When Fort Scott resident Janet Braun had hip replacement surgery at KU Medical Center in 2012, she knew she would need a lot of help getting back on her feet again. That’s why she called her friends at Presbyterian Village. But it wasn’t to inquire about moving in or even a temporary rehabilitation stay. Janet was aware of something that most people aren’t: Presbyterian Village provides services to help seniors stay in their own home as long as they’re willing and able.
“I’ve been associated with Presbyterian Village for many years, and although I’d like to live here someday, I’m happy at home right now. Both of my parents lived here, and I’m on the Community Advisory Council, so I’m familiar with all of the services Presbyterian Village offers and was grateful for them,” said Janet. “After my hip replacement, I needed transportation back to my home from Kansas City, and I needed help getting settled in. My daughter would have normally done this, but her daughter, my granddaughter, had auditioned for a part in the children’s chorus and the performance was the day I was released from the hospital. I told her not to worry and called Frieda at Presbyterian Manor. Everything was handled from there.”
Janet is a retired special education teacher. In addition to serving on the Presbyterian Village advisory council, she also serves on the school board, is involved in Rotary Club, and has helped plan Fort Scott’s Annual Festival for more than 35 years. To say she’s involved in the community is an understatement.
“This kept me from having to change my life. There were many in-home services I could access from the Presbyterian Village. Jennifer Hyer, RN, was in charge of home services and came out with her list to ask what I needed, and I was billed once a month. We decided I needed at least one meal per day, and an aide from the Village would come to my house for about an hour when she finished her shift. She would go to the grocery store, fold laundry, and just be in the house so I could take a shower and know there was someone there. Day to day we worked out what we’d do,” said Janet.
“I was also able to maintain my volunteer obligations. The van from the Village would take me to school board meetings, and later I pledged a donation toward purchasing the new van because I appreciated it so much.”
This wasn’t the first time Janet had seen how supportive the Presbyterian Village staff could be, though.
“My mother and father, Pauline and Pratt Irby, both moved in right after it was built. My mother would come and watch it being built. That was in 1994. Nobody was sick at the time, and Dad didn’t have to worry about the lawn. They picked out the apartment they wanted, and they were thrilled. Gradually as they needed more services, the services were here. Eventually, Mother passed, and then my father passed, but having the physical and emotional support here was so helpful,” said Janet.
When she’s not volunteering at her many community commitments, Janet enjoys spending time with her family. She has three children and eight grandchildren. And of course, she’s a familiar face here at Presbyterian Village, where she also volunteers at the Good Samaritan fundraiser each year.
“I sit under the overhang at the front entrance and help with getting the dinners ready to go and out the door to those picking them up in the drive-through. I handle the money and manage the high school helpers. We couldn’t do it without them,” said Janet. “I enjoy it, though. It was wonderful for my parents and wonderful for me. I know that down the road, it’s there, and the services are there for whatever I need in the future. I’m glad there’s a continuum of services.”
Executive Director Ginger Nance is proud of the wide array of services we offer. “In home services are a nice option when a little help can make a lot of difference. Whether due to a recent illness or just the convenience of having a helping hand around the house, our specially trained staff will take care of those tedious tasks that you’d like to check off your list. Call us today at 620-223-5550 to discuss the in-home service option that best suits your needs.”