Touching Lives Stories
Val’s Story: Chicago is home
Queenola W., lovingly known as Val, became active in Chicago’s African American cultural activities early on. She continued to make her name as an actress, television host and cultural consultant, she later produced and directed many plays such as, “The Amen Corner” by James Baldwin. Val also performed a one woman show in the U.S and abroad. Val became a resident of St. Anthony in 2019. She was very impressed with the community on her tour and was happy to be calling St. Anthony her future home. Val is a bright light on our community and is willing to share all her wonderful stories with anyone that she can. She has formed a great and loving friendship with our DON Vonda. Val is happy to call St. Anthony her home!
Oneila’s Story: A New Environment Becomes Home
Oneila Mcduffie is a 99-year-old lady who will be turning 100 years on this year in December 2020. She is very well spoken, still likes to be very involved and can do a whole lot by herself. Oneila moved from an independent living facility, a place where she stayed at for 5 years was where she considered home.
Oneila and her family were looking for more support with her ADLs. Upon touring multiple communities, she chose St. Anthony of Lansing because it was a more home-like environment.
She has enjoyed her apartment and the activities provided by the activity department. She is very involved with resident council and is very outspoken, always speaking her mind.
Since COVID-19, Oneila is still very involved with the activities offered during the pandemic.
Sandra’s Story: Feeling at Home at St. Anthony
Let’s talk about living somewhere for years and having to start all over with basically nothing. I want to introduce you to Sandra, a friendly 77-year-old lady who, at the time, was staying in an independent living building in Indiana.
Sandra is used to being on her own, handling her own business, taking care of herself. But as she got older, she was interested in a place that was safer and provided more help with things she was no longer able to do.
The search was not easy, but with the help of some associates she knows, they recommended St. Anthony of Lansing.
Upon moving in, she met our Move-In Coordinator Angela Sykes, who she instantly connected with and trusted. She has said it is hard to trust people since she has no family living nearby. She has a sister, but she stays in another state.
Angela helps Sandra feel at home by checking in on her, helping her with her mail. When she first moved in, Angela even ate lunch with her a few times and introduced her to some residents she could sit with and play bingo with. Angela made sure she was comfortable here at St. Anthony of Lansing.
Sandra loves that she can still be independent and have her privacy here. She says she feels safe here.
Sandra states “I’m glad to have a place to call home”. Even though she had to start over at St. Anthony, she is glad she chose St. Anthony of Lansing.
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there. Sandra feels that way meeting Angela Sykes and finding her home with us.