When we state that the Judson Palmer Home offers "Residence for Life," that holds a double meaning.
First, the Judson Palmer home provides a supportive and life-enriching experience for mature women through a caring staff, social activities, lovely grounds, and companionship.
Second, when a lady becomes a member of the Judson Palmer family, she will not only be cared for now but for the rest of her life, regardless of her financial means.
We will always take care of her medical expenses, prescription drugs, nursing home care, funeral expenses, as well as her personal need items. Also, we didn't forget the little amenities such as air conditioning and cablevision
in each room.
The Judson Palmer Home is a licensed residential care facility. It is a residence home for women of Hancock
County 55 years and better. The home is funded by a private trust created by Judson and Katherine Palmer and is governed by a board of trustees. Please call (419) 422-9656 to make an appointment to visit the Judson Palmer Home to experience our tradition of warmth and friendship.
2911 North Main Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Judson Palmer Home a Well-Kept Secret
Exerpts from an article by Mariah Mercer printed in "The Courier" on October 12, 2005.
North on Main Street, just past the Marathon station but before the Hancock Recreation Center, sits an imposing brick building with a long stretch of green lawn. Many have passed the Judson Palmer Home at 2911 N. Main St., but few have entered in its 55-year history in Findlay.
"I've heard people think we're an old DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) home and some think we're a home for rich old ladies," said Judy Lyon, president of the Judson Palmer Home board of trustees. "Until you have the need, you don't go looking for a place like this."
The Judson Palmer Home is actually a residential home for Hancock County women, age 55 and above. An extensive awareness campaign will begin this month to inform area seniors about the home.
Initially, the services of the Palmer home were targeted to "indigent" seniors with no financial resources.
"Today we have Medicare, Social Security, subsidized housing," Lyon explained. "When the Palmers envisioned an assisted living facility like this, women without money or family really had nothing."
Today, the home is open to any female age 55-90, regardless of financial means.
Once admitted to the home, residents receive care for the rest of their lives. If they need hospital or nursing home care, funds from the trust are used to meet these needs. The trust fund also covers all funeral expenses.
Residents are furnished clothing and taken shopping when necessary. The women also receive a monthly spending allowance.
Prior to admission at the Palmer home, each resident must pass a physical and mental exam by the home's physician. The physician also makes regular calls to the home to update prescriptions and give regular physical examinations.
Residents are free to come and go as their health permits, and planned social activities both in and out of the home are provided.
The residents also enjoy regular visits to area restaurants.
At the home, activities include crafts, word games, spelling, hymn sings and daily walks. The residents make a variety of crafts and host an annual Christmas craft bazaar to showcase the ladies' creations.
The home also has an on-site beauty parlor which provides shampoo and styling for the residents, as well as manicures.
"People think this is going to be harder than it is," Lyon said. "It doesn't feel institutional at all. When anyone has to change their environment, it's going to be at least a little traumatic. People go from a house, then that becomes too much, so they move to an apartment, then assisted living -- this is just the last downsizing."
Betty Elsea decided to skip the downsizing process, however. She came to the Judson Palmer Home seven years ago, before she faced any major health problems or financial crises.
"I thought I would save my kids the hassle," Elsea explained. "I didn't want to be a burden -- I miss having my own home, but it's really nice here."
Elsea said she was first attracted by the home's cleanliness and attractive appearance.
Each resident has a private, decorated room on one of the two floors, with a communal bathroom on each floor. In the downstairs living room, residents cluster around the television or the piano for regular group sings.
In the summer, there is a rose garden and garden bench on the grounds. The facility also includes three sun rooms, decorated in soft blue and green tones.
"The people here are very nice and congenial as a rule," said Beatty. "Like anywhere, it's just what you make of it."
The Judson Palmer Home, created by the estates of Judson and Katherine Palmer, has been serving Findlay and Hancock County since 1950. Judson Palmer was involved in the grocery business and a flour mill operation. He also served as president of the Farmers' Bank for a time. He died in 1906.
The trust was established in 1939 after Katherine's death. Just before the beginning of World War II, the first community board of directors was formed to build and operate the home.
The war delayed the start of construction on the building, but by 1950, the facility opened its doors to the first residents. The facility seeks no funding from the community.
"In that generation, they already had the concept of assisted living," Lyon remarked. "(The Palmers) must have been very visionary people."
"We're treated very nice," Elsea stated. "They're good about getting us to the doctor before things get bad, the food is good and we can do our own thing mostly. This is a good place to be."