A traumatic or acquired brain injury will suddenly change the lives of an entire family. The initial shock of the injury is compounded when the patient does not respond and emerge from the loss of consciousness. As the reality of the diagnosis of a severe and permanent brain injury is faced, families feel detached, and separated from their loved one. When long-term care for someone in a minimally conscious state is discussed, the options are few.
A PLACE FOR
FAMILIES TO HEAL
A family-focused long-term care residence
Those who cannot bring their family member home will often be forced to find them care in a long-term care facility. Few people will have a wheelchair van to take someone home for a visit, or to a place where they can reconnect. A family visit in most facilities is limited to a noisy room with little privacy and no feeling of home. The bonds of family become strained. Parents can feel guilty that they are not spending quality time with their child.
At Granite House we understand the need for families to spend time together. The house will have indoor and outdoor spaces for private visits. There will be outdoor walkways and opportunities to enjoy the woods and garden. Special days like birthdays will be observed, and the unfinished life of each resident will be celebrated and remembered the way his or her family desires. Gatherings open to the residents’ families and their circle of friends will provide an opportunity to share experiences and show support. There are many different situations and many types of families. We understand how difficult it is to plan for the future of a loved one and also plan for one’s own future. Granite House will be a place for families to heal.