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Saint Therese renews commitment to safe senior care

Saint Therese Executive Directors Brooke Peoples and Dinah Martin-Kmetz are joined by Senator Housley, Saint Therese resident Judy Kresge, Mayor Hemken during the Safe Care for Seniors event on October 23.

The City of New Hope Declared Minnesota’s First Safe Care for Seniors City

Safe Care for Seniors: Respect, Safety, Dignity & Quality of Life

On October 23, community members gathered at Saint Therese of New Hope to renew their commitment to enhancing seniors’ lives with respect, safety, dignity by taking the Safe Care for Seniors Pledge, a movement designed by LeadingAge Minnesota to empower senior communities to create and strengthen inclusive, safe and trusted places seniors are proud to call home. The Safe Care for Seniors pledge is focused on respect, dignity and preventing harm and kicks-off the implementation of an organization-wide five-step action plan:

1. Commitment, training & engagement in Safe Care for Seniors program

2. Designation of a Safety Champion to lead improvement initiatives

3. Ongoing participation in learning & improvement opportunities

4. Engage seniors & families in ways to grow community, safety & quality

5. Build & strengthen a culture of safety

Inspired by Saint Therese’s ongoing commitment to compassionate senior care, City of New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken spoke during the event and declared the City of New Hope a Safe Care for Seniors City—a first for Minnesota.

“The City of New Hope commends Saint Therese for its pledge to serve seniors with safe care. Our city council supports the Safe Care for Seniors program in our community.”

– City of New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken

Creating a culture of safety and person-centered, holistic care has been a key focus for Saint Therese since 1968. And in the years since, the organization has thoughtfully grown around what’s right for residents, families and the neighborhoods it serves. Today, the organization operates five Twin Cities’ senior living communities providing a continuum of compassionate care that incorporates everything from independent living to long-term, memory and comfort care.  

“We united to renew our heartfelt commitment to seniors; to always advocate for safe community living and be driven by our faith-based Guiding Behaviors so we provide the best care with respect, dignity and extraordinary love.”

– Brooke Peoples, Executive Director of Saint Therese of New Hope

In addition to Saint Therese employees attending the event, senior residents and their families were present as well as notable representatives from in and around the New Hope area. West Metro Fire & Rescue, the New Hope Police Department, State Representative Lyndon Carlson and Minnesota Senator Karin Housley were among the those pledging to advocate for seniors’ quality of life.