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COVID 19 has changed life at Maria Regina. Our halls, once teaming with family visitors, are now quiet and our elders miss you terribly. Staff, too, is feeling the loss of your presence.

We understand how frightening and difficult it is not to be able to see, touch and hug your parents, sisters, brothers, friends. As the state mandated we close the facility to all visitors, we knew how hard this would be. But, together, we have tried to make the best of it – zoom video chats, phone calls and outside gatherings. For some of our residents, these forms of communication have not always been successful. For others, they have been a lifeline.

We want you to know that each day, our staff tries its best to touch each and every Maria Regina resident. In addition to our nurses and nursing assistants, the social workers, recreation therapists, rehab staff, housekeepers, dietary, pastoral care and others are on the units, being there for our elders. They comfort the frightened, they share some laughter and they do the “little things” that mean so much.

The good news is that all of our residents to date have tested negative for the virus and we have been able to take them outdoors for some fresh air. At this point, the DOH mandate barring visitation is still in effect.

We know that cannot take your place, but as our caring partners, by staying away, you are helping to contain this virus. Please know that, although we are not perfect, we are doing our very best under difficult circumstances.

We look forward to the day when our doors can open again, when we can care for our residents together and when life at Maria Regina will be made better by your presence.

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Memorial Day Love

The residents who live at Maria Regina received a red-white and blue Memorial Day Balloon Sculpture  to celebrate the holiday.  Terry Moore, brother-in-law of  Board President  Sister Janet Kinney, CSJ,   crafted one for each resident.   Terry's cheery gift brought big smiles of surprise, delight and gratitude to all.  Resident's  liked the heart -shaped balloon and some said it reminded them that they are loved, especially during this challenging time.   Thanks Terry!

CSJ Sisters Dorothy Frederick  and Maureen de Lourdes Stock

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“I was born to be a nursing assistant – to hold, to help, to teach, to inspire. It’s who I am, my calling, my passion, my life, my world.”

Giving and receiving care is a deep and personal experience. It requires trust, understanding and compassion, especially in uncertain times. Bathing, dressing and feeding are all intimate activities which require skill and the knowledge of each elder’s personality and preferences. All care giving happens in the context of the relationship between the caregiver and the receiver of care, and for our nursing assistants, this relationship is at the heart of all they do.

Throughout this pandemic, the work of nursing assistants has become more complex and challenging. Coming to work every day, in spite of the hazards, nursing assistants often working 16 hours a day to cover for those who have fallen ill. And, as with so many of our healthcare workers, they go home each night to care for their children, spouses and parents, hoping that their work does not endanger their own families.

They have remained a constant presence in the lives of our elders, as they laugh and cry with them, hold their hands and wipe their tears. Our nursing assistants personify Maria Regina’s commitment to hope, healing and hospitality.

They are brave, strong and dedicated and we cannot be prouder of these wonderful women. Thank you, thank you - for all you do and especially, for who you are.

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Wives and mothers; daughters and sisters; aunts and friends.

Our nurses are many things to many people – to our Maria Regina elders they are healers, comforters and companions. During these past several months, their dedication and commitment to our residents has been outstanding. They have come to work every day, often working double shifts when colleagues took ill.


The Maria Regina community is built upon a thread of intimate relationships between staff and residents. A listening ear, a gentle touch and a smile have all been made more challenging, but not impossible by COVID 19. Our nurses continue to hold the hand of the fearful and sit quietly with the dying.


We have never been more proud of their bravery, their professionalism and their compassion. We thank them for all they do, every day, to make the world a kinder and gentler place.

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