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Choosing a Rehab Facility that Works for You

The word “rehabilitation” makes many people nervous as they envision painful days filled with physical therapy, while recovering from heart attacks, strokes, hip and knee fractures or replacements. Today, there are many new aspects of rehabilitation and when choosing a place for short-term rehab you want to choose a facility on the forefront of those new methods. Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is that place.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 500,000 Americans have a knee replacement each year. Hip replacement is also common, with around 300,000 performed annually.

Those number have been on the rise over the last decade, and those receiving the surgery are choosing to do so at a younger age. As medical advances continue to progress, more people chose joint replacement as a solution to arthritis, avascular necrosis or old injuries.

Recovery and rehabilitation after surgery are different for each person. Choosing the right facility can be daunting, with many factors to consider.

Individualized Plan of Care is therapy geared around the patient’s personal needs, their strengths and weaknesses. Partnered with friends and family, an interdisciplinary team of professionals should work collectively to carry out the patient’s recovery goals.

Physical Therapy is not one-size-fits-all. Patients should consider the facility’s measures for wound care management, IV treatment, and pain management. Also research their balance coordination plans as well as their exercise routines for strength, flexibility and ambulation.

Occupational Therapy is rehabilitation focused on daily tasks and activities. Occupational therapy should provide practice for adaptive self-care skills such as bathing and dressing. Patients should also receive adequate retraining with household appliances and wheelchair modification.

Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center can help you answer therapy and care questions. For more information or a tour, call 248-674-2241 and let Lourdes help you Restore, Re-strengthen and Return home.

Writing Club at Mendelson Home

Lourdes Senior Community strives to honor the uniqueness of each individual through quality care as well as individual interests. Each facility cultivates programs and services to cater to the many skills, talents and hobbies of the residents. Such programs include Opening Minds through Art (OMA), Senior Theater and Music Therapy.

At Mendelson Assisted Living Home, seniors also have the option to participate in Writing Club. The group meets two times a month and uses prompts to guide their writing. Residents are encouraged to write stories about their lives, experience or any topic they feel the desire to explore. By journaling through life topics, writers have the chance to express themselves in a different way, as well as experience the many benefits writing offers. In general, those who write develop better communications skills, have strong coping mechanisms to handle stress and adversity, and a greater sense of emotional well-being.

The following is a memoire written by Thaddeus Larek (Mendelson resident) on how he met his wife and chose his career. Thank you for sharing with us!

I first my wife at a Catholic dance hall we used to attend on Friday nights. I met her and her girlfriends she used to attend with, they all came as a group.

Around 1939. We danced to recordings only there was no Orchestra. The reason I liked my wife, she was a fancy dresser. She dressed nice and her hair was nice. She was an attractive woman. We were seniors in High School. I went to a boy’s technical school where they only taught technical subjects. They had cabinet making classes, machine shop where we would build tools and they had chemistry. I took four years of chemistry and was very strong in it, that’s what brought me to the school to begin with.

One year I took regular chemistry and the 2nd year I took organic chemistry and 3rd year was physical chemistry. The school also had classes that taught electrical, wood working, plumbing and in the summer time students would have to get a job working in the field they were studying in. I got a job making furniture, I still use some of it now in my house.

I became a cabinet and furniture maker. I made a cedar chest for my mom when I was in school. I built a grandfather clock about ten years ago. I started building a bedroom set when I was in school. There were a lot of pieces in there. I had to work on a piece each semester. I learned the properties of wood, the grain in the wood. There’s so much when you look at wood and learn the beauty of it. Each piece of wood before you cut it came out of a ten feet long and a foot wide piece of wood. I have a bedroom set that I built that I still sleep in today. Chemistry was my primary subject. After technical school I went to college and took up more chemistry.

Winter 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day - from a proud Irish American!

With spring around the corner, preparations are underway for our annual fundraising events. Each year at our Legacy Dinner we honor exceptional individuals who support Lourdes’ mission through their time, talent and treasures. This year we are pleased to celebrate Bishop Bernard J. Harrington and our former Board Chair and wife, Paul and Jane Broughton, as we commemorate their roles in Ensuring Lourdes Legacy for Future Generations. On May 16th please consider joining us for Mass and Legacy Dinner at Petruzzello’s Banquet Center. Visit with friends during our reception and savor a delectable meal while honoring three inspiring individuals.

