My mother moved into Trowbridge in July, 2014. She has been familiar with this facility for a long time, but after a fall and a dislocated shoulder suffered in June, our family agreed it was time that she leave our family home and move to Trowbridge, the only place Mom ever wanted to move to.
From the minute we started dealing with Kelly and Gina in their Sales and Marketing group, we knew we had made the right choice. Mom had been in a rehab facility and was anxious to leave that facility and go home, but with her condition home was not an option. Mom really wanted a 2 bedroom apartment and luckily one became available but wouldn't be ready until early August. As long as we signed a lease, Kelly offered us a 1 bedroom furnished respite apartment for Mom to stay in until her apartment was ready. This was the best of both worlds because Trowbridge has onsite physical therapy through Brookdale Therapy and allowed mom to continue her rebabilitation without leaving the building. It allowed us (her 5 children) to get her home ready for sale and to figure out what furniture we would be moving to Trowbridge. Kelly recommended a company called Gentle Transitioning which was a godsend to us. Janet Stein and her team came to Mom's house and worked with mom to figure out what furniture would move. Her sister Amy, an interior decorator, drew up a workable floor plan which we tweaked a few times, and then finally, the day before the move in August, Janet and her team worked with Mom at her house to figure out what else would move (Clothes, kitchen items, etc.), and packed everything up for us. The next day, the movers came (that Janet had arranged), and moved al the furniture over, and Janet and her team unpacked everything for us. Amy and her handyman came a few days later and hung all the pictures and organized lamps, nicknacks, etc. so when Mom walked into her new apartment, it was ready to go! Mom got a 2 bedroom Telegraph model that she loves. She uses the larger bedroom as her bedroom. It has a walk - in closet and was able to fit mom's entire bedroom set. She uses the second bedroom as a den and it was able to fit mom's big desk, a nice 4 drawer file drawer and another long desk with 2 drawers at each end. And surprisingly we even had room for a twin sleeper sofa in there with an Ottoman that we picked up at Art Van in Royal Oak. So now we still have a place to sleep if we decide to spend a night with Mom. The kitchen is a full galley style kitchen with lots of cupboard space (though some of it a bit too high for Mom to reach), and came with all appliances except a microwave which I purchased separately. Gina even let me ship it directly to her and Kim in maintenance got it set up in her apartment. The living room is quite spacious, the dining room small (about 81 inches square) but Mom only eats breakfast here. During the month before the move, I think we were in contact almost daily with Gina or Kelly just asking them a million questions and they never grew tired of me! Gina and I decided we'd be best friends if we ever lived next door to each other. We thought we ran into a problem with a light switch in the dining room being inaccessible to Mom if she moved in her dining room hutch but Kim and Mike on his staff got creative and were able to put in a wireless switch on another wall. They were so excited that it worked that they said they'd start using this option in all of the other apartments!
The rent includes breakfast and dinner, but for $100 more for month, you can substitute lunch for dinner which Mom does. Mom has been happy with the food at Trowbridge - there are usually 3 choices at dinner and for lunch, she usually grabs soup and a sandwich. She hasn't participated in any of the activities yet, concentrating most on her physical therapy (which she loves!). But soon she'll be able to join activities - right now we think here two favorite activities are lunch and dinner which she talks about all the time. Trowbridge also has a company called ComfortCare onsite which offers optional assisted living services which you buy in a package or alacarte, or not at all. This gives mom the ultimate flexibility with her budget. Mom currently gets a package where the ComfortCare staff comes each morning to dress her, make her bed, etc. and then each evening to help her get ready for bed. She also receives medicine assistance and bathing twice per week. Mom loves the staff at ComfortCare and it gives the 5 of us piece of mind to know they have a nurse on staff along with their caregivers.
As you can see, I cannot say enough about this place. Everyone on the staff that I have met is amazing - many of them have been there many years. The residents are delightful and I love meeting many of them. The grounds are gorgeous and since Trowbridge is pet friendly, there is room for the residents to walk their dog if they have one. They even let my sister bring her dog over to see mom when she visits every week. It's now one month since Mom moved into her new apartment, two months, since moving into Trowbridge and she is still very happy, and we are all at peace, knowing she is being watched over so carefully by the wonderful staff at Trowbridge.