For more than 60 years, Mount Alverna Village has provided compassionate, loving care for seniors.
What began in 1953 as a large, singular facility rest home for the elderly on 24 picturesque acres in Parma, Ohio has been transformed into a beautiful retirement community. In 2005, Mount Alverna Villlage, increased its services by offering assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care and rehabilitation to provide even better care for each of its residents.
Today, Mount Alverna Village is recognized as a leader in faith-based senior care, offering a complete range of quality health services designed to meet the specific, often changing needs of seniors.
No one probably has seen Mount Alverna Village evolve as much as its director, Patrick Welsh, who has been there since 2003.
“Our original facility was always too full,” Welsh said. “That was good in the sense that people sought our services, but not when we had to turn people away, so we needed to grow.
“We wanted to continue to provide care in the Franciscan way while also being able to reach out and serve more people,” Welsh said. “A new facility isn’t going to matter if it doesn’t provide the same quality of care to its residents that they and their families have come to expect. We’ve been blessed to be able to continue doing just that.”
As a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, with a history that dates back to 1894 when Josephine Dudzik (later known as Mother Mary Theresa) a Polish immigrant, established a religious congregation of women known as Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Mount Alverna Village’s mission is “Celebrate Life and Serve with Joy.”
“We want to make sure that we treat everyone the same way we’d like to be treated,” Welsh said. “I believe we look at each person as the individual person that they are. There is so much life for them to live and so much good that goes on here every day.”
In addition to providing excellent long-term care, Mount Alverna Village also provides short-term rehabilitation. Located on the first floor, short-term care features 27 beds so there’s plenty of room for many temporary residents to work on their recovery while enjoying security and peace of mind.
Mount Alverna Village’s 30-unit assisted living care consists of both studio and one-bedroom homes. Since these residents only need some assistance with activities of daily living, their independence is promoted while they receive the right amount of care.
Those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia can also call Mount Alverna Village home since it has a specialized, 18-bed, memory care unit. There are also plans for a 42-bed, assisted living memory support center.
“This expansion is in the early planning stages, but will allow us to provide more supportive care for residents who are sort of between levels of care,” Welsh said. “This is another level of care that is needed and we look forward to being able to add it to our services.”
Mount Alverna Village looks as fresh as when it opened in 2005 because capital improvements are made annually.
Whether it’s new wall-to-wall carpeting, the addition of new food service equipment and state-of-the-art nursing equipment, Welsh and his staff strive to be at the forefront of senior care with an innovative and beautiful community. As part of the expansion, Mount Alverna Village is building a new high-tech therapy center.
While there’s plenty of beauty at Mount Alverna Village, nothing compares to its stunning chapel with its stained glass windows.
“We appreciate having Mass every day and all faiths are welcome to attend,” Welsh said. “We also offer rosary, confession and sacraments, and because some of our residents may not be able to attend Mass in person, we televise every Mass so they can watch it from the comfort of their own private home.”
Wellness is a key focus at Mount Alverna Village and it covers all aspects, including emotional, physical, social, occupational, intellectual and spiritual.
“Residents are free to do what they wish to do and we are pleased to offer an extremely active social schedule to give them plenty of options,” Welsh said. “Our staff is constantly keeping our residents involved and that includes regularly scheduled activities to special events, like Elvis impersonators, car shows and other entertainment.”
When Welsh first started at Mount Alverna Village a dozen years ago, he considered getting rid of Bingo as a regular activity, but after talking to the residents, he learned that many want to play.
“That’s why it’s so important to constantly talk to the residents to see what they want,” Welsh said. “I think we do an excellent job of listening to our residents, asking them about the kind of things they’d like and serving them to the best of our ability.”
And there’s absolutely no doubt that Welsh cares for all of the residents and associates at Mount Alverna Village. Why else would someone who lives in Youngstown, Ohio drive 150 miles to work each day?
“I wouldn’t drive this distance if I didn’t believe in and love what we do here every day,” Welsh said. “Mount Alverna Village truly is a special place. There’s no place like it and nowhere I’d rather be.”
You can be there too. It all starts with a simple phone call to (440) 843-7800 or by visiting Mount Alverna Village at 6765 State Rd., at your convenience. Come in for a tour and stick around to meet some of the blessed people who are fortunate to call Mount Alverna Village their home.