Tis The Season To Check On Senior Loved Ones

As we celebrate the season with loved ones and friends, spending time together gives us the opportunity to not only catch up with each other but also check on older family members who we don’t see every day.

It’s natural for seniors to exhibit physical and cognitive changes as they age. But do you find that your older loved ones are more anxious than usual? Maybe they’re forgetting things like names and important dates or are easily confused. Do they seem overwhelmed or lonely? Are they keeping up with their hygiene or do they look unkempt? Do you notice they’re struggling physically— unstable on their feet, straining to climb stairs, or have lost or gained a significant amount of weight? Any of these activities can signal a need for a lifestyle change.

Thankfully, many senior living options exist for older Americans, including all-inclusive Life Plan Communities like St. Catherine’s Village in Madison. Those who enter a Life Plan Community have lifetime access to all levels of care as needed. For instance, an active adult can move into Independent Living at St. Catherine’s Village and leave major responsibilities such as home repairs and lawn maintenance behind. Then, over time, if these individuals require additional assistance, they have a whole continuum of care available to them—from Assisted Living to Memory Care to Skilled Nursing.

Over the long term, a Life Plan Community provides an outstanding value by guaranteeing services at a predetermined rate throughout the resident’s retirement years. It also allows for a smooth transition as a person ages and the level of care required changes. At St. Catherine’s Village, for example, residents can move from a cozy studio apartment or spacious garden home to Marian Hall to Campbell Cove to Hughes Center, Tuscany or Siena Center…all within the comfort of a familiar setting.

St. Catherine’s Village was the first Life Plan Community in Mississippi to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This “commitment to excellence” seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the only international accrediting body for CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities).

With unparalleled services and a homelike environment, St. Catherine’s Village is Madison’s preeminent, all-inclusive Life Plan Community—providing seniors the right care at the right time. The gorgeous, gated property is located on 160 picturesque acres.

In the spirit of giving this season, St. Catherine’s Village is offering a holiday special for Campbell Cove Memory Care. Right now, new residents can lock in 2022 rates and save $3,000 if they move in before the end of the year. $1,000 will be discounted from their Monthly Service Fee for the first three months of 2023.

Campbell Cove offers a protected, comfortable ambiance and activity-focused care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The secure building accommodates 36 residents in three color-coded wings, each with a common living room, dining area and 12 furnished private bedrooms. The residential wings join together in a large multipurpose area with an arts and crafts room, recreation center, country kitchen, and living room.

This thoughtful architectural design minimizes obstacles and emphasizes way-finding cues and circulation paths to guide people from one place to another. The small yet distinctive neighborhoods reinforce familiarity while common areas are available to support family-size gatherings. Outside are secure landscaped patios and a walking garden so residents and their families can enjoy time outdoors in a safeguarded setting. Campbell Cove is licensed as an “Alzheimer’s Assisted Living” community and has received “Exemplary” recognition for its person-centered programming.

For more details on the Campbell Cove holiday special or to learn about St. Catherine’s Village Life Plan Community, log onto www.StCatherinesVillage.com or call (601) 856-0123 to schedule a tour.

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Alzheimer’s/Dementia Monthly Caregiver Support Group

Free Alzheimer’s/Dementia Monthly Caregiver Support Group

St. Catherine’s Village will be hosting an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver
Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of each month
11:00 am-12:30 pm at Campbell Cove
Lunch provided

Call (601) 856-0123 or email cynthia.armstrong@fmolhs.org



St. Catherine’s Village’s Charlene Cotton Named June 2022 Franciscan Service Award Recipient

Top photo: pictured from left to right: Lisa Wilburn, Charlene Cotten, Barbara Dorr and Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth

Charlene is the first FSA recipient from St. Catherine’s Village

Pictured from left to right: Charlene Cotten and Jill Hisaw

(Madison, Mississippi)—Charlene Cotten is known for being the face of St. Catherine’s Village. As an Administrative Assistant, Charlene feels her job is a calling from God and always works diligently to meet the needs of residents at the Village.

“Charlene knows everyone’s name,” said St. Catherine’s Village resident Barbara Dorr, who nominated Charlene for the Franciscan Service Award. “She has worked at St. Catherine’s for many years, and residents and families seek her out specifically to share concerns and come up with solutions. She dearly loves the residents and goes to great lengths for them.”

Co-worker Sherry Milner said Charlene is very protective of the residents and treats them all as members of her own family. “I have seen her protect the dignity of residents by wrapping deliveries of healthcare items so that others wouldn’t know what they were carrying to their apartments,” she said. “I’ve seen her assist them with mail and packages to be sure they were able to transport them safely. She is quick to listen and offers encouragement to both residents, caregivers and other team members. She often prays for those around her and calls to follow up to be sure they are doing well.”

