Craig Retirement Community was the nicest one after looking at the other places available in Amarillo, and it met the requirements that my mother had. It's a very nice, nonsmoking facility, and her apartment had the ample space that she wanted with a full kitchen and all the things that she wanted in a home that were very important to her. They seem to be very friendly and very clean. We had lunch in the dining room, and the food was pretty good and had a lot of choices. They have a nice dining room and a lot of people in there that are enjoying themselves. There are a lot of activities. My mother loves to play games.
The Craig has all facilities, starting with independent living and up through assisted living and then into full nursing. They even have an Alzheimer's unit. It is really nice because you could live in there and die there. It is a lot larger and lot fancier. It was very clean and very nice. I was very impressed with it. However, it was more expensive than where I am now. The staff was really committed. They worked really hard. They were very friendly and very helpful. They would go out of their way to help you with anything. The dining area was nice, but they only have one meal a day.
I would highly recommend The Craig. I like this facility because they had all levels of care. They have a very large complex. The facility is very clean and nice. It has a very homey feel when I visited there. They do daily activities. They also go on shopping trips and they take the residents' doctor's visits.
My experience with Craig Methodist Retirement Community was a pleasant one. At first, I was skeptical about having to visit my Grandmother in an assisted living facility. My Grandma and I were extremely close, so having to see her needing care was hard on me. The first time I visited her, she stayed in her room and kind of moped around. I think it was difficult for her having to leave the comforts of her own home to stay somewhere else and have strangers care for her. The place itself is nice, really nice, but that doesn't matter if she was unhappy. I just remember being unsure about the whole ordeal until about the second or third visit. I remember visiting her on a Saturday during one of their activities. She was up moving around, laughing and visiting with other elders in wheelchairs. I haven't seen her smile like that in a long time. It was then that I realized how lonely she was at home all by herself. The staff even seemed like they were having fun watching them interact. I knew then that this place was going to be good for my Grandma and that I didn't have to worry about her welfare anymore. Each visit thereafter was great! She really seemed to be enjoying herself despite her situation. The staff seemed alright too. I think there was one nurse that my grandma didn't care for because every time I visited she would stare down that nurse and tell me that she's a mean one. I don't think it was anything bad because my grandma would've have said so, but I don't think she was that nice either. I think her overall experience was very pleasant, though. I even had a nice experience with the place and I'm not a fan of assisted living facilities.
Craig Retirement Community is an independent living community in Amarillo, TX designed for seniors, normally 55+, who are able to care for themselves and wish to live independently. Contact Craig Retirement Community for more details on housing, services, and rates.