American Senior Communities
Bill Sturm was in a car accident that left him with 22 broken bones. After a stay in the hospital he was transferred to Beech Grove Meadows for rehabilitation. His road to recovery was grueling.
Today, Sturm is leading a full life, working as a volunteer in the Meadows’ new general store, which he is at every day.
“I came back to volunteer,” he said. “They did such a wonderful job for me, I felt obligated to pay it forward.”
The recently opened store provides a variety of goods to residents, staff and family members. There’s always someone in the store, where goods are sold at discounted prices. Toiletries, chips, candy and fresh fruit are among the merchandise.
All of the proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. During the first two months the store was opened, $700 was raised for the organization.
The store is also used in physical and occupational therapy. “Walking for praise is one thing,” said Shane McFall, the center’s executive director. “Walking for pop tarts or other treats is another thing. It rewards residents to walk to get that reward.”
Sturm can relate well to the challenges faced by many of the residents who are recovering from injuries or illness. He was a patient in the facility’s Moving Forward Program (www.ASCSeniorCare.com/mf) for seven months in 2015.
“For the first two weeks I couldn’t get out of bed. Therapists helped me increase my movements bit by bit. Then they got me up and I did more and more. I praise them for what they did for me.”
Sturm now helps encourage residents who are recovering from illness or injuries. Many of them wheel themselves to the store or walk there for the treats and necessities they can’t go outside of the community to purchase themselves.
McFall said being able to make purchases for themselves helps residents feel independent and in control of their lives.
Most of the items are sold in price increments of a quarter. That’s why the store is called Quarters. “This is a wonderful place and benefit,” said Sturm.
American Senior Communities has eight Southside locations. In addition to Beech Grove Meadows and Beech Grove Meadows Garden Homes and Assisted Living, they are Rosegate, Bethany Village and Bethany Village Assisted Living, Greenwood Meadows, Forest Creek Village and Franklin Meadows.