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From respite to resident: “Moving here seemed natural”—Jo’s story

Amy Weiss | Nov 24, 2020

Jo, a retired art teacher, lived in a co-op near Walker Methodist Care Suites of Edina until July 2019. That’s when she was hospitalized due to a fall. Following her hospital stay, Jo needed to find a place for respite care services, and Care Suites was more convenient and closer to her sons. Though she recovered well, 93-year-old Jo realized she might need more care than she was able to receive if she returned to her co-op. So, that summer, Jo decided to call her new community home.

“Moving to Care Suites of Edina seemed natural,” she explained. “My favorite aide, Marie, is here, and we get along well. I don’t need to be concerned.”

Since then, Jo has enjoyed her new surroundings. She’s part of a care suites neighborhood, a living option that allows residents to stay independent as long as possible. “The care suites model is unique. I like that we can still eat together, and everyone makes sure we stay safe.”

Jo also loves Care Suite’s activity programs, especially exercise and art, and goes to every activity she can. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the life enrichment team has provided engaging opportunities for residents. Jo’s most recent project was a “stained glass” maple leaf made with tissue paper.

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Jo even met her friend Shirley in the dining room. Now, when they’re able, they sit and visit together—or chat on the phone. “I like the friendly people,” said Jo. “I feel cared for. It feels good to know there’s someone to help me if I need help.”

“I want people to know they’ll be well-cared for here—and well-fed,” said Jo, commenting on the benefits of her move from respite care to becoming a permanent resident.

“You can do things you love and enjoy. I’m impressed with how caring the team is… And, I don’t have to do my own laundry! It’s a very good place to live.”