I was amazed how caring and available the staff was at Kendal at Ithaca. They had open door policies on the staff offices. Anybody could walk in there at any time and interact with anyone they wanted to. I thought it was amazing that they were accessible. I was sure they wouldn't want everyone clamoring in there, and I thought, because they made themselves so accessible, it wasn't necessary to schedule time to be with people because they were always amongst the people.
The whole facility was absolutely lovely. It was clean. The people were all engaged. They had private rooms. It was a continuum of care facility, so they had independent living, assisted living, and a home nurse feature. The dining service was phenomenal. You could eat buffet style, or you could sit in the dining room. The menus were many, so you had your choices of what you wanted to eat from a pretty extensive menu, plus they had vegetarian food, which was very important to me, and they had that for every meal. I looked at their meal plan for two weeks, and it looked like it varied every day.
Out of all the places that I had seen on every website, Kendral surpassed everything. They had activities. They had committees for the people to join. They even had a pool and a little putting green. It was just an amazing facility that they had set up for the people. They had a lot of people who were over a 100 years old, so I thought that spoke to how they took care of their people.
We are retiring from a ranch life in Colorado and we toured this community. This place is terrific and very nice. The whole place is just too way expensive for us. It costs about $6000 a month to live there. Also in Ithaca, they have a lot of expensive living there because their taxes are very high. Also one drawback we had with The Kendall is that they started a while ago and their population has aged and we are with all the others living longer.
Kendal at Ithaca is a continuing care retirement community in Ithaca, NY that offers housing options for currently healthy people who want to secure their healthcare plan throughout the aging process. Contact Kendal at Ithaca for more details on CCRC housing and rates.