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Jay’s Story: Wellness = Independence

“There’s no place like home.”

It’s a line that instantly conjures up images of ruby red slippers, a yellow brick road and an emerald city, wrapped in technicolor nostalgia.

But here at FSL, it represents something more. If all of the men and women we serve agree on one thing, that when it comes to happiness, comfort and quality of life – there really is no place like home.

As such, we are committed to helping those we serve maintain their independence for as long as they possibly can.

That includes getting ahead of the game – by achieving wellness.

Jay Stewart knows that achieving wellness is a big part of maintaining his independence, or at least he does now, after a heart attack a few years back served as a wake-up call.

“When you were younger you used to get away with taking advantage of your health,” says Jay, smiling. “Can’t allow that as an adult.”

He wanted to take charge of his health by exercising and eating healthy, but he wasn’t sure where to start or if he could afford it. He found the solution at FSL.

Our Mercy Care Advantage Wellness Program gave him access to a free membership at the YMCA across the street from his house, as well as nutrition education, diabetes prevention education and an exercise program. Jay signed up immediately and never looked back.

“I noticed a much-improved sense of well-being, both physically and mentally. That’s essential for me due to the previous heart problems. The exercise is a necessity that I’ve grown to enjoy and value greatly!”

Staying healthy is just one of the many ways FSL helps our neighbors maintain their independence. We also provide:

Home Health Services – From skilled nursing, to physical, speech or occupational therapy, FSL has provided quality, state-licensed, Medicare-certified, compassionate care at home since 1984.

Care by Design – Our private care managers act as a liaison to the family, near or far, to be the voice of long-distance caregivers, allowing loved ones to stay at home and giving their families peace of mind at the same time.

There certainly is no place like home. But, of course, all these services would be a dream without the support of friends like you. Thank you for the partnership that gives so many men and women access to the dignity and independence they deserve.

If you, or someone you know, is looking to maintain their independence through exercise and nutrition, Home Health Services, or just need an extra eye around the house through Care by Design, call 602-285-1800, or click here for more information.

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