Press Release (ePRNews.com) - MADISON, Miss. - Nov 28, 2018 - When Lynette Hegwood lost her husband to cancer, she decided it was time to consider alternatives to assist her with the challenges of living alone. And she could think of no better place than where her mother, Flora â€śFloâ€ť Mullins, has lived for more than a decadeâ€”St. Catherineâ€™s Village. Now, daughter and mother live just one floor apart at the all-inclusive life care community in Madison, Mississippi.
â€śI was familiar with St. Catherineâ€™s Villageâ€™s respected reputation,â€ť said Lynette. â€śIn 2004, when my husbandâ€™s mom was living with Parkinsonâ€™s disease, we accompanied her when she looked at several senior living communities. We kept coming back to St. Catherineâ€™s Village because it offered multiple levels of careâ€”independent living in apartments and garden homes, assisted living in Marian Hall, memory care in Campbell Cove, and skilled nursing in Siena Center.â€ť
â€śMy mother-in-law did not immediately warm up to the idea of moving, but she made the decision on her own,â€ť said Lynette. Part of the reason was because St. Catherineâ€™s Village offered a mission-focused environment that encourages residents in all levels to enjoy fullness of life, health, and faith.
We kept coming back to St. Catherine’s Village because it offered multiple levels of careâ€”independent living in apartments and garden homes, assisted living in Marian Hall, memory care in Campbell Cove, and skilled nursing in Siena Center.
At this same time, Lynetteâ€™s own mother, Flo, became ready to leave the hassles and maintenance of her old home behind and gain more freedom.
â€śThey were both living alone in their own houses and my husband, and I was going back and forth to help them take care of yards and chores. It kept us busy,â€ť Lynette explained. With the promise of a family Alaskan cruise after their moves as an incentive, Lynetteâ€™s mother and mother-in-law packed their belongings, and the two women moved into St. Catherineâ€™s Village between May and July 2004.
â€śOver the next 14 years, I got to know so many residents and employees at St. Catherineâ€™s Village. They all hold your hand whenever you need them. They becameâ€”and continue to beâ€”our extended family,â€ť she said.
It was only natural, then, when Lynette felt it was her time to consider benefits offered to residents at St. Catherineâ€™s Village, she chose the life care community, tooâ€¦Â even though her son and his family offered to move both Lynette and Flo near them in Pennsylvania. Plus, Flo knew so many people at St. Catherineâ€™s Village that Lynette immediately had a built-in network of friends.
â€śIf anyone here isnâ€™t happy, I haven’t met them,â€ť she laughed. â€śThis is such a caring environment; youâ€™ll never get as many hugs as you do here.â€ť
When deciding which apartment to choose, Lynette thought, â€śI want to be close to mom,â€ť adding that â€śit would be nice if she could bring me some chicken noodle soup every once in a while.â€ť
Lynetteâ€™s one-bedroom apartment, which has been described as a showplace for Ikea furniture, is in the same building as her motherâ€™s. However, Flo recently had hip surgery and is recovering in another level of care until she is able to return to her apartment in independent living.
â€śWe have a bit of a role reversal now,â€ť said Flo. â€śBut we are thankful to have each other.â€ť
Lynette was quick to point out that the independent living apartments â€śarenâ€™t your motherâ€™s nursing home!â€ť As a second-generation St. Catherineâ€™s Village resident, she hasâ€”with the help of her neighborsâ€”energized the atmosphere on her floor by creating a gathering place set up for card games or happy hour with a Keurig coffee bar and an Alexa that plays relaxing music. This casual gathering spot allows everyone to get together spontaneously.
â€śPlanned activities are good, but we like to do our own thing, too,â€ť said Lynette.
Flo agreed. â€śI worked as an activity director in a nursing home before â€¦and Iâ€™ve had enough Bingo.â€ť
Now, Flo crochets clothes for American Girl dolls and leads the singing at Sunday morning church service. And she plays the dulcimerâ€”an Appalachian mountain string instrument. She also has a green thumb and is pretty handy.
Beyond their living arrangements, both women also appreciate the care and security of St. Catherineâ€™s Village. No one gets past the front gate without authorization by a resident or staff. And St. Catherineâ€™s Village emergency responders have first-hand experience addressing health needs.
â€śI am a Type 1 diabetic and contend with low glucose,â€ť said Lynette. â€śIn the wee hours one morning I called security and theyâ€”along with nursingâ€”arrived to assist me. They were top notch, even better than 911. Itâ€™s reassuring to have a registered nurse and security available 24 hours each day.â€ť
Lynette also had committed to having a service dog for her diabetes prior to coming to St. Catherineâ€™s Village. Complying with the Americans with Disability Act, management happily worked with Lynette to ensure her service animal was welcome and accommodated. The one-year-old black lab, Prophet, was delivered in November.
â€śThe hole in my heart that arose after my husband passed away has been filled by the people at St. Catherineâ€™s Village,â€ť said Lynette. â€śYou never have to be alone if you don’t want to be.â€ť
Even though there are on average 475 residents at St. Catherineâ€™s Village, the staff makes each and every one feel like the most important person. It is the first all-inclusive life care community in Mississippi to earn accreditation by CARF-CCAC. This â€ścommitment to excellenceâ€ť seal signifies that the campus exceeds the standards established by the only international accrediting body for CCRCs.
â€śI canâ€™t talk to anyone without finding out how much they love it here,â€ť said Lynette.
St. Catherineâ€™s Village is a service of St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. The private, gated community boasts 160 acres of wooded grounds, protected and beautiful outdoor spaces, and unparalleled facilities that provide the right care at the right time for those in their retirement years.
Speaking from experienceâ€”her mother-in-law went through every level of care at St. Catherineâ€™s Villageâ€”Lynette noted that â€śat whatever stage or age, St. Catherineâ€™s Village has something for everybody.â€ť
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