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About Saint Joseph's

History

Saint Joseph’s, which became a subsidiary of the non-profit Maine Medical Center in 2017, has been serving residents in our community with caring for the body, mind, and spirit since 1975. 

Four Star Rating

We are proud to announce that Medicare awarded St. Joseph’s a 4-star quality rating based on health inspection, staffing, and quality measures. Medicare creates the 5-star rating for nursing homes based on 3 parts: health inspections, quality measures, and staffing. Overall rating as well as ratings for each section range from 1 star to 5 stars with more stars indicating better quality. The health inspection rating is based on the 3 most recent comprehensive (annual) inspections, and inspections due to complaints in the last 3 years. More emphasis is placed on recent inspections. Quality measures (QM) rating combines the values on 16 QMs (a subset of the 24 QMs listed on Nursing Home Compare) to create the QM rating. QMs are derived from clinical data reported by the nursing home. Finally, Medicare bases the staffing rating on 2 measures; the first is Registered Nurse (RN) hours per resident per day, while the second is total staffing hours per resident per day. Total staffing includes: RNs; Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs); and Certified Nurse Aids (CNAs). This 4-star rating reinforces what we already know – there is something very special going on at St. Joseph’s!

Our Commitment

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our residents We make a commitment to care for the sick and to uphold and respect the dignity of all persons. Our commitment is to provide the finest level of multidisciplinary care for the chronically ill, aged and infirm in an environment that is as homelike as possible. We believe in providing holistic care with as much restoration of body, mind and spirit as possible.

Core Values

We believe that each individual should be treated with the honor, respect and reverence that is fitting to his/her dignity as a human being, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or handicap. We believe in protecting the individuality of each resident while making every effort to meet his/her specific personal needs with a broad spectrum of services and programs. We believe in providing holistic care with as much restoration of body, mind and spirit as possible.

Vision

To provide the finest level of nursing care and rehabilitation services for seniors and the chronically ill in a health care environment that is as homelike as possible. To provide maximum restoration of physical, mental, social and spiritual functioning through the use of a multi-disciplinary team approach to disability and disease. To emphasize prevention of disabilities intensified by the aging process, treatment of the resident with special attention to the needs created by the aging process, and restoration of the individual to a level consistent with the limitations imposed by the aging process. To meet the needs of self-esteem, affection, belonging, achievement, recognition, independence and hope in our chronically ill and aged. To recognize that behavior problems can be a sign of compensating for a loss of function, to accept them as such, and to work to educate staff and provide support for the effected resident. To enrich the retiring years of the aged and chronically ill of our community and surrounding communities.

Daily Life

Each day we laugh together and enjoy each other’s company. We provide art lessons, cooking groups, fundraisers, bingo, cocktail parties, dance classes, gardening club, spa days, movie matinees, and of course our ever-popular weekly performances by local entertainers…the options go on and on because we want our residents’ lives to be full and varied. We also take advantage of all that our city by the sea has to offer by providing community outings to a wide range of Portland attractions. Scenic tours, Casco Bay cruises, Sea Dog games, as well as trips to state parks, local beaches, farmers’ markets, museums, and of course the Oxford Casino are all offered and facilitated by our trained Activity Professionals.

Intergenerational Living

At Saint Joseph’s we understand and encourage the enrichment in our residents lives by promoting socialization, community involvement and friendship. We value the type of connection that our residents make with younger generations and support their ability to teach valuable lessons to others. We also believe that a younger population is able to bring new ideas and interests into our residents lives. By offering college students an opportunity to live in our facility, we support their professional and personal growth by allowing them real life working experiences. Students gain valuable knowledge by working directly with our residents and by developing professional and communication skills. Students are required to work a minimum of 16 hours each week but additional time spent with residents is strongly encouraged. Students currently have private rooms with a shared bath and shower room. A common area is available for students along with a meal purchasing program.

For a closer look at our Intergenerational Living Program, please view a story shared by WCSH6 earlier this year.