|With the board recently launching the Lourdes Fund for Pastoral Care at Catholic Nursing Homes, it was important for Foundations in Faith to ensure all three of the benefitting nursing homes were on the same page.
As a result, Foundations in Faith’s staff met with the pastoral care teams from St. Joseph Center in Trumbull, St. Camillus Center in Stamford, and St. John Paul II Center in Stamford to discuss how grant monies would be distributed and how the teams could access the funds their grants allocated to them.
Also joining the meeting were representatives from the finance department, vicar for clergy Fr. Frank Hoffmann, and Lorraine Carrano, Foundations in Faith’s board advocate for the Lourdes Fund, who has an extensive healthcare background herself.
St. Joseph Center will use most of their grant to fund technology improvements, The upgrade will make current the pastoral care Mass and special event broadcast system. Additional hand held devices will be purchased for spiritual care staff to use with patients.
Meanwhile, St. Camillus Center will largely go toward pastoral and spiritual care, including expanding pastoral care staffing and purchasing much needed department items and chapel needs.
Finally, the St. John Paul II Center will be getting a little bit of both. Their grant will help to expand technology so daily Masses and special services can be live-streamed to patients’ rooms and to families and the community. With funding the Sunday Mass, music ministry will be restored, additional staffing will be provided and educational programs will be enhanced.
Carrano emphasized the importance of the pastoral care teams working together and collaborating on strategies and support for their nursing home residents. As a result, she suggested having a quarterly meeting with herself and the pastoral care teams to understand each other’s successes, challenges, and advice for improving the care they provide.
As foundation director Kelly Weldon said, any new fund has its own challenges and kinks to work out. But the Lourdes Fund team is responsive and ready to take on whatever comes its way, especially if it means improving care for Catholic nursing home residents in as many ways as possible.