My mom ended up in Sterling House. That just fit her needs perfectly. She was moved there in March, and she has adapted fairly well. It's a little smaller, and it is also a much more controlled environment. We're hoping that if mom's dementia gets worse, we'll be able to adjust the kind of care she needs, and we won't have to move her. Sterling House is locked down. You can't get out unless somebody lets you out. The care has been very good. They've been very good to work with my sister who lives in that town.
They have a lot of activities. They take them every week on Wednesday afternoons on a bus ride. They always stop for ice cream, so that lets them get out of the place if they want to and if they feel like it. Every Thursday, they either go to Kroger or Wal-Mart, and they alternate Thursdays. She is having her hair done. She's had the manicures. They have music. Mom has talked about a man and a woman that come in every other week, and they play a fiddle and a guitar. They do a jeopardy thing. I can go online and look at an activity calendar for the month. That's real helpful to me because I can see what kinds of things are available, and then I can call her a few days before and remind her. They have a very good activity director, and it seems to be very well-run. We have no complaints at all.
The only thing she isn't real keen about is the food. She was used to eating pretty healthy. She doesn't eat hotdogs, and things like enchiladas, but they have alternatives. One of the bigger things that she's had to get adjusted to, is that the portion size is not quite what she was used to. The salads are in a smaller portion than she's used to getting when she used to eat out.
We were real lucky that they had a room that was available in a real short notice. She has her own tiny little apartment. It has a kitchen, a little bedroom, and a big bathroom. We've been able to take some of her furniture from her house down there, so that's been really good.