My father was at Woodholme Gardens. They did not have enough staff for the number of memory care residents that they had on the floor, and the limited staff that they had were not qualified to be there. They did not know how to best handle people with memory issues. The facility itself was lovely. They've got large, spacious rooms, and bathrooms, and it's well-appointed. Their meals were appropriate sustenance too, but they didn't look appetizing, and they were small portions.
I missed appointments because they were unable to get my father to get onto the transportation for an appointment. I also had to reschedule appointments, because they called me to come upstairs to get my father to come down, and I always had to call and see if there's time for me to extend that appointment out because they didn't know how to talk to him. So, then they had to call the head nurse, and that takes extra time. If they had someone who knew how to encourage their residents to get on transport, they should have done that ahead of time.
I liked the exercise classes that they had and the dancing was fine, but they advertised a lot more than I think they were actually doing. One of the other problems I had with them was that they requested activewear for the residents, which kind of took away their sense of themselves. My father's always been a collared shirt and slacks guy, and they had him in sweatpants and a sweatshirt, but what that baggy clothing did was it masked weight loss. They did not communicate to us at all that my father was not eating properly. He has a high metabolism and we were unable to see the significant weight loss because of the baggy clothing. It wasn't until he ended up in the hospital for dehydration for the second time that we noticed in that hospital gown how slender he was. It was a significant weight loss on an already slender man. If my cousin and my aunt had not gone to visit him and seen that he had cracked lips and his tongue was white, he would no longer be with us.
Lastly, if you send clothing for your loved ones, know that they wash it all. He had an extensive wardrobe of suits in every color, because that's what he wore, but when we sent those out to them, they put them in the washing machine and the dryer and ruined every suit. So, families have to make sure to take care of their dry cleaning, because they don't even warn you about it. They just do it.
Hello Millicent, my name is Alison. Thank you for taking time to rate Woodholme Gardens. Your experience is important to us. I have shared your review with community and regional leadership. I'd like to learn more about your concerns. If you're open to further discussion, please send us a private message with your phone or email address. We'll reach out to talk personally. Thank you, Alison