In June our family, friends and donors take to the links in our annual Golf for Lourdes Event! For 18 years Lourdes’ golf has been an integral part in supporting programs and services for Lourdes’ residents. These programs impact the daily lives of our residents, helping make Lourdes a great place to call home. There are many ways you can help make this event a success. If you golf, join us on June 20th at The Majestic at Lake Walden. Golfers and non-golfers alike are welcome for dinner and the auction. We also need auction donations. Gifts for our bucket raffle and live auction are always appreciated. For more information on either event, make sure to read page ten. We look forward to you helping us make this year’s Legacy Dinner and Golf Outing the best yet!

Also in this issue, see highlights from our intergenerational programs. We are delighted to host a variety of programs where our residents and students from local schools come together. Watch our website and Facebook page for pictures from our recent Dr. Seuss Day.

Lourdes is a holy place, sustained by your prayers and support. Your commitment to our mission makes it possible for Lourdes to be the best senior living experience anywhere. May God continue to gift you with many graces.


Sister Maureen Comer, OP
Chief Executive Officer

Winter 2019 Newsletter

Dr. Seuss Day

There are many benefits to intergenerational friendships. Both children and seniors have much to learn from each other and are enriched by the connections formed across the barriers of age and experience. For children, having positive interactions with older adults helps foster relationships, improves communication and social skills, and strengthens their capacity for empathy.

Spending time with older generations may also broaden their world view. The benefits for seniors are equally advantageous. Studies show there is a positive link between intergenerational relationships and increased mobility. Staying connected with younger generations also improves physical and mental wellbeing, and reduces levels of anxiety and depression. They also improve memory, and help seniors live a more active life.

Lourdes Senior Community has long understood the importance of intergenerational programs. In March, all four of our facilities hosted 5th graders from Our Lady of Refuge School to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. Students engaged in stories, crafts, games and snacks, while spending time with residents. Fox Manor also received preschoolers from Heartfelt Impressions, sharing a love of imagination and reading with young hearts and minds. 

For more pictures, make sure to visit our facebook page! 


2019 Golf for Lourdes

“There’s no place like home!”

With the anticipation of spring’s arrival we are busy planning for our 18th Annual Golf for Lourdes Event. The proceeds raised from our golf outing each year impact the daily lives or our residents, helping make Lourdes a great place to call home. Your participation provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our residents, along with educational programs, entertainment and quality care equipment.

In the past, the Golf for Lourdes Event has supported Massage Therapy, helped purchase a new resident bus, and funded education for Alzheimer’s Awareness.

We hope you will join us Thursday, June 20, 2019 as we return “home” to the Majestic at Lake Walden where the Golf for Lourdes Event began eighteen years ago. To register for this event, visit the Support Us page on our website or click the links for a print version of our invitation and registration form.

The price for registration is $225 per person or $125 for golfers 25 years-of-age or younger. Your registration includes a breakfast buffet, boxed lunch and sit down dinner. You will also receive a gift and be entered to win our Morning Mystery Prize! Make sure to include the names of your golfers in the comments section if you register online. We hope to see you there!

Golf for Lourdes Invite

Golf for Lourdes Registration Form

For more information, contact Elisha Christopher in the Development Office at 248-886-5673 or echristopher@lourdes-sc.org

Lourdes 2019 Legacy Event

We are pleased to honor Bishop Bernard J. Harrington, and Paul and Jane Broughton at our Legacy Dinner this year! We hope you will join us for Mass and an awards dinner and banquet on May 16, 2019. For more information, contact Elisha Christopher in the Development Office at 248-886-5673 or echristopher@lourdes-sc.org. We look forward to seeing you!

The History of Valentine's Day

The history of Valentine’s Day is a combination of mystery, legend, fact and fiction. Like most holidays celebrated today, it blends Christian history with ancient traditions and modern commercialism. But who was Saint Valentine and why do we celebrate him? What does he have to do with romance and sending gifts each February?

These questions are difficult to answer, in part because Saint Valentine wasn’t just one person. According to the book, The Lives of Saints by Reverend Alban Butler, there are at least two different saints with the name Valentine. The most well-known is that of a holy priest in Rome who aided Christians being persecuted by Claudius II. St. Valentine was eventually apprehended. He was severely beaten and executed on the 14th of February around the year 270 CE (Butler 332).

Tales suggest that Pope Julius I built a church in his memory. The church is located near Ponte Mole in Rome, Italy and currently goes by the name Porta del Popolo.

But what does St. Valentine’s sacrifice have to do with love?

