Doctor Richard Hart is devoted to his lovely wife Margaret, who has dementia. While still living at home, an unexpected leg injury suddenly prevented Dr. Hart from being his beloved wife’s caregiver. The couple decided to “try” Cedarhurst for three months. Years later, they’re still enjoying their apartments, each other’s company, new friends, and a unique butterfly garden.
Butterflies? You read that right. Don’t miss this inspiring love story.
Mom, Daughter, and Memory Care
Shelby Jean’s memory issues were preventing her from enjoying all of the things that previously brought her joy. She even stopped communicating altogether. Worried about her mother’s isolation, Shelby Jean’s daughter Shelly took her for a visit to Cedarhurst.
Shelby Jean was reluctant and nervous, so it was a shock to Shelly when she realized her mother was engaging with others and didn’t want to leave.
That was just the start of Shelby Jean’s Cedarhurst memory care journey. Get the rest of the story. (Spoiler: She’s thriving!)
New Adventures in a Safe Environment
Cedarhurst Assisted Living resident Shirley met Joe, the love of her life, in 1948. After a nearly 60-year love story, almost 10 years ago, Shirley lost her beloved Joe.
Still very active and into gardening and social activities, Shirley continued living in the house she loved, doing the things she loved, and spending time with the people she loves.
But then, a near tragedy struck. While home alone, Shirley had a fall that required hospitalization. “I knew it was time to look at Cedarhurst,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave Godfrey, so thank goodness they have a community here.”
Learn more about Shirley's seamless transition.
I just walked in, didn’t have an appointment or anything. It just made me feel right at home, so I felt like my mom would feel right at home.
Shelly - Daughter of Shelby Jean, a Cedarhurst of Edwardsville resident