Where shall I begin. My mom was at St. Anne's in Rockford on two occasions. For the most part the first time she was there she seemed to be taken care of in a very caring manner. A week or two after her release she returned after having surgery on her broken ankle. My sister who basically lived at the facility was appalled at the care she was receiving. Mom's medications were found under her bedding, call lights were ignored along with other communication issues concerning meals and care.
When funds had diminished and it was time to find a Medicade facility, St Annes could not accommodate mom. Being that I, who had POA over mom was out of town, my sister looked into Alden Debes along with a number of other facilities. She thought Alden would work for mom on a short term basis until another Medicaid facility became available
Upon my return my first impression of the facility was not favorable. Her side of the room was smaller than the other side, the walls were cinder block and the bathroom was shared by 4 residents.
Now that you have an idea what the facility looks like, let me tell you a bit about mama Rose, she was a handful!!!
She kept begging me to get her out of there her complaints were the staff abuses her, they don't feed her, they make her sleep in the basement or on the ceiling, her neighbor kicks her all night, Cleopatra jumps through the window etc,etc,etc.. Now you're getting a good picture of her mental state.
At any rate I looked into Rosewood right down the street from Alden, not once but twice. The second time mom was much more stable both physically and mentally. Yet they refused to take her in because they thought she'd be a bad fit for their facility. HMMM I really didn't think a state funded facility could do that but what do I know.
So long story longer here's my final thoughts on not only senior care but Alden Debes. If your the type of family that refuses to be a part of your loved ones care and figures dropping them off and maybe visiting them a couple times a year, any facility will do because you really don't give a crap. If you're the kind of family that even though your loved one has become mean, stubborn, combative, and delusional, but you still love them and are willing to be an active part of their health care and lives then you need to look past the aesthetics of this facility and talk to the folks that care for it's patients. Maybe it was because my family was so hands on with ma or maybe that's just how the caregivers treat everyone, whatever the case they treated her like family with care and respect. The caregivers from housekeeping, nursing staff, physical therapy, to social workers are absolutely wonderful you made moms final months best they could be.
Carmen and family