As I continue to explore Ward 2, this month I visited the Gateway Retirement Community and Mt. St. Joseph Nursing Home and Rehab Facility. Like the number of educational choices parents have for their children in Euclid, our older residents have a nice variety of options for care and assistance during their senior years. The two facilities in Ward 2 are just a small sample of what is available in Euclid.
Gateway Retirement Community is a senior living campus that includes Gateway Manor for those looking for independent living, Gateway Family House for those in need of a little more help in assisted living and the Gateway Health Center for those in need of a higher level of skilled nursing. Gateway offers a full activity calendar with wellness routines which include daily trips and exercise classes. They also offer therapies including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy for long-term and short-term residents.
Gateway is part of the BelieveWithUs.org project. They believe that together they can create a better world. Each day they improve service and care by following their core values which include: Inspiring Happiness, Smiling and Being Positive, Being An Openhearted Family, Education and Training, Impacting Community, Having Compassionate Leaders and Striving for Perfection. Those core values serve them well as they serve their residents.
I also visited Mt. St. Joseph. For those of you that may have experienced this facility prior to the construction of the new building, you would be amazed by the change. Mt. St. Joseph provides all the typical services you might expect at a nursing home facility but the thoughtful way that the new facility was designed adds a real feeling of community.
The facility is divided into five neighborhoods consisting of 20 residents. Residents are served by many of the same staff on a regular basis. They share a dining area in their neighborhood and live among people requiring the same level of care and length of stay. Not only do these neighborhoods serve the residents well, they also enhance privacy and security and improve communication among staff.
There is a lovely courtyard in the middle of the facility that is one big circle. The courtyard can be entered from each of the neighborhoods, but the circular design of the building prevents anyone from being able to leave wander away.
Mt. St. Joseph is run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark. Currently there are two sisters working there including Mother Raphael who happily guided my tour. Mt. St. Joseph also has a beautiful chapel where they celebrate daily mass.
As I continue to explore my Ward, I am happy to meet so many caring, committed people. We must remember that all of us should be vigilant when it comes to care for our children and our seniors. We have to be sure that they are getting all the care and services that they need to be healthy and safe. This is especially important in our neighborhoods. If you see a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, if you are concerned about a neighbor’s safety, call or contact someone. The Police Department provides welfare checks for seniors and there are many services available through Adult and Senior Services. If there is a situation that you would like to discuss with me, I can be reached by phone at 216-289-8123 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President of Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc., Councilman for Euclid Ward 2 and Associate Minister at Lake Shore Christian Church