Joan Banach

First post: Dec 8, 2016 Latest post: Dec 9, 2016

Joan has Leukemia and recently made the decision to stop chemotherapy and all treatments.  They were not improving the quality of life and the side effects were intolerable.  She moved to : 

Hospice Alliance
Kenosha Hospice House
10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd.
 Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 
Joan Banach – room # 5
Joan's direct phone number 262-612-847 (tel:262-612-847) (tel:262-612-8477 (tel:262-612-8477)
Nurse's station 262-925-0280 (tel:262-925-0280) (tel:262-925-0280 (tel:262-925-0280))
Take Route 50-- off 94 and go 1 mile East to Road 104 turn right (South) – go by mall to stop sign then turn left (East again). First location on left is a nursing home-- the next one is Hospice Alliance.
Update provided by Joan's dear friend Marge:
What a joy to find this facility exceeds expectation. The floors are immaculate. Volunteers cook and make homemade cookies and other goodies. There is a charming living room with a fireplace to travel by wheelchair or walker and visit with friends. Joan can gaze out the large bay window surrounded with wooden frames and see evergreens and decorations of the season. There is a bird feeder that hangs directly in front of her big window, where I have been told, a variety of birds entertain the guests all day long.
There are no restrictions on anything and guests can come 24/7- Pets are welcome to visit as well. The caregivers we met reflected tremendous warmth and there was extensive individual care.
Patti met me there and was most pleased. Since we arrived late, we went to the Olive Garden and got some soup and salad for Joan. She has her own little refrigerator and an electric recliner next to her bed, plus a TV with lots of channels. There is a call button right by your bed and a staff that seems to respond quickly. There is a virtual tour online if anyone would care to review the warm, peaceful and comfortable atmosphere that appears to be provided by Alliance Hospice in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Those of us from Wisconsin can appreciate the warmth and volunteerism that a small city in Wisconsin provides. Volunteers will play games such as checkers or cards, or read a book or newspaper. In addition, if a patient is known to have an affinity for music, or art or love of animals, hospice provides innovative pet, art and dance, therapists, along with massage support.  It is Joan's desire and mine to be very open about her situation.  12/6/2016:Joan has enjoyed the food at Northwestern. She says it's so good, but has a limited appetite. She is not in any major discomfort and continues to enjoy discussing the headlines in the newspaper. However, her energy is low and breathing rather laborious. She finds it very difficult to walk without support, but is mentally alert and involved in all decisions.  Please know that having Joan's power of attorneys, I want to be transparent as possible. Joan would prefer that we remain supportive and open as we have always been. Thus, should anyone want any information, never hesitate to give me a call, now or in the future, as I will be straightforward and honest about any facts. Now that this transition phase is completed, we can all not worry so much about the details, but relax and enjoy our time with Joan. Do remember that Joan has been consulted on every detail and all actions are driven by her wishes. Thank you for your team effort and love to you all. – Marge (Krizek)

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