Hopefully your summer months are providing you with more time outdoors and occasions spent with family and friends who also find more leisure time to relax and enjoy this season of rest and refreshment.

At VITALity, we continue to help individuals and their families through the challenges of life transitions that so often occur without warning or time to plan due to illness, injury, or rapidly advancing infirmity. Our social workers and nurses are here to assist and advocate for the best needed care available in order to preserve the dignity and welfare of our beloved aging seniors who need assistance. It is our goal to seek that help from reliable sources who can provide them a safe, stable, and secure life within their own homes if medically possible and physically reasonable.

But we know that it takes the dedicated work and loving sacrifice of so many friends and family members to provide them the care and comfort needed as they struggle through the limitations of their diminished physical and sometimes cognitive abilities. And even beyond that, we know that the mental and spiritual needs of those going through these life challenges of the limitations and pain of infirmity, are often unmet.

That’s why VITALity places a high priority in assuring that those needs are addressed and met in any way possible in order to restore the fullness of life to every individual in our care. We encourage and support our parishes to develop viable Senior Social Day Centers where seniors of any faith tradition can gather to maintain and grow in relationships with one another while participating daily in nutritional, physical, spiritual, and informational activities which can stimulate the mind and nurture the body, bringing back a renewed sense of worth and dignity.

In addition, new ministry programs such as Journey of Hope (for Cancer patients) and Mercy Teams for the aging infirmed who need assistance with the daily chores of home upkeep as they remain within their homes, are now emerging within several of our parishes throughout the diocese.

Along with our established programs of Parish Nursing, Stephen Ministry, and services for the Deaf and Persons with Disabilities, all contribute to the fullness of life and enable our brothers and sisters in need to remain connected to their faith community. There they so often can discover the mental and spiritual uplifting needed to combat the social isolation, depression, and loneliness in spirit that can result from such separation from friends and places of worship and prayer.

As the summer progresses, find time to visit and check-in on your loved ones and neighbors who might be struggling in the confines of their homes, not being able to participate in the activities of the season. If help is needed for them in any way to preserve their health and safety living in their homes, please contact us at VITALity at our single point of access number: 1-888-26VITALity (1-888-268-4825).  We’ll be happy to check-in with them as well and see how we can assist them in living “Life to the Fullest” as they age and continue to provide us the wisdom and love that we have always known from them.

May you be blessed with a continued joy-filled summer as you experience the wonder and beauty of God’s loving gift of creation.

Deacon Jerry

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