Stratford Commons was amazing and remarkable for my mom. They were really awesome. They were just so delightful with her. My mom passed about two years ago, but she was there for about a year. It was fantastic. We couldn't have been happier. It was upscale. The people were so happy and kind. My mother could play the piano and she loved that, that's what she lived for. Even though she couldn't see, she could play, so they encourage her to play in the room and they would sing or they would ask her to play for a group. Mom was 102.
Here, she had people that were coming by. It was just the loveliest-looking place, the kind you're proud to say "my mom lives here". It was clean; it smelled great. It was homey and cutesy. They had pictures on the doors that you could put in one of their fancy frames that showed all stages of your mom's life. They let us do whatever we wanted to with her room, so we set up a couch, bed, a piano, and two guest chairs, and she had a little kitchen in there where we could keep her favorite treats and ice cream. I can't say enough. Whenever we emailed them, they emailed us back, and they invited us to events that they had all the time. It was awesome. The only thing I wish they had was maybe a nurse or a doctor that is there 4 or 5 hours a day.
The food was very nice. They had a formal dining room for all their normal assisted living people, and then in the back it was casual, like four seat tables and no linens. But whenever there's an event and they invited family in, we go to the formal area. The food was great. If she wanted a special something and didn't like what they're serving that day perhaps, we could say that she would just like a grilled cheese and they would do that.