This facility is one of the more advanced in care and attention. It is closer to our home so visits are easier. The staff and facility is very well attuned to the residents needs, with ample staff for even the late night care. The first person we met was the helpful receptionist followed shortly by the Director of Community Relations, Carol, a wonderful tall attractive woman with such sincere eyes. She took us on a tour of the facility. The rooms are carpeted, cheery, and have windows to see the difference in night and day. Don't laugh, some facilities do not. The walls had color. Hospitals are pretty stark, white and sterile in comparison.
The rooms have several activity areas close by. Today a few of the residents in this wing, were gathered around a friendly activities attendant, for a table game in the room close to our Matriarch family member. I was reading a magazine in there but could not help but enter a conversation with a bright eyed 90 year old woman playing Solitaire. She mentioned that Delaware was where she was from, and this facility brought her closer to family. I teased her about playing a game of poker. she replyed quickly that she would not play for 'money' just for fun. I had better be prepared for the next visit and bring the chips.
I told her that my own Mom played solitaire for years with actual cards until the computer given her by my sister, proved so addictive to her, that the paper cards were put away in favor of the 'virtual cards'. My own Mom passed away at 92. Now can you imagine, that a woman that age was very active on the Internet? She enjoyed daily 'email', as well as using Google searches right up until the last week of her life? She would have made a great 'blogger'.
I was reading my National Geographic but also intently observing each and every act of kindness performed by the attendants for the residents. This is the most dedicated group of professional caregivers that I have watched work. This group, which is comprised of people of all ages, attended to each need with courtesy and caring friendship.
The 'outside world' would do well to witness this life first hand. These people are driven by an inner 'Calling' and that is no doubt, as my Wife noticed. The likes of 'Hollywood Michael Moore' are totally clueless about our true society and seem to beleive that Cuba and Comunism is the best life stye, well "go for it 'Supersize Me' Mike and take 'Cindy Sheehan' with you". We need to reduce 'toxic' pollution in the USA. I can not truly understand any intelligent people following along with this 'thinking'...or lack of it. They give their 'money' to this group so they must believe in it, along with 'Rosie O' and 'Jerry Springer'.
Our Daughter in Law, with her Daughter and new baby Son, (my only Grandson) stopped by to try and fit my Mother in Law into some new garments they had shopped for and purchased for her stay. She requires five changes of clothing with her name written inside. Kind of sounds like 'summer camp' doesn't it? Many of the new clothes were understandably a little off in size but some fit well. Returning a few is always in the mix. Our family has the pleasure of being fairly close so visitors are plenty.
The elderly appreciate attention just as much as most of us young hearty souls...My equally caring Daughter in Law is planning a birthday party for my Mother in Law on her birthday. We are to have it at this facility. My own birthday is to be celebrated that day there as well. The cake will have to be very large because the residents in that wing are sure to want some as well. Fun stuff...
At a certain time and day, ice cream is served. My 'solitaire playing lady' speedily left in her wheelchair as soon as she noticed the ice cream attendants. I even received an offer to take one from a perky young attendant. Another caring attendant gave my Mother in Law the extra one she had been saving for herself. See what this group is all about?
There are different 'tiers' of care depending on need. This wings room that we are associated with, has skilled nursing and a doctor on call to assist with the special needs of a 'post surgery' resident.
A lifelong friend of my Mother in Law, is there as well. He was hit in a grocery store parking lot by an inattentive (cell phone mental block?) young woman driving through the spaces where he was loading the car with groceries along side his wife. Now he is slowly recuperating in this facility. His wife can no longer live alone now as well.
Life has interesting changes in store for all of us. Be certain that you have your 'Spiritual' life in order. Things happen in life that are out of our control. Be totally prepared for any happening and you will not be surprised by the unforeseen. Our Great Nation has some of the most wonderful people in the world. God Bless All!
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