We Are Building Friendship Place!
We are excited to share the news that the MCH Foundation has been awarded a generous grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation which we will be using to further enhance and expand the care of our residents living with Dementia.
The first step in our journey will focus on our Friendship 1 West nursing unit, which will now be called “Friendship Place.” Our goal is to create an environment that elevates our support for both our residents and all our team members dedicated to this population.
As part of the grant, we want to hear from our residents, their loved ones, our staff and other community members on how we plan for the main components of this project which include
Operational Culture Change
We are thrilled to have the support of a team of internationally-renowned experts in the field, who will be working closely in collaboration with everyone:
Dr. Allen Power, Rochester-based geriatrician, award-winning author, and international educator on innovative approaches to dementia and long-term care.
Daniella Greenwood, from Melbourne, Australia, a consultant specializing in implementing human rights-based and relational approaches in long-term care, and creator of an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed consistent staffing model.
Dr. Emi Kiyota, from Washington DC, an environmental gerontologist, founder of the non-profit Ibasho, and an expert on designing meaningful and enabling places for people of all ages and abilities.
Over the next nine months, this team will be meeting with us, both online and in person, hear our thoughts and experiences, and to better understand our vision for MCH. Dr. Power and his colleagues are excited and energized at the opportunity to work with MCH in this landmark venture. If you have any questions or ideas — no idea is too small or outlandish — please reach out to us!