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“Jackie” resides in one of Genacross Lutheran Services’ affordable independent living communities. When she first moved in, Jackie was using a walker at all times, which was very frustrating for her. She really wanted to be able to walk on her own again. A few months after Jackie’s arrival at the housing community, the Genacross Service Coordinator started up an exercise program for the residents. Since then, Jackie has not missed one of the weekly sessions. After only three months of exercise, Jackie is now using a cane instead of a walker to get around. Jackie also shared that she is able to go shopping and get out more. One day, recently, Jackie’s son-in-law took her shopping, and she was thrilled to be able to walk around the whole time without getting too tired. She credits the exercises she has consistently been doing under the guidance of the Service Coordinator for her success and is grateful for the opportunity. A primary goal of Genacross service coordination is to empower residents and promote independence in their daily lives, and this certainly happened for Jackie.
The Genacross Lutheran Services-Napoleon Campus received a call from a family in a panic over the care of their parents. “Ruth” and “Jim” have been married for more than 55 years and have not been apart in the last 15. During much of that time, Jim was Ruth’s primary caregiver. One day, when family members stopped in to check on them, Jim was not acting right. His speech was slurred, and he did not really respond to questions. The daughter called for an ambulance, and both parents were taken to the hospital. Jim was sent to a Toledo hospital for further evaluation, and the family had to decide quickly how best to care for their mother. After many tears in the emergency room, the family decided to separate their parents. Napoleon staff worked quickly to accommodate Ruth’s emergency admission, knowing that it was going to be difficult for the family. Chaplain Genter supported Ruth with prayer and comfort. Jim was monitored at the hospital and was then referred to the Napoleon Campus for rehabilitation.
Initially, staff wanted to separate the couple so that Jim could focus on regaining his strength; however, he insisted on sharing a room with Ruth. In the beginning, it was a bit difficult because Jim tried to care for his wife. After staff explained that they were there to help, Jim began focusing on getting well and allowed others to care for Ruth. Jim continues to receive therapy services with the goal of returning home with his wife, and he is making great progress. The family is unsure if going home is the best choice, but staff has explained that it is important to allow their parents to try to reach that goal. If Jim and Ruth are able to return home, a home visit will be set up before discharge so everyone will know what to expect. The children expressed gratitude for the staff’s care and commitment in working toward their parents’ wishes.