Resident & Family Member Testimonials

“It was hard to think of putting my mom in a residential living facility. But, once I took a tour at St. Monica’s and met the staff, I had no reservations whatsoever. Everyone in our family is so thankful she’s here, we love it.”
–Sue Morgan, Resident Family Member

We’re very pleased with the care, just with everybody. The staff, the office, my
parents just love the activities. It’s very clean here, and I’m very happy we chose
St. Monica’s. My parents also love the chapel. Gosh, I can think of a million nice
things to say about St. Monica’s.

–Sandy Domanik, Resident Family Member

Image of Dr. Mikaelian and his brother, a resident of St. Monica's.St. Monica’s is not only microcosm of the diversity of the Racine community, but a microcosm of a true life living community. Between the residents, the professional and Para-professional staff, you find folks from diverse ethnic, socio-economic and personality types. Each and every person expresses a strong sense of respect for each other as well as the place they call home or work.

Care is Heartfelt Care. There is a sense of warmth and heart that starts at the top, flows down and around all the residents and staff. A name is not a tag here; its recognition, a smile and a care. The environment is one of safety and sustainability; rather you are speaking about the physical facilities or the landscape. St. Monica’s sits on the Root River which affords the residents and ever changing scene of the seasons. Many of the residents enjoy the outdoors, be it the Rosary walk, their own garden, putting, or just walking the paths.

As a family, we researched many facilities before choosing St. Monica for my brother and his wife. We were drawn by the personal attention, the sense of security and respect for the residents. My brother’s only comment was he wished he moved here sooner!

–Dr. Sam Mikaelian, Resident Family Member

St. Monica’s is without a doubt the finest senior facility in Racine.  The entire staff has a positive attitude that can be felt each and every day.  God bless all those who care for the residents who call St. Monica’s their home.

-Rick Wiegel, Resident Family Member

St. Monica’s provides personalized, compassionate, quality care.  Residents feel very much at home being allowed to personalize their rooms, attend resident meetings where their opinions count, and do a variety of activities and outings.  They have beautiful grounds and continually update the facility.  I would happily live there myself.

-Barbara Noel, Resident Family Member

Joanie,
Yes, I received your newsletter and calendar. It looks like it’s going to be a fun month! Thanks, too, for the update on Mom. We spoke with the Wheaton therapist this weekend and she strongly encouraged Mom to attend your exercise classes to try to regain her strength and endurance. We saw Mom this weekend and she had so much to talk about. She was happier and healthier than we have seen her in a very long time. Thank you so much for your good work. You are really making a difference in people’s lives. Not just the resident’s, but family’s, too.

With gratitude,
Mary Omernick

Are you looking for a place to stay in your Golden Years? A place where there is more to do than watch TV, read and take pills.

St. Monica’s is the place for you. We have a wonderful Activity Department. Three to four activities are offered to you five days a week. Exercise classes, bowling, painting, beading, current events, bingo, cards, dances, dining out and so much more. Weekends we have movies in our large living room.

Friends are easily made at meal time, coffee hour and during activities. The staff is friendly and treats you with respect.

Come and take a tour and see why you will want to make St. Monica’s your new home.

–Marilyn Groghan, Resident

Hi, I’m Beverly Zerawski   and I’ve lived at St. Monica’s since October of 2010. I can’t say I really thought an Assisted Living home would be best for me, but it certainly has! I had some serious health issues back in 2008 and 2009. After rehab, I lived with a friend for almost a year before returning to my home. Once home, my health began to deteriorate quickly and it was at the urging of my 5 children that I came to St. Monica’s. The staff is great. Everyone knows your name. The activities keep me active and busy.   I’ve great friends here. It was at a community health screening here that one of the providers made me aware that I might have a health issue and they helped the staff make sure I had it looked at. The results; the Doctors found I did have a problem and they’ve helped me take care of it! Did I say how much I appreciate the staff? I can’t say it enough. They are like family and I’m like family to them.

–Beverly Zerawski, Resident

For our Mom, leaving her beloved home of 60 years was a very difficult decision, but the St. Monica’s experience exceeded our expectations and, most importantly, hers.

Above all, she and we were constantly impressed by the genuine caring expressed and demonstrated by all of the St. Monica’s staff, from Loretta and Sister Angelica to the housekeepers and maintenance men.  There aren’t many organizations in which everyone seems dedicated to providing thoughtful and personal care, but St. Monica’s is one of them.

There were many things about life at St. Monica’s that made Mom feel at home and part of the St. Monica’s community.

There were two things that Mom unquestionably liked better than living at home.  The first was being able to attend Mass every morning.  Mom’s faith was at the core of her being, and taking part in Mass every day with the St. Monica’s community meant a great deal to her.  The second was being able to sit down to three tasty and nutritious meals every day — that she didn’t have to make.  The kitchen team does a great job putting three made-from-scratch meals on the table every day and Mom liked the friendly, attentive service provided by the servers.

After starting the day with a satisfying breakfast followed by Mass, Mom loved the natural beauty of the St. Monica’s grounds in all seasons, which she enjoyed from her favorite chair by the living room window.  Another every-day benefit Mom liked was letting the nursing team keep track of her medications, which freed her from that daily headache.  Mom also appreciated the offerings provided by the St. Monica’s activities team.  She enjoyed drawing, the current-events talks, andre, but St. Monica’s is one of them.

As Mom’s condition progressed, the care provided by the nursing team made an immeasurable difference in Mom’s quality of life and in our peace of mind.  The nursing team cared for Mom with the utmost professionalism, compassion and humanity on Mom’s best days, her worst days and every day in between.  It meant a great deal to us that the nursing team monitored Mom’s health multiple times a day and was always happy to take time to update us when we called or stopped by.  When Mom was hospitalized with pneumonia, you came to the hospital to help plan her return to St. Monica’s.  You helped Mom make the decision to enroll in hospice care and you worked closely with Compassionate Care to make the end of her life as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She was even learning to play Sheepshead!


Spirituality

There were many things about life at St. Monica’s that made Mom feel at home and part of the St. Monica’s community.  Mom unquestionably liked being able to attend Mass every morning.  Mom’s faith was at the core of her being, and taking part in Mass every day with the St. Monica’s community meant a great deal to her.

We thank you for the spiritual care that you provided to Mom in her last days.  You attended not only to her physical well-being but also to her spiritual well-being, which we’re sure helped her make the transition from this world to the next and once again gave us peace of mind.


Care

Leaving her beloved home of 60 years was a very difficult decision for Mom, but the St. Monica’s experience exceeded our expectations and, most importantly, hers. Above all, she and we were constantly impressed by the genuine caring expressed and demonstrated by all of the St. Monica’s staff, from Loretta and Sister Angelica to the housekeepers and maintenance men.  There aren’t many organizations in which everyone seems dedicated to providing thoughtful and personal care like St. Monica’s.

–Tom Foley, Resident Family Member