I can’t say enough good things about Hearthside Manor. Nine months ago, when we could no longer care for my mom in our home, Hearthside truly became her new home.
Because of its size and the small staff-to-resident ratio, Hearthside Manor provides an intimate, homelike setting with generous amounts of individual attention from the caregivers and communication based on a resident’s current needs. When my mother moved in, the staff and caregivers worked together to understand what would make her comfortable in her new surroundings, physically, emotionally, and socially, and input from the family in this process was sought out and valued. When she returned to Hearthside from a recent hospital stay, everyone had to work through that process once again—but they did, and she has settled back in to a little different routine.
There’s no one-size-fits-all agenda at Hearthside—each person is treated with individual consideration and respect. While there is a routine in place which creates order and calm, there is also flexibility for individual needs and tastes. For example, those with dementia often don’t have typical sleeping patterns, and while this can disrupt the average household, it is graciously accommodated in this setting. One of the caregivers often will simply sit on the couch with a wakeful resident after everyone else is in bed and share a cup of hot chocolate and stories until sleep comes. The confusion and emotions that surface from time to time are always met with reassurance and kindness.
Family and friends are encouraged to stop in at any time and are made to feel at home with their loved one and the “family” that is made up of all the residents and staff. There’s always a story to tell—what’s been going on and how the family member has been doing since you were there last—and there’s lots of laughter! It’s so heartwarming to watch the genuinely gentle care from the staff as well as interactions that occur between the residents from time to time. I never walk out the front door without a smile on my face and a grateful heart for the people who make this a wonderful home for my mom!
Hearthside is always clean, the food is good and nourishing and creatively prepared, the grounds and building are well cared for, the facility is safe and secure, the staff are happy and get along well with one another and the residents—it’s a wonderful place!