A number of years ago, I was sent to Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto, California for additional rehabilitation following surgery at nearby Stanford University Hospital. The surgery, while successful, left me quite a bit more debilitated than expected and I went to Lytton Gardens to regain my strength and receive physical therapy. I was only in my mid-forties at the time and I clearly remember being horrified at the thought of being sent to a "nursing home" to recover after my hospital stay. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
Lytton Gardens is a lovely facility in the heart of Palo Alto, California, a small affluent city of quiet, tree-lined streets located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although it has been in existence for over 50 years, the buildings that comprise the facility have been modernized frequently. Despite its old world charm, Lytton Gardens boasts all of the modern amenities, such as televisions in the resident rooms, a sophisticated staff call system, a ""beauty- parlor"" and an on-site podiatrist. Outside there are shaded patios and beautiful flowering gardens that bloom almost year round in Palo Alto's temperate climate. The physical therapy rooms are clean and well-stocked, and I found the therapists to be friendly yet very professional. They pushed me just hard enough to make sure I made the quickest recovery possible without suffering unnecessary fatigue or pain. The rest of the staff was equally as pleasant and very kind. Due to my "tender" age, they even placed me in a room at the very end of the hall so that I would not be disturbed or upset by the "sundowners"- a colloquial expression for elderly patients with dementia who-for unknown reasons-often become very agitated and vocalize quite loudly during the night.
My one negative experience, not surprisingly, was the food, which was bland to the point of being virtually inedible. Each day I would look at what I received on my tray and laugh, it bore so little resemblance to what I had ordered. Luckily, Palo Alto is a lively city that caters heavily to the hundreds of Stanford University students and employees who regularly come to the downtown area for a quick lunch or evening meal. It boasts all sorts of restaurants, from French cuisine to "upscale" fast food, so I was never without a tasty "supplement,"Â that had been hand delivered by one of my faithful friends or family.
Although I no longer live in California, if I ever again find myself in need of post-operative rehabilitation or an assisted living facility l would not hesitate to return to Lytton Gardens. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.