Walker Methodist Health Center made senior living smooth for Ian's aging parents


Kindness and care made a difference for Ian's family: "The Health Center is more like a family than an institution."

Ian experienced firsthand the hardship of caring for someone with dementia. When his mother began struggling with dementia and his father needed help caring for her, Ian knew the transition didn’t have to be difficult—they just needed the right help.

Ian’s family was drawn to the full range of services and caring environment offered at Walker Methodist Health Center. “We looked at a lot of facilities. A big part of the decision was that Walker Methodist had the complete package,” said Ian.

Later his mother transitioned into the memory care unit, and his father moved into the Health Center with memory issues of his own. Ian admitted both transitions for his parents were challenging, but being able to keep his parents at the same location made it a lot easier. “The Health Center is more like a family than an institution,” Ian shared. “It’s a very caring environment.”

Ian’s parents benefited from the broad spectrum of care Walker Methodist provides, including personalized memory care plans. In safe neighborhood-style communities, residents participate in activities to meet cognitive, social, and emotional needs. Specially trained staff are on-site 24 hours a day, and residents engage in special life-enriching programs like the renowned Music and Memory™ program.

After his mother passed away, Ian recognized the activities at the Health Center were important in helping his dad through a difficult time. “Being social is the key to keeping him engaged and not so isolated. The activities director shared how they encourage people to participate. Everyone is helpful and knows him personally.”

Ian enjoys how welcoming the Heath Center is to visiting families—he especially loves the food. “The food is outstanding and similar to what you would get in a restaurant.”

Beyond a good meal, Ian knows he can trust Walker Methodist to look after the people most important to him. He especially appreciates the kindness and quality of care that made his family’s transition smoother: “I can’t imagine it could be any better.”

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Amy Weiss

Written by Amy Weiss

Walker Methodist storyteller and marketing assistant

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