GRANITE HOUSE RESIDENTS AND STAFF ARE THRIVING! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING OUR BUILDING PHASE AND YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT DURING OUR FIRST THREE YEARS OF SERVICE.
Brain Injury is nothing new. It has been around since people could fall out of trees. What is new is the ability to save the lives of many more people with brain injury. Even someone who sustains a severe brain injury can be airlifted to a Level One Trauma Center—and survive. The trouble is, these medical miracle workers can save lives—repair broken bones—but they cannot repair the brain. Some people do not recover enough to be able to walk, or speak, or take care of themselves, but are otherwise healthy. Most of them, even those in their 20’s, may end up spending decades in a nursing home if their families can not care for them at home.
When someone with a severe brain injury does not emerge from low consciousness, options for treatment, housing, and family support are scarce and may be inappropriate for their needs. Granite House, a Minnesota Non-Profit, is making a difference. Founded by the parents of an adult child with a severe and permanent traumatic brain injury and a nurse who cared for him, we offer a better option. Granite House has built a community residence for younger adults who need 24-hour care and maximum assistance. An alternative to traditional long-term care or care at home, Granite House offers a home-like setting for people who are not likely to emerge from a minimally conscious state but are medically stable and responsive to sensory stimulation. The home has been designed to meet their specific needs and provide them with sunshine, services, and compassionate care.
Granite House opened in late fall 2018. Our residents have come here because of various circumstances because brain injury can occur in many ways-- trauma, lack of oxygen, seizure, stroke, near drowning-- and at any age. With the support of our donors, our community, and our generous contractors, we have built a beautiful home with specialized equipment for our residents-- ceiling lifts for transfers, a residential elevator to take them to the lower level therapy room, and a hydrotherapy tub. The house is on a beautiful wooded lot near Stillwater, MN. We provide long-term compassionate care for our four residents, who have private bedrooms, views of the woods, and a large screened porch for fresh air and the smells of nature. We also have a therapy suite with equipment for a range of motion and weight-bearing exercise, and a bathing suite with a roll-in shower and hydrotherapy tub. Our conference room is available for private family gatherings or community education and support meetings. Granite House is a place for families to heal-- and a model for anyone with high needs who deserves to live with dignity.