Elderly Caregiver Support - West Lafayette, IN | Joyful Journey
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Caregiving for a dependent family member is a 24/7/365 responsibility. It doesn’t take long to realize that it isn’t a one person job. It requires a team of loving, compassionate and caring people walking alongside, providing the main caregiver support, encouragement, and rest.

If you are in need of rest and refreshment, if you find it sometimes difficult to provide purposeful activities and meaningful social interaction for your loved one, and if your loved one does not require the full medical care provided in a traditional nursing home setting, we would love to visit with you about what Joyful Journey can offer both you and your loved one.

Enrollment Process

Step One

Let's Talk!

We would like to learn about your needs and the needs of your loved one. It is important to have an honest and open conversation about your situation, the particular needs of your loved one, and your specific questions. Ideally, we ask that you set aside 45 minutes for this first conversation and that you make other arrangements for your loved one during that time. Then, we can better assess whether our care may be appropriate for your specific situation. This first conversation can be either by phone or in person.

Step Two

Let’s Visit the Joyful Journey house!

We want you and your loved one to tour the Joyful Journey house in order to see and experience all that we offer. Plan on spending approximately 1.5 hours with us so we can both learn more about one another. Prior to your visit, we will send you some necessary documents to be completed by the responsible party and your loved one’s doctor. Prior to enrolling, we will need a current TB test or chest x-ray along with information relating to medications, diagnosis, and related health conditions.

Step Three

Let’s Figure Out a Schedule!

Once we determine if Joyful Journey is a good fit for you and all of the necessary paperwork is completed and returned, we can work together to determine the attendance schedule. Some families like to do just a few hours a week to start and some are in need of care all day, every day. Think about what schedule is best for you and let us know a few days in advance so we can prepare for our new Friend’s arrival. From our experience, a careful plan and consistent schedule provides for everyone’s well-being.

Friends sign up for full days, partial days, individual days, or full weeks.

  • Full days (over 4 hours) are $92 each and include lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and all activities.
  • Partial days (4 hours or less) are $67 each. Lunch can be purchased for an additional $5.



I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of this wonderful home for some time to aid in the care of my husband but also for me, too. My husband has been coming from the very first week and he goes several times a week. He enjoys the many activities, other people attending, the very caring and professional Staff, and of course, the delicious meals.

I can now plan to have some "Connie Time" which is such a blessing to my health and attitude. I highly recommend you bring your loved one to Joyful Journey, and I know you won't be sorry!


It's so comforting to know my mom will enjoy her day, every day, surrounded by caring Staff in a safe, warm place. She looks forward to her time with her friends and tells everyone she knows how wonderful Joyful Journey is. 

For me, I get peace and encouragement as soon as I connect with staff and others I meet there. It's a perfect fit, and it came at just the right time. What a blessing Joyful Journey is!


The Joyful Journey Staff does not view caring for their friend as simply a job, rather they warmly welcome each friend and treat him/her respectfully as a person.

Having mom at Joyful Journey a couple afternoons per week has allowed me to get groceries, run errands, go to my own doctor and dentist appointments, spend time with my children, have a luncheon date with my husband, etc. all without Mom along—knowing that she is in good hands.

Joyful Journey gives Mom appropriate activities and individual attention; Joyful Journey gives me opportunities to tend other relationships and other necessary tasks—what a respite in the midst of full-time caregiving!


As an administrative volunteer I have many opportunities to see JJ Staff at work. Their preparations are always thoughtful, caring, and thorough. Activities are often individualized to the unique needs of a particular Friend, and always appropriate and purposeful for the group they expect to see the next day.

If the day's plan is not working well, the trained and experienced Staff and volunteers are flexible and ready to change course. Everyone is included unless they would like some time for themselves, which can be provided while never leaving anyone alone. The level of loving care provided in this home away from home is a rare find!

Sue L., Volunteer

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