The Hawthorne is fairly close to where my parents are now. The only problem that I have with moving them there is the lack of space. My mother does not need to be in memory care. She’s with my father where they are now, and they have a living room with a TV and places to sit, so she can have her somewhat normal life. At this facility, they have a large bedroom, but there’s no living room. It would be very hard to have their recliners, TV, and bed in that one room. But their dining rooms were wonderful, and the people there knew everyone by name. It was clean and smelled good, which are big deal. They actually had activities that were done according to where the people were in their levels of memory loss. If they needed help with eating, they would keep together the people that needed that help. My father is not as bad as a lot of them yet. They have activities that help them to be able to do things better throughout the day, like buttoning their pants, putting their clothes on right side out, and a lot of other teaching. They did even some exercise programs, which I thought was amazing, to get them up and moving around. And, of course, they had games and that type of thing, too. The working staff would go up, give them a hug, and know them by their names. It was like a big family, and you could see that from walking through the place. They did not put it on for show. They have more than one large, neat dining room. The people that could feed and take care of themselves were in one, with a separator in between. There wasn’t a locked door, so you could see through, but the two areas were separated. My father can still eat fine, so he and my mother would be on the other side. They had a theater room where they show movies or if you have family coming in, your family could also go in and watch a movie with them, and a few fun things that were a little different.
Thank you so much for your visit to our facility. It is wonderful to know that you would consider us in taking care of your parents. We are a smaller facility, so our space is not as large as others, however, we do try to make everything homelike and comfortable for the residents. Our staff really take pride in the privilege to care for each and every resident, therefore, they get to know them one by one. Their past, their families, which are important to them, and most of all, their being of who they are now. We strive to make their lives complete and fruitful. We cherish each and everyone of them and will do so as long as we can. I believe, every resident is unique and individual needs begin when you get to know your resident by who they are and not by "disease". Uniqueness is in all of them. It is important that staff are caring inside, rather than "job" geared from the outside. It is our privilege to love and care for all residents and family members. Please keep us in mind if you ever need anything. We are here. Administrator