A continuing care retirement community, Via Christi Village on McLean offers independent living in 42 duplex units, 54 assisted living apartments, enhanced services, and health care in 36 private rooms.
Via Christi Village on McLean features neighborhood designs in both assisted living and the health care courts. The assisted living community offers a chapel, meeting room, ice cream parlor, intimate dining rooms and a private dining room for the exclusive use of residents and their families. Healthcare residents enjoy the comfort and dignity of private rooms, as well as the sensory stimulation of an aviary and an aquarium in the commons area.
When it’s time to retire, the idea of maintaining a home becomes less appealing. Via Christi Health has options for retirees to not only maintain their independence, but also get the benefits of living in a strong community atmosphere.
Via Christi’s Memory Care program is an option for those who are struggling with dementia or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of Memory Care is to provide a safe and secure environment with the familiar comforts of home and the supportive care of a professionally trained staff. The Memory Care Residence at the Catholic Care Center has been received certification in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction. This makes Catholic Care the only the fifth center in the United States to receive this designation, and the first and only in Kansas.
After Priscilla Yeakley’s father died, her mother Silvia moved in with the Yeakley family. Silvia has Alzheimer’s disease. The family was more than willing to care for Silvia, but over four years the strain of providing that care began to take a toll on everyone involved, especially Priscilla.
Via Christi Village on McLean features neighborhood designs in both assisted living and the health care courts. The assisted living community offers a chapel, meeting room, ice cream parlor, intimate dining rooms and a private dining room for the exclusive use of residents and their families. Healthcare residents enjoy the comfort and dignity of private rooms, as well as the sensory stimulation of an aviary and an aquarium in the common areas.
Court residents celebrated Veteran’s Day with the band “On Tap” with performers Mike and Michelle Nov. 11. Hospice Care of Kansas recognized Court veterans with a certificate of appreciation for serving our country. Assisted living residents enjoyed historical clips and TV addresses from presidents such as Eisenhower and Truman Nov. 11. They also listened to the D-Day prayer and sang patriotic songs that definitely brought back memories. Veteran’s memorablila was on display in the lobby for residents and staff as well.
Court residents enjoyed Pam James with Memory Lane as she reminisced about “Sitting at Mama Neal’s chrome kitchen table eating snacks she made” Nov. 22. Many of our best memories revolve around food and just talking about all the special holiday treats brings back memories.
Via Christi Village on McLean again participated in the Gingerbread Village, capturing prizes for the third year in a row! The week prior, residents worked hard to complete these houses baked by our own dietary staff. Court residents put together a barn and silo which placed first and was made of Twizzlers, pretzels, Tootsie Rolls and Hershey chocolate. Assisted living residents made a chapel and elf house. The chapel was make of rock candy, white chocolate almonds, white chocolate pretzels, licorice and a variety of other types of candy and looked absolutely beautiful! This house sold for $100.00 and placed second. The elf house placed third and was a festive house with different candy colored popcorn, gumdrops, candy canes, a chocolate Santa on a sleigh complete with reindeer and Keebler elfs.
Knocknasheega came to perform in the Court Sept. 27. This is a great Celtic band that resident Lois Crossley’s grandchildren play in. Mimi plays banjo and John plays mandolin. The band
Over 200 people attended the annual Halloween party Oct. 27, with more than 119 entries in the costume contest. Trick or treating throughout Assisted Living and 10 game stations highlighted the event. The theme was Monster Bash with a variety of not-so-scary monsters decorating the Community Room, which was turned into a dungeon for the night. Hospice Care of Kansas clowns were on hand to give out balloon swords, princess wands and all kinds of fun balloon creatures. The dietary staff put together a delicious selection of horrific goodies to snack on and all kinds of fun treats were given out at the game stations.
Forty-six employees with three years or more of service were honored at the Annual Service Awards Reception Oct. 13, part of Via Christi Celebration 2011. Everyone enjoyed an ice cream