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About The Sarah Community

Our Story

The Sarah Community was built around a conversation. Five women religious congregations initially came together to identify pressing needs related to relocation of their senior and infirm sisters and to suggest ways of working together to address these issues. Through conversations, relationships developed and a dream that became foundational to The Sarah Community's Mission was shared. Soon others joined the conversation and collaboration began. From the beginning, this endeavor was Spirit led providing opportunities for residents to thrive as their needs are met by caring and compassionate staff.

The Sarah Community offers Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living Apartments and Skilled Nursing Care for older adults. Here, tomorrow is to be embraced, not feared. In all directions there are new horizons and new opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. As every resident will tell you, theirs is a home made warmer by celebrating diversity and new acquaintances.

At The Sarah Community, residents who are men and women, couples and singles, discover and experience everyday a nurturing and empowering environment. The best in each person is called forth creatively and celebrated in an atmosphere of respect for the dignity and individuality of each one. Our residents and staff seek to build a community of care and love that is open to all the treasures and surprises of life so each one may find meaning, purpose and inner wisdom.

Mission

The Sarah Community, through the collaboration of five Catholic religious congregations
of women, provides quality service for the long term care and retirement needs of their
members and the general public with respect, compassion and a spirit of welcoming
hospitality.

The Sarah Community Values:

  • The gift of life and shows respect for each person's human dignity and uniqueness
  • An atmosphere conducive to the expression of faith and nurturing of the spiritual dimension of life
  • The promotion of lifelong development and holistic growth of the individual
  • An attitude of compassionate service and concern for our residents
  • Dedication to creativity and excellence in work and services
  • Mutual support, justice and collaboration in relationships with staff, residents, and their families

Financial Assistance Program

Based upon its mission of providing health care, housing, and related services to the elderly in a spirit of compassion and hospitality, The Sarah Community has a program of financial assistance for new and continuing residents. Since its inception in 2001, The Sarah Community’s financial assistance program has continually achieved its goal of providing services to persons unable to pay the full cost of their care, and no resident has been asked to leave because of an inability to pay.

Founding Congregations:

Beginnings:

 

January 1996
First conversation
May & October 1997
Incorporation of the Sarah Community and The Sarah Community Foundation
May 1998
Groundbreaking, and renovation begins
January 1999
Anna House opens
June 1999
Veronica House opens
May 2000
Naomi House opens

 

RECENT NEWS

A Special Dedication Mass at The Sarah Community - to read about this special day, please click here

Anna House Opens after Three Years in the Making - to read about this article, please click here

 

QUALITY               

Licensed by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

  • Anna House and Veronica House are in the top tier of licensed facilities with near-perfect inspection records demonstrated by results of Federal/State inspections

Quality Improvement

  • TSC organizes a staff team to study, track and monitor quality indicators that measure resident care and well-being for comparison to industry averages
  • TSC conducts resident and employee Satisfaction Surveys and staff retention is nearly double the industry average
  • Monthly Town Hall meetings provide formal communication between residents, administrators and department managers

Person-Centered Model of Resident Care

  • The Sarah Community is one of only nine licensed communities in Missouri chosen for the Person-Centered Care Project, a state facilitated program
  • Staff assists residents with all aspects of daily living - housekeeping, laundry, food service needs, and recreation– to foster a home environment
  • Other programs and services include:

 

Humor & music therapy
Pain management
Philosophical Café
Access to alternative medicine programs
Resident committees
Wound prevention & management
Health and Wellness education
Cultural events from the community
Special family events
Group Outings

 

Community Partnerships

The Sarah Community

  • Welcomes internship and job training programs with universities and secondary schools
  • Recognizes more than 40 volunteers annually

Resident members of  the School Sisters of Notre Dame participate in The Nun Study, the University of Kentucky’s longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Spiritual Life Services

  • Chapel providing Mass and ecumenical services
  • Annual Blessing of the Hands for residents and staff
  • Memory Table for deceased residents
  • Annual Memorial Service for resident families, friends and staff
  • Periodic retreats and reflection groups for spiritual enrichment
  • World day of prayer
  • Board Certified NACC Chaplin on Staff

Continuum of Care

  • Three levels of service and care on a single campus
  • Joint Venture with St. Andrews Bethesda Home Health
  • Collaborate with home health agencies for health screenings, educational programs and support services
  • Partner with rehabilitation agencies for health and wellness, as well as therapeutic programs

The Deli & Gift Shop

  • Cafe style dining and shopping for residents, families and staff
  • Greeting cards, snacks, and personal items

PROGRESSIVE FOCUS

TSC has developed, and continues to grow, from a foundation of leadership:  women and men committed to innovation, quality, financial strength and most importantly, compassionate care for residents and their needs.

 

 

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