Healing the Sick: Bayley

Cincinnati, OH  | www.bayleylife.org

When Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he wrote,“The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel.”

Since 1990, the staff at Bayley have been dedicated to the wellbeing of community members experiencing various stages of the aging process. Located on rolling hills across from the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse campus in Delhi Township, Bayley’s retirement community is home to more than three hundred residents with needs ranging from independent or assisted living, to skilled nursing or memory support care. In addition, hundreds of local senior adults participate in Bayley’s adult day program and fitness club. As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Bayley is committed to providing compassion and quality of life to all those they serve.

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Sister Patricia Malarkey, SC (left) serves as a pastoral minister for Bayley residents including G. Ron Hall (right). Staff member Vicki Moore (center) is one of many dedicated personnel who carry on the spirit of the Sisters of Charity in their daily work.

Meeting a Community Need

The aging of the baby boom generation is leading to an increase of the number of Americans suffering from dementia-related diseases and an increasing demand for quality care. Today, more than 15 million Americans experience the heavy burden of providing care in their homes for a loved one afflicted with dementia.2 The increased demand for memory care services and the positive reputation of Bayley in the community resulted in a waiting list.

To address this growing need, Bayley has expanded their senior care nursing facility through support from SC Ministry Foundation. The new memory support unit will add 20 residential units on two floors specifically designed for person-centered care in a space that feels like home. The units feature open studio rooms that surround common areas for social activities and dining. All are designed to encourage interaction among staff and residents to ensure their safety and comfort.

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The new memory care unit at Bayley’s retirement community is planned to open in the fall of 2016 with rooms for 20 residents.

Building Loving Relationships

“The spirit of the Sisters of Charity continues through the staff at Bayley,” shared Sister Patricia Malarkey, SC, who serves as a pastoral minister at Bayley. “During a time of their greatest vulnerability, we are present with the residents and their families to encourage them, support them, and love them.”

Bayley is well positioned to provide quality, compassionate care for community members suffering from dementia in an enriching, home-like environment. This will also lead to greater comfort for their family members who can continue their daily lives with the reassurance that their loved one is in the care of those that demonstrate God’s merciful love.

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1, 2: Alzheimer’s Association, 2016 Facts and Figures

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