Benedictine Health System

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Experience Speaks For Itself

Dear Christine:

I would be very ungrateful if I did not send this letter of thanks for the wonderful opportunity I had of spending eight weeks at Living Community.

When we were first searching for a place to stay, we came by one evening unannounced. Lorey McConnell, one of the Lead CNA’s, was the first person we met. She took the time to give us a tour and I immediately knew that this would be my new home. Lorey was and is an excellent representative and serves as the face of your facility for me.

I believe in the power of prayer. We were praying for a place to stay and I truly believe that we were led to be there. I counted my many blessings every day knowing that our prayers were answered.

So many people touched my life. I almost hesitate to start naming names, but there were a few that really stood out to me. Tonya, from Therapy, was the one I worked the most with. She spent many hours working with me and helping me get back on my feet again. Not only did she serve as my therapist, but I feel as though I made a friend. James also assisted in my therapy and recovery, and I enjoyed his personality and the opportunity I had working with him. The entire Therapy team members were excellent.

At Living Community, every one treated me like a real person from the Director on down. I was surprised at how staff members could call each of us by name.

The activity staff were wonderful as well – Morgan, Natalie & LaDonna. I wasn’t a bingo player before coming, but I absolutely loved bingo! Morgan especially distinguished herself. Her bright smile and cheerful personality greeted me each day. I started calling her “Tinkerbell” because she reminded me of a little pixie.

The food was wonderful. The rooms were clean and well cared for. The landscaping out front was inviting. I spent many evenings out front visiting with people as they came and went.

The nurses and CNA’s were all very good to me. Their care and concern made me feel right at home. One young lady in particular impressed me very much. Hillary, a CNA, did an outstanding job. It was the little things she did that meant the most. Things like opening the packets of condiments and bringing warm towels at the end of meals to wash with were just a couple of the special touches she provided.

I had the opportunity of seeing you on several occasions and you always greeted me with a smile. You should be very proud of everyone who made my experience there so pleasant. So many of the people who come there are in pain or may be lonely. From my experience there, I think everyone helps those in need.

The one concern I had when choosing a place to stay was that it wouldn’t feel like a “nursing home.” I felt I was too young for that yet. I can honestly say that in my time there I never felt that. I will be telling everyone I know about my wonderful stay. If you ever need to provide references to a potential patient, I would be more than willing to assist. I will be your advocate in the community!

Thank you so much to everyone who made my stay a real blessing in my life.


Kevin D. Little


Dear Chris and Staff,

Words cannot convey my appreciation for the care you and your staff provided for my dad, Jack Teegarden, during his final days. Every single person we encountered, from nursing staff, chaplains to maintenance and food servers were wonderfully kind and competent. I know why Dad loved volunteering there…the whole place is infused with loving care. We will always have delightful memories to console us as we deal with Dad’s death because of all of you, especially those who worked directly with dad.

It will always bring a smile to my face when I remember my 80+ year old Dad tell me he was going to Living Community to volunteer with the “old people.”

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mary Ann Didde



Living Community of St. Joseph 1202 Heartland Road, St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 671-8500