How Personal Care Transformed My Sister (and Me!)

How Personal Care Transformed My Sister (and Me!)

How Personal Care Transformed My Sister (and Me!)

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CRASK_Donna and Cathy_101325_smMarilyn Monroe summed it up perfectly when she said, “Sisters make the best friends in the world.” The dual role makes helping a sister with healthcare needs even more important, particularly when your sister is your only family member.

Cathy Crask knows this all too well. As an employee working at Episcopal Church Home (ECH) in Louisville, Cathy saw firsthand the love and care the staff gives the residents each and every day. “As my sister Donna’s needs changed, I knew the ECH was just the place for her.”

Entering a new phase in life often entails many emotions, from excitement to apprehension. For elders and their families, the transition to personal care represents a significant shift that comes with its own challenges and opportunities. However, amidst the uncertainties, there lies a transformative journey, not just for the elders but also for their families.

As Cathy has seen, moving a loved one into personal care at the right time can be what the relative and family members need.  In the case of Donna and her sister, moving to Episcopal Church Homes’ Lyndon House transformed them both! 

Embracing Independence

The decision to move to a personal care facility is often prompted by the need for support with daily tasks and healthcare needs. While it may seem daunting initially, many elders find that personal care fosters a newfound sense of independence. With trained staff available around the clock to assist when needed, residents can reclaim autonomy in their lives. From medication management to personal care, these services empower elders to live more comfortably and confidently. Donna is very independent now, but she understands that her needs may change in the future. She knows that as her needs change, the services will be available at Episcopal Church Home.

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Social Connection and Community

One of the most significant benefits of personal care is the opportunity for socialization and community engagement. Seniors often find themselves surrounded by peers with similar life experiences and interests, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. Whether participating in group activities, sharing meals in a lovely dining room, or simply enjoying each other's company, these interactions can significantly enhance an elder's quality of life.  Cathy has always been very social, and during and after COVID, living by herself became lonely.  “Donna is busy with her job, husband, and her garden. I need to be around other people because it makes me feel better. I have made new friends here and enjoy new relationships with other residents and the staff members.”

Knowing that their loved ones are part of a supportive community can provide peace of mind for families. Personal care communities offer various amenities and recreational programs to keep residents active and engaged. This sense of community not only enriches the lives of elders but also alleviates some of the concerns families may have about their loved ones' well-being and social isolation. Donna particularly enjoys walking around the community and surrounding neighborhood, weekly Happy Hour, and great programs, and events.

Relieving Caregiver Stress

For families who have been providing care for their elderly loved ones, the decision to transition to personal care can be both challenging and liberating. While guilt or sadness may be associated with the change, many caregivers ultimately find relief knowing that their loved ones are receiving professional care and support. Cathy shared, “It is comforting to know that if anything happens to me, I know my sister is settled in and lives in a community where the people genuinely care for her.”

Personal care allows families to step back from the role of primary caregiver and focus on nurturing their relationship with their elders in new ways. Instead of being consumed by the demands of caregiving, families can spend quality time together, free from the stress and burden that often accompany the responsibility of providing round-the-clock care. “We are sisters and best friends.  We can just enjoy one another now.”

Enhanced Quality of Life

Ultimately, the transition to personal care can enhance the quality of life for elders and their families. With access to personalized care, social engagement, and a supportive community, older adults can thrive in an environment that prioritizes their well-being and independence. Likewise, families can find comfort in knowing that their loved ones are cared for and can enjoy their time to the fullest.

Lyndon House is a new state-of-the-art household on Episcopal Church Home’s campus with 22 personal care apartments for older adults. The personal care neighborhood provides a place where residents can enjoy the highest quality of life possible in a safe, fun, and enriching environment. With rents starting at $6365/month, we offer various levels of care designed to provide the best value for our residents. We have options for those who may only need intermittent support or offer additional services for those needing more help with their daily routines or health needs.

To determine if Lyndon House is right for your loved one or to schedule a tour of ECH, contact us today. 


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Laura Lamb

Laura Lamb

Laura joined Episcopal Retirement Services in 1994. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Cincinnati and received her Master’s degree in Health Administration from Xavier University. Her thesis on Organizational Design in He... Read More >

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