With COVID-19 at the forefront of our thoughts, it’s easy to forget that we’re also in the middle of the Missouri 2020 Census. While Missouri has an overall self-response rate of 62.1% (slightly higher than the national average), St. Louis’ rate is 49.5%. For every person that is not counted in the census, Missouri will lose $1,300 in federal money every year. Due to the results of the 2010 Census, Missouri lost a congressional seat and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
The Missouri 2020 Census will continue through October 31, so there is still time to make sure that #MissouriCounts. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Missouri Counts website and check out its resources. Please help us spread the word!
Falls are a serious health issue for older adults. The number of falls for seniors in the United States is likely to increase as the people live longer and the population ages. Below are some facts about falls in the U.S., and ways for seniors and their caregivers to help prevent them.
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How does a caregiver know when it’s time to consider assisted living for their loved one? Sarah Stevenson at A Place for Mom put together a list of signs that memory care or assisted living might be the most helpful option. Here are a few of them:
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January is National Bath Safety Month. At home, the highest rate for injuries to seniors “in or around the tub or shower”, so we’d like to share with you some reminders of how to stay comfortable and safe at bath time.
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A living experience nothing short of exceptional
Brooking Park’s 250 Uniquely Caring staff members take pride in their work.
We hope our residents and their families enjoy reading about our Community Leadership Team pictured below — we are always looking for ways to improve our 5-Star community, and we appreciate any and all feedback.
Meet The Community Leadership Team
Director of Nursing
Debbie Fogelbach, Director of Nursing, has over 30 years of experience in management. She has served as a Director of Nursing and a Regional Director with multi-facility responsibilities in Missouri and Illinois. She has worked in acute care settings with an expertise in wound care.
Debbie was published by the Sinclair School of Nursing in 2004 for a skin tear prevention program for the elderly. Debbie also serves as a Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor and State Examiner in Missouri. Debbie loves working with the residents and staff and believes that by having knowledgeable, happy staff we have happy residents.
Assistant Director of Nursing
Andrea graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Science and Nursing in 2012. She has been working in long-term care since 2006, when she started as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a hometown nursing home while in high school. Andrea specializes in geriatrics and dementia. In 2018, she obtained her certified dementia practitioner license. Andrea loves spending time outdoors and also watching her favorite football team, the Pittsburg Steelers (“GO Steelers!”). Andrea brings a high level of positive energy to Brooking Park and is very excited to see what the future holds for our wonderful community.
Director of Quality Services
Aubrey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing after attending UMSL. Aubrey has been working in long-term care for 10 years. She specialized in Long-Term and Post-Acute Care. When she’s not working, Aubrey takes care of her 3 daughters and coaches softball. She enjoys working with seniors and wants to continue to improving their quality of life and honoring their legacy.
Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a focus in Health Administration from Truman State University in 2018. Courtney is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She began her career in long-term care as an intern for St. Andrew’s in 2016 & 2017. Currently, Courtney works as a coordinator on the Memory Care floor and leads the transportation department. She is excited for her future at Brooking Park and St. Andrew’s.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing after attending Maryville University in 2008. She began her career on the Med Surg Unit at Barnes, later transferring to management at an urgent care. She started her career in long-term care in 2014 and joined the Brooking Park family in 2017. When Lauren is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and her pup Louise. She is excited to continue her work at Brooking Park focusing her energy on improving the quality of life for our residents!
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Mary is a St. Louis native and attended Saint Louis University where she earned in degree in Physical Therapy. Mary has been at Brooking Park since April 2014. She has been working in geriatrics for the over 20 years and has experience in a variety of settings. Mary oversees the Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy at all levels of care at Brooking Park and The Willows.
Director of Life Enrichment
Tatjana joined the Activities Department at Brooking Park in 2000 and has been the Department Director for the last 6 years. She takes pride in organizing social events for the residents and helps them keep a consistent routine of Tai-Chi, chair yoga, art, music, and reminiscence therapies. She also started a speaker series with knowledge individuals present on a specific topic to start conversations with our residents. In addition to organizing activities at Brooking Park, Tatjana also organizes outings for the residents to the History Museum, Art Museum, St. Louis Symphony, Stages, Botanical Gardens and any other places that residents wish to go.
Rev Jake Denap
Rev Jacob DeNap is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A native of southern Illinois, he studied at Duke University and the Chicago Theological Seminary, and completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Previously, Jake has worked as a chaplain in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and in Hospice/Palliative Care and served congregations in the Chicago and St Louis suburbs. Jake lives in St Louis city with his beloved spouse and children. He has a special interest in healthcare ethics, poetry, and the ways we create community. Occasionally, he is good at jokes.
Director of Culinary Services
Phil delights in providing residents with a top-quality dining experience equal to the ones seen by patrons at some of the top restaurants where he used to work. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he enjoys sharing his love of Italian cooking and seafood, reminding him of his large Italian family where food is everything.
Business Office Manager
Marcia graduated from UMSL with an Accounting Degree and has been a part of the Brooking Park family for over 19 years. She loves her job and tries to exemplify the St. Andrew’s mission every day.
Director of Environmental Services
Originally from Chicago, Holly has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville. She has lived in St. Louis for the past 20 years, enjoying a long career in hotel management prior to joining the Brooking Park family. She enjoys getting to know the residents and their families, who are some of the nicest people she has ever met in her career.
Human Resources Director
Sonja serves as the Human Resource Director bringing over 10 years of HR experience to the team. Her passion is providing outstanding customer service to senior leaders and staff. She also enjoys recruiting the best talent to serve our residents. Sonja holds a Masters of Management with the emphasis in Human Resources from Fontbonne University. Sonja enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to a wonderful husband, with three children, and two fur babies. She is extremely excited to be a part of The Brooking Park family!
Director of Assisted Living
Growing up in rural Illinois, Dalton received his Bachelor Degree from Western Illinois University majoring in Psychology and Communications. During his time with St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors he has directed an independent living retirement community, managed a Medicare unit, and now oversees The Assisted Living Community at Brooking Park. Dalton loves working with the public but especially the seniors. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family, watching sports, and helping his son become a great student athlete.
Director, The Willows
Heather has over 20 years’ experience in the senior retirement industry. She has been a part of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors family for over 12 years. The last 8 years she has been proud to be the Director of The Willows. Her passion is working with seniors to provide the highest level in independent living with an active, healthy lifestyle in a warm and inviting environment.