Our Residents can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner anytime within a 60-90-minute window for each meal service. They choose from a daily menu of specials and always-available items, which are all made to order. Nearly every employee at St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center participates in the dining process, whether they prepare the meal, serve the meal, transport the Resident to a dining room, or serve as Maître D’. This “all hands–on dining” process has proved to be a huge step in our journey towards Resident-centered care. We get to know our Residents on a very personal level. In addition, we are all able to pick up on changes in their condition and can communicate these changes to their nurses to enhance the quality of care and attention that they receive. The ability to choose when they want to dine and what they want to order (including portion size), gives the Residents a sense of “home.”
STINRC Resident Advocate
Mr. Edward B. Mackey, Jr. was born at Pennsylvania Hospital when it was located on 36th Street and Spruce Street in Philadelphia, PA. The heart of his life has been immersed not too far from this location at St. Ignatius Parish in West Philly where his father was a close friend of Monsignor John Mitchell, founder of St. Ignatius Nursing Home on Wallace Street, now known as St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehab Center on Haverford Ave. Ed recalls that Monsignor Mitchell was comfortable in dad’s recliner, always easing back with his hands behind his head, soliciting an answer from his father, “Ed, tell me, how in the hell are you?”
Ed called to mind a fond memory of when he was a child and his father hurt his ankle and was incapacitated for 19 months. He recounts that St. Ignatius Parish supported his family with a food basket every Friday during this time and the family utility bills were miraculously being paid. Later he found out that this gesture of solidarity was from the leadership at St. Ignatius Parish, even then, his home away from home. On Dec. 7, 1941, Ed served his first Mass as an altar boy, a day he will never forget.
Ed married in 1956 and had six wonderful children with his wife Dolores. In his professional life he sold insurance, furniture, clothing and appliances. A highlight of his active life was when he became a Eucharistic Minister at St. Ignatius Parish and would visit the homebound and those in the nursing home bringing them the Eucharistic Lord to strengthen them.
The years passed quickly and in 2013, Ed became a Resident at STINRC. He was approached by our activities director, Michelle Garrison, to consider becoming a Resident advocate. He immediately dove into this role and continues to this day to advocate for, pray for and serve STINRC Residents, always speaking for the common good and working to make STINRC a happy home.
Resident Story: Mr. Humphrey Conix, III
A newcomer to St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center is Mr. Humphrey Conix, III, a native Philadelphian and parishioner of St. Ignatius Parish who remembers Monsignor John Mitchell, founder of St. Ignatius Nursing Home. Monsignor visited his family often, and it was there he learned from his maternal grandmother to be proud of his French surname, to take his responsibilities seriously and to love God and neighbor. One of his favorite memories was looking for day jobs at the Labor Pool on 13th and Spring Garden Streets as a young fourteen year old. These jobs included working in warehouses, unloading train cars and landscaping projects. When asked about his livelihood he mentioned being an Asphalt Raker for the highway department which was literally a “hot job.” Humphrey remembers wearing shoes with a wooden or leather sole dipped in oil so as to not melt his shoes on the blacktop. In his specialized development, Humphrey attended Temple University, played college basketball as a walk-on and accrued multiple hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education. Professionally Humphrey was the art teacher at Martin Luther King Junior High, now known as Martin Luther King High School. Humphrey’s collage art piece depicting African villagers in a combat stance received an honorable mention in the Philadelphia City Hall Art Show in the 1970’s. This piece of art is now treasured by his family. Being a hard worker and a good family man, Humphrey raised five sons and one daughter with his first wife and lovingly accepted two step-daughters from his second wife. His greatest joy is spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. One of the most challenging events in Humphrey’s life has been dealing with health issues related to chronic illness. As a recent transfer to STINRC, Humphrey feels at home and is enjoying daily meals, an active faith life and the opportunity to be close to family.
Resident Story: Dorothy Byrd Jordan
Dorothy greets everyone she meets at STINRC with cheery words and a sparkle in her eyes. She has a gentle spirit which blessed many during her work at Philadelphia General Hospital as a nurse practitioner. Dorothy was born in Savannah, Georgia where she attended elementary school. She tells an amusing story about herself being a young child who stopped speaking to her parents for several days since they wouldn’t get her a brother or sister. They eventually helped her to understand that having more children was not in their power, but they were grateful that God had blessed them with her. She was like precious gold in their eyes. Dorothy speaks lovingly of her supportive and caring parents.
Dorothy completed her education in Philadelphia. After high school she began her nursing training at Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing and then earned her RN degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, she worked at Philadelphia General Hospital because she had a special desire and love for helping the poor receive medical care. Dedication to work, family and church brought joy to her life. She keeps a prayer book that she treasures because it belonged to her husband, Herbert Richard Jordan. Together they raised an adopted son and helped numerous godchildren to grow in the ways of the Lord. After her retirement, Dorothy actively volunteered with the Veterans’ Administration and with social services at St. Cyprian Catholic Church. Living her Catholic faith life and attending daily Mass remains an important anchor in her life here at STINRC.
The Healing Garden allows our Residents, rehab patients and staff to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors in what is a beautiful, easily accessible garden, complete with walkways designed for comfort to those in wheelchairs and walkers. There are benches, tables, a waterfall, bridge, fish pond, gazebo and a shaded area under large colorful sails. In the Healing Garden, the Blessed Mother grotto was donated by Margo and Dan Polett, longtime supporters of the Home and the gazebo was dedicated by the Clarence Venne Family Foundation in honor of Clarence and Anne Venne. The walkway through the waterfalls and pond were built with the help of the Meacham and Manns Families and the benches throughout the garden have been provided by many of our donors. There is also a donor wall that has brick tiles from our many donors who have purchased a tile to honor or memorialize a loved one. An all glass solarium overlooking the lushly landscaped healing garden can be enjoyed by our Residents, rehab patients, staff and visitors. The solarium was made possible by John Dockray in memory of his late wife, Edie Dockray. The Healing Garden is a testament to our commitment to stewardship of creation in an urban setting. Come visit us and take a tour of our beautiful garden and solarium.
Burpee Healing Garden and Edie Dockray Solarium
St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center activities are designed to provide entertainment, socialization, relaxation and stimulation of all senses to Residents of varied interests. Residents are given the opportunity to express their creative skills and talents through a range of therapeutic recreation activities, while fulfilling basic psycho-social needs. We use recreational activities to enhance or maintain current physical, cognitive, social and spiritual abilities of our Residents. It is also an opportunity to gain new interests and rekindle past interests and find new methods of self-expression.
St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center organizes a number of enjoyable events throughout the year. Activities are planned monthly and in response to suggestions provided at the monthly Resident Council Meetings.
In addition, St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center strives to keep our Residents involved in local and regional community events and keep the community involved with St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center.
Vibrant Living at St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center includes:
- Daily Mass
- iPod Program
- Dance Movement Therapy
- Faith Meetings
- Holiday Shows
- Visiting Volunteers
- Summer Cookouts
- Animal Visits
- Sensory Stimulation Games
- Gardening Projects
- Arts and Crafts
- Holiday Family Celebrations
Please glance at our monthly activities calendar — link below:
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