The Show Must Go On
Chris DiMaso | March 15, 2021
“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe” Psalm 150:3-4
At the beginning of the pandemic, one of the first casualties of normal life was our entertainers had to stop coming into Villa. It was too great a threat of exposure to residents. Days became bland without the upbeat spirit that musicians brought to our building. But the show must go on. As the days became weeks, we found a safe way to bring the musicians back, but they needed to stay in the chapel. From there they would be broadcast over our in-house TV channel. No one was allowed in the chapel during the performance, and residents would watch from their rooms. It just was not the same.
As the infection rate has began to drop and we were preparing to allow people back into the building, we also started to think about how we could bring back live entertainment. We knew we couldn’t have everyone in the main dining room at once, so we needed to have another option for in-room viewing. The answer was to install a new TV channel with a connection in the dining room. And so that is what we did.
Beginning on Monday, March 15, 2021 we were able to bring entertainers back into the dining room. Keeping residents socially distanced, we welcomed Mike Needleman back for our first live performance in over a year. We also broadcast him live to residents across Villa on our new channel. He played hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s like Bob Dylan, The Birds, and The Everly Brothers.
The residents who were in attendance in the main dining room tapped to the beat as smiles returned to their faces. Those who opted to watch in their rooms remarked how clear the picture was and how much they enjoyed it.
Villa St. Francis staff probably had the best reaction while Mike played. It filled our hearts to see our residents out and enjoying life. Masks can’t restrain our smiles. It feels amazing to see Villa getting back to normal. Thank you for your support during our efforts to reopen safely.
A Closer Look: Dining Services
Chris DiMaso | March 10, 2021
Learn more about Villa Life as we take a closer look at the dining services at Villa St. Francis. Learn how healthy doesn’t mean boring, and how residents have the ability to make decisions with their food choices.
A New Hope
Chris DiMaso | February 22, 2021
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” Romans 8:24
EEEyouch! Wait…that didn’t hurt. A sentiment close to that was shared time and time again on the morning of January 18th. Staff and residents lined up to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations. But whether the pinprick hurt, it paled in comparison to the anguish we have felt over the last 11 months.
It seemed like in a matter of one day we went from a bustling community to desolate hallways. The energy that families brought in with them dried up. The rejuvenation in our resident’s faces was gone. Masks replaced smiles, and gloves eclipsed handshakes. Villa was in lockdown.
Immediately hope pushed up from our hearts like daffodils through the snow. We began to look for ways to ease the pain, but also how to return to normal. We found new ways to play games like bingo. We adapted to window visits with families and bought iPads to facilitate video calls. We saw how technology and faith could be used together. With hope, we persevered, and we waited.
Good news came after the New Year, we had our vaccine clinic date! On a chilly Monday morning, the kind and gentle pharmacists from CVS came to administer the Pfizer vaccine. The first vaccine went to Angela Atchley, life enrichment coordinator. The excitement of watching a medical miracle come to Villa St. Francis renewed the vigor in us all. The needles delivered more than medicine, they injected us with a new hope.
On February 9th, our hope came to fruition. Families once again entered through our front doors and sat in the same room with their loved ones. The air was electric, and more than one tear was shed. As we move forward and look to the day that we can fully reopen, we ask for your continued support. Wear your mask. And when you can, get vaccinated.
Remember 2020, Celebrate 2021!
Chris DiMaso | December 26, 2020
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
It might be hard to believe, but 2020 is coming to an end. In a year like this, every day felt like a week. It seems like ages ago when the pandemic began. Back in March, we had no idea how long the road would be, nor how hard. In the face of adversity, the Villa St. Francis team learned a lot about who we are at our core. We are more committed than we know, we are stronger than we look, and we are braver than we believe. It is the men and women that serve our residents every day that deserve all the credit.
What Commitment Looks Like
Because of Covid, we have been short-staffed most of 2020. This meant more than just picking up an extra shift here or there. Our team routinely works overtime and covers open shifts. It was never mandatory, yet they served. Not wanting the quality of service to diminish, everyone steps up. Working weekends, switching departments, and even missing time with family. We knew Villa St. Francis staff was committed to providing excellent care, but we could not have known the magnitude until this year.
Strength Is More Than Muscles
When it comes to brute strength, our maintenance team can move mountains. But the strength we saw this year came from the smallest of people. It took everything in us to watch beloved residents lose their battle with Covid. Tears were shed more than once as our best efforts were not enough to stop the invisible threat. But every time we suffered a loss, we found the strength to get up. This year the tiniest CNAs and nurses carried the heaviest of burdens.
Bravery Comes With Fear
When the staff of Villa St. Francis comes to work, they are met with a reminder of the danger they face. Temperature checks, smell tests, and affidavits of health. Only entering the facility after donning an N95 mask and sanitizing their hands. All of this whether they have direct contact with residents or not. For those that serve on the frontlines of Covid, it means head-to-toe PPE every time they enter a room. Finding the bravery every day means staring down the fear of catching the virus. And still they do.
As 2020 comes to an end we are remembering everything we learned. But even more so, we are preparing to celebrate in 2021. We want to show our amazing staff how much we appreciate their commitment, strength, and bravery. We want to provide snacks and treats frequently. Give them appreciation gifts like Villa St. Francis branded goods. And put-on special events and parties to help everyone relax and have fun. Will you join us in appreciating our team by making your year-end, tax-deductible donation today?
What Is Your Dollar Actually Worth?
Chris DiMaso | November 17, 2020
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
They say a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to, but what is your dollar actually worth? A dollar in 1945, the year Villa St. Francis was founded, would be worth $14.44 today. Every year we see prices go up, and we get less for it. It can be downright thrilling when we find a great deal.
In the Kansas City metro, you can find a candy bar for about a dollar. But do you want a candy bar? Your dollar is subject to a concept called “perceived value.” This is the price you are willing to pay for something. When you want something you might be willing to pay more. When you see an item for less than you would pay, your desire for the item might increase. What is your dollar actually worth? That is up to you.
Your Gift is Matched
This Christmas Villa St. Francis is attempting to raise $20,000. This will fund an entire year of enjoyable activities for our community. We strive to promote and maintain our residents’ highest functional abilities by providing a variety of engaging opportunities. We understand how important meaningful activities are to their emotional wellbeing. When you make a donation to Villa St. Francis you are providing a better quality of life for our residents.
Your dollar is actually worth two dollars.
Your dollar is actually worth two dollars. That is because every dollar up to $10,000 will be matched!!! The math is simple, $100 becomes $200. The perceived value of your donation gets doubled. Will you make a generous donation to help us reach our goal? Your gift will go to work immediately in the lives of our residents. You will be filled with joy knowing you have blessed someone, and it will help you have Your Best Christmas.
From everyone at Villa St. Francis, thank you.