Avoid chaos and strife – Declutter your life!

IMG_2542Did you know that the St. Anne’s rummage Sale is coming up in a couple weeks: April 15th?  Why not use this as an inspiration to simplify and declutter?

In this week’s post on our St. Anne’s Scoop, we’ll share some tips for decluttering.  Hopefully, you find it helpful.

Becomingminimalist.com offers a lot of helpful pointers.  To help get you motivated, let’s consider the benefits of having less clutter, namely “less to clean, less to organize, less stress, [and] more money and energy.”  Nonetheless, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.  It is suggested that a person “give away one item each day.”  We have an easier approach: “Box away one item a day.”  Then, at the end of a couple of weeks, you can bring the collection of unwanted items over to St. Anne’s for our Rummage Sale.  “One person’s junk is another one’s treasure.”

A further idea, which is more of a long-term project, concerns the clothes in your closet.  It is suggested that you hang all your clothes with the hangers the reverse way.  Then, when you actually take out and wear an item, once it is laundered you will put it back on the hanger the normal way.  This way, you can recognize (over a period of time) what clothing you’re actually wearing.

Another pointer for analyzing your belongings when trying to declutter would be to ask yourself: “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?”

This article offered a further helpful hint called the “Four-Box Method.”  When you set to work, going through your items, have four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate.

Another article offers another helpful tip: “start with just five minutes.”  It’s a start, and a little progress is still progress, nonetheless.  A little bit at a time will make progress.  One technique would be to have a decluttering day.

Another clutter-causing area is paperwork.   According to this same source, papers often make up a lot of our clutter.  They suggest setting aside a specific place for incoming papers.  If things are sprawled here and there, it creates chaos and makes it difficult to feel, or be, organized.  It would probably be helpful to create labeled folders for yourself to help categorize the paperwork.

When trying to clean out a drawer, you might try emptying everything out onto a table and organizing it.

An article from “Budget Dumpster” offers other valuable suggestions.  When starting to declutter, it would be a good idea to set goals.  Making a plan can help lessen frustration.  You might make a list of rooms you want to tackle and rank them in reference to how badly cluttered they are.  You might also try to set a realistic date for when you hope to have the room decluttered.

Another tip when decluttering is to see if items are actually still working.  It makes no sense to leave broken items hanging around your house.


“It’s Great to Be Alive at St. Anne’s!” ….a view from our Receptionist, Carla Kennedy


I was asked to do an article for the St. Anne’s Scoop: why I like working at St. Anne’s.  I work at the reception desk.  You would think I just sit and answer the phone.

Things get pretty busy and lively at times.  That’s where the motto “It’s great to be alive at St. Anne’s” must come from.

I do lots of different jobs: mail, take appointment reminders, do book work, etc.  But, my number-one job is the residents.  They keep us all going.  I like to hear about their lives before St. Anne’s: where they were born, about family, kids, grand kids, likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc.

I’m glad to help them if they need it with something.  I like them to know that I care about them and pay attention to what they have to say.

I think all the activities they have for the residents is neat: movies, story-book reading, bingo, games, parties, and other activities, including live music.  I like the people I work with.  I like visiting with the people who come in for Adoration and the people who come to visit residents.

I also have two furry residents I watch over: Gracie and Zoe.  The routine goes like this: feed, water, in-and-out.

I like the good food the kitchen staff cooks and serves.  I also enjoy when Chuck G. and Sr. Elaine with the band entertain in the activity room.

I’m lucky to work with and for such nice people as Sr. Elaine, Sr. Rebecca, Sr. Christina and everyone else!

Carla Kennedy, Receptionist

They do a lot for you…So keep your kidneys healthy!

006Not everyone has the advantage of healthy kidneys…Here at St. Anne’s, we have three resident who need to be on kidney dialysis.

March is National kidney month…But how much do you know about your kidneys and keeping them healthy?  We have two kidneys, each the size of our fist and located in the lower back.  Our kidneys filter about 200 liters of blood each day, according to an article by the National Kidney Foundation.  In doing this, they remove waste and excess water.

