Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the priority at St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System has been to ensure a safe home for residents and a safe workplace for employees. In a further effort to best limit risks for the vulnerable people they care for and to continue to ensure they protect employees, Cape Albeon requires employees to start the COVID-19 vaccination series by October 1, 2021. Effective August 31, 2021, new employees will be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine as a part of the new hire process. While the official date of this effort is October 1, Cape Albeon is strongly encouraging all staff to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Cape Albeon, a non-profit, faith-based lakeside retirement and assisted living community located in southwest St. Louis county, held a groundbreaking project kickoff for their new Secure Memory Care apartments homes on Tuesday, August 25th.
“We are so thrilled to add ‘The Cove’ to our wide variety of care options,” said Carol DiSanza, Executive Director at Cape Albeon.
“It’s going to represent a beacon of hope for residents and families
as we continue to demonstrate the top-quality care as established by our reputation.”
The new household, scheduled to open in fall of 2020, was carefully designed to give residents the utmost in comfort and familiarity, with calming scents, softly lit spaces, and beautiful views of the grounds. Staff members have years of experience with people challenged with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and they understand the role and importance of family involvement in the daily care of residents. The Cove will also allow for a sense of continuity for seniors presently living in Cape Albeon’s Independent Living and Assisted Living apartments who may someday need Memory Care services.
“For over 20 years, Cape Albeon has been a trusted name in St. Louis when it comes to senior care,” continued DiSanza. “Our increased focus on Memory Care builds upon our strengths while allowing us to expand our continuum of care so we can serve more people. It’s going to be so welcomed by residents, family members, and the greater St. Louis community.”
With COVID-19 at the forefront of our thoughts, it’s easy to forget that we’re also in the middle of the Missouri 2020 Census. While Missouri has an overall self-response rate of 62.1% (slightly higher than the national average), St. Louis’ rate is 49.5%. For every person that is not counted in the census, Missouri will lose $1,300 in federal money every year. Due to the results of the 2010 Census, Missouri lost a congressional seat and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
The 2020 Census will continue through October 31, so there is still time to make sure that #MissouriCounts. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Missouri Counts website and check out its resources. Please help us spread the word about the Missouri 2020 Census!