I really liked Amethyst. I liked the surroundings, I liked that it was on one level; it was not a "go up an elevator, find my apartment, and get lost while I am trying to do it" atmosphere. And the gal was very helpful. She told me that when I am ready, if I was interested, I can even put a deposit down to save a place. None of the other places said that. It was get in here right now or else. They were much more caring and helpful than any of the other places that I have visited. I took the tour and saw the facilities, the lunch room, and everything. I saw the apartments, and they have the nicest assisted living apartments than any other places that I have seen. It was more than just one room; it was very nice. I didn't see anyone really doing activities basically at the time of day that I was there. My mother would not even join in to do any of the activities anyway. She can hardly see, so she is going to need more care than an assisted living.
The dining room was very open, and very bright with windows around, it was not a walled-in place, and it was right off of the main lobby. It was like going into a really nice restaurant. It was just very nice, very bright, and very cheery. It did not feel like just a room; it wasn't cafeteria style either. So many of these places are cafeteria style, but this was an actual sit down and order off the menu. Yes, somebody could go get their food and tray if they are in a walker or something, but you still have to know what is up in the cafeteria line. This was very nice. I guess she told me that they had two specials a day, and if they didn't want one of the specials that was being offered that day, they can order directly from the menu. And then, like I said, everything was ground level. It was all kind of in a great, big circle assisted living, and then people who didn't need the assisted part of it were on another side of the street. And there were lots of trees and grass. I've been to some of these places where you have to go up to the third floor in an elevator, then go find your apartment, look out the window, and see the parking lot. This one was like being at home almost. You had a little patio where you could go out to sit and have coffee, see the grass and trees, and you didn't see parking lots or parking covered roofs or get lost trying to find the elevator. This was a perfect place. I would recommend anybody going to see this place. And it was less expensive than some of the other ones. I was extremely impressed with it. The lobby was like walking into an exclusive hotel. It had a fireplace if needed for the winter; it was just beautiful.