What I liked about Forest Glen Assisted Living in Dowagiac are the size and location. For someone who has lived in a small town, it feels like a small-town facility. The people have long-lasting relationships in the community. The staff that I met are very kind and they care about the individual. I got to talk to the chef and he considers that he's not just cooking at a facility, that he's cooking for "my people" and I like that. I think the place has only 20 units so it's very connected to the community style, which I like.
It also has the side of being very, very professional. It's not dumpy because the management's good, but they have the community approach, which I like. Sometimes, if something is too community-like, the standards aren't good, but these people have it very nicely set up.
They have a small-town social style, it's not like moving into a resort. The people that are moving in should see a culture that's familiar to the residents, they're matching the culture of the residents. I was not made aware of a lot of big fancy tricks or days at the opera or stuff like that.
It truly welcomes visitors from the outside, which I think is important for this kind of facility, that the family members have access to their seniors. That's probably the best amenity. Their physical needs are met and they're welcoming to community members and family visiting. There's no tennis court, there are no rides to go shopping at the mall and things like that. It's kind of tailored more to meet the needs of the kind of people that are already there. I don't know how to describe it better.