AIG’s Annual Conference, “Building Relationships Throughout the Continuum of Care,” took place October 12-14 at the Carmelite Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. Sisters and employees of homes served by the Carmelite Sisters other various long-term care organizations gathered to examine topics in-depth relating to holistic care. Our lifespan is increasing and medicine is advancing, so it is paramount to ensure that we care for our elderly in a way that gives them compassion and dignity. With zeal for this common goal, the October Care Conference participants assembled.
As the educational arm for the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, the Avila Institute of Gerontology likes to share news about the long-term care facilities in which the Sisters serve. Recently St. Patrick's Home Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Bronx, NY was featured in Norwood News about their rooftop garden.
On August 19, 2015, Sister M. Peter Lillian was honored at an Excellence in Ethics Symposium in Eau Claire, WI. Father Dunklee founded the Center for Spiritual Care at the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, and each year an award for Excellence in Ethics is given in his memory. “Father Dunklee’s expertise in ethics provided a steady voice and a calming influence during times when difficult health care decisions needed to be made,” said Philip Anderson, director of the Center for Spiritual Care at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “We are pleased to be giving this award annually in his honor.” Sister Peter is the fourth recipient of the Father Dunklee Award.
Serving the Aged Lovingly Today (SALT) is a new service program that connects young women ages 18-40 to the Carmelite Charism through service to the elderly. The program was developed by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm.
The Avila Institute of Gerontology coordinated a three-day educational program with Calvary Hospital on Palliative Care from June 22-14, 2015. Calvary hospital’s philosophy was developed and put into practice under the supervision of esteemed Dr. Michael Brescia, MD, Executive Medical Director of Calvary Hospital. The three-day program aimed to share principles of effective, compassionate palliative care used at Calvary that enhances the quality and dignity of life for those facing end-of-life issues and life threatening illnesses.
In May, faculty member Alfred Norwood attended the American Psychological Association seminar “Work, Stress and Health 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations” in Atlanta, Georgia. The seminar is an annual meeting place for social scientists to gather to discuss new developments in the analysis and treatment of stress related health issues.
On Sunday June 14, 2015 the Avila Institute was proud to award seven new graduates their certificates of completion for the Geriatric Spiritual Care Program during a special mass and award ceremony. Coming from different areas and levels of healthcare, all attended the program to better minister and care more effectively for the spiritual, psychological, emotional and physical needs of the elderly. They are excited to take their developed sensitivity, understanding, and spirituality into their day-to-day care of the elderly.
A Spiritual Caregiver is someone who attends to the spiritual needs of people, in this case the elders we serve in long-term care. We all know how a life crisis can make people feel confusion, denial and despair.
Stacey Jackson has a created a video explaining the software "It's Never 2 Late" that is designed for elder use and promotes person-centered care.
In November of 2014, the Lifetime TV Network debuted an all-new series titled “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns”. The series followed five young women during the initial discernment phase of entering religious life as Catholic nuns. One of the convents visited during the series was the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm in Germantown, NY. The Carmelite Sisters were able to interact with and offer guidance to these young women as they continue their journey.
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