Beautiful, caring people working in this memory care facility. My Mom was there for 2 months while waiting for a new facility to open close to our home in north Sarasota. We knew the time frame was only temporary at the time of placement and so did the staff at Autumn Leaves in Venice. The nursing staff were on top of things and great in calling me with appropriate communication, sometimes initiated by my requests and other times, just being pro-active on their part. The caregivers were extraordinary and worked diligently to understand each resident's individual needs. Their commitments are quite impressive. As I talked with many of the staff at Autumn Leaves, their passion to work in this industry is driven from an experience with a loved one in their past. The activities were varied and the staff does an excellent job of keeping track of residents and directing and encouraging them towards the activities.
Since my Mom was resident #6 in a new facility, there were a few "growing" pains; however, we found the Directors and staff open to any of our concerns. Interestingly, all of our concerns resulted in adjustments by the staff OR new knowledge imparted to us to aid our understanding. For caregiving family members and friends to grow in their understanding along this journey is so important as it really is a marathon.
The building is beautiful, well appointed, lots of sunlight and many and varied large open areas. The food was good. I rated it a 4 based upon my taste, but I’m sure it was targeted perfectly for the resident’s palate. Hydration was quite intentional. The minimally furnished rooms are helpful, particularly if you are caught in a swift transition from another facility (hospital, rehab, etc.). The spacious showers have a large and sturdy built in seat; however, shower curtains are not provided and the 84" length for a shower curtain is not a standard size.
I didn't always love waiting to enter or leave until a staff member was available to unlock the door.
I am so very thankful and appreciative of the care that was provided to my Momma at Autumn Leaves