‘A whole new life here’

Retired nurse takes advantage of all Fox Run has to offer

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January 27th, 2020
Judy Grant is a retired nurse and currently serves as the chair of Fox Run’s resident-run health committee.

Judy Grant is a retired nurse and currently serves as the chair of Fox Run’s resident-run health committee. 

Judy Grant spent her career in the field of nursing. She worked as a clinical nurse specialist, now commonly known as a nurse practitioner, and specialized in health care for women. She later worked as a professor of nursing at Madonna University. She retired from nursing in 1995 but  maintained her license until last year.

Judy moved from Northville, Mich., to Fox Run about two years ago. There she discovered a unique opportunity to continue to put her experience as a nurse to good use. She joined Fox Run’s resident-run health committee, which works with the Resident Advisory Council (RAC) and management to ensure that the community delivers top-notch health care and related services.

“I am a former nurse, and I feel very fortunate that they have a health committee here,” Judy says. “So many places don’t.”

Community members can apply to serve on the health committee and other committees that report to RAC. With so many accomplished professionals living at Fox Run, there are many fine candidates to fill the spots.

“We have three nurses and one physician,” says Judy. “We also have social workers and teachers, and they bring a wealth of information we might not have.”

This is Judy’s second year serving on the health committee. Last year she was the secretary and this year she is the chair. She says quite a few people applied to fill the open slots for 2020.

“We have a former chair of RAC on the health committee, Pat Smith,” Judy says. “We have a wonderful team this year.”

Projects in play

One of the projects the health committee worked on in the past was getting an enclosed walkway built between Rose Court, Fox Run’s continuing care neighborhood, and the independent living neighborhoods. Judy is pleased to report that construction on the walkway is now underway.

“Another area we advocated for were pets at Rose Court, and that is thriving,” Judy says. “The patients really enjoy it.” 

As a result of the health committee’s work, people who move to Rose Court can bring their pets with them. And, there’s also a program in place for independent living residents to bring their companion animals to visit people at Rose Court.

The health committee also worked with Fox Run staff to produce a video explaining when people should pull the emergency cord in their apartment home or go to the emergency room versus seeing a doctor at Fox Run’s on-site medical center. They have also put procedures in place to help reduce response times even more when residents at Rose Court put on their call lights.

“We develop solutions to health care needs that we find out residents are asking for,” Judy says. “So, we are advocates for them.”

One of the health committee’s goals for this year is to implement a narcotics disposal program. Judy says that could mean installing a machine in the on-site pharmacy or arranging for local sheriffs to come to campus periodically to pick up unused prescription drugs. The committee is also working to expand the friendly visitors’ program, wherein independent living residents go to Rose Court to socialize with neighbors who are there recovering or receiving long-term care. And, they’re partnering with a local organization to make mobility equipment available in the clubhouses at no charge for residents who need it.

“I’m very excited about what we’ve done in past, what we’re currently doing, and what we’re going to be working on in future,” Judy says. 

In addition to heading up the health committee, Judy is on the Catholic committee and serves as an ambassador to help prospective residents learn about everything Fox Run has to offer. She also volunteers at the Treasure Chest, Fox Run’s on-site resale shop where residents can donate furniture, jewelry, and other household items they no longer need. 

No worries lifestyle

Like many of her neighbors at Fox Run, Judy decided to move to the community because she no longer wanted to be burdened by maintaining a large house. Now, she lives in a two-bedroom, two-bath McKinley-style apartment home, which she says is enough space for her and her guests but doesn’t require endless hours of upkeep.

“In two hours, I can get this whole place spic and span,” she says. “It’s been wonderful, really. It’s a whole new life here.”