I moved to assisted living at the Goodwill Retirement Community on June 28, 2012. You may progress from the villages to long term care. This review begins with one word and that is BEWARE! I caution you especially if you are in a health predicament that requires good nourishment. The food is the biggest complaint. It is not healthy as one might expect, but frequently full of sodium--also many spices. Most of the time, the same foods are served several times a week. The monotony of the same foods especially poorly cooked vegetables makes living at GRC very difficult to tolerate. Vegetables are so overcooked that even broccoli is easy to mash with a fork. There is nothing appetizing about that kind of vegetable. Only recently has there been any fresh fruit such as cantaloupe on what is called the cold bar in assisted living. Most all served fruit is canned. Even desserts are prepackaged with soggy crust on pies. Even though I reside in assisted living, I have not had a scrambled egg or a fried egg in a year. Usually six times a week, pasteurized eggs are baked and served for breakfast. Usually once a week, prepackaged frozen waffles or pancakes are heated and served with overcooked bacon or the same type link sausage/sausage patty that has been on the menu for one year. With a price tag in assisted living of approximately $3500-$6000 plus a month, the quality of food should be superior. The residents in the skilled nursing area and the Alzheimer’s unit deserve food that is high-quality nutrition as well. After all, food is medicine. There are some good quality staff that work at GRC, and their dedication to care giving is noteworthy. However, GRC is woefully lacking in a quantity of quality, responsible, caring staff. In short, it is understaffed. The training is minimal of about three weeks and then trainees job shadow on each shift. This is hardly enough preparation for any nursing aide to function on the floor by herself. I use the word, “herself,” because I have not seen any male nursing aides work in assisted living.
This Mennonite backed organization is nonprofit, yet turnover is high.