The stories are numerous, but at history.com there are two that offer an explanation. The first centers on the belief that St. Valentine continued

to marry young men and women after marriage was outlawed by Claudius II. According to this tale, Claudius believed men would make better soldiers without the distraction of wives and children. St. Valentine’s crimes were eventually discovered and he was sentenced to death.

The second story coincides more concretely with Reverend Alban Butler’s historical account. It suggests that St. Valentine was arrested for helping Christians escape imprisonment. However, fact and fiction blend into a mythic legend of romance from there.

While serving time in prison, it is said that St. Valentine fell in love with a young girl, some believe that girl to be the jailor’s daughter. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to her signed “From your Valentine.”

Another possibility for the celebration of romance in February comes from the belief that birds would pair around mid-month each year. Reverend Alban Butler states, “The custom for young men and maidens to choose each other for Valentines on this day, is probably based on the popular belief which we find recorded in literature as early as the time of Chaucer, that birds began to pair on St. Valentine’s Day” (Butler 333).

The notion was popular in England and France and added to the folklore, cementing the idea that love and romance should be celebrated in February.

Today, loved ones buy gifts and plan romantic nights together. However, the tradition of sending greeting cards was common as far back as the Middle Ages. The practice has long-standing roots and is just as popular today. It is estimated that 180 million greeting cards are bought each Valentine’s Day, as well as nearly 198 million roses.

Despite the dark history surrounding St. Valentine, the celebration of Valentine’s Day brings loved ones together and reminds us to cherish those we hold dear. As Christians, we are called to love each other. The Bible tells us, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

Love is a gift with infinite capacity for healing, uplifting and strengthening. Love gives hope and restoration to us all. Therefore, whatever version of St. Valentine’s story you believe, we hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with love and that you remember to love freely each day of the year.


Book Club - National Book Month

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” –CS Lewis

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was a book that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” –James Baldwin

January is National Book Month, and here at Lourdes we can’t get enough of our favorite stories. Books are a wonderful pass time with many great benefits. They offer opportunities for adventure, taking us to epic lands both real and imagined. They teach us hard lessons about life, love and friendship. Books strengthen our capacity for empathy and connect us to others.

There are many health benefits as well. Reading improves analytical thinking and concentration. There is also a correlation between reading and reduced stress. Relaxing with a good book has been shown to reduce heart rate and muscle tension, alleviate depression and anxiety, and reduce the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Whatever the reason for reading, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of picking up a new book. Except maybe sharing your experience with others.

Monsignor Ricardo Bass is a resident at Fox Manor. He is also the leader of their book club.

“I surfaced the idea of a book club without knowing if the other residents had any interest. They did!” said Msgr. Bass. “I offered a five week course in the Eucharist. Surprisingly, I averaged twenty five to thirty people each session!”

The book club changes books every other month. In November they began reading The Shack by William P. Young. The Shack is a work of fiction that focuses on the question “where is God?” in a world full of pain.

“We had approximately twenty people who read the book with us,” said Msgr. Bass. “After, we had a special showing of the movie and that also drew a large crowd.”

In January the book club began another work of fiction titled Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor. This novel explores topics of faith, redemption and wisdom.

Monsignor Bass chooses the books the club will read, but the group gives their input to the selection process. Other titles they plan to discuss include Time for God by Jacques Philippe, Night by Elie Wiesel and Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos.

“I am blessed to be in a community with so many well- read and intellectually- astute individuals,” said Msgr. Bass.

If you missed out on National Book Month, don’t let that discourage you from picking up a great new read today. Below are a list of recommendations from our residents and staff, including the books read by Fox Manor’s book club. Enjoy!

The Shack - William P. Young
Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor
Night - Elie Wiesel

Diary of a Country Priest - Georges Bernanos
Murder Mysteries by Dorothy Gilman
Thriller Novels by J.A. Jance
Suspence Novels by Stuart Woods
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein


Removing the Chains - Human Trafficking Discussion Panel

Senior Series - Managed Care

Pancake Breakfast

Lourdes is hosting a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Waterford Senior Center! Join us to help keep senior resources readily available for our community!

Three Tips for Staying Active This Winter

With the holidays over, many begin the new year with the resolution to maintain a healthier life styles. For most of us, those resolutions fall flat after a few weeks. The cold winter weather has a tendency to dissolve motivation, especially the motivation to exercise and stay active. Loss of sunlight may bring winter blues and cold temperatures are perfect for snuggling under blankets. It’s easy to ignore exercise routines and the benefits of an active lifestyle, such as a lowered risk for diabetes and heart disease. Exercise also reduces joint aches and pains, and even helps combat winter fatigue. At Lourdes Senior Community we recommend these three tips to help you stay active this winter:

1. Find a Partner: it’s always a good idea to have a friend to exercise with. Having a partner makes the sometimes-dreaded-task of exercise more pleasurable. It will also encourage you to go even when you don’t feel like it.

