From the Provider
Searching for a loving, spiritual place for yourself or your senior loved one? St. Monica's Senior Citizens Home of Racine, Wisconsin, is run by Augustinian Sisters of St. Rita and a volunteer board of directors populated by members embodying a number of denominations. Board President Richard Roloff declares, "When you walk into the place, you can feel the love."
St. Monica's aims not only to keep mature adults safe, healthy and entertained, but also to invest in each individual's spiritual well-being, whatever the religion might be.
The community is the only senior living option in the area with its own chapel. St. Monica's is also a winner of the coveted Caring Star award for 2011 — due to rave, 5-star reviews from families in and around Racine.
St. Monica's recently celebrated an anniversary: 40 years of operation. The community was founded in 1971 by the Sisters of St. Rita (hailing from Germany). From the onset, late Administrator Sister Irene Hanika intended to target the middle class, believing that the needs of the wealthy were already satisfied and the poor were covered through government assistance. Though Sister Irene passed in February 2012 — after 36 years of service — this commitment to middle-income folks will endure.
As important as spirituality is at St. Monica's, they also recognize that is mental stimulation and social involvement support a long, quality life. Staff members are committed to including all seniors in meals at the dining room and in daily activities, even going from room to room to make sure folks are aware of the latest fun event. Aiding in that effort, management devises unique entertainment and outings for residents. Highlights include visits from the likes of "Helen Keller", "Eleanor Roosevelt" and "Mary Todd Lincoln," who amuse listeners with their life stories. St. Monica's also participates in the Senior Olympics each year, and among three counties, theirs won gold medal ribbons three years in a row! Finally, seniors can enjoy a moment in the spotlight by writing and reciting their own poetry before an audience. Their creations are posted on the bulletin board for all to admire.
- Poetry readings by residents
- Youth visits
- Daily mass
- Non-denominational scripture studies
- Senior Olympics participation
- Carnival by the Sea event with youth involvement (see our Facebook page for photos)
Situated on 40 picturesque, wooded acres: unique for an assisted living facility
- Walking routes
- Recreation areas
- Home-like interior: intentionally designed
- Large windows in every room: extensive views
- Lounge areas: ample room for entertaining guests
- Craft and activity areas
- Beauty shop
- Barber shop
- Onsite chapel: accessible to all denominations
- Three home-cooked meals per day
- Nursing assistance
- Medications dispensed
- Medical needs assessed
- Doctors and medical facilities contacted
- Monthly podiatrist visits
- Sheets/linens laundered by staff
- Personal laundry assistance
- Free laundry facilities for personal laundry
- Bath assistance
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Loving, home-like atmosphere
- Glorious grounds
- Easy-to-navigate facility
- Safety/health a priority: regular nursing staff on duty 12 hours a day, seven days a week
- Significant mental stimulation
Further proof that St. Monica's Senior Citizens Home is an admirable institution is seen in the longevity of its employees and board of directors' members. Department heads' combined years of service total well over 100 years, with some managers exceeding 25 years' service. Office Manager Jan Parker says "The board of directors, all volunteers, are dedicated to the well-being of St. Monica's."
This commitment becomes infectious among caregiver staff and fosters the overall caring attitude of the home. Perhaps this dedication explains why the facility received so many 5-star reviews that they made Caring.com's list of Caring Star providers!
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Reviews of St. Monica's Senior Citizens Home
Average Rating: based on 10 Reviews
I am/was a resident of this facility
Iâ€™ve lived at St. Monicaâ€™s since October of 2010. I canâ€™t say I really thought an Assisted Living home would be best for me, but it certainly has! I had some serious health issues back in 2008 and 2009. After rehab, I lived with a friend for almost a year before returning to my home. Once home, my health began to deteriorate quickly and it was at the urging of my 5 children that I came to St. Monicaâ€™s. The staff is great. Everyone knows your name. The activities keep me active and busy.
I have great friends here. It was at a community health screening here that one of the providers made me aware that I might have a health issue and they helped the staff make sure I had it looked at. The doctors found I did have a problem and theyâ€™ve helped me take care of it! Did I say how much I appreciate the staff? I canâ€™t say it enough. They are like family and Iâ€™m like family to them.
I am/was a resident of this facility
I was in a hospital in 2008 and from there I went to Lincoln Village for 2 months to recuperate. When I was leaving there, my kids thought I wasn't ready to be home yet. They checked around and found St. Monica's and I initially stayed here for 2 months. Then a friend came and invited me to recuperate at her home and so I stayed there for one year. Then I went back home but I went downhill very fast so my kids decided to place me back here long term.
