Exceptional long-term care and short-term rehabilitation

Sister Joan Mullen, SP and Sister Mary Caritas Geary, SP

Sister Joan Mullen, SP (left) and Sister Mary Caritas Geary, SP

Sister Joan Mullen and Sister Mary Caritas Geary are the two Sisters of Providence whose shared vision, careful planning, and diligent hard work transformed the Congregation’s dream for the Mary’s Meadow ministry into a reality.

Sister Joan, SP President from 2001-2009, oversaw the planning, development and opening of Mary’s Meadow in 2009. Sister Caritas, SP President from 1969-1977, was at her side on the planning committee, and is credited with bringing the small house concept—a social, rather than medical model of care, that is the hallmark of Mary’s Meadow—to the Congregation’s attention.

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An innovative, social model of care

Nestled in a garden perfect setting on the Providence Place grounds in Holyoke, Mass., Mary’s Meadow offers a “small house” social model of care, rather than a medical model, that is as attractive to those receiving care there, as it is to their families, physicians, and caregivers. Its four separate residential homes are connected by a central chapel and each offers people dignified living situations that guarantee long-term care residents and short-term physical therapy patients the priceless luxuries of personal privacy and space. Each home is tastefully decorated with those well thought out touches and amenities that make a house a home—and each has a spacious foyer, living room, hearth, den, fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, and ten private bedrooms with baths.

The holistic care provided at Mary’s Meadow better positions long term residents to regain, and subsequently maintain, their mobility and earlier quality of life—goals more readily achieved when the focus is on the whole person, not solely on physical symptoms.

Comprehensive, holistic rehabilitation services

Mary’s Meadow also offers dignified and holistic care to people needing comprehensive rehabilitation services, such as specialized and skilled physical, occupational, speech, language, and restorative therapies. The design of the houses at Mary’s Meadow certainly lends itself to the patients’ therapy sessions. For what better way to regain one’s way around the house than to be in one.

The Sisters of Providence know that holistic care is proven to promote deeper relationships for the persons involved, greater physical comfort and enhanced spiritual well-being…and have made it all available here at Mary’s Meadow.

Mary’s Meadow is sponsored by the Sisters of Providence and part of Trinity Health Of New England’s Senior and Continuing Care Network.

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