Real Life Respite – Villa St Francis Assisted Living, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Real Life Respite – Villa St Francis Assisted Living, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just like on airplanes where they say to put your own oxygen mask on before others, take care of your needs first to ensure that you stay healthy so you can take care of another.  Juggling a family, a job, and being a caregiver to another is difficult.  That is why it is vital for your health, well-being, and familial bonds that you set limits.  It is very important for all caregivers to have an occasional rest period, where they can do something just for them.  Respite care can help.  Short-term respite stays are offered at Villa St Francis Assisted Living,Respite Care Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Whether your loved one needs additional rehabilitation after hospitalization, you need a break, a vacation or are just plain exhausted.  Here are tips on how to prepare for a positive respite care experience:

Tour Villa St Francis to Learn About Respite Care

Pay a visit.  Tour our campus.  Ask questions.  Learn about the availability of medical care, daily activities, meals, and the registration process.  Weekends and holidays book up quickly.  Organize health information including history and physical, medications, food and drug allergies, tuberculosis testing requirement, and advance directives.  Collaborate on care with our staff.  Share emotional state, ability to understand and communicate, and assistance needed in walking, eating, toileting, and bathing.  Help our staff get to know your loved one.  Tell them about personality, likes and dislikes, family and friends, pets, hobbies, favorite foods, taste in music, routines, sleep habits, personal and work history, military service, and achievements.  Arrange emergency contacts in case you can’t be reached.

Start small.  Make a packing list.  Essential items include labeled clothing and underwear, personal toiletries, medications, slippers or grip socks, and an overnight bag.

Respite is also good medicine for the caregiver receiver as well.  Having someone different providing care gives the person a chance to develop a new friendship.  Care receivers are then better able to work with their family members who serve their daily needs.  For additional information, and details and to schedule a visit, contact Villa St Francis Assisted Living, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Visit or call 414-649-2888.

Who’s Calling?

The parable of the bricklayers is an authentic story with various versions. One day in 1671, Christopher Wren, the world’s most famous architect, observed three bricklayers on a scaffold working very hard and fast. Christopher Wren asked them, “What are you doing?” to which the bricklayer, responded, “I’m working hard laying bricks to feed my family.” The second bricklayer responded, “I’m building a church.” And the third said, “I am building the house of God.”

All the many variations of this story tells of three people working on the same wall, doing the same work but with different perspectives. Are you able to see the end result and how your work contributes to that end? Pride in what you are doing will show up in your work and motivation. Employees who are highly connected to the organization’s mission, vision, values, and goals are happier, more enjoyable, and more productive employees.Villa st Francis residents

Fundamentally, we view our experiences at Villa St Francis as a mutual commitment and respect for the residents we serve and for each other. The ministry includes providing person-centered services to meet the contemporary needs of aging individuals and their families. Our Felician Core Values are:

  • Respect for Human Dignity
    Solidarity with Those in Need
    Justice and Peace

For the first bricklayer, building the wall was a job. For the second bricklayer, it was an occupation or career. For the third bricklayer, it was a calling. How do you see your work? It’s not that some occupations are necessarily jobs and others are careers and still others are callings. Instead, what matters is whether the person doing the work believes that laying down the next brick is simply what has to be done, or instead, something that will lead to further personal success, or, finally, work that connects the individual to something far greater than the self. This means that you can go from job to career to calling all without changing your occupation. Whatever you do, look at how it connects to others, the larger impact, and how it can be an expression of your values.

In your search, please consider Villa St Francis, a Felician Sponsored Ministry. We are passionately committed to making the lives of our residents enriched and meaningful. Visit to apply.

Villa St Francis Senior Community Offering Exergaming to Residents with Dementia

For Immediate Release;

Villa St Francis Senior Community Offering Exergaming to Residents with Dementia

Villa St Francis Senior Assisted Living & Memory Care, Milwaukee, WI. Recently installed technology focusing on human interaction.  The digital activity table is an interactive projection system that employs state-of-the-art technology to track body movement and gestures.  Projected onto a table and activated by hand movements, the revolutionary table creates a world of play that’s therapeutic and fun.

Villa St Francis Milwaukee


“Our goal is to create fun experiences that reach beyond play to enrich the lives of our residents. We believe that with the thoughtful use of technology we can engage those suffering from dementia.  The games are designed to stimulate, activate and provide happiness for all of those involved in the caregiving process. The revolutionary software can also create your own games or add personal pictures to existing games to spark memories and create connections.”  Said Sue Seegert, President and CEO of Villa St Francis.

The thoughtful use of technology based on scientific research is to create games that are beneficial to residents as well as caregivers and family members.  The human experience has been shown to be very effective based on research compilations.

Through projection and sound, exergaming creates a relaxing environment that promotes fun, activity, and cognitive stimulation. Whether it be games that enhance eye-hand coordination, the recollection of memories via pictures, or gaming with group participation, we strive to improve the quality of life for our residents.  By immersing our residents in this virtual environment, we promote mental, physical, and social stimulation so that they can fully experience the joy and wonder of being alive.

Villa St Francis is a community-based residence which carries on the 150-year tradition of the Felician Sisters, within a friendly, caring and faith-centered environment, quality assisted living, memory care and respite care are provided for seniors following the Felician Core Values for Ministry.  Our Core Values; Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Transformation, Solidarity with the Poor, Justice and Peace.

For more information call 414-649-2888 or visit

Book a Tour of our Facility

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.