Thank you, Charlene, for the calming comfort and care you provide for the many residents at St. Catherine’s Village!

Pictured: Charlene Cotten

Information about the award:

Franciscan Service Award

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, a gentle saint who left a life of riches to preach the Gospel and serve the sick and needy.

In 1911, six Sisters journeyed to Louisiana from France to begin a healthcare ministry in the United States. Today, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady continue to serve the people of Louisiana and Mississippi  through the facilities and team members of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

Since the 12th century, the history of the Sisters is a story of faithfulness to following God’s call to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ no matter where their  call led.

It is within this context of the living tradition of St. Francis that the Franciscan Service Award (FSA) has been established. This award  is designed to recognize employees whose exceptional service to patients, family members, coworkers and community goes above and beyond the call of duty. This prestigious award gives employees a chance to recognize the outstanding performance and dedication of a coworker.

The FSA is the highest award a FMOLHS team member can receive. Selection is based on how well the team member who is nominated lives up to our Mission and Core Values – Service, Reverance and Love for all of Life, Justice, Humility and Joyfulness of Spirit.

Through a defined procedure, team members who have demonstrated the highest commitment to living our Mission will be eligible to be considered for the Franciscan Service Award. Eligibility is dependent on the team member routinely exemplifying the FMOLHS Core Values and Behaviors as recognized by peers through a ministry-wide nomination process.

As Madison’s preeminent all-inclusive Life Plan Community, St. Catherine’s Village provides the right care at the right time for those in their retirement years. To learn more about St. Catherine’s Village, log onto www.StCatherinesVillage.com or call (601) 856-0123 to schedule a tour. Follow St. Catherine’s Village on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StCatherinesVillage/.

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Two Generations Find Their Home At St. Catherine’s Village Life Plan Community

From left to right: Bennett Smith, Regina “Gina” Smith,  Dorothy Keith, David Keith

When it came time to retire and move to a more carefree and cared for environment, two generations of families found exactly what they were looking for at St. Catherine’s Village. Located in Madison, Mississippi, the all-inclusive, Life Plan Community provides the right care at the right time through independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing—all in a protected and picturesque, 160-acre wooded setting.

After David Keith retired from Bell South, he and his wife Dorothy decided they were tired of keeping up a yard and all the maintenance that came with their Madison home. They crunched the numbers and realized it was within their means to move to independent living at St. Catherine’s Village, where they wouldn’t have to worry about landscape chores and everything else that comes with home ownership. Thirteen years later and the couple is still in their “penthouse” apartment on the senior living campus.

Dorothy was excited and motivated to come to St. Catherine’s Village because it offered a more carefree lifestyle plus a full continuum of senior care, should either of them need it. While she may not cook meals daily, Dorothy serves on the food committee and is still famous for her home-baked banana bread. And while they don’t have to spend their time cutting the grass, both David and Dorothy remain avid gardeners.

Before ever moving to St. Catherine’s Village, the Keiths were neighbors with Bennett Smith’s mother and she and Dorothy became close friends. In fact, Dorothy introduced her daughter Gina to Bennett and the rest, as they say, is history. He and Gina are now married and live at St. Catherine’s Village, too.

Bennett and Gina moved to the Life Plan Community during a difficult time of the pandemic after living in an historic home in Hattiesburg for 45 years. They were familiar with St. Catherine’s Village not only from the Keiths but also because Bennett’s mother had lived there in both independent and assisted living.

“When trying to find the best place for mom, I remember researching retirement communities in Hattiesburg, Jackson and southeast Mississippi,” said Bennett. “St. Catherine’s Village always rose to the top of the list. We became even more impressed when mom transferred to assisted living because the care she received was so wonderful.”

When the time came for the Smiths to retire, they hoped they too could find their home at St. Catherine’s Village. In their 70s, they really wanted a two-bedroom, two-bath independent living apartment overlooking the lake and they were willing to wait for it—five years to be exact. In the end, everything worked out perfectly.

“The staff was so kind and helped us develop a plan,” said Bennett. “And we appreciate that we have the opportunity to move to a different level of care if ever necessary.”

Today, the two families live in separate buildings on the St. Catherine’s Village campus so they remain close—but not too close. The Keiths are much busier now that the Smiths are their neighbors and Gina is following in her mother’s footsteps becoming famous for her homemade bread.

“We’re all excited and looking forward to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren visiting,” said David of their extended family. “Maybe, someday, they’ll be the next generation to call St. Catherine’s Village home.”

To learn more about senior living options at St. Catherine’s Village Life Plan Community, log onto www.StCatherinesVillage.com or call (601) 856-0123 to schedule a one-on-one tour.