We hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather and getting outside. It is hard to believe that it is September already! National Assisted Living week is September 11th -September 18th. We will be having special activities and drawings. We will also be having an Employee Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, September 14th for all the hard-working dedicated employees who have served one year or more with us! We have employees who have served St. Ann’s for over 20 years! We will be having an Open Forum on Wednesday, September 1st at 2:00. This meeting is open to all residents, it is great place to receive the latest information about what is going on at St. Ann’s. It is also a time for you to talk to Administration and give your input. At this Open Forum we will also be discussing the new assisted living regulations that took affect on August 1st . It is so nice to see the many special activities take place again and to have our patio open again! The other day we had a campfire and s’mores and yesterday we had llamas come to visit. Thank you to everyone for respecting our guidelines of getting screened when entering our building and wearing masks in all our public areas. We need to continue to be vigilant in our fight against Covid-19. We continue to follow all the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC regulations. Let’s keep doing our part to make sure the spread of the Delta variant ends sooner than later!
Welcome, to all of the new faces at Saint Ann’s! I know adjusting to a new home can be difficult and I hope you can find everything you need to make Saint Ann’s feel like home.
I hope you have been able to see the progress on the patio wall. Jason is a little more than half-way through the project and it looks like the repairs are going to go a long way with the future integrity of the wall panels and safety of the patio for your use. Thank You to Jason, for his ingenuity and determination to get this project put together. There was nothing simple about it. Thank You to the generous foundations that have combined to pay for this very expensive project, their support is deeply appreciated.
A few words about our dining rooms. The hope was to fully re-open our dining rooms by August 1st. The biggest obstacle has always been finding enough employees to fill the expanded schedule to accomplish this. If you have been following the news, our nation is in a worker shortage crisis. This is true in the Twin Ports and has impacted us at Saint Ann’s. All I can promise at this point is that we will keep things as they are, and we will continue to search for the people resources that we need. Hang in there, we will get there!
Happy Summer! The weather has been amazing and it looks like more sun is on the way. Let me take this moment to talk about our up-coming projects. We know it has felt like we were not going to get the patio project done this season, but over the past couple of weeks all of the stars have aligned and our maintenance team will begin work about mid-July. Another project that is in the works is the installation of a channel guide for your TV’s. This project was started before the pandemic, but with all of the restrictions that were in place our contractors couldn’t come into our building to finish the job. It is back on track and as soon as I have a finish date, we will share it with you.
We are looking forward to the picnic on Friday and thank you to all of you that volunteered and helped to make our Rummage & Bake Sale a fun and successful event!
It was a pleasure playing and singing for you in May. Yes, that was the first time that my saxophone has made a public appearance outside of the music room at home. Somehow, we all survived the experience lol. All joking aside, I have great respect for the power of music. It deeply unites us and brings joy to our lives. As an artist I have always tried to show my heart and bring on a party. We will do it again soon.
Saint Ann’s is getting closer to being back to normal. A big thank you to the residents and staff that have embraced the vaccine campaign. It has been a wonderful month welcoming back our volunteers and visitors. The simple things returning are greatly appreciated, like regular mail delivery and items back in our vending machines. As we wait for further guidance regarding mask wearing, I can personally say how excited I am for the day that we can live and work here without them.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to our “Spare Change” Fundraiser and the Coney Dog Fundraiser. They were both very successful , and with the private donations it allows us to update the Social Hall sound system. When we start having large gatherings in the Social Hall again, everyone will be able to hear everything. Thank you again.
You might be noticing some new faces at Saint Ann’s. I know I can count on you to make our new residents feel welcome.