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Abq December 30, 2013
I am a friend or relative of resident
We had a parent who was living at La Vida Llena in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was later moved into the "dementia wing" where we were promised full care and comfort for our parent (at a hefty price). The opposite seemed to be true. First of all, he was given extremely strong medication to keep him "calm." He was moved from room to room with various roommates which would be upsetting to people without dementia. Fortunately after much upset he finally got a room of his own. The staff didn't seem to understand how to deal with dementia patients. They were extremely impatient and even at times hostile when he lashed out at them from fear. He was often left in his room with no food or drink, and we were told they couldn't "force" him. Their efforts to feed him were minimal at best. It was a constant battle to make sure he had the basics. We had to hire outside help to make sure he was cared for. He was not given any mental stimulation at all. They would forget to bring his newspaper, which gave him some pleasure. We constantly had to remind them to bring him his paper. They would do it a few times then go back to default mode and leave it in some stack somewhere in the lobby down the hall. All this applies as well to grooming, such as bathing, trips to the bathroom etc. if we had not had outside help it would have been a catastrophe. The fault rests on the management who put on a great show and sale. Once they have lured you in they disappear and leave you to navigate the system on your own. They hire untrained and unqualified people to deal with this sensitive population. If you do have a loved one there in that particular unit be prepared to check on them often! Buyer Beware!
GoToros55 July 31, 2012
I visited this facility
This assisted living provider is exceptional. There are two types of living situations - a separate apartment where nurses visit or in rooms in the complex itself. The nurses are very helpful. The staff gets the individuals to and from eating, church, activities, and anything else that might be going on. I had the opportunity to interact with patients and take them to and from their activities. They are all very loving and are kept happy by the staff. The apartments are very nice and comfy, as well as being handicapped friendly. The apartments give independence and the inpatient complex has a lot of activities to keep the individuals busy and happy. There is a little room dedicated to watching TV and mingling with each other. Patients who need help are always attended to if someone needs help, a nurse or another part of the staff is there to help them. I think this would be a great assisted nursing home to live in because of the never-ending good will of the staff and other individuals in the complex.
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La Vida Llena Lifecare Retirement Community is an assisted living facility in Albuquerque, NM that offers residents independent living options and daily support services.for more details on housing, services, and rates.
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