2. Change-It-Up: motivation to exercise is easier to find when the activity is new and exciting. Find new movements to incorporate into your routine or a new class to take. Change your scenery. Walking an indoor mall or arena, instead of the treadmill at the gym every day, may help keep you motivated.

3. Give Yourself Incentive: reward yourself with a favorite treat. This does not have to be a sweet. A treat could be a new book, a trip to the movies, or a healthy lunch at your favorite restaurant. Adding incentive will help you meet and maintain health goals.


2018 Toys For Tots

Holiday Treats: Four Tips for Managing Sugar

The holidays are fast approaching and as they near our calendars fill with festive activities, family gatherings and opportunities for delicious seasonal treats. In addition to roasted turkey or honey glazed ham, our appetites are tempted with pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies and assorted chocolates, not to mention rich side dishes loaded with savory carbs. The food options are endless, and while delectable, much of our holiday favorites are loaded with sugar.

According to the University of California San Francisco, sugar consumption based on an average 2000 calorie diet should not exceed 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. For most, the recommendation is surpassed not once but twice over. The standard American consumes 82 grams of sugar daily. During the holidays, this number can sky-rocket.

A study conducted by Associated British Foods noted that the average person eats over 7000 calories Christmas day. While this may seem like a lot, it isn’t difficult to do. Many of us visit multiple family and friends Christmas day, eating dinner at each or perhaps just an extra dessert. There are 215 calories and 20 grams of sugar in a 4 oz slice of honey glazed ham. The size of this serving is equivalent to a deck of cards which isn’t enough for most of us. Throw in some cheesy potatoes, stuffing and a roll on the side and a Christmas dinner can add up to over 1000 calories and 100 grams of sugar in one meal.

The effects of sugar one day a year won’t necessarily place you at an immediate health risk. However, overindulgence overtime can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. At the very least, overconsumption of sugar may cause weight gain. Elevated levels of insulin in the blood cause the body to store more calories as fat. Likewise, insulin effects leptin, a hormone that works as an appetite suppressant, helping us know when we have had enough.

So how can you ensure a healthy holiday season while still enjoying the festivities? Here are four suggestions from our staff for those who wish to stay health concious.

  1. Eat smaller portions. Treating yourself isn’t horrible. In fact, avoiding sweets all together may backfire. By withholding temptation, you may find yourself overcompensating later. Let yourself partake in holiday cheer. Don’t overfill your plate and take a smaller piece of pie.
  2. Keep snacks out of sight and out of mind. If you have snacks stashed for the big day, put them up. Don’t open the bag. Keeping them closed up reduces the temptation to grab a few chocolates or a cookie beforehand.
  3. Eat throughout the day. Eating small meals consistently will regulate your blood sugar, reducing cravings for something sweet.
  4. Don’t center your gathering around food. Plan other activities such as games or caroling.

We hope each of you enjoys the coming holiday season, having a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It is with great excitement I share this Continuum with you. Within these pages you will find the plans for there build of our original nursing home, now called Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. The floor plans are being tweaked for final approval at this time. We look forward to getting the i’s dotted and t’s crossed with state and local agencies. With that accomplished, we are on schedule to break ground in the spring of 2019.

This $10 million project will help us as we move toward Ensuring our Legacy for Future Generations. When finished all our residents will have private rooms and private baths; there will be a lakeside patio, small dining rooms and living rooms for visitors to spend time with their loved ones and additional courtyards. This is very exciting for all of us.

Additionally, in this issue you will see highlights of our 2018 Golf for Lourdes. We were blessed this year with a matching gift directed toward the landscaping needs of the Clausen Manor courtyard. These very special residents use this courtyard as they tend to gardens, relax in the outdoors and enjoy a variety of activities. This new look is greatly appreciated. Please take note of the sponsors of our golf outing who make this event the success it is year after year. I encourage you to make plans now to join us next year – June 20th at Majestic Golf Course.

We are entering this joyful and grateful time in our calendars, that of Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Let us all take a moment to reflect on the gifts bestowed by our gracious God. I certainly count your faithful care and support of Lourdes among them.


