Maeve and her husband, Don, who was a senior executive at a local bank, raised their family in the St. Louis area. Maeve stayed home with the kids. After Don retired, they visited their children and grandchildren. They loved those years together.
When Maeve was 77, Don died. Several years later, she found she was no longer able to stay at home alone. She needed that little extra help with daily living that is available at an assisted living facility. She and Don had thankfully planned for such a possibility. With the help of her children, Maeve moved in to Brooking Park, a not-for-profit, faith-based Life Plan Retirement Community for active seniors, offering a full spectrum of health services. It was close to her daughter’s home and it was located in the midst of familiar surroundings.
Maeve never looked back – until recently. She is now 94 and never dreamed she’d live this long. The recession hit her savings hard. In addition, she did what a lot of parents do during times of economic upheaval – helped her kids. Given her dwindling finances, Maeve and her children began to worry about the real possibility that they would be forced to move her. Although she considered Brooking Park her home, the realities of her finances indicated she needed to explore other options. She and her family turned to the St. Andrew’s staff about their concerns.
Instead of offering to help find a new home as Maeve’s family expected, the staff let them know about the St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation and its mission. Together, Maeve and her family worked with the Foundation to develop an approach that would see Maeve through. As a result, the feared relocation never occurred – nor will it. Maeve still resides and thrives at Brooking Park. Thanks to the heart of generous donors through the Foundation, Maeve has a home as long as she needs it.