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Time to declare independence?

[caption id="attachment_6386" align="alignleft" width="300"] Our independent living neighborhood was renovated in 2016.[/caption]

Discover the freedom senior living can afford

Moving to a senior living community is a big transition, and it’s not uncommon to feel anxious about the unknown: Can I still drive? How restricted will I be?

At Emporia Presbyterian Manor, we believe our independent living residents actually experience greater freedom after they move — freedom from home maintenance and isolation, and freedom to make the most of their independence.

Independent living offers maintenance-free living so they can enjoy a full spectrum of life.

Let’s dispel a few myths about it:

“I won’t be able to come and go as I please.”

Our independent living residents have complete freedom of movement. They’re more likely to take vacations, too, because they don’t have to line up someone to mow their yard, take their mail or check on their place while they are away. We take care of all that.

“I won’t be able to drive anymore.”

We do not take the keys away. We want you to be able to drive if you wish. If you have decided not to drive anymore, or as often, we offer transportation to medical appointments, restaurants and shops for everyone who lives in our community.

“I don’t want to give up my independence.”

A move to independent living is designed to help you live a fuller, happier life. Presbyterian Manor takes the stress out of daily life, so our residents have more time to enjoy their independence and participate in as many or as few activities as they desire. And when they need a little help, we’re here for that, too. Other perks of our independent living neighborhood include:

• Home and yard maintenance provided

• Backup generator in case of power outages

• 24/7 access to nursing services, if needed

• Priority access to higher levels of care, if needed

• Continual access to our dining room and food services

• Exercise programs and social activities

• Peace of mind for residents and their families

Profiles of independence

Meet a few of our independent living residents and learn what they love about our community.

Joyce Stolfus

Joyce lived in an old house with lots of stairs before moving here four years ago. She said it was like moving into a hotel. “The people are so nice. I feel safe,” she said. “It’s great here.” Joyce enjoys being part of our Painter’s Guild. “This is where I want to be,” she said. “My kids don’t worry about me, and that makes their lives easier.”

Jim and Beverly Dillman

Jim and Beverly didn’t want to be forced to move out of their Emporia home of 20 years by an emergency. When home maintenance became too much of a burden, the couple looked to Emporia Presbyterian Manor “because of the continuum of care,” Jim said.

They moved in a year ago. Jim enjoys being part of the local art community and participating in Art is Ageless. He is a talented stained glass artist, and his portrait of Christ is a recent, treasured addition to our chapel.

[caption id="attachment_6387" align="alignleft" width="169"] Residents who love to read enjoy our extensive library.[/caption]

Nina Gragg

Nina was tired of home upkeep, and she didn’t like having to depend on her children every time something needed to be fixed. Today Nina is an active member of our community. She plays in the bridge club, tends the garden outside her home as well as our community garden, and volunteers to assist with administrative needs.

Carl and Jean Elliott

Carl’s parents lived at Presbyterian Manor, and the Elliotts were pleased with the care they received. Four years ago, Carl and his wife, Jean, decided to makethe move, too.

Like his parents, Carl recommends moving to senior living while you can still enjoy independence. "Don’t wait until the kids tell you it is time to go, or it will be a big change. Make the decision on your own. The sooner you come, the better, because it takes the pressure off the kids.”

They realized their home had a lot of rooms they never used anymore. Looking ahead, they said it’s comforting to be within walking distance of skilled nursing. If one of them later needs a higher level of care, the other won’t have to go far to visit. Carl is an active volunteer in our community. He also enjoys our library and reading. Jean is involved with several activities and groups around Presbyterian Manor as well.

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