Entries by Dena Gomez

Positive Approach to Care Training

If you or someone you know are caring for a person living with dementia you might be interested in this class. Our Positive Approach to Care is November 3rd from 10 to 11:30.  This is a  hands on class with real life applications.   This class is free to the public.  Park in the south parking […]

If that’s the worst thing that happened…

If that’s the worst thing that happened… Whenever something untoward happened in my life my husband had a saying, it’s one that I really appreciated. He’d say, “if that is the worst thing that happened to you today, you have a pretty good life.” And he was right! It is a lesson that many families […]

Celebrate life!

Gosh, I can’t believe a whole year has flown by since I wrote about our last golf outing. What a year it has been! We have very active residents and families who give credence to our “celebration of life” philosophy here at St. Monica’s. We have always been blessed with loving and caring families, but […]

God Bless America…

God Bless America… was a very popular expression during WWII for Donna Barnes and her family. Donna is pictured here with a WWII War Ration Book Four she came across recently. As she paged through the book, she pointed out the ration stamps which had to be used for butter, sugar, tires and coffee just […]

Person Centered Care at St. Monica’s

Someone asked me how does the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) fit into Person Centered Care? These are one of those questions where I respond, “I’m glad you asked”. Attached is our model of Person Centered Care and how I see the different components fitting together.   The overarching umbrella is Person Centered Care which describes […]

Caring for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. with more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another Dementia. http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/2016-facts-and-figures.pdf With these staggering numbers St. Monica’s has stepped forward to help educate families who often are in the position to be alerted […]

The Importance of Health Screenings

“I don’t know that I would have gone to the physician’s office because it seemed like such a small skin change” commented, Deb who works as an RN at St. Monica’s. She participated in a Skin Cancer screening by Dermatology Associates at St. Monica’s Health Fair and Open House in 2013. While participating in the […]

Lent – what does it mean?

According to Webster’s Dictionary, “the word Lent is derived from the Old English Word “lencten”, which denoted both the season of spring and the ecclesiastical season of Lent. The ecclesiastical sense developed from the fact that Lent partially coincides with spring.” As God gave us four seasons to enjoy, the Church Year gives us also different […]

Veterans Day

As Veterans Day approaches I often think of my father. He was a Marine and a WWII veteran. He married my mother in 1948 and had two babies in two years. Then Dad was called up for the Korean Conflict. He saw it as his duty, one that he could not shirk. My mother felt […]