My parents have both lived in Carillon Assisted Living since July 1st. It is a beautiful and clean facility. When you walk in, it feels like home and it didn't feel like a facility at all. Everything is on one level so there are no elevators or anything. It has a great atmosphere -- conducive to just enjoying life and meeting people. Their dining room has a chandelier, tablecloths on the tables, napkins, silverware, and fresh flowers. The food is very good. They also have a big dining room that you can reserve for a get-together. The have multiple little vans where you can visit with friends and family or with the residents. The even have one van with a fireplace. So, in the wintertime, if want to sit by the fire and read, you can. Mom and dad have 4 closets in their suite. When you go in their room, there is a clothing closet to your left; to your right, there is a counter with a little refrigerator, microwave and two closets, too. When you go to the right, there is the den and to the left, the bedroom and another closet in the room. They have a nice big bathroom with a walk-in shower with a bench. You can go into the bathroom either through the bedroom or through the den. They say, "Not to think of your studio or you room as your home, but think of the whole place as your home." They coordinate with their doctor appointments. The activities just seem limitless. They take them fishing and for ice cream. They have a spa and a pool if they want to participate in a little in-home exercise. They go to devotion at 10 o'clock for about 15 minutes and then do some chair exercises.
The staff and workers -- called team members -- have been super positive, friendly, and helpful. They will do anything to help you and they are as wonderful as they can be to the residents. They make mommy and daddy feel very welcome. My dad had a stroke back in March and I like that they have an alarm for him to wear. I tell him, "Daddy, if you feel those things coming over you again, you just press that button." It will let them know where he is in the facility so they can come right away. I spoke to a resident who has been there for two years when I visited my parents last Wednesday and she says she hasn't had a single complaint. She cannot think of a better or nicer place to stay.
The facility will also host a reception for my mom and dad on July 24th so their friends can come visit them and see where they live. All we have to do is give them the list of names, addresses and phone numbers. They took care of the invitations. My parents are having a ball and my mom says it's like they are on vacation. It is awesome. We just feel like this is the answer to our prayers.