Sister Maureen Comer, OP
Chief Executive Officer

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Lourdes Institute for Senior Care Excellence Presents: Choosing a Rehabilitation Facility

Join us at the Waterford Recreation Center to learn how to choose a rehab facility that works for you! Make sure you register by November 1st to save your seat! We hope to see you there!

Should I Evaluate My Medicare Part D Plan for 2019

For 2019 Medicare coverage, open enrollment is in the fall of 2018, from October 15 to December 7.


During this annual enrollment period you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

  • You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa.
  • You can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.
  • And if you haven’t enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan, you can do so during this time, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.

If you want to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must meet some basic criteria.

If you’re already enrolled in a Medicare Part D prescription plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan and you don’t want to make changes to your coverage for 2019, you don’t need to do anything during open enrollment, assuming your current plan will still be available in 2019.

Even if you’re confident that you want to keep your current coverage for the coming year, it’s important to make sure you understand any changes that may apply, and that you’ve double checked to make sure that your current plan is still the best available option. The available plans and what they cover changes from one year to the next, so even if the plan you have now was the best option when you shopped last year, it’s important to verify that again before you lock yourself in for another year.


If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, call Carolyn at 248-886-5118, the Medicare-Medicaid Assistance Professional at Lourdes Senior Community

September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month!

According to the Alzheimer’s association, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s worldwide, or a related form of dementia. That number is expected to double by the year 2030.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a broad term used to describe various diseases affecting the brain. Alzheimer’s is the most common, but there are many other forms and causes, including Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies. In general, Dementia is a progressive disease that affects memory, language and spatial skills, behavior and performance of daily tasks.

What happens after diagnosis?

A diagnosis of any form of dementia can be overwhelming. At Lourdes Senior Community we suggest two possible avenues for any families affected by Dementia.

1. Support Groups: whether you are the one with the diagnosis or the caregiver, support groups are a beneficial resource for questions and concerns. Finding a group with similar experiences also provides encouragement, support and healing.

2. Education: taking time to educate yourself about the diagnosis is one of the most important steps you can take. Be informed. Studying and asking questions is the best way to help yourself or loved one. Patients and caregivers should know about the type of dementia diagnosed, behaviors to expect, and how the disease will affect them physically, emotionally and mentally. Caregivers should also know the best way to handle personal care, as well as how to relate to their loved one as they decline and how to make the most out of the relationship they have at each stage.

Remember that the purpose of this month is to spread awareness and influence about Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. However, it is also an opportunity for those affected (diagnosed, caregiver, friends and family) to come together and support each other. Join an activity in your local community and don’t forget to wear purple on September 21, 2018 for World Alzheimer’s Day.

Nutrition: three vitamins and minerals for health and aging

Healthy Senior Living - taking simple nutritional steps after age 50 can help you maintain a healthy living experience.

Nutrition and healthy living should be a constant goal at any age. Exercise and a healthy diet help prevent illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Consuming food rich in vitamins and minerals also provides needed energy to keep us active throughout the day. But, for seniors, there are additional benefits to maintaining a balanced diet.

“After age 50, our body’s calorie requirements begin to decline, and so does our capacity to absorb vitamins and minerals,” said Melissa Tarkowski, Dietitian at Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Choosing meal options based on their nutritional value can help offset age related health issues such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Likewise, ensuring a balanced diet improves cognitive capabilities, helps digestion and strengthens bones and organs.

“The challenge, while eating less overall, is to eat more nutrient-rich foods,” said Melissa.

While all vitamins and minerals are important, these three core vitamins and minerals should be prominent in every meal:

  1. Calcium and Vitamin D: you need both vitamin D and calcium to prevent bone loss. Three servings of low fat milk or yogurt per day is the best way for your body to absorb what it needs. However fortified cereals, fortified juices and leafy greens are also great sources of calcium.
  2. Fiber: eating more fiber based foods help to regulate your digestive system, as well as reduce your risk of heart disease. Whole grain cereals, whole grain bread and fresh fruit and vegetables are a great source of fiber.
  3. B-12: vitamin B is an essential water-soluble vitamin that helps ensure healthy nerves and red blood cells. Milk and other dairy foods, meat, fish (especially salmon), poultry and eggs, all provide your body with the B-12 you need to stay healthy.

