I’m Greg, Ernie and Jane E.’s oldest son. While Ernie was from “back east,” Jane is an Ohio girl. They met as Oberlin College students and raised a family nearby. Our relatives are dispersed, yet strive for connectedness.
Ernie’s parents lived in Florida, Jane’s in Medina, Ohio. Aging took its toll as my grandparents approached 80. “Continuous care retirement community” wasn’t an option. Hospital trips and intermittent rest home stays increased.
Between 1980 and 1990, my four grandparents died. During that time, I and my siblings started our own families. After funding their children’s higher educations, my parents retired, moving out-of-state. It was a charged decade, intermingling joyous, hopeful new beginnings and lingering, saddening last goodbyes.
In 1991, my parents concluded they were too far away from grandchildren and that “Ohio is still home.” They moved back and in October, 1993, Jane and Ernie became residents of Kendal at Oberlin. In recalling our painful experience of “discontinuous” care during the last years of Jane and Ernie’s parents’ lives, I and my siblings were relieved to know that Jane and Ernie were ensured “continuous care” as members of the Kendal at Oberlin community.
We’re pleased with the guarantee of appropriate health care, as needed as life circumstances change. We’re impressed with the extent and quality of facilities and programs, artistic, intellectual, physical, social and emotional, which serve in my mind as preventative care. We’re gratified to know that Quaker peace principles underlie community governance. We’re glad to feel regularly welcomed as temporary residents in the guest rooms, as visitors at the tables in the dining areas, as users of the exercise facilities, as participants in a variety of programs.
We hope that continuous care retirement might become our culture’s model for supporting dynamic, self-actualized lives, an option accessible to many. Thank you, everyone at Kendal at Oberlin, for living your dreams, fulfilling promises and creating hopes.