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Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center: Meeting Women's Needs in the 21st Century
By Vanessa Orr

As a congregation of women religious, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill respond to the needs of a changing world.

"Today, many families have a need for a safe and compassionate environment to be a home for a loved one with a memory impairment," explained Sister Catherine Meinert, Provincial Superior/President of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, United States Province. For that reason, in 2015 the Sisters of Charity established the Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center, a licensed personal care home specializing in memory care for women, in a first-floor wing of Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity. The staff of the Center provides compassionate care and maximizes the personal potential and quality of life of each resident.

The wing housing the living area and 12 bedrooms of Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center was designed specifically to serve the needs of women with memory loss. A spacious well-lit common area accommodates dining, recreation, family visits, and activities including exercise, music, art, games, pet therapy, and more. Residents enjoy an enclosed outdoor garden and patio environment on the beautiful setting of the Sisters of Charity Complex. In addition, residents have opportunities to attend worship services in the Chapel of the Assumption and other activities in the Sisters of Charity motherhouse. There is also a small chapel area in the Center for private reflection.

"Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center is a secure place to call home," said Caritas Christi Administrator Ron Berlingo, citing among other amenities the uniquely designed private bedrooms featuring half baths and easy access to showers and a whirlpool tub. Nurses provide medications as needed and cover all three shifts with the assistance of other direct care staff. Residents are free to have personal furnishings and wall hangings in their bedrooms that are fully equipped with adjustable beds, lift chairs, and flat-screen TVs. There is a single fee which covers services such as bathing, laundry, and incontinence care. Beauty salon services are offered at a modest cost. If needed, hospice care services are available.

The Sisters of Charity have a strong history of ministry in healthcare and service to specialized populations. The sisters and staff together offer a compassionate environment at the Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center as part of their mission to serve others. They are a strong support to families coping with changes associated with their loved one with memory care needs. The staff receives special training in living out the caring spirit of the sisters' founders, Saints Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, and in the Gospel-based tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Families enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones are safe and enjoying daily life in their new home.

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Visitors are welcome at the Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center, where they can experience the personalized attention and welcoming environment provided to the residents. For more information or to schedule a tour of the facility, please call 725-853-7948 to arrange your visit with Mr. Berlingo, Administrator at Caritas Christi (ext. 1111).

Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center promotes and supports the public charitable, educational and religious mission of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill by facilitating a compassionate environment where the aged, infirm and disabled can receive care that preserves their dignity and maintains the highest level of independence possible. Elizabeth Seton Memory Care Center fulfills its purpose in accordance with the Vincentian-Setonian tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. (Mission Statement)

Services to women are offered without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency) or age.

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