My friend has been very comfortably placed at Brooks Howell. As far as I know, it has all the different levels so if you go in at one level and you need stepped up care, you can stay there and you'd be given more care. She needed to be in the nursing home. She couldn't cook her own meals. She can dress herself and she is allowed to be taken out. I wanted to take her out to church in some days and they were very careful to make sure they got her sister's permission. They had good methods. Then when I was allowed to take her out, they're happy to see me and they're pleased she's getting out. I have to sign her and then sign her out so I like the way the home is run. When we've taken her to church, it's been over lunch time. As soon as we've got back, they brought her dinner, too. They asked her before she left what she wanted. As soon as she got back, they brought it to her room for her as they've already eaten.
I know some people who have Alzheimer's or some level of dementia. They look after them as well. I have actually volunteered there some years ago that's how I was familiar with this. It's lovely, clean and very friendly.
She has her own bedroom and her own bathroom with very cozy fire. It's been nice and warm but not too warm, I think very comfortable. I have another friend who has someone in there and she's been very pleased as well. I think they have activities and they're quite varied. Sometimes they're making things. Sometimes, it's entertainment and they have a very nice dining room so Helen is able to get up and go to her meals. I think she can have them brought, too, if she's not feeling well.