We have found a place for my friend. She is all settled in Heidi's Haven. She moved in as soon as she got out of the hospital. The one she's in is in Fruitland Park. It's a small facility. She gets the supervision she needs, and she does have to have help with medications. She's resisted, but they've worked very well with getting her to go along with and taking help that she needs. She feels independent enough while she is there, but we know she is getting care, so it works. The staff members have been very attentive to her needs, so I'm very pleased with them.
The first month I paid for a single room, which is more than my friend can really afford, but that's what they had open. It's really been nice. They are trying to accommodate her getting into a double room with somebody that she'll be comfortable living with. They're doing all they can to make it right. She is content, and that's a big deal.
They're very flexible on the meals. Because there's only six people there they'll cook whatever the residents want. Sometimes my friend helps, or she thinks she's helping make the meals, and that makes her feel good even though she can't put her head together to do it herself. Being a part of it is very positive. She also gets to eat what she wants to eat within reason. They supervise the offerings as far as nutrition, but it's all been good.
The place is clean, but it needs some outside landscape type of work around it. They said that they're in the planning stages with that. Inside, it's clean. Although it is a no-smoking environment, there are a couple of residents who smoke, so just outside of the building there are ashtrays. I would prefer not to be there outside, but I understand that some people have to have it, and it's not in the building. I know that they keep my friend busy. They work with her with cooking and things around, but structured activities are not there. There is no activity director per se at this point. Value for the money is fair.
WE here at Heidi's Haven appreciate all the input of family and friends and look forward to many great years helping your friend enjoy her life to the fullest.