At Lourdes Senior Community, our dieticians make sure each meal is nutrient-packed to ensure a healthy senior living experience. Our kitchen managers and chefs also make sure each dish is as visually appetizing as it is delicious. Menus are prepared monthly and rotated quarterly to ensure a variety for fresh fruit and vegetables. Residents provide feedback to the cooks. They also make suggestions for upcoming meals at resident council meetings. The result is a pleasurable dining experience that is as mouthwatering as it is beneficial.


The Green Thumb Club

Summer at Lourdes Senior Community is a time for outdoor recreation. Each of Lourdes four facilities have courtyards for walking and relaxing. The plants and flowers provide a peaceful atmosphere for reflection and physical activity. There are also a few raised gardens, giving residents the opportunity to exercise their green thumb.

Hobbies are an essential part of cultivating a well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle. In addition to maintaining healthy and active lives, hobbies help define personal identity and foster a connection with others. For those who garden, toiling the earth helps reduce stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure. Gardening also improves mobility and accelerates recovery after an injury or illness.

But perhaps the most significant benefit is the sense of autonomy. Exercising influence over the environment offers a sense of personal well-being. Lourdes' residents help decide what plants to cultivate. They water the plants and pull weeds. The harvest is used for snacks and personal lunches at Fox Manor Independent Living. It is those personal touches that create a quality senior living experience and make Lourdes a great place to call home.


I Scream You Scream! - July is National Ice Cream Month!

Rocky Road, Butter Pecan, and Mint Chocolate Chip! Summer was made for ice cream and we all have our favorite flavors. The frozen treat is a summer time staple with classic flavors we love.

But, if the classic flavors aren't enough to make you want more, ice cream companies know how to thrill your taste buds, developing new and unique combinations like Blondie Ambition (brown sugar ice cream, blonde brownies and butterscotch toffee flakes) and New York Super Fudge Chunk (chocolate ice cream, white and dark chocolate chunks, walnuts and fudge covered almonds). There’s a flavor for everyone, all of which are a great escape from the summer heat!

But do we really need an excuse to eat ice cream? America’s love for this dessert is endless, generating around $3.5 Billion annually in sales. Perhaps that is why President Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984, and July 15th National Ice Cream Day.

How can you say no to that celebration?

Lourdes certainly didn’t! Throughout July, residents observed this special month with ice cream bars, cream sickles and milkshakes. Mendelson Assisted Living and Clausen Manor also both hosted ice cream socials, providing sundaes with an assortment of delicious toppings.

And July isn’t over yet! There’s still time for you to celebrate with your favorite frozen treat!


Rehabilitation: Four Steps to Recovery

Joint replacement – taking simple steps after surgery can help you Restore, Re-strengthen and Return home quickly.


Contemplating joint replacement surgery?


According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 500,000 Americans have a knee replacement each year. Hip replacement is also common, with around 300,000 performed annually. That number has been on the rise over the last decade, and those receiving the surgery are choosing to do so at a younger age. As medical advances continue to progress, more people chose joint replacement as a solution to arthritis, avascular necrosis or old injuries.


So what should you expect?


Recovery and rehabilitation after surgery is different for each person. In general, your doctor will encourage you to use your “new” joint shortly after your operation. Usually, patients will be asked to start walking the same day after hip or knee surgery. At Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, we follow these four steps to help you Restore, Re-strengthen, and Return home.


  1. Activity: with the help of physical and occupational therapists, activity helps joints to regain their function and decrease pain.
  2. Pain Control: pain that is not managed appropriately could lead to decreased activity and increased stiffness, slowing recovery and limiting function. Ice and proper medication will help you re-strengthen and restore joint capabilities.
  3. Fall Prevention: with a new joint, there is an increased risk for falls because of pain and decreased mobility. Assistive devices such as a walker or cane, combined with a home evaluation by a therapist reduces fall potential.
  4. Monitor for Complications: be aware and watch for early signs of stiffness, infections, blood clots and embolism to prevent recovery delays.
For help planning your recovery, call Sandra at Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center at 248-886-5615


2018 Winter Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As the face of long term care changes so do the expectations of the residents and their families. This includes the model of care practiced by the team. Join us for a brief introduction to person-centered care, the model of care Lourdes Senior Community has adopted. While important for all residents this is especially poignant when caring for those with memory loss.

There are many activities enriching the lives of our seniors. This issue features activities that promote communication and outreach. You will find stories about Fox Manor’s recent charity work, pet therapy visits around Lourdes Senior Community, sign language classes at Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, and the observance of Compliment Day at Clausen Manor.

