are tasked with cleaning, among other things.

“I was scared,” said Rader. “But I didn’t show it.”

“In the beginning, anytime we had to do a deep clean, I did it with them (his staff). And I think that built trust. This team is amazing. They’re reliable and good people.”

Rader noted that no one in his department quit during the pandemic, a feat considering they were so concerned about their safety.

Haynes added, “We all felt community.”

Creativity to last

The creative use of technology that connected families to residents in lieu of regular visits during lockdown also helped one resident “attend” a baby shower in a different state. Another resident connected to her sister for the first time in 25 years.

“The look of pure joy came on their faces” when residents saw their loved ones on the TV screen, Tahaney said. “And it was so easy to do.”

The technology has even been used for bedside vigils when a resident is dying and the family lives out of state.

“We would never have thought to do that” before the pandemic, she noted. “Now, we are so good at having all sorts of visits that are meaningful and rich all over the globe.”

Nazareth Home intends to continue using these tools, she added.

Resilience

When the pandemic began and she saw what was coming, Haynes said, “I was 100 percent sure I was going to be with people who were going to support me, support each other.”

For example, she said, “Jason gave peace of mind to the nursing team” with environmental services. “They didn’t have to ask him. He learned what they needed.”

“We saw resiliency,” said Haynes.

“I say I’m in the peace of mind business,” she said, noting that she previously worked with those receiving care for dementia. She has seen how difficult it can be to leave a loved one in the care of others, she said.

“Everything we do is shaped around trying to avoid that worry,” she said. The aim is to provide peace of mind for residents and their families, as well as for the home’s staff.

Sister Sharon Gray, who resides on the campus but serves as a vice provincial of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, said she observed the work of Nazareth Home over the last year and was encouraged by what she saw.

“You were obviously tired,” she told the staff during the discussion. “You walked a little slower, but the smiles were still there.”

Nazareth Home currently has openings. For more information, call 502-459-9681.

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Nazareth Home residents paint rocks and spread hope

Nazareth Home residents paint rocks and spread hope

Source: The Record
By Ruby Thomas
March 15, 2021

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A boy held up a “Scripture rock” he found while playing in Seneca Park in early March. The rocks, painted by residents of Nazareth Home, have been scattered around town. (Photo Special to The Record)

Elderly residents of Nazareth Home’s Highland and Clifton campuses are letting their creativity flow out into the community as a way of spreading hope during the pandemic.

The residents have been painting colorful “Scripture rocks” which are hidden around town and as far as Oldham and Meade counties for individuals to find.

“The whole goal was to put a smile on the face of our residents and remind the community that Nazareth Home is still active,” said Roberta Steutermann, development director of Nazareth Home.

They also see it as a chance to spread hope to others during the pandemic, she noted.

“One of our residents at Clifton said it was an ‘opportunity to provide God’s hope to the community,’ ” Steutermann said in a recent interview.

Steutermann, who joined the staff at Nazareth Home last summer, said she had a different perspective of life in the pandemic before meeting the residents. She said she was “humbled” by the way they handled the lockdown.

A year ago, visitation to long-term care facilities was restricted except in situations where sick residents needed special medical or emotional care. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced March 10 that visits to nursing homes may now resume with certain safety guidelines, such as face coverings.

“There’s an increasing sense of peace among them. They’ve had an attitude of ‘this too shall pass … it’s part of God’s plan and we’ll be okay,’ ” said Steuterman. “It has helped the staff to find peace and do what we do every day. It’s been remarkable how strong they are in their resolve for hope and peace.”

Now they are hoping to spread that hope and peace to others.

A resident of Nazareth Home painted a rock in early March. The residents have been painting “Scripture rocks,” which are left in various places throughout the community for individuals to find. (Photo Special to The Record)

Nazareth Home is asking those who find the rocks to take a picture and post it on the home’s Facebook page.

Steutermann, said to the delight of the residents, they’ve heard back from a few individuals who’ve found rocks. A woman hiking on Buttermilk Falls Trail, near Brandenburg, Ky., came across a colorful rock left in a hollow of a tree trunk. A grandmother and her young grandson picked up a blue rock with the message ‘I’m praying for you!’ on the playground in Seneca Park.

“They are excited when the rocks are found,” Steutermann said. “We’re bringing smiles to the elders and people in the community.”

Steutermann said Nazareth Home has always been an active part of the Louisville community. Before the pandemic, Mass at the chapel on the Highlands campus was open to the community.

“They thought of us as their church. We hope to see that come back to life, but for now, this is what we can do. The residents want people to know they are still here and doing great,” she said. The project will continue through the month of March and residents hope to paint and scatter about 100 rocks.

The project has helped some discover their creativity but might have the added benefit of helping them through difficult times.

Lisa Stacy, who serves as activities director at Nazareth Home and came up with the project, said art can help individuals get through hard times. She uses art therapy in many of her activities at the home, she noted.

“Working with art helps,” said Stacy. “They’ve been stuck in their rooms and this is an opportunity to help them feel happiness. One resident said, it ‘made my heart warm to be able to do this.’ ”

In the future, Nazareth Home plans to use art therapy to help residents process what they’ve been through during the pandemic, said Steutermann.

If you find one of these rocks, post a photo to the Nazareth Home Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/NazarethHomes — and tell the residents where you found it.

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