Peace of Mind, a Place to Call Home and a Second Chance at Love
Ron Cole has had his share of ups and downs.
A Long Island native, he served in the Marine Corps and attended college before embarking on a long and successful career in construction.
In 2009, he suffered a stroke that left his arm partially paralyzed, and him unable to return to the only work he’d ever known.
Ron fell on hard times. He could barely make ends meet after paying his rent and medical bills. A friend offered to let him stay in a storage shed to save money. Ron helped out around the restaurant that the man owned, but after a few winters, living in that storage shed began to take a toll on him.
Our maintenance director stopped by the restaurant, heard this story and knew that the Illinois Supportive Living Program was designed to help people like Ron.
Terry LaBounty, who is now our administrator, invited Ron to join us for lunch and a tour of Bowman Estates. That was all it took.
We helped him move what he could salvage from the storage unit, and he settled into his new apartment.
That was six years ago.
Ron has thrived at Bowman Estates. He has a nice, warm place to call home. Our dining staff takes care of his meals. The staff is friendly and helps him be as independent as possible. But the brightest spot, he says, is finding his girlfriend, Judy.
“It’s never too late for true love,” he says with a smile.
Arnie’s Story: From Rags to Riches
Meet Arnie, a lifelong resident of a small rural community outside of Danville.
Often seen in the local grocery store or having a hamburger at his favorite curb-service restaurant, many people would say they knew Arnie and almost expected to see him every week. What they didn’t know is that over the years, it had become harder and harder for Arnie to tackle the repairs and maintenance that were needed for his home. He was finding it difficult to tackle everyday living activities, and the home had fallen into quite a state of disrepair.
Never married and without any children, Arnie was mostly on his own. A nephew who lived out of town but kept in touch with Arnie knew that his uncle needed help. His uncle needed somewhere to spend his senior years comfortably, so he reached out to Bowman Estates of Danville. Administrator Terry LaBounty and Business Office Manager Kim Dunbar worked with them via email to complete the application, and knowing that Arnie did not have help nearby, they even helped him move.
Arnie brought his beloved truck with him, and once in a while on nice days, he still makes the trip to have a hamburger at his favorite diner. On one recent trip, our administrator went along and was able to see how happy people were to see Arnie.
“It was like having lunch with a local celebrity,” laughed Terry.
When you ask Arnie about his new home at Bowman Estates, he sums it up nicely, “I like it here. It’s real nice. It’s like coming from rags to riches.”
We are so glad that Arnie’s family reached out to us to learn about the Supportive Living Program and how it helps us serve our residents. We are looking forward to Arnie being a part of our community for many years to come!
Betty’s Story: Regaining Her Independence
Everyone knows Betty. Her smiling face was the one greeting patrons at McDonald’s for more than 25 years.
It was only when it became increasingly hard for her to stand and do her job that she decided to retire.
A few years into retirement, Betty’s health continued to decline. She suddenly found herself unable to walk or keep up with day-to-day activities in her home. What started as just a possible hospital stay became a transition to a skilled nursing facility.
Days turned to months, and months turned to years, and her independence slowly slipped away.
Even as friendly as Betty is – having a roommate was often a challenge. She missed her privacy. Betty finally realized that a nursing home was not the right place for her. She didn’t have to be there. She owed it to herself to regain the independence she’d enjoyed before. So, she reached out to the facility’s social worker and said, “What do I have to do to get out of here?” That’s where Bowman Estates came into the picture.
“When I met Betty, I immediately knew she would be a great fit for Bowman Estates” said Melissa Taylor, our Director of Marketing.
“Betty’s spirit is so strong, and she just seemed to be someone who would really benefit from taking back her independence. I knew she was ready to regain the dignity of having her own place to call home.”
Since coming to Bowman Estates, Betty has learned to navigate her new motorized scooter, which makes her trips through the building much easier. She says she really enjoys the view from her new apartment, and we are looking forward to this holiday season when she will be able to enjoy all the lights that are placed right in the area she overlooks.
Now that she is settled into our community, Betty is her old self again.
After years of giving friendly greetings to her customers, it’s not uncommon now to hear Betty giving friendly hellos in our dining room as she comes and goes.
We are so thankful to have Betty here with us as part of our Bowman Estates family!