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Sisters preserving memories through memory books

By Katie Harich | May 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Memory books detail and preserve aspects of a person’s life history with photographs, artifacts and narratives. They facilitate life-affirming interaction, encourage deep reflection and celebrate life events through story-telling and reminiscing. And they are effective in stimulating memories, especially for individuals living with dementia.

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Making someone’s day just by showing up: Teen shares her experience as a Providence Teen Volunteer

By Amanda Lakstins | May 16, 2019 | 6 Comments

We usually think of volunteering as weeding a garden or picking up trash (those are important too, of course), but it can be more. It can be making someone’s day just by showing up. It can be learning things you never knew from someone who experienced it first-hand. It can be the satisfied feeling you get when someone laughs at a joke you made. Volunteering isn’t just mundane tasks. It’s knowing and feeling and connecting with people.

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Education in everyday caring makes a difference

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 10, 2019 | 1 Comment

Staff members who participated in dementia care training share how it makes a difference in their everyday care giving: Don’t take any behaviors personally.** Build trust by spending time with each person.** Learn to read the cues of a person. A non-verbal person may ordinarily smile as a greeting; but if there’s no smile, she’s having a bad time of it.

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Hey teens! Make someone’s day this winter and spring

By Amy Miranda | November 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hey teens, there are lots of benefits to volunteering with our retired sisters and health care residents this winter and fall. Read all about them and sign up to volunteer here!

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HOME, a place to nurture the well-being of others

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

It is rare that a Sister of Providence going to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods doesn’t say, “I’m going home.” It is rare that visitors to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus don’t remark on the beauty, the peace and comfort they experience on the campus. It is rare that the Woods isn’t described as a special place or as welcoming.…

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Youth, elders learn from each other

By Sister Cathy Campbell | September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

After visiting with Sister Marceline Mattingly, age 102, Jolyssa Cortez wrote: “I asked her in what year she was born and she said, ‘1915.’ I think that is amazing because she lived through so much history in her life. She said the most amazing part of the history she lived was seeing the technology industry grow. After my visit, I felt like a whole new person.”

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A dementia friendly HOME at the Woods

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

HOME is a culture change. Its intention is to make the entire Woods a dementia-friendly place for both those living with cognitive challenges and for their families and friends. HOME is an acronym for Helping Ourselves Meaningfully Engage.

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Leadership Team letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan

By Sisters of Providence | November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

‘Though there are a variety of issues that are negatively impacted by the proposed federal budget, the issue of health care seems most critical’

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Expanding the story of hospitality

By Sister Ann Casper | November 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

The party was going strong, but Marianne was not there! I inquired and was told that she was out in the courtyard. Were we ever surprised and pleased that just at that moment Marianne was being presented with a pocket watch belonging to her aunt, Sister of Providence Marion Celeste Bisch.

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A legacy of hospitality

By Sister Ann Casper | October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hospitality is a tradition the Sisters of Providence take to heart. Says one recent guest, “I soon found out that staying at Owens was like having 30 moms around me. I felt so safe, so accepted and secure. They even leave things at my bedroom door: a poem I might enjoy, a fresh-baked muffin, a cup of homemade soup, a book to read. They ask about my day.”

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Providence Health Care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: a place I would want to be

By Amy Miranda | January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a twenty-something year old, choosing a retirement health care facility was about the furthest thing from my mind. Yet I found myself excited about it when the Sisters of Providence renovated and built on to their health care facility at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and established Providence Health Care, Inc. in 2002 with the intention that…

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Welcoming friends and neighbors to Providence Health Care at the Woods

By Sister Lisa Stallings | December 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

  Sisters of Providence have thought of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. as home since Mother Theodore Guerin and her companions established themselves here in 1840. We are happy to open our home in a new way to friends and neighbors from the Wabash Valley and beyond. Providence Health Care (PHC) at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods recently began accepting…

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