Lourdes is a holy place, sustained by your prayers and support. Your commitment to our mission supports Lourdes as we strive to be the best senior living experience anywhere. Please know of my gratitude. May God continue to grace you for your kindness.

Sister Maureen Comer, OP
Chief Executive Officer

2018 Winter Newsletter

Spring Euchre Tournament

Enjoy playing cards? Fox Manor is hosting a Euchre Tournament! Enjoy an evening of Euchre with family and friends while supporting a worthy cause. All proceeds will go to support Fox Manor residents!

2018 Summer Picnics

Summer is just around the corner and, as always, Lourdes will be celebrating with picnics at each of our facilities. Join us for a time of family, friends, entertainment and delicious food. The dates and times are as follows:

Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center - June 24, 2018 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
Mendelson Home - June 20, 2018 (11:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Clausen Manor - June 20, 2018 (11:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Fox Manor - June 10, 2018 (4:00 - 6:00 pm)

We look forward to seeing you!

2018 Golf for Lourdes Event

Plans are already under way for the 17th Annual Golf for Lourdes Event, and we hope you join us at the prestigious Indianwood Golf and Country Club on June 12, 2018. Surrounded by beautiful architecture and landscape, you’re sure to forget your worries as you play the challenging “New” course, and enjoy the camaradie of new and old friends, all while supporting a worthy cause.

The theme this year is Las Vegas! In addition to golf, join the many great opportunities for games, raffles and prizes. Also included with your registration is a continental breakfast, lunch on the course, a delicious dinner and themed dessert served at Indianwood’s worldclass clubhouse.

More than $60,000 was raised last year, helping us continue our legacy as a leader in quality senior care. We hope to meet that goal again this year. All funds will directly support the many life-enriching projects taking place at Lourdes Senior Community. In the past these projects have included programs such as massage, music and art therapy, as well as funds for a new resident bus, Alzheimer's education, and construction of the new rehab unit at Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

We hope you will join us for another great year! The registration fee is $225 per golfer. For more information about sponsorship or donation opportunities, please contact Elisha Christopher in the Development Office at 248-886-5673 or echristopher@lourdes-sc.org

Lourdes Fall 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

This is an exciting time at Lourdes Senior Community as we continue to fulfill our vision to ensure our Legacy for Future Generations.

In September we celebrated Lourdes' 4th Annual Legacy Event where we honored Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit and Mrs. Nancy Vlasic. Both of these individuals have donated their time, talent and treasures to improve the life of residents at Lourdes. We are grateful for their dedication.

There are always plenty of activities happening at Lourdes, no matter the season. Make sure to read about festivities happening throughout the community on page three. Please note that Mendelson Home (assisted living) celebrated National Assisted Living week including activities to coordinate with the theme "Family is Forever."

Lourdes is a holy place that experiences God's blessing every day. Your prayers and support are signs of God's goodness. May you continue to know that goodness every day.


Sister Maureen Comer, OP
Chief Executive Officer

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Christmas 2017

Christmas is around the corner, and, as always, Lourdes will be celebrating with a holiday party at each of our facilities. Join us for a time of family, friends, entertainment and delicious food as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. The dates and times are as follows:
        Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center - Decemer 10, 2017 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
        Mendelson Home - December 12, 2017 (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
        Clausen Manor - December 13, 2017 (5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)
        Fox Manor - December 17, 2017 (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

We look forward to seeing you!

Lourdes 2017 Legacy Event

Lourdes Legacy Event will take place Saturday, September 23rd this year, at the Detroit Marriott located in Troy, Michigan. Mass will be held at 5:00 pm, followed by a wonderfully prepared dinner and program.

We are pleased to be honoring Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Detroit and presenting him with the St. Dominic Leadership Award. Cardinal Maida's leadership embraces and promotes the mission of Lourdes. Through his vision and support, Lourdes now serves seniors and their families at Clausen Manor and Mendelson Assisted Living.

We will also be honoring Nancy Vlasic with the St. Bernadette Spiritual Award. This award is presented to a person who has inspired others to support Lourdes. Nancy was instrumental in re-establishing the Lourdes' Guild. The guild orchestrated community events and fund raisers, including card parties, bake sales, talent and fashion shows. Through their hard work and dedication, the guild provided the residents of Lourdes Nursing Home with a better quality senior living experience.

Please join us for a lovely service and program as we celebrate the Legacy of Lourdes.

For more information, click to see the invitation or contact Elisha Christopher, Development Specialist at echristopher@lourdes-sc.org

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Greetings all,

At Lourdes Senior Community we have a strong commitment to creating a quality senior living experience, providing a “homelike” atmosphere for our residents. Each person who passes through our doors has different needs, preferences and abilities.

