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Life at Presbyterian Manor: Perceptions vs. reality

In recognition of National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 12-18, we want to share some of the misperceptions of living in a long-term care community, and how Emporia Presbyterian Manor is different.

“Lots of people think moving to a long-term care community means putting one foot in the grave and giving up their independence,” said Crystal Stock, marketing director for Emporia Presbyterian Manor.

Resident Doris Brawner and her daughter Beverly Long shared similar feelings. After being diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and then Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy from repeated head injuries, it was determined Doris would be safer living in a communal setting rather than returning home to live alone. That’s when they had to face their perceptions and discover the truth.

“We often thought of nursing home care as more institutionalized care with more of a hospital feel. Mother’s stay in her first nursing home for rehab was very much that way; not personalized or home-like. After seeing and now experiencing Emporia Presbyterian Manor, we know that it can be much more. The Presbyterian Manor is very homey and yet functional for residents and their families to enjoy time together and for staff to provide quality care,” said Beverly.

This community – and all of the Presbyterian Manor communities in Kansas and Missouri – are about adding value to the lives of residents.

“There was a rope analogy our former regional marketing director used to share. When we were born, our lifespan can be represented by a rope. As life goes on, things happen like losing a spouse or child, car accidents, falls or major health scares, stress, poor nutrition, improper medication management, etc. All of these put knots in our rope. Within our community, our goal is to help unravel those knots and help add length back to the rope through quality services and support,” said Crystal.

Since moving here four years ago, Doris is experiencing her rope being lengthened by her experiences here.

“Doris has made so many friends at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. She calls it ‘home.’ Mom’s favorite things about life here include the variety of yummy food, the ability to get her dietary needs met with flavorful options and ordering extra food when she is still hungry (Mom loves food!); followed by the clean and comfortable environment and of course the wonderful friends that she has made,” said Beverly.

Emporia Presbyterian Manor has a five-star CMS rating and follows the PEAK program. It is the only not-for-profit senior living community in Emporia with a mission all about supporting a rights resident’s rights and choice. To schedule a tour or learn more about life at the Presbyterian Manor, call Crystal Stock at 620-343-2613 or

According to Doris, “It is a great way to spend your ‘golden years!’”

PHOTO: Doris Brawner poses with her daughter Beverly Long.

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