Emerson House is completing 5 years of serving seniors on the southside of Indianapolis. Join us at one of our open houses on Friday afternoons in June from 1-4 pm. We love sharing our home with seniors and their families. Many are amazed when they come through the front door. And if those times don't work, call and we will be happy to arrange a tour at your convenience!
Mom was quite the feisty, fearlessly independent and stubborn woman when she went to live at Emerson House. Kathy and Paul welcomed her with open arms and made her feel like family. She enjoyed the privacy of her own room and bath yet loved to help Kathy fix meals, set the table and eat not alone but with others. Mom wasn't just a resident but part of the family who resided at Emerson House. She loved her time spent at Emerson House! My sister and I were very aware that Mom was getting the attention, care, help, activities and nutritious meals that she needed that we were not able to provide for her. We are thankful that we found Emerson House and Kathy & Paul - an answer to prayers for sure!
Daughter of a former resident at the Emerson House
Here are a few words about my Mom's experience. Please share them as you desire. Our loved one's experience at the Emerson House was characterized by the following:
- Joy in looking out the windows at the bird feeders, flowers, garden, including the rabbits.
- Joy in eating fresh, home-cooked meals at the dinner table where warmth and kindness was as abundant as the good food.
- The loveliness of the home was a welcoming atmosphere for Mom to welcome guests to pride and a feeling that this was her home too.
- We were warmly welcomed to the family meals many times.
- So many details were graciously taken care of, with finesse and grace, and a sense that Paul and Kathy enjoyed the senior citizens.
- When Mom needed extra help for personal bathing, Kathy looked after the visiting care-giver on our behalf.
- Transportation to the dental office and hair appointments was a huge help.
My mom continues to improve and we are grateful that she is happy in her new surroundings! If anyone ever wants to contact a family member of a former resident, I am happy to be a positive reference.
Daughter of a former resident at the Emerson House
Kathy and Paul have been an absolute blessing to my mother and our family. Their love and attention to the residents at the Emerson House is SO apparent. Kathy is an immaculate housekeeper and mom loves her home-cooked meals.
We are so thankful that the Brakke's have provided this opportunity to us.
-Jake, son of an Emerson House resident
The sprawling new brick home on South Emerson Avenue looks like a typical upscale residence even though the owners' intentions for it are unusual. "The Emerson House," an 8,000-square-foot structure with 12 private bedrooms and baths, could become a model for the growing senior living sector.
The idea is to house as many as a dozen healthy residents who prefer a homey atmosphere without the responsibilities of ownership, in addition to providing them companionship of other seniors. That, in turn, might delay their need for medical care.
Perhaps most peculiar is that owners Paul and Kathy Brakke also live in the house and provide meals, transportation, housekeeping services and activities for the residents. "We're just trying to help people stay vibrant longer," said Paul Brakke.
The Emerson House is a beautiful home that offers seniors home-cooked meals, personalized transportation and weekly housekeeping. Our community is described as a "haven in the city" because of the wooded surroundings. Spacious and bright bedroom suites, with walk-in closet and handicapped-accessible bath, provide inviting quiet space that complements the appealing, shared space for meals and activities. A fireplace and two patios create inviting spaces to gather and to watch a wide variety of wildlife.
Emerson House is a unique concept, a private home for a small group of seniors who don't require more than home health services. Personal attention to individual needs and capabilities helps keep our residents vital and they benefit from a healthy family setting. Residents are free to request favorite menu items for meals. A large garden and a variety of berry bushes and trees provide fresh produce through the summer, supplementing the fresh fruits and vegetables that are a staple year-round.
Healthy, older adults have a new living option available to them in Perry Township. Emerson House is a family living concept for seniors developed by faith-based Indianapolis Senior Living and owned by Paul and Kathy Brakke.
Paul says, “Most senior living options are very much alike and relatively large. We were convinced that there was a place in the market for a resident community that was small and home-like.” The Brakkes worked with an architect to create a large, one-level, single family home with 14 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. The bathrooms are equipped with handrails and higher-than-average toilets. The kitchen and other living areas like a game room and two patios are shared. The Brakkes live in the home as well.
Meals will be based on resident’s needs and tastes, paying special attention to diabetic and cardiac menus. “Kathy enjoys cooking and has several years experience operating a school hot lunch program serving over 60 meals a day, so is able to prepare tasty and nutritious meals,” says Paul.
“Finding a business we could run together was something we had looked at, off and on, for 10 to 15 years. We looked at several, but none were a good match for us. Our backgrounds are assisted living and business development, so it became apparent that developing a new option in senior housing would be a natural combination of our skills,” Paul explained.
The new concept came about because he believes, “Even though there is a tendency to stereotype the older as a sickly group, the fact is that many are healthy and capable, desiring more activity and social interaction. Our mobile society has separated many of these individuals from their children who, in past decades, might have provided housing for parents or other relatives.”
The home is located on Emerson Avenue, south of Shelbyville Road. It is aimed at the needs of older residents who desire companionship and transportation. “It’s like the friendly atmosphere of the old-time boarding houses,” Kathy said. “We have worked on this project for four years, with the Lord’s blessing.”
For more information, contact Paul or Cathy Brakke at (317) 412-1247 or at Kathy@IndianapolisSeniorLiving.net or Paul@IndianapolisSeniorLiving.net.