My father was at Gateway Villa for less than one month. The Director assured us that his need for assistance with ADLs and getting to/from meals would be met. That was not the case. After the aides told me that the Villa is for independent living and the Garden is for assisted living, I asked the director if my father would be better off on the Garden building. She insisted the only difference between the buildings is ability to ambulate. Unfortunately, the staff did not know that and treated my father as an independent regardless of the fact that we paid for the highest level of assistance.
I visited my father 5-7 times a week and he was becoming more and more withdrawn. EVERY time I visited, I found him in bed. Staff told me that he didnt want to get up so they left him in bed. If he said he did not want to go to the dining room, he didn’t eat. At 8PM one night after missing dinner, he was found sitting in the dining room, obviously hungry. They took him back to his room unfed. He had nutritious snacks in his personal refrigerator and they did not get them for him. When I learned of this, the building manager told me direct care staff are not allowed to get the personal food for residents. Shocking.
Direct care staff are nice and competent, but they are overworked. MANY days there was ONE aid for 30 residents. They count the manager, the part time med aide, and the dietary staff to meet their required staffing ratios. One aid was so happy when she finally had 2 days off in a row over Easter weekend. She said she had worked 15 days straight.
While I was already seeking new arrangements, management informed me that my father wondered outside at night. I do not believe them as he was physically incapable of opening the door they said he exited. They also told me he needed placement in a nursing home. Nursing homes are for people who have medical needs that require professional nursing intervention. My father has none and he in on no routine medication. He is often incontinent, wears depends, and is disoriented to time and place. Gateway Villa is a nice place if your loved one can live independently and/or needs minimal assistance. If you are told you have to pay for a higher level of care, I highly recommend you seek assistance elsewhere.
I am sorry about your negative experience and would be glad to discuss it with you directly. I assure you that we make every effort to meet the needs of our residents and provide the highest quality care. Gateway Gardens and Gateway Villa are licensed assisted living communities and provide care under the guidelines of the Department of Aging and Disability Services. Please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss the issues noted and the steps taken by us to insure the best quality of life for the resident.
Susan White, Executive Director, Gateway Villas and Gateway Gardens