HELEN'S HOUSE® was named after Helen. Helen, a lifelong resident of Appleton, Wisconsin, lived a fiercely independent life, living alone in her home along the Fox River for 24 years following the passing of her husband, Roy. Through her late 80's, Helen drove, went out to eat with friends, and mulched her beloved hostas. In May 2012, Helen suffered a mild heart attack, but because she was living alone, her condition went unnoticed for several days. After a minor hospital procedure, Helen returned home with an in-home care provider scheduled for a few hours per day.
While home alone, Helen experienced two separate falls, both of which necessitated emergency room visits. After the second fall, Helen agreed to go to a nursing home for rehabilitative care and then transition to a long-term assisted living facility. On October 6, 2012, three months after moving into the long-term elderly care facility, Helen passed away. She was 90 years old.
Helen's youngest son, Christopher, was surprised at how quickly his mother lost her sense of independence in the large institutional setting. Additionally, despite the facility’s excellent reputation for caring senior services, staffing constraints often delayed response to Helen’s needs.
Reflecting on the last months of his mother's life, Christopher believed there could be a better, more dignified and meaningful approach to age in place care for seniors like Helen who would prefer residential care over a large institutional setting. He discovered the congregate housing model, an innovative approach to domiciliary care that felt like a real home, and established HELEN'S HOUSE®, named after his beloved mother. The first HELEN'S HOUSE® Long-Term Care Household opened in July 2013.
A unique alternative to a large nursing home or assisted living facility, HELEN'S HOUSE® Long-Term Care Households provide 24-hour live-in care that gives residents dignity, hope, and meaning. To learn how, please call us at 920-851-2345.
I've lived at HELEN'S HOUSE for 1 1/2 years. I moved from a larger facility where I lived for 6 years. HELEN'S HOUSE is so much better for me. Because there are only 4 residents the response time is so much faster. The Caregivers can also spend much more time with you. The larger facilities are fine if you can walk, but not good at all if you are wheelchair bound. Thank goodness for HELEN'S HOUSE!
By : M. F., resident
Thank you so much for the great care that Mom is receiving. Just yesterday we had Mom at her great granddaughter and great grandson's birthday party and she was telling everyone what a wonderful place she lives at and how caring and helpful everyone is. Mom was recommending HELEN'S HOUSE to everyone there:)
By : G. G., daughter of resident
My 94-year-old aunt has made tremendous progress during the past two years as a resident at Helen’s House. The close interaction between my aunt and her Caregivers at Helen’s House has positively impacted my aunt both socially and physically. Recuperating from hip surgery was not an easy piece for my aunt, but her living situation at Helen’s House has made her life cherished and meaningful. Thanks for making this living situation possible.
By : K. T., niece of resident
Our Mother was at Helen’s House for a year and a half. During her stay, Mom enjoyed the home-like atmosphere and the wonderful care she was given by all the staff.
We highly recommend Helen’s House for the care of your loved ones.
By : P. P. and G. G., daughters of resident
The mission and vision of Helen’s House are manifest in the attention and devotion to true caring for your residents. Helen’s House is unique in elder care.
By : S. W., son of resident
What a blessing it is to have Helen’s House. Finally we have Mom in a caring, more personal, home setting under the eyes of wonderful staff. We give it 5 stars and more!
By : D. W., son of resident
The individual care given to my mother and others in this Home, not a facility, is a blessing. What more could a family ask for, then come into a home, share meals, trips, fun times and all so with a personal touch. I just wish everyone could experience this first hand.
Thank you Christopher and the Caregivers.
By : P. W., son of resident
My mother has been with Helen’s House for the past year. Prior to HELEN'S HOUSE she was in a nursing home for about a 1 1/2 years. I find that HELEN'S HOUSE is a more “homey” environment. I know that she is being taken well care of. The staff is wonderful with her. They take the time to really know and care about their residents. I enjoy getting to know the employees as well as the other residents. I am thankful everyday that my mom has a place like this to call home.
By : D. D., daughter of resident