St. Joseph’s Place Residents Enjoy Barbecues in New Healing Garden

PORT JERVIS, NY  – (June 27) On Wednesday, June 25, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, had an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor barbecue in their new and picturesque Healing Garden.

Thanks to the generosity of the local community, the Healing Garden, a furnished roof top garden featuring a pond, waterfalls, flower beds, a 30 foot long pergola, tables with umbrellas and many other amenities, was completed last year and is open to residents and their guests at any time.

This year, however, St. Joseph’s Place Administrator Adele Coates and Recreational Director Amy Barra, decided to host a barbecue in the garden for all the residents at least twice each month during good weather.  And traditional barbecue favorites including hamburgers and hot dogs, salads, watermelon and cold drinks, prepared by Morison Food Service, will be served at each table.

“Outdoor activities including barbecues in pleasant surroundings like our Healing Garden have an important value in long term care at St. Joseph’s Place,” said Barra, “They are essential to the quality of life and the quality of care for individuals receiving health and human services.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, has awarded St. Joseph’s Place its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

In addition to quality long term care services, St. Joseph’s Place also offers long term and short term rehabilitation, tracheotomy care, head trauma care, respiratory care, and psychological services in a comfortable setting that residents can call “home.”