These important organs also help regulate blood pressure and red blood cell production.  They also help regulate salt, potassium, and acid content as well as balancing body fluids.

Unfortunately, these bean-shaped helpers at risk for disease. In fact, one third of us are at risk of kidney disease for a variety of reasons, including diabetes and high blood pressure.  Cardiovascular disease and a family history of kidney problems are also risk factors.  That is because these conditions damage the tiny filtering units in the kidneys (We have about 1 million of these.)  One informative article shared that kidney disease is one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S, but many Americans have the disease and don’t even know it yet; early stages of the disease often do not have symptoms.

As we age, kidney function may decrease as the number of filtering units and the amount of kidney tissue may go down, according to a Senior Health article.

All is not lost, however.  The National Kidney Foundation and SeniorNet offer tips for keeping your kidneys healthy:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Control weight
  • Get an annual physical
  • Know your family’s medical history
  • Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol
  • Talk to your doctor about getting tested if you’re at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol within normal ranges.
  • Make sure diabetes is well-controlled.
  • Reduce sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains

The Sun & the Rain & the Appleseed…Johnny Appleseed Day


Did you ever learn the ‘Johnny Appleseed Prayer” as a child?

It is a neat little jingle that comes to mind on this March 11th Johnny Appleseed Day.



Oh, the Lord’s been good to me,
And so I thank the Lord,
For giving me the things I need,
The sun, the rain, and the apple seed
The Lord’s been good to me.

We used to have an elderly lady living here at St. Anne’s who actually enjoyed eating the apple seeds.  We would be busily peeling and slicing apples and she would get herself a collection of seeds to enjoy!

But what about the man we honor today?

Johnny Appleseed (whose real name is John Chapman) was born two years before our country declared its independence from Britain, on Sept. 26, 1774.  He died of pneumonia in his early seventies, on March 18, 1845.  He travelled around and planted apple trees in Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, and Indiana.  He led the way in conservation and was known for his kindness and generosity.  His career in apple business lasted about half a century.  At the age of eighteen, he headed west with a younger brother and other pioneers.  This began his travels, in which he preceded west-bound pioneer groups, planting apple trees before them.

Not only was Chapman a friend to the settlers, he was also on good terms with many native peoples.  He reportedly had sufficient knowledge of many of their languages to converse.




We have another opening for a personal care aide!  Check it out!


The P.M. aide is responsible to care for the needs of the residents on 2nd and 3rd floors as instructed by the nurse; visits residents, assists in carrying out social, recreational, and craft activities; and performs some laundry and some light housekeeping duties to maintain the facility in a clean, sanitary manner. The individual also works at the reception desk as needed, including some evening hours.


Is responsible to the nurse supervisor and works as a staff team member in caring for the needs of each resident.


1. Education: High school
2. Training/experience: Previous experience in working with the elderly and disabled is preferred.
3. Physical demands:
a) Physical ability to lift, turns, and transfers a minimum of 50 pounds.
b) Ability to tolerate standing or walking 75-85% of the time.
c) Physical capabilities of stretching, pulling, bending, and stooping.
4. Verbal and auditory abilities to communicate effectively with residents in responding to their needs.
5. Emotional stability to handle stress of caring for the residents.
6. Observation skills in responding to emotional, physical, and mental needs of the residents.
7. Valid Driver’s license.


1. Maintains strict confidentiality regarding residents’ personal life/activities and internal affairs of St. Anne’s.
2. Uses patience, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with residents.
3. Coordinates and supports efforts by administration and staff in meeting the resident’s needs.


