Oddly enough, this was the first place I looked at when suddenly put in the position of finding a safe, lock down facility for my Aunt. I continued to interview about 10-12 other places just to be sure I wasn't making a hasty decision. After seeing first hand the lack of compassion, much chaos and unorganization that many of the other large places had, I called on some people "In the business" for their opinions. They were not very familiar with Arden Courts, but had heard nothing bad either. My gut feeling was that Arden Courts was a "home away from home" and every time I went back, unannounced, the staff was wonderful, the residents were always treated with respect and dignity and the place was always spotlessly clean. I noticed that they had a teriffic program for the Alzheimer's residents and that they were free to roam the small 56 bed, 4 cottage style area as well as the lovely landscaped fenced outside area at their leisure. My Aunt was deemed a "runner" at that time, which meant she was at risk of fleeing since the onset of her condition. This place was perfect for her. She would be able to roam around all day in and out of many doors that always lead to the same place and she would never realize that was exactly why it was designed that way.
The Lord works in mysterous ways because my Aunt took a fall at home and I was able to transition her into Arden Courts right from the Hospital. She soon began calling it her "Home' and fit right in. Grant it there have been times when things were not perfect but this illness is not perfect and each person is in a different stage of the disease. During this time I had court ordered Psychologists, Medical Doctors and special case workers that came there to interview my Aunt, myself and the staff. They also checked out the facility thoroughly and came to the conclusion that they would now recommend this place to others in need. Being from another County, they did not know about this little jewel.
The Staff at Arden Courts must have been sent from Heaven because they are the most caring, loving and patient people I have ever met. My Aunt enjoys the everyday activities that they provide which stimulates her long term memory without causing her stress. The indoor and outing activities are just amazing and the well balanced meals are yummy. (You can even request special menus).
I truly feel that I may have found a less expensive place for my Aunt, but I have peace of mind that she is being well cared for in a wonderful environment. It's better than being with family all the time because the skilled staff is there 24-7 and not just for the residents. They have support groups and private sessions for families. They plan family and Holiday events that are spectacular and you can see that everyone feels comfortable and assured that their loved one is really "Loved". Thank you all for taking such good care of my Aunt. I couldn't ask for more that you guys give.