I have been involved in helping to find a suitable nursing home for my elderly aunt's continued care, so I have visited quite a few in recent months. Upon visiting the Indiana Masonic Home, I knew I needed to look no further.
First of all, the home is on the beautiful campus of Franklin College. Just driving into the campus and to the home is a breath of fresh air. When we walked into the facility, I was also greeted not by the smells I expect when entering a nursing home, but by the smell of vanilla candles. We were given a full tour of the facility, and I felt like we were everyone's priority (from the admissions manager to the Director of Admissions and Finance) the entire time we were there.
Secondly, I couldn't believe how clean and inviting the entire facility was. Although the rooms were small, the residents were able to bring their own furniture and decorations to make them feel like home. Both in the residential wing and the healthcare wing, the rooms were made to feel very homey.
Finally, I was thrilled with the programs that were available to the residents. We were told about outings that my aunt would be able to go own, as well as opportunities she would have for social events, worship, and even getting her hair and nails done.
Furthermore, the nurses we all talked to knew every single person by name and situation. We met several residents who have been there nearly 20 years. After our tour was over, I knew my search for a good place for my aunt had ended.
She has now been there for rehab for about 4 weeks. When she entered, she was not in very good shape. She has since gained weight and is doing much better. There is a chance she might be able to come home in a couple more months. She has started playing cards with several people in her wing, and she is being more social now than she has been in a long, long time.
I know she will probably require permanent long-term care in the next year or so, and you can bet I will make sure she can return to the Indiana Masonic Home.