Inspection Time at St. Anne’s

P7140007.JPGDid you know that the word inspection comes from the early 17th century Latin inspicere or inspectare which means “looked into or examined”?

Residents here in our apartments experienced first hand the meaning of this word during a visit from Federal Government Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staff Wednesday morning.  During these periodic inspections, HUD checks for cleanliness and safety within the individual efficiency apartments, especially including electronic devices and ensuring there are no insects around.

The week prior to this infamous “looking into / examination,” inspection was definitely the buzz word around St. Anne’s, especially among apartment residents.  One would hear: “No, I can’t help with that; I’ve got to finish cleaning my room for the inspection.” or “Sorry I didn’t come down; I was putting the finishing touches on my room for Wednesday.”

Staff here have reflected that it is a good thing that we have inspections; it motivates residents to do a needed cleaning of their living quarters.  Cleaning that needs to be done is finally undertaken; procrastination is no longer an option.

St. Anne’s does conduct annual inspections, but this big one from HUD really has a way of impelling residents to roll up their sleeves and tidy up their apartments.

Although you do not have any government inspections to worry about, is there an area of your home that needs some “tidying”?

God’s Love Shines Through You!

By Lori Schomer, St. Anne’s StaffP1010006

For most of us, when we hear the date 9/11, we think about the horrific acts of terrorism against our country.

Little did I know that God’s plan for me that day would take on a whole new meaning.

For you see, that is the date I started working at St.  Anne’s.  The first thing that struck me was the acts of kindness happening all around me. Mostly, they are done out of sheer goodness.

Everyday I see my coworkers making a difference in the lives of our residents.  There truly is no small gesture.  Something as simple as a smile, an ear to listen, a hug to brighten someone’s day, goes a long way.

The following are just a few of the examples I have witnessed:

  • helping a resident find a shirt and tie for a funeral
  • shopping for a resident – clothing, soda pop, groceries
  • sharing a newspaper
  • picking up a favorite fast food
  • watching a favorite TV program together
  • bringing in fleece for residents to make blankets for the hospital VA, etc.
  • arranging stuffed animals on a bed when making it
  • bringing in a family pet for them to hold and pet
  • going for a walk or sitting outside together
  • bringing in food from a UND wacipi powwow to celebrate a resident’s heritage

This is why I feel God’s love shines through my co-workers.

Corn…Corn…Corn!

Yesterday, we husked 887 ears of corn, cutting 791 off the cobs!

Garden-Fresh Potatoes and Cucumbers, Oh My!

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Residents’ Garden at St. Anne’s

Harvest season has begun, and St. Anne’s is reaping the benefits!

We have received some delicious home-grown beets in recent weeks from Fr. Schneider who comes here Thursdays and Fridays..  This week, he brought us more garden delights: fresh potatoes and cucumbers.

Last year was the season for string beans.  We received many donations of them that harvest season.

If things go as usual, we will probably receive quite a bit more delicious, nutritious produce before frost, including sweet corn that we enjoy then throughout the year.

Even though our little resident garden hasn’t produced too much, we should be well supplied with fresh veggies.

Thank you so much to everyone who shares their bounty with us.  It is appreciated!

PS: As this article is being written, another large donation of rhubarb is being brought in.

St. Anne’s Gets Holistic Care Right!

By Amanda Nord, LPN

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Cake Walk during St. Anne’s Week enhanced physical and mental health.

Holistic medicine is defined as the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors rather then just the physical symptoms of disease. How we live and what we get out of life depends heavily on balance. The philosophical definition of holistic is: the parts of something being interconnected and explicable only by referring to it as a whole (as in a whole person).

As a spiritual community, we all know that a crucial part of sustaining balance in our life goes beyond what we can touch.  Nourishing just the mind and body isn’t enough; we need to feed our souls as well.  Our spiritual health is important and needs to be addressed as part of our overall well-being.

St. Anne’s has a team that takes care of every part of the residents’ self:

Body: The Dietary department nurtures our body.  Nursing is responsible for addressing all medical concerns.  Care is given for our senses: hearing, vision, taste, smell and touch.  Staff work with outside souces such as Audiology, optometry, ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat), and PT to keep our bodies strong and healthy.

Mind: Psych appointments as well as friendly conversation can lift someone’s mood and brighten their day.  St. Anne’s staff and sisters provide much “food” for the soul.  A beautiful outdoor area and atrium with life all around, the turtles, fish, as well as the flowers and plants growing everywhere enhances the residents’ lives.  Caring for plants and our environment is very helpful to make someone to feel complete.

Spirit: Chapel, church, activities , social events are also a part of holistic health.  Chuck and Sr. Elaine make sure there’s plenty of music.

Fresh air, sunshine, good friends, a little music, does more for the well-being than any pill ever could.  Sr. Christina  helps keep minds sharp with reading and writing.  We are encouraged to express ourselves, and we find a friendly face with a smile or listening ear.

St. Anne’s is probably the greatest place I’ve ever worked.  Walking in the door, you feel the easy, friendly atmosphere.  Sr. Elaine’s unique brand of humor, Sr. Rebecca’s unbelievable  kindness and selflessness and Sr. Christina’s news update and articles keep keep things very interesting.

The receptionist and dietary staff and the aides are all warm, kind, caring.  Some Creativity and silly, funny people in our daily lives contribute to the positive environment.  I feel very blessed to be a part of the St. Anne’s team and part of all of your community.