The nursing staff is awesome. The place is so clean. Of all the the places around, St. Monica's is the most affordable. I'm in a semi-private room. I'm currently on a restrictive diet. They really seemed to go out of their way for me. I'm surprised because I didn't expect that. I am happy staying here. We have activities as well and I make sure to participate everyday.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
I have nothing but the highest respect for St. Monica's. I would give them all the positive accolade for not only the treatment for my brother and sister in-law but for all of the patients and the residents there. They're incredibly supportive, sensitive and caring. I could not give them a better recommendation. In fact I have been referring other people that I know that are looking for some private assisted facilities. I give them the name of St. Monica's. They are incredibly trustworthy, caring and compassionate with all of their residents. My brother and his wife who recently passed away have been a recipient of St Monica's for at least 3 years now. I can't say enough about them. I would endorse them. I would support them. I've contributed to them and I would continue to do so in the future.
I visited this facility
My daughter came across St Monica's and chose them for me. The nurses, the aides, everybody is wonderful. I live here now and I'm happy being here. We have about 95-100 people here. Everybody has a private or a semi private room. I have a private room. We have bingo room, bowling room, activity room, nurses stations and a big dining room.
We have a lot of activities here. Like on Monday we have exercise class and a bible class . In the afternoon we have bowling and some sing along and in the evening we play games.I go to every activities if I'm here. I go shopping once a week with my daughter.
The food is average. It's not good but it's not bad. The staff here is wonderful. The best that you can get.
I visited this facility
I visited the facility a month ago. I very much liked the geographic area--it's on a nice large piece of land and has room and facilities for outdoor activities, walking trails, etc. The rooms are large than most and have windows that allow really nice outdoor lighting to enter much of the day. The staff was pleasant to me, but I appreciated the fact that as soon as one of the residents needed or asked for attention for any reason, the staff left me and went to them immediately. I talked with some of the residents. They were animated, relaxed and seemed very "into" the activities of the facility. They seemed to particularly like the "outside" people--performers and art instructors, etc. that were brought in fairly often. All in all, I really liked this place and am seriously considering it. For some odd reason, it seems less expensive than other much less pleasant facilities I've visited. Also, I was there for lunch and it was very good food. Not gourmet, but well prepared and very tasty--I think they really try to serve dishes that are familiar to the residents--there was a really great peach cobbler...old fashioned, I guess, but good.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
The facility and staff seem very nice, my pastor complains only about her symptoms and speaks highly of the staff. The physicians and the nurses seem caring and doting and hands-off when the moment requires. My pastor is income-restricted so it was important for her to get a high degree of quality with a moderate price. The number one complaint about nursing homes is maltreatment (and poor food) and St. Monica's excels in both of those categories. The residents seem happy, the ones with their wits about them at least. I would definitely recommend them to a friend. As far as the accommodations are concerned, it has many of the amenities of modern facilities like cable television and so forth at no extra cost. I honestly think she benefits from the environment and that's why I'm leaving this review. It's a difficult choice sometimes, but the staff there makes the transition as easy as possible and as delicate as possible. Even though she's unable to type or dictate these thoughts, I hope I portrayed them as accurately as possible. If your not sure, just visit and see for yourself.
I am a friend or relative of resident
My mother-in-law lived at St. Monica's for 5+ years until she passed away @ 91. It is an absolutely wonderful facility. As Ken S. (1 of the band members that plays there several times a year at special events) describes it: "You can feel the love when you walk in the door." St. Monicas made my mother-in-law's last years better and (I am positive) extended her life. She met many new friends and participated in many, many activities.
I visited this facility
I toured this facility with a relative that we were contemplating encouraging to live at this facility. The general atmosphere in the facility was okay. Some of the decorations were outdated and fit the era from the youth of most of the residents. There were flyers out for a bingo night, a cards night, and several other group activities. The property was situated on a nice size property where residents could go outside and get some fresh air when it wasn't too cold outside. Additionally, the gathering rooms had many large windows that helped to bring some natural light into the rooms. Overall, the facilities were nice but it still had a bit of a depressing feel as I think all nursing home facilities and assisted living facilities have. Additionally, we had a chance to visit while it was lunch time and the food looked okay. I would rate the food a seven on a ten point scale.
Friend or relative of resident
My grandfather lived in this facility for 4 years with his wife, my grandmother until her death. I remember touring facilities with him and my parents, during which we visited several nursing homes. I remember St Monicas had that sort of feeling that a person cannot really describe. Basically me and my parents knew he would be safe and happy there. they had the largest and most competent staff of nurses, and they had a large system of trails, for the more physically active resident, which my grandfather was until the day he died. Surprisingly It was cheaper than the other assisted living facilities we had toured and Saint Monicas had more services, a larger and more competent staff, and best of all my grandfather lived out several very happy years there.
My loved one stayed here
This is a wonderful facility and the best buy for the money in the area. The sisters who run the home are very caring and compassionate. The social activities director is constantly coming up with new and innovative things for the residents to occupy their time with. Nurse are available during the day, every day. Would highly recommend it to any other family.
Location of St. Monica's Senior Citizens Home
Features of St. Monica's Senior Citizens Home
- Cable ready
- Beauty/Barber Shop
- Fitness Room/Gym
- Guest meals
- Guest room
- Room service
- Pets: All Pets
- Minimum Cost: 1,310