Couple enjoys peace of mind at Edgewood VistaCharlene Johnson lived 78 years without any major medical issues. Four times over the past two years, however, Charlene was admitted to The Fountains, Ecumen Lakeshore’s rehabilitation center.
By: Esther Piszczek, For the Budgeteer News
Charlene Johnson lived 78 years without any major medical issues. Four times over the past two years, however, Charlene was admitted to The Fountains, Ecumen Lakeshore’s rehabilitation center.
“I lost about 16 pounds in two months,” said her husband of 61 years, Kay. “I lost a lot of weight — just stress, and trying to do everything, and worrying. If I went someplace, I’d worry about her.”
After Charlene suffered several small strokes in June, four days after a lumpectomy for breast cancer, medical staff suggested that Kay and Charlene move to assisted living. Their three surviving adult children supported the move to Edgewood Vista’s Assisted Living, but did not insist.
“It was our decision. They never told us we have to go there [into assisted living],” said Kay.
The couple, who lived for the past decade at Baypoint Estates on Park Point, decided that moving out of their apartment into assisted living was the best choice for both of them.
“That’s what we said when we got married, we’re going to stay together better or worse, right?” Kay laughed. “So that’s where we are, but it’s different. It’s something to get used to.”
They miss their friends the most. “It’s hard to make new friends but we’ve gotta get out and do it I guess,” said Kay.
“I still go down to the other apartment building [on Park Point] and play cards with the girls,” said Charlene. “We play Spite and Malice. It’s easy.”
“They play for pennies,” added Kay.
Kay, who does not need nursing care, pays rent at Edgewood so he can continue to live with his wife, who requires additional care.
“I’m a very active guy. But this way, by moving here ... it freed me up a little bit, because I can leave without worrying about her .... Peace of mind, that’s what it is,” said Kay.”