In recent years the board of trustees for the Lima Convalescent Home has been working hard to create more private rooms for their elders. On April 6th that vision became a reality as they broke ground for two Green House homes that will provide beautiful homes with private bedrooms for 24 Elders AND will ultimately mean more private rooms in their existing nursing home.
“It truly is a vision for how care can be provided in this community in wonderful ways,” said Lima Mayor David Berger. “This kind of leadership in our community is what made Lima Convalescent what it is today.”
Green House Senior Director, Susan Ryan, explained to those at the event that The Green House Project is a movement that de-institutionalizes, destigmatizes and provides care to elders to help them live meaningful lives.
“They will be known for who they are and not just their diagnosis and they will be able to live life and not just be defined by their care needs,” said Ryan. “Hold fast to your visions and values that have guided your journey so far. I can tell you that a year from now I will come back and I will see beautiful homes where I see grass today and I can assure you that the best is yet to come.”
Lima Convalescent Home was the first nursing home in Lima when it opened in 1958 and is the only one that is a non-profit. The Executive Director for the Lima Convalescent Home is Joy Reichenbach.
“He was a very powerful influence in my life”, that’s how Betsy Winget remembers her father, Glen Webb. He was on the first board of directors when the decision was made that Lima needed to build a nursing home for their community. In 1956, he was part of the original groundbreaking ceremony that was captured in this black and white photo that now is proudly displayed in the hallway at the Lima Convalescent Home.
Betsy was honored to attend the ceremony and said, “It choked me up to be there”. Betsy explained that both her father and mother felt strongly about giving back to the community and were very active in several initiatives over the years to support Lima. Her father was a member of the Lima Memorial hospital board and would work hard for the school levies. “If there was something to be done, there was my Dad”.
Betsy’s father ultimately became a resident at Lima Convalescent before he passed, and ironically the Lima Convalescent Home even played a role in Betsy’s career. When she was about 25 years old she was looking for a different job and met the administrator at the Lima Convalescent Home who wanted to hire her. “Never in a million years did I think I would be working with elders” explained Betsy.
However, working with elders has indeed been her career and she is currently the Executive Director of Senior Citizens Services, Inc. where they are passionate about keeping elders healthy and active.
When Betsy first heard about the development of Green House homes in Lima, she decided to check it out first hand and traveled to Bluffton for a visit. “I think they are awesome” and a great new option for elders in our area.
We applaud the work of Betsy’s parents over a half century ago and applaud the continued community work Betsy continues to do in Lima!