Mom's doing well at Solvang Retirement. She's been there for two months now. I went there a couple of times before I moved mom just to have meetings with the administrator. One thing I noticed about this place is you can hear laughter, you can hear conversation, you can hear people greeting each other and it is just a happy kind of place.
She's 95 and still very independent. The only pill that's she's taking is aspirin. I really like where she is because she's more social, has a lot of people to interact with, and she's more active than before. She got her sense of humor back too. Those to me are good sign that she's adjusting very well. They had a huge Scandinavian dinner few weeks ago with Scandinavian music and some of the kids came in and did some folk dances. They have two or three things planned every single day, so she can do as much as she want. They also have community meetings every other week where they can state their grievances and what they don't like.
So far there isn't anything that I don't like about the facility. She's getting everything for $2,200 a month that includes all of her utilities, basic cable and includes all of her meals. The only utility she pays is her own personal phone. What she likes most is that she didn't have to cook or shop for food. They have a different menu every day plus they have standard menu. It is like a restaurant, they take your order and they will fix it the way you want it. Right now, she's really happy where she is. And I am just 9 miles away instead of 900.