My sister is at Park Regency right now. The facility itself is exceptional. I think the food is very good. They have many activities, from painting to bracelet making to flower pots and planting herbs. They have TV nights, popcorn, and parties. Their activity director is exceptional. They even opened a beauty salon in there. They also have a little general store where the residents can purchase supplies.
However, I am having issues right now because, apparently, they say that she has put her hands on three residents, trying to help them. She was a Denver sheriff for 32 years and she tries to be helpful, but she has dementia now, so when you tell her she cannot touch anybody, she doesn't remember it. So they tell me that they are not sure if she can stay there. I am very clear with the administrator and the marketing director, as well as the nursing, in explaining to them her situation. They assure me that they are the right facility, and even though they cost significantly more than some of the others, I placed her there because I want what is best for her. I am trying to make her comfortable for as long as I can and for as long as she can remember. I tell them if there is a problem with the residents or if my sister is doing that, it will be helpful if one of them assists her at breakfast, lunch, or dinner and just walks her to the elevator so she doesn’t come into contact with anybody. I am supposed to meet with them tomorrow to find out what their decision is. I am just concerned about why they can't handle something that seems to be minor. It seems like an easy solution to separate her from the person she has a problem with. I think the staff should perhaps be more in touch with some of the residents' needs. I think if they notice that there is a pattern of behavior, a staff member can come in and refocus them on something else.