I have lots of friends that live there at Homewood at Williamsport. The facility is clean and offers a lot of activities and supportive services. I had an uncle that was living there way into his 90s, and they checked often. He felt comfortable and very safe there. I did see breakfast one morning, and they serve a good breakfast. They seem to have healthy food. There's a pool, and if an activity like that is what interests you, they've got plenty of that. If you just kind of want to sit around, play cards, or put puzzles together, they have areas for that. They fill up a bus and go to all kinds of activities in the area. Every time I go to the Maryland Theater for a concert or something, I see people from there go into the concert.
It's like a home and the best part is that it has levels. I have a friend that moved in there with her husband, but he passed. She moved to a smaller apartment and she's looking forward to it. If she ever needs full-time nursing care, she can get that there as well. It seems to cover all the bases without being incredibly expensive. There's a garden and walking trails. From the front of the area it looks as if it's all apartments, but as you go back there were bungalows, and there were little things set off. There were even small standalone homes. There were some woods back there that they can walk through. There's plenty of benches and stuff.
They have several book clubs depending on what your interest is. If yours is mystery and mine is romance, they have separate book clubs. They have game nights, game areas, you can walk in a room and somebody at one table is playing poker, another table just putting a puzzle together, and another table they're teaching somebody how to crochet. They've got exercise equipment, treadmills, and ellipticals.
They have people come in and speak about different health topics or any kind of topic they'd want to be interested in. They seem to keep their pulse on what's going on in the community. I know many people that live there or have lived there, and I have never heard anybody say ugly stuff, and that's amazing because older people sometimes can be very critical. They may not like the person that lives next door, but they don't say anything about the facility, and I think that's high praise.
I know that my uncle felt very cared about there. They checked on him and they said, "We're not comfortable with you in your room. How about we put you over here where we can watch you a little better." They initiated all those things by checking every day just to see how he's doing. I know part of their protocol is to check and make sure things are going well, but they also checked with the family members because my husband was the family contact person and they would call him. They were very supportive, just wonderful, and helped with everything.
The facility was lovely and I snooped around. Even on the units where people are severely impaired or severely unwell, it was clean and bright. There was music playing. There were people around. You didn't feel like you were going there to die. I didn't try the food, but I've seen it served, and everybody was eating really well. Nobody complains about it. I think they try and do it healthily and yet with some treats and stuff. People always seem to have a sweet tooth and they seem to manage that, but without going overboard. The value for the money was excellent. Compared to some places I've seen, it's very well worth the dollar.