It can be hard to make the decision to leave your home and move into a new community, but sometimes it is just the change you need. 

Pat Beeson of Fostoria joined the Good Shepherd community about nine years ago when health issues made it clear to her that she could no longer live alone.

“I lived in the Poplar Ridge apartments at Good Shepherd for six years, and then I came to skilled care for a few weeks in March 2020 due to some health issues, and then I moved into Brethren Court Assisted Living,” Pat shared. “Everything I need is here.”

One of the things Pat values about Good Shepherd is the flexibility and accommodations that allow you to make the experience your own.

“After taking care of yourself your whole life, you can come to Good Shepherd and someone else does the cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. Or, you can choose to continue to do some things on your own (I prefer to make my own bed but I know I won’t always be able to do that,)” Pat said. “It’s what you make of it.”

Because Pat grew up without siblings, all her life she had to make her own family, but at Good Shepherd, everyone is family. “There’s a group of four of us ladies here (two have since passed) and we call ourselves, ‘The Golden Girls,’” said Pat. “They are my family, my soul sisters.”

The pandemic made it challenging to connect because so many activities had to be shut down, but Pat knew Good Shepherd had a strong reputation for having lots of activities and events during normal circumstances. Now that more seniors are vaccinated and the pandemic’s threat seems to be ebbing, activities are on the rise again.

“If you don’t get out and socialize, you’re missing out on a lot of good opportunities,” Pat said. “You just have to do what you can and make the best of it!”

Come in and experience the warmth, community, and family atmosphere that Pat celebrates. We look forward to welcoming you in, showing you around, and providing you with a glimpse of Good Shepherd Home. Start the conversation today!

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