1. Performs laundry duties-residents’ personal clothing.
2. Assists in assuring residents are neatly dressed, groomed, and hygienically acceptable by performing and/or supervising some bathing and clothes changes.
3. Reports physical, mental, and emotional change to the nurse.
4. Assists in orienting new residents to the facility.
5. Assists in making beds (when necessary).
6. Performs housekeeping activities as necessary.
7. Transport residents to/from appointments.
8. Uses tact, sensitivity, and firm kindness in dealing with residents and problems involving them.
9. Assists residents in cleaning drawers, closets, and other personal areas.
10. Delivers evening snacks to residents.
11. Performs those tasks that are necessary in fulfilling the performance of this job but may not be considered essential functions.
12. Observes safety rules and practices.
13. Observes infection control policies and procedures.
14. Attends required in-service education meetings.
15. Reads Policy and Procedures manuals on an annual basis.
16. Reception desk four hours weekly.

Job Opening….Kitchen / Server

image2.jpgIf you, or someone you know, is looking for part-time employment, you can stop by St. Anne’s or visit www.stannesguesthome.org/employment.html to apply.

Hours: Mon., Thurs., Fri. (4-7 p.m.); Every other weekend: Sat. & Sun. (6:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

Kitchen (minimal cooking) / Server

Prepares meals according to the menu and sanitary standards set forth by state requirements. Assists in serving the meals while being attentive to resident needs and preferences and maintains the dietary area in a clean sanitary manner.

Is responsible to the Dietary Supervisor.

1. Education: High School.
2.Training/experience: Previous cooking experience preferred, will provide on-the-job training for institutional cooking.
3. Physical demands:
A.Ability to tolerate walking, standing 90-95% of the time.
B.Ability to lift or transfer a minimum of 50 lbs.
C. Ability to frequently bend, stoop, stretch, pull, and climb three-step ladders.
4. Ability to tolerate disinfectant soaps.
5. Verbal and auditory abilities to respond and communicate effectively with the residents and staff members.
6. Ability to taste and smell foods for quality and palatability.
7. Visual acuity and observations skills in responding to resident dietary needs.
8. Hand and finger dexterity and upper extremity mobility in manipulating kitchen equipment and supplies.
9. Ability to tolerate temperature changes–heat near ovens and stoves; and cold in walk-in cooler and freezer.
10. Ability to work with limited floor space.
11. Valid driver’s license.

1. Maintains strict confidentiality regarding resident’s personal life and activities as well as the internal affairs of St. Anne’s.
2. Uses tact, patience and sensitivity in dealing with residents.
3. Works as a team member in the dietary department.
4. Maintains a positive attitude.


1. Serves meals as prepared by the A.M. staff in accordance to the menu. May have to prepare minor dishes for a meal.
2. Assists supervisor with food supply inventory.
3. Monitors foods in storage for compliance of sanitary requirements.
4. Performs sanitary maintenance tasks on stoves, counters, cupboards, cooler, freezers, storerooms, equipment, and general areas.
5. Carry out instructions for residents with special nutritional needs.
6. Report to supervisor any concerns that may arise regarding resident’s eating habits.
7. Place food on plates in an attractive manner.
8. Monitor food waste.
9. Observes safety and infection control policies and procedures.
10. Observes sanitary standards as set forth by state regulations.
11. Reads department’s policies and procedures manual annually.
12. Assists staff with Resident Work Therapy Program.
13. Completes the daily check list at the end of the shift.
14. Go to the grocery store for immediate grocery needs.

Information regarding salary and benefits to be discussed with supervisor.

It Takes Special People…

coffee timeThe following poem was printed in our resident newsletter, The Broadcaster, in March of 2015.  The source is unknown, but it is a lovely tribute to those who work with the elderly and the challenges they face.  Thank you to all the staff who serve our residents on a daily basis!


It takes special people to care for the old
It takes great compassion, hearts of pure gold.
It takes being able to see beyond age,
To see beyond bodies, to overlook rage.

It takes being able to look deep inside
The hearts of the aged, where youth still resides.
It takes understanding to look through their pain.
And help them remember they’re people, again.

It takes lots of patience to wipe away tears,
To reach through confusion, to intercept fears.
it takes being willing to give of yourself
To those who are feeling they’re left on some shelf.

Indeed it’s a calling from heaven above,
to work with the aged and show them God’s love.
Though rewards on this earth,
indeed may seem few,
God is laying up treasures in heaven for you.