It was devastating enough to watch your loved one suffer a life-threatening stroke but to not have to worry about having a place to stay to remain by his side was priceless. After my husband Harlan suffered his first stroke, we were fortunate he was able to be discharged and we returned to our home in Mitchell, SD. But shortly after, he suffered another stroke. This time, Harlan’s hospital stay spanned many weeks. Living many miles away, I had stayed with family and friends until the time came for me to find another place.
A social worker talked to me about the Walsh Family Village. I toured the facility and was immediately impressed by the convenience, privacy and compassionate staff. I had a washer and dryer in my room in addition to a large living room, kitchen and dining space. The volunteers who worked at the facility were such kind people. I’d often come home to freshly baked bread and even enjoyed my nightly peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Because the Walsh Family Village was located so close to the area where my husband was undergoing rehabilitation, I was able to walk back and forth throughout the day which made it so convenient.
Despite the positive experience, Harlan passed away. I will always remember how kind everyone was during that time. As a family member whose loved one required an extended stay, I can tell you first-hand how grateful I am to the generous supporters for making this facility a possibility. I really felt the mission of Avera during my stay. From the nursing staff to the social workers, everybody was very caring about my situation.
I am also keenly aware of the ongoing needs to expand and update the current living spaces. Supporting the Home for Hope campaign is a great way to show your dedication to the health and well-being of the local community and surrounding areas.”
Resident at Walsh Family Village