Identifying Aspiration Pneumonia

Health and Wellness

Have you ever experienced a meal where something “went down the wrong pipe”? If so, you’ve experienced what’s known as aspiration. This is a fairly common occurrence that can occasionally lead to aspiration pneumonia when someone can’t cough up whatever has entered his or her airways. Pneumonia is a breathing condition in which there is inflammation (swelling) or an infection of the lungs or large airways. Aspiration pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the esophagus and stomach. As you can imagine, aspirating …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you want to love what you do? Then maybe a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 reasons Vice President of Programs & Services Mike Catalano loves working at The Arc of Monroe. Amazing People we Support and Staff I love working at The Arc because of the people we support and our staff. I learn something new every day and I have more appreciation for the little things, because I think we take so many things …

The Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

What's In The News

The Arc of Monroe recently hired Michael Yanklowski as its Chief Financial Officer. Yanklowski graduated from St. Bonaventure University with an MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant. For the past 12 years, Yanklowski has worked at the Bonadio Group as an auditor specializing in the health care and tax exempt industry. “I am excited to join The Arc because of the team of great professionals I have the pleasure to work with in an industry that I love,” Yanklowski said. “In addition, I am excited to be part of a team whose primary goal is to do everything in …

The Arc of Monroe’s Tuition Reimbursement Advanced Ashley Bardeen’s Career

Employment, Staff Perspectives

By Ashley Bardeen, Residential Supervisor When I started at the Arc of Monroe, I was told about the tuition reimbursement program in orientation. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it because I was not interested in going back to college. Hired as a direct support professional at one of the residential sites, I made my way up to a residential supervisor after one year, remembering opportunity is always there. Becoming a supervisor was a big step for me with a lot more responsibility, but I was ready for a challenge. After being a supervisor for four years and …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you love what you do? If not, perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons ArcWorks LPN Chris Dean says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding. I Feel like I’m Part of Their Lives Every day I get the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful individuals on the planet! It makes me feel as though I am truly a part of their lives. I share in their …

LouWanda Bell Welcomed back to The Arc as Director of Community Services

Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

The Arc of Monroe is thrilled to welcome LouWanda Bell back to our team as the new Director of Community Services! After leaving her previous leadership role at The Arc to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work, LouWanda has rejoined our team with an increased passion for working with diverse populations to provide leadership, support and collaboration to achieve excellent outcomes. LouWanda describes herself as a people-person, and she enjoys helping others, which makes her a great fit at The Arc of Monroe. “I pride myself as someone who empowers, values and respects others,” LouWanda said. She has more …

ArcWorks Receives Perfect Score on ISO Recertification Audit

Programs and Services, What's In The News

ArcWorks, The Arc of Monroe’s world-class integrated manufacturing site, has once again received zero corrective actions in its 2021 External ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015 Recertification Audit. This achievement highlights the continuous improvement of the Quality Management System that ArcWorks has implemented. It also showcases the dedication and desire for quality practices by the ArcWorks staff, which is made up of people with and without disabilities who work side-by-side in an integrated setting. ArcWorks exceeded expectations of the auditor, driving him to add a note in his findings that said ArcWorks “looks better than most medical companies.” Receiving good …

Decking the Halls at Ballantyne Day Services!

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

We decked the halls at Ballantyne Day Services this week with dancing, a bell choir, and a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus! . We designed Ballantyne to support the specific needs of aging adults, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit Check out the photos from our 2021 Celebration:

Guardianship Program Celebrates the Holidays

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

This week we celebrated the holidays in style with a festive lunch with delicious food and loads of gifts, presented by The Arc of Monroe’s Guardianship Committee! Each guest was given a bag of gifts, each personally chosen just for them! The Arc’s Guardianship Advocates become a part of a person’s life, listening to their wishes and needs, and supporting them with decision-making in the areas of medical care, finances, personal life decisions and many other areas. For more information, visit Check out the photos from our 2021 Holiday Luncheon!

Arc of Monroe Dedicates Residential Home

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Living in a safe, comfortable home is fundamental to the well-being of all people. That is especially true for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for whom it is essential to provide the right environment to encourage independence. Our newest residence on Willowen Drive in Irondequoit is the perfect location for people we support to reach their full potential as a part of our community. This beautiful ranch is equipped to meet the needs of six people who benefit from living on one floor and in a quiet neighborhood. To celebrate the opening, staff, residents, neighbors, board members and supporters …