We’re moving in about a week to Park Place of West Knoxville. It doesn’t feel like a nursing home, and it didn’t make me want to break down and cry. It’s not fancy, but it’s sweet and very friendly, and there is enough activity level. Gina -- the program coordinator and marketing person -- has just been extremely helpful. Everybody is not in a wheelchair; some are using walkers. I liked it because my dad is in a little better situation than my mom, and I didn’t want him to go down.
I just feel like it’s a right fit for my parents. It’s very close to my house, so I’ll be able to come and go, but I’ll know they’re safe. Every time I’ve gone, whenever they’re cooking, the meals always smell good, so that’s encouraging. We stayed for one of the programs yesterday, and it was so good. It turned out to be a friend of ours who was doing the photography program for them, so just things like that I know my parents will enjoy.
They drive you; they take you to lunch. On Thursdays, they go shopping once a week to Turkey Creek or to a few different stores. What I liked about it, too, was it wasn’t just moving into a room. It’s moving into a small apartment, and they still have a kitchen.