Nozzolio Secures $40,000 For Cherry Ridge Senior Community In Webster

Michael F. Nozzolio

October 27, 2006

Webster- State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R,C-Fayette) today announced that he has secured $40,000 in state funding to support the installation of a Personal Emergency Response System at Cherry Ridge, a St. Ann’s Community. The announcement was made on the grounds of the 41-acre Cherry Ridge campus, located in Webster.

“Cherry Ridge successfully supports optimal independence in lifestyle for senior residents while also providing, the most progressive safety and security support systems, giving residents and their family peace of mind ” said Senator Nozzolio. “As the State Senator representing Webster and as an ardent supporter of the great work done at Cherry Ridge, it was a pleasure to secure state funding to help provide enhanced safety and security measures for the seniors living there.”

“This funding that Senator Nozzolio was instrumental in assisting Cherry Ridge obtain is directly in line with our mission to enhance the independence, physical and spiritual well being of older adults,” shared Betty Mullin-DiProsa, President and CEO of St. Ann’s Community. “We are so grateful to Senator Nozzolio for his continual support of Cherry Ridge and St. Ann’s Community.”

The funding will be used to help Cherry Ridge pay for a state-of-the-art Personal Emergency Response System (PER System) that will allow staff to provide the highest level of resident safety and security. The PER system features:

  • Alarm pendants for each resident allowing the individual to call for assistance from any location on campus.
  • Voice-to-voice capacity within all of the living units to allow staff to communicate with a resident who has summonsed help but is unable to reach a telephone. These sophisticated communication systems allow staff to assess an emergency situation immediately allowing for a quick response time if emergency personnel are needed.
  • A “wander guard” system to allow residents in the dementia care unit to have free and unrestricted movement within the unit while ensuring their personal safety. Ten second delays on the alarmed fire exits and other specialized features give staff the ability to keep residents from getting in harms way in the least restrictive manner.
  • Integrated fire detection systems in the residences that surpass code requirements by tying smoke detectors directly into the PER system. In combination with a pager system that is integral to the communications components of the PER system, Cherry Ridge will have a heightened ability to watch for fire potential and respond quickly to all threats.

    For more information on Cherry Ridge, please call 697-6700 or visit

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