March 09, 2017

What Darwin, a Piano and Books Have in Common

Making the Move to a Care Community Easier

Gene's favorite chair sits next to the window with his slippers and binoculars.

Moving from a person's home to a care facility is extremely emotional. And it was no different for Gene and his wife Genelle. They knew his moving into Heritage Springs Memory Care was going to be a difficult change. However, thoughtful discussions with the Heritage Springs team as to what personal effects Gene brought with him made the transition easier and made his room feel like home sooner.

When you enter Gene's private suite in the new neighborhood you see so many symbols of who Gene is. Bookshelves and a computer desk are overflowing with his favorite authors, framed pictures of his family and friends, CDs and DVDs. His walls are adorned with world maps and eclectic artwork. His comfy lazy-boy chair is partnered with his favorite slippers and a set a binoculars for bird-watching out his window. Darwin, Gene and Genelle's dog, even has his own bed when he comes on his daily visit.

Colleen Fritz, President explains “it's so important that our residents are surrounded by things that make them feel happy and at home here. While all of our suites come fully furnished with a bed and linens, dresser, night stand, and a chair, residents can certainly choose to bring any or all of these of items from home instead. We encourage all of our residents to bring items of sentimental value with them - pictures of loved ones, favorite books and artwork, decorations, furniture. ”

The team at Heritage Springs will try to accommodate even tough requests. During one of the conversations with Gene and Genelle, prior to moving in, they mentioned a beloved piano that Gene would dearly miss and wished he could bring it with him. “As it turns out, there was a perfect corner in the sunroom, right outside of Gene's room and all of the residents benefit from the beautiful music” added Colleen.

Learn more about our suite options here. To make an appointment to tour Heritage Springs and talk with our team please call 570-522-3671.

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