Shepherd House Friends

We remember the person you are

St. Ann Center provides quality day services in a home-like setting for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. At our Stein Campus, this separate specialized unit is called Shepherd House. Spouses and family members are given vital time to relax and take care of other responsibilities while knowing their loved ones are being cared for in a safe setting.
Monday – Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dementia Care in Shepherd House provides:

  • COMPASSIONATE CARE A dedicated staff offers secure, comforting care to people in the early, middle and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Meantime, clients maintain a sense of independence, knowing they’ll return home at the end of the day.
  • PERSONAL ATTENTION A client-to-staff ratio of 4:1 allows us to attend to each client’s level of ability, behavioral changes and physical and emotional needs.
  • ACTIVITIES Growing and learning never ends with stimulating activities for the mind, body and spirit, including art and music therapy, exercise, creative writing, games, movies and hobby groups for gardeners to foodies.
  • NUTRITION A hot lunch and snack are served daily. Special dietary needs can be met, including tube feeding.
  • FIELD TRIPS From a stroll on St. Ann Center’s secure walking paths to a well-supervised day trip to local attractions, outings are planned to stimulate our clients’ minds and spirits.

Melody the dog volunteer

Pet volunteers

Our team of loyal furry friends provide comfort and canine companionship to the adults in Shepherd House, easing their anxiety and reminding them of the pet pals they’ve had in the past. Currently, we have four pet volunteers who routinely spend their days in Shepherd House.

Our entire center is also pet-friendly. If you are interested in having your pet spend a day in Shepherd House or would just like to visit, please call ahead so we can plan the best day and time.

Some of the ways pet volunteers benefit the adults, especially in Shepherd House, include:

  • Bringing joy and laughter to daily life
  • Providing a source of touch and interaction
  • Lowering stress levels
  • Encouraging communication
  • Stimulating exercise and activity
  • Helping them cope with illness, loss and depression
  • Boosting self-confidence and morale

Dogs can be great medicine—especially for older adults. A visit from a sociable pooch is a wonderful antidote for loneliness, boredom and lack of exercise. In fact, St. Ann Center’s very first pet volunteer, Darby, was the inspiration for our annual pet-friendly, family-fun 5K run and walk, Darby’s Dash.

Intergenerational High Five

Intergenerational fun—What’s 80 years between friends?

At St. Ann Center, it’s not uncommon for a 4-year-old and an 84-year-old to be best buddies. Children from our day care classrooms visit the adults at Shepherd House regularly to read, sing, craft and play games together. The friendships and memories they make are life-changing and lasting.

When the children visit:

  • The adults relax, laugh and engage more fully in activities
  • Self-esteem increases, as the older adults teach new things to the youngsters
  • The children learn to be patient and respectful of their older friends and develop their social skills
  • The number of smiles on young and older faces light up the room!

Fundraising is in progress for a specialized Dementia Unit at our Bucyrus Campus. A circular indoor walking area and outdoor adult playground are among the features planned. Call (414) 977-5062 to become involved or donate to our capital campaign! Donate Now