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Freerksens Find Freedom and Familiarity

Before moving to Emporia Presbyterian Manor about six months ago, Barbara Freerksen’s concerns were growing as her husband, Fred, was experiencing more advanced dementia. Their children were worried, too. How much longer could they stay at home? It was becoming too much for Barbara to handle.

After consulting with family, trying a senior living community closer to home and enlisting home health for routine checks, Barbara visited Emporia Presbyterian Manor to see if it might be a better solution for their needs. She and her children explored many different places in many different counties.

According to CNA Tammy Wyatt, there are a number of factors families look for in a memory care community: home-like environment, caring staff, consistent and patient staff, a quiet and safe environment, activities specific to individual needs and for their loved ones to be able to maintain their schedule.

Ultimately, Barbara and her children decided to come here because Fred’s aunt had been here, and Barbara had been here to visit her. There was some familiarity. Emporia Presbyterian Manor could also meet both of the couple’s needs.

Barbara is an independent living resident and Fred is a memory care resident. Barbara says her children tell her all the time how much better she looks since making the move to Emporia Presbyterian Manor. She feels better every day, too. She described life at Emporia Presbyterian Manor like being on a vacation. Barbara is pleased with the care and help Fred is getting and that she also was able to move here to be closer to him.

While some days with Fred are better than others, Barbara is very thankful that on the rough days, she has the support from our staff and community to take care of him. She went from having full responsibility for Fred to now being able to walk away when she needs to and allow our staff to assist. She says she feels our staff are wonderful to him and to her. Fred participates in many different activities and goes on designated trips around Emporia with our activity staff. Recently, Barbara and Fred went on a trip to the Prouse family farm, where they enjoyed being able to be outdoors and play with many different types of animals.

Presbyterian Manor of Emporia provides dementia care that addresses the unique needs of those living with memory impairments in a dedicated long-term care neighborhood. If you have loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia who need secure, dedicated care, please reach out to Crystal Stock at 620-343-9195 for more information about how we can help you and your loved one both ensure you are maintaining an adequate quality of life.

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