Reviews of Avamere Heart of the Valley Rehabilitation
Sarah1 October 04, 2011
I am a friend or relative of a resident
Heart of the Valley was an interesting place. I made a friend there by the name of Margaret. I visited the care center for 3 consecutive years before my disgust overwhelmed me and I decided to give it up. When I first started going I was excited and positive about meeting a new friend, someone to learn about the history of the town with, and to hear fascinating old stories from. Margaret turned out to be all these things. She was a kind, polite, fascinating woman in her 70s who had deep familial roots in the town's history. Her father had owned the White Side Theater, which was in the middle of a renovate/tear down debate. She didn't particularly care about the theater any more, but she loved hearing how the town had changed over the years since she was a child. Half the time I went to visit she would be sitting in the hallway in a chair reading a book, and the other half the time she would be in her bed resting. I would bring her flowers every month and sit and talk with her for a half hour twice a week. By the second year half the nurses had quit, the building was starting to look much worse for wear, and the smell of urine and brussels sprouts was taking over. Margaret had trouble remembering who I was, and wasn't very interested in the town. She was more concerned with the food and events around the building. That was okay because I would pay attention and share any news the nurses had told us, along with any upcoming events or menus. She seemed to still enjoy the visits.On the third year things went downhill drastically. The nursing staff was less than 1/4 of what I'd seen when I first started visiting. There were unhappy rumors filtering in the halls that the building was structurally dangerous, some of the wings weren't safe for human habitation anymore, and wouldn't stand up to an earthquake. They were worried about being sued. Margaret was all but ignored, left to sit in a plastic high-chair style chair in the hallway with a built-in toilet during the days. She was lonely, but grew grumpier every day until she would snap at every question, or just sit sullen and angry without talking for the duration of my visits. She would refuse the fresh flowers, and stare at the yellowing wallpaper on the wall opposite her. I asked the nurses if there was anything that I could do, but they would brush past me, not talking.I drove by a few months ago, to see what had happened to the place. It was closed down with yellow caution tape covering the entrance. The drive-in entrance was fenced off with rented fencing, and no cars were in the parking lot. It looked abandoned. I often wonder what happened to Margaret, and if she's okay.
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