Four years ago we started a search. The time had finally come. The decision had been made that the life entrusted to us could no longer survive at home by herself in the evening hours once the daytime caregiver had left. And so the search began.
We pursued the search diligently. We identified a geographic areas, put together a list of questions, a list of must haves and must have nots, all that we thought would work best for her. Our search included a list of about 8-10 facilities. We made appointments with about 8. And off we went. We toured facilities, met with personnel, asked questions, and discussed each in detail after each visit. Our overriding goal was always “what would be the best for her”. She, our entrusted surrogate mother and aunt, is quite the diva. Age nor circumstances change who a person has been all of their lives. We knew we had to find just the right place for her to be happy and content. And that was our bottom line goal, for her to be happy and content, for her to live a life as close to possible of what she had lived all of her life.
But after looking intently for about 2 months, we gave up. The place we wanted was not where we were looking. Nothing popped out at us. And so we stopped the search, we became discouraged and decided that needed to hold out a little longer, that we could manage with the daytime caregivers and everything would be fine.
And everything was fine for about a year and then the time came when we knew we had to do something, we had to make a final and long term decision. The search started again, more intently than before, because we were bound and determined that we would find, not just any place, but just the right place.
And as I look back, I can’t remember where Malta House came from. I think it fell from the sky right into our laps.
We called to make an appointment to tour the facility and have an initial visit. Our first contact was with a wonderful English speaking lady, whose voice we adored. We didn’t want to get overly excited because we had been through this process before. We had a wonderful visit and tour. We were placed on a waiting list and when an opening occurred we were invited back for lunch. Five family members attended, including our proposed resident. We welcomed and served a delicious lunch. The table was adorned with fresh linen and the food was served on china plates with glasses, silverware, which we found was not an exception, but a regular occurrence at Malta House.
The atmosphere is always pleasant and the residents and staff are generally cheerful.
It is evident that the resident opinions are heard and favored for special occasions, meal selections, activities, care and décor.
In about three weeks our surrogate mother and aunt will have been at Malta House for two years. We are so very pleased. The atmosphere is always pleasant and the residents and staff are generally cheerful. We could not have asked for a better place for her. First and foremost, she is happy and content. She is well cared for and it is very evident. Her room is clean, as is she. There are an abundance of activities for her to participate in and numerous activities that we get to share with her as a family. When medical issues have come up, everyone is supportive and able to provide solutions and answers to all of our concerns. On one occasions, just a few days before Christmas, we had to make arrangements for her to be transported back to Malta House after a hospital stay. Malta House provided all of the direction that we needed in order to make this transition smooth. Our minds are at ease, we no longer worry about her and all that goes with the responsible of caring for family in their later years.
To Elisabeth, Ann, and all of the nurses and staff at Malta House, we say “Thank You” for all that you have done and continue to do for our loved one. It is a blessing to have all of you in our lives.