The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm recently formalized a groundbreaking Palliative Care program that raises new standards for palliative and end-of-life care in the United States. Kaplan Multimedia, Inc. teamed up with the Carmelite Sisters to produce a thirteen-minute film capturing the hallmarks of the program titled “The Difference is Love.” The film’s excellence was recognized with a nomination for a 2017 Suncoast Emmy Award under the category “Societal Concerns.”
This October the Avila Institute and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm awarded two recipients, Cheryl Petell and Alfred W. Norwood, with the Flos Carmeli Award. This year’s award ceremony took place on Monday, October 9th at the Carmelite Sisters' Motherhouse in Germantown, NY during the AIG October Long-term Care Conference. Both recipients were honored with a citation and medal and took a moment to express their appreciation.
The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and AIG Board Members are proud to announce two awards for excellence in living out and spreading the Carmelite mission. “Flos Carmeli,” meaning “Flower of Carmel,” is an award given to those individuals who are a part of the Carmelite family who propagate the mission of Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, O. Carm., Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, with dedication and enthusiasm.
In June 2017, the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, aided by the Avila Institute of Gerontology, launched a new website dedicated to palliative care. The Carmelite Sisters’ philosophy has always taught the concept of palliative care and it is the Sisters’ goal that the new website, www.carmelitepalliative.org, help residents, families and caregivers understand palliative care and its importance in providing holistic, person-centered care.
The College of Saint Rose of Albany, NY has been sending social workers to the Carmelite Sisters’ Motherhouse for over a decade to enhance their education on the care for the elderly. Each year, AIG’s director and Saint Rose faculty collaborate with the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm to lead a two-day workshop to teach the students about end-of-life issues, dementia and the admission process in long-term care. As millennials will soon become the dominant generation in America’s workforce, it is important to help them understand and carry on the mission of compassionate, person-centered care held by the Carmelites.
On March 6-8, 2017 the Avila Institute of Gerontology sponsored a conference for leadership and mission. As staff retention and hiring has been progressively becoming more difficult, we focused on staff retention and talent acquisition, also including sessions on reflective leadership, ethics and overcoming fears of change.
On November 1 and 2, past Roots of Caring graduates came back to Avila for a special workshop designed just for them. Faculty member, Terrance P. McGuire, Ed.D. facilitated the workshop which focused on the importance of recognizing opportunities by using the process of Reflective Leadership.
In August, seven American young women between ages 18-40 traveled to Ireland to serve alongside the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm at Our Lady’s Manor in Dalkey, Ireland. Stacey Sumereau, AIG’s Program Coordinator, led SALT along with Sr. Mary Donovan, the Carmelite Sisters’ vocation director, and Sr. Peter Lillian Di Maria, director of AIG. The volunteers came from across the United States as a result of national advertising efforts speaking on college campuses, service fairs, radio and Catholic magazine advertising. This is SALT’s second year, and first international program.
Sixteen students from the College of St. Rose traveled from their Albany campus to St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown for two days of classes. AIG’s director, Sr. Peter Lillian, collaborated with other Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick S.S.J., to present seven modules about issues surrounding death and dying. All classes were geared toward education in the Carmelite values of compassionate, holistic care- care not just for physical, but also for the emotional, spiritual, psychological, and familial needs of the dying as well.
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.
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