As such we diligently work to provide individualized care, honoring the uniqueness of each resident in accordance with our mission. We are thankful for all of our employees who truly help make Lourdes “a great place to call home” and in this issue of The Continuum we highlight the beneficial work of our dietary staff.

As the relationship between health care and food service continues to change, we are fortunate to have a wonderful team of Kitchen Managers, Chefs, Food Specialists, Dieticians and Dietary Aides who thoughtfully prepare each meal and cater events. Their dedication, skill and compassion ensure a pleasant dining experience for each of our residents.

We are also blessed to have a generous amount of volunteers who offer their time and talents. On April 27, 2017 Lourdes Senior Community hosted a celebratory lunch, honoring over 50 volunteers who assist with events, transportation, grounds keeping and many other services. We are thankful for their gifts and hope you are inspired by their generosity.

As always, your prayers and support are appreciated. The impact you have on the legacy of Lourdes is immeasurable. May you enjoy these summer months and welcome the seasonal graces of our generous God.


Sister Maureen Comer, OP
Chief Executive Officer

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Agility Health Joins the Lourdes Family!

Lourdes Senior Community is excited to take the next step in providing the best care possible for our residents. With that goal in mind we are now working with Agility Health to provide therapy services throughout Lourdes Senior Community! Agility Health comes to Lourdes with a history of delivering high-value rehab, including physical, occupational and speech therapy. We look forward to continuing the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace as we strive for the best possible care for all of our residents. Welcome Agility Health to the Lourdes Family!

Fox Manor Garage Sale

Fox Manor is having a garage sale!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and Thursday, June 22, 2017

Come see all the great treasures for sale and say hello to our one-of-a-kind residents. Items for sale include: furniture, books, dishes, jewelry and much more!

The sale will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm both days.

We hope to see you there!

Lourdes Visits Comerica Park

The staff of Lourdes Senior Community brought the Tigers luck when they attended the Tiger's game Wednesday, June 7, 2017! The Tigers won 4-0 and Lourdes' staff had an amazing time.

Opening Minds through Art Second Annual Art Gallery!

Thursday, March 30, 2017, residents showcased their artwork at the Second Annual Opening Minds through Art Gallery Exhibition. Family, friends and the community were invited to view displayed artwork, meet the artists and volunteers, and share refreshments. The resident's took delight in posing for pictures with their art and talking to guests. Each piece of work was unique, blending bright colors as well as different mediums. While paint is their most used tool for self-expression, residents are also given the choice of experimenting with glitter, yarn, foil, tissue paper and fabric. The resulting artwork are masterpieces.

OMA will begin again next fall with new projects and more fun.

Golf at Lourdes Picnic

Lourdes Senior Community is hosting a Golf at Lourdes Day open to all residents and family. Join us for a great time of friendship and games. There will be putt-putt, ladder golf, and an array of other activities for all ages. Hot dogs, ice cream, and beverages will be available for purchase, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in our 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you May 20, 2017 at Lourdes Senior Community. For more information, contact Elisha Christopher in the Development Office at 248-886-5673 or echristopher@lourdes-sc.org


2017 Golf for Lourdes

Plans are under way for the 16th Annual Golf for Lourdes on Tuesday, June 13th, at the prestigious Indianwood Golf & Country Club, 1081 Indianwood Road in Lake Orion.

It will be the third year the event is to be played on the beautiful and challenging “New” course at a club that includes exquisite amenities. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 9:30. Lunch is served during the event, and a dinner and live auction follow golf.

The registration fee is $225 per golfer. More than $60,000 was raised last year through golf and the silent auction, emceed again by dedicated Lourdes supporter, Steve Garagiola, news anchor at WDIV-TV. Come celebrate our Sweet 16 and support this wonderful event.

To register for this event or for more information about sponsorship or donation opportunities, please contact Elisha Christopher in the Development Office at 248-886-5673 or echristopher@lourdes-sc.org.

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2017 Summer Picnics

Summertime is around the corner, and, as always, Lourdes will be celebrating with picnics at each of our facilities. Join us for a time of family, friends, entertainment and delicious food. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center – June 25, 2017 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
  • Mendelson Home – June 16, 2017 (11:30 am)
  • Clausen Manor – June 16, 2017 (11:30 am)
  • Fox Manor – June 17, 2017 (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

We look forward to seeing you!