My mom has been in Sunrise of Walnut Creek, and they've been outstanding. My mom's aide is very exceptional, and my mom loves her too. She's in a private room by herself, but it's costing us $9,000 a month, and she is a diabetic, so she requires three insulin shots a day, along with her ten other medications they give her daily, and they have to essentially pick her up out of bed, put her on the toilet, and carry her to a chair. That extra handling and the extra medication needs are all incremental on the basic cost of the room, that's why it's so expensive. The problem is we spent half a million dollars there over the years and she can't afford it anymore.
They have activities for the seniors, too. They also have a memory center which is separate from the assisted living facilities. My mom requires extra diaper changes, and they add all these on to their fee structure that you have to pay to account for all the special needs. They have a wellness center which has all their medical people in who provide the insulin drugs, and other medication she needs. Somebody administers the whole area to make sure the residents get their drugs on a timely basis, and they've just been very good about being responsible for my mom.
The staff during the day, that I know of, are certainly the best. In her whole time there, there's only been one person that my mom didn't like, who was a little rough with her. It was a male, but he didn't last very long. I know their manager, Marvin, and the three receptionists there are the key to all of it. They are the ones helping us get in, making arrangements to see her, and following up with her. It's a little cumbersome for them to be running around from resident to resident doing FaceTime, but the three receptionists are really good.
I've been happy with the food, but it's just my mom is a picky eater. She doesn't eat breakfast. She only has soup for lunch, and picks her food for dinner. They just opened up today and we're going to see her, and they are now allowing family members to come in, but it's still restricted to their room.