Last year my mother, father,and myself visited this community. I was very impressed with the overall experience when we visited. The community is very modern with a well landscaped campus. The nursing units were very clean and well kept. It did not seem like a normal nursing home. The staff ratio we were told was 1 resident to 2 staff. This is the best we have seen at any community we visited. The food seemed very good and had alot of differnt choices to choose from. I looked into the differnt packages and it seemed that these were very extinsive and could fit anyones needs. Now the negatives. The main thing is the cost. This is a private pay community. This mean no medicad. This is what knock my family out of joining this community. The financial situation we were in made this place not a choice we could make. You do get what you pay for.
Friends' Fellowship was a very expensive place to live, but the service and staff were top-notch. The facilities were very clean and my grandma received appropriate levels of care. If she needed help with anything she could call over an intercom and normally would have assistance within a few minutes. There were numerous daily activities available to her which she enjoyed. Typically they had a few activities that were available on the same day each week (i.e. dancing, knitting circle, bingo) and would also have special activities that fit each season (i.e. "a block-party" in the summer, a bus trip to view Christmas lights and decorations at Christmas). My grandma was able to bring (limited) personal effects from home which she appreciated and the furniture, artwork, and design within the building was nice and suited someone from her generation. She enjoyed the food which she could eat in her own room or in a restaurant-like dining room. There were a few negatives. My grandma liked to get to know the staff and there was a high turnover rate. Most of the staff were very gracious and helpful though my grandma did experience a few "rude and snoody nurses." The costs were also very exorbitant. I am not sure the exact amount but my grandma was very well off. She more-or-less spent on remaining life savings. However, she was happy and as part of the agreement if her money had ran out before she died she could still continued to stay there until her death.
Friends Fellowship Community is a continuing care retirement community in Richmond, IN that offers housing options for currently healthy people who want to secure their healthcare plan throughout the aging process. Contact Friends Fellowship Community for more details on CCRC housing and rates.