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McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, founder of Inspirations Senior Shared Living

This month, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Gayle Bowling, founder of Inspirations Senior Shared Living in St. Charles, an alternative to traditional assisted living.

“I love working with seniors and helping them choose the right caregiving for them,” said Bowling. “I’ve always had this idea in mind that I could create an environment for seniors with one-on-one care that would feel like home.”

The concept of Inspirations was spurred by Bowling’s personal experience helping her aging mother through the healthcare system. Bowling struggled to find a fit for her mother that would meet her needs medically, while also providing a comfortable living environment. 

After recognizing this void in the community, Bowling established Inspirations. The facility creates a home atmosphere for senior adults, both independent and those in need of more extensive care, that offers a private, house-like residence, for six to eight seniors to live comfortably with 24-hour care and assistance.

“It was such a simple concept to create this smaller setting. It’s less expensive for residents, and they can have home-cooked meals and be around people they know every day. Even the relatives of the residents get to know each other,” said Bowling. 

Staff at Inspirations tends to the basic household services like cooking, laundry and dishes, while residents can relax and live as if they would in their own home. Medical professionals make routine house visits to treat the patients, so relatives are not tasked with providing transportation to doctor appointments. Residents range from highly independent seniors, to those in need of round-the-clock care, and end-of-life support.

Bowling’s dedication goes beyond management. She works in and visits the two residences nearly every day to spend time with residents in each facility. She says her favorite aspect of working with seniors is having the opportunity to hear their stories.

“I know every single one of my residents, and I can walk in and immediately know if it’s a good day or something isn’t right with them,” said Bowling. “They’re amazing people—they’re part of an aging generation that’s leaving us. Their stories are a gift of their experience.”

Inspirations has had a meaningful impact on the community—so much so that St. Charles residents have done their part to give back. A 17-year-old completing his steps to become an Eagle Scout chose Inspirations as his required service project. His goal was to help fundraise for a new patio at Inspirations’ residence and he was able to raise a portion of the necessary funds.

Additionally, after reading an article about the fundraiser, area resident Chris Conrad, of Conrad’s Landscaping, donated all of the bricks and materials needed for Inspirations to complete the project—along with flowers and plants for the residents to enjoy. 

“I am beyond appreciative for their kindness and so thankful for Conrad’s incredibly generous donations,” said Bowling.

Senator McConnaughay said she is proud to have a tremendous leader like Gayle Bowling in the community, who offers such a compassionate service to St. Charles’ senior residents. For more information on Inspirations Senior Shared Living, please visit http://inspirationsforseniors.org/.

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