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Extraordinary Love Story Featured on WCCO-TV

February 15, 2018

Fred and Janet Crawford moved to Augustana Care in March, 2016. Due to health issues, Janet moved to the health care center at our Minneapolis campus. Fred continues to live at Augustana Apartments of Minneapolis and he and Janet are together daily. The couple was featured on WCCO-TV this past Valentine’s Day, sharing thoughts on their happy marriage.

You can also check out a touching, more in-depth look at their journey by viewing this WCCO facebook story.

We interviewed the Crawfords for our newsletter last summer and are sharing their comments here.


Why did you move to Augustana Care?

Janet replies: Living in your own home can be very isolating—and expensive. We have a friend who pays exorbitant amounts for the cost of care in her home 24 hours a day. Our children encouraged us to move as we got older, in case we needed more care or services. That turned out to be true, and everything we need is right here.

What do you like best about living here?

Janet: I have wonderful, caring, compassionate help whenever I need it and we see each other every day. Our favorite part of the day is coming down to the lobby for tea and coffee, and reading.

Fred: I can walk to the store or the library or Janet and I go to the park. I was born two blocks away and it seems right that I come back to live in this neighborhood.

What’s a typical day like?

Janet: We meet at 9:30 in my room for tea and cookies. Later I go to therapy. There are events, music and every kind of activity and class you could wish for.

Fred: I have balance class two times a week and exercise class three times a week with a really skilled instructor. Then we’re together every afternoon and evening.

What would you tell people who may be interested in moving?

Janet: Augustana Care has a beautiful goal in helping preserve people’s abilities. They had a vision of what this place could be and created it.

Fred: It’s all in their philosophy—based on kindness and Christian values.

Janet: If people are afraid of change, I’d say you’re not at the end of the road; you’re at a bend in the road. Change can make your life more interesting.