Unexpectedly Finding a Home at Garnette Gardens

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For a lot of seniors, making the move from a home you have lived in your whole life to a new environment and community can be hard. We all want to believe we can take care of ourselves forever, but that may not always be realistic.

For Leonard Eller, leaving his home was not something he thought he’d be doing eight years ago. But when his wife Catherine started suffering from health conditions, their daughter stepped in and expressed her concerns. Leonard indulged their daughter by touring a few senior living communities in the Redwood Falls, MN area. It wasn’t until his visit to Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens that he stopped questioning the decision.

“I first noticed the staircase and the furniture,” Leonard recalls of his first tour of Garnette Gardens. “It was so beautiful and put together. I then noticed all of the people. The staff was so friendly and the residents were so positive. It felt like home.”

For the past eight years, Leonard and Catherine have called Garnette Gardens ‘home.’ Leonard and Catherine like to remain as active as possible. Leonard begins his days by walking and riding his bike around town. They both enjoy coffee hour everyday, bingo on Fridays and live bands when they come to the community. And although Leonard takes care of his wife, he finds a lot of comfort in knowing that assistance is there if they need it.

“We think the staff are the best of the best,” Leonard says enthusiastically when asked about the care at the community. The team at Garnette Gardens is very active in residents’ lives. Leonard talks to Executive Director Andrew Anderson almost every day, loves when the staff comes to the community’s events and activities so they can catch up, and really likes talking to the cooks (especially when they make BBQ ribs or stroganoff – his favorite meal!).

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