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Franciscan Ministries Introduces “Hope Rises” at St. Joseph Village

As the world begins to recover from the pandemic and we reopen our senior living communities to visitors, we want to share with you our Hope Rises initiative.

Hope Rises shares inspirational stories from Franciscan Communities’ employees, residents and family members in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the country seems to be held hostage by fear, confusion and uncertainty. Combine that with the contradicting opinions between the government and healthcare officials, quarantine restrictions, and reports of uncertainty from the general population, and you have what has become a perfect storm.

Franciscan Ministries sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, has developed an initiative, inspired by our philosophy of Living Joyfully, called “Hope Rises”. Hope Rises will chronicle the quiet, untold stories of the healthcare workers and residents from our senior living communities. As stated by Judy Amiano, President and Chief Executive Officer “The purpose of Hope Rises will help bring awareness to the positive and inspirational stories from our senior living communities. It’s meant to celebrate the resilience and spirit of the human condition, where kindness, good works and compassion are what truly matters to overcome any obstacle.”

Check back later for updates! For more information about Franciscan Ministries, call (800) 524-6126.

Visit Franciscan Ministries Hope Rises for all of the Ministries stories.


CNA Week, Thursday, June 18

This week gives the chance to recognize a special discipline, Franciscan Ministries CNAs!. During their appreciation week, each person gets a backpack and different activities are held especially for them.

During CNA week, there was a CNA breakfast of sandwiches and juice; and a scavenger hunt that incorporated our mission of Joyful Living. Featured are some photos of some of our exceptional associates.

Associate Super Hero Day!RN Saves a BirdReceiving the Light Within award
Associate Super
Hero Day!
RN Saves a BirdReceiving the Light
Within Award

Happy Father’s Day 2020!!!

For Father’s Day, balloons decorated the hallways and crowded out the nurses’ station.

Necktie cards were cut out, labeled and placed on the doors of all fathers.

Father’s Day Bingo was a great hit! Bingo cards were passed around in the hallway for social distance bingo!

All of the fathers received a goody bag filled with body care products, celebration balloon and a Father’s Day card.

Father's DayFather's Day

iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late)

The Team at St Joseph Village is the pioneer for integrating this iN2L technology into their resident’s Life Enrichment programming.

During the conditioning, COVID pandemic pre-scheduled FaceTime and Skype calls using tablets help keep residents connected to their families.

resident face timing with familyresident face timing with family

St. Joseph Village uses tablets and computers set-up by iN2L (It’s Never Too Late). There are 2 computer-based units, one in Life Enrichment and one in Memory Care. The latter is used every day in one-to-one sessions and in group settings. It’s used for group exercise, bingo, trivia as well as additional games that are available for use! This technology lets family members join remotely in a virtual interactive experience.

The plan, moving forward, is to have one machine on the floor all the time and to get RCAs involved in setting up activities so we can optimize the use of the equipment.

Resident Elinore turns 96!

Resident Elinore turns 96! Resident Elinore turns 96! Resident Elinore turns 96!