We visited Augustana Apartments to consider it as a place for our great-grandmother and her sister to live, because of its convenient location and since they are affiliated with the Augustana Lutheran Church. Our great-aunt was particularly active in the church for many years and knows many of the people who reside at the facility.
We were welcomed into the facility and given a tour of all of the main rooms which were homey, nicely decorated and had lots of windows. Both our great-grandmother and great-aunt really enjoyed that.
Augustana offers a variety of types of living conditions for its residents, which we really liked. For example, our great-grandmother is not ambulatory and needs more physical assistance than our great-aunt. Our great-aunt was a regular contributor to the Meals on Wheels program "“ even delivering meals to elders who were younger than herself. She's always been in very good physical condition, with nearly no health problems. However, she had an unfortunate auto accident that left her with little short term memory. If it weren't for that, she would be able to live with very minimal assistance.
The apartments were all lovely "“ nicely furnished and easy to navigate. This is important for our great grandmother, who uses a walker. The staff regularly checks in on all of the residents. This is key for us, because of our great-grandmother's physical condition and the fact that our great-aunt is forgetful. She does not have Alzheimer's, but because of her accident she has very little short term memory. So we were concerned that she might appear to be fine on her own, yet needs to be looked after.
The grounds are well-kept, with plenty of seating. Our great-grandmother and her sister really like to be outside when the weather is warm enough. Their rooms have adjacent patios, which is really nice, particularly for visitors! There are many options for food, from the formal dining area, casual dining area to preparation of their own food. Many healthy snacks are offered throughout the day, some of which we shared with some of the residents during an event they were having.
The social services department offers an array of activities, from art, readings and films to attending local cultural events at museums, playhouses and music venues. They also arrange to have performers visit for special occasions. Birthdays are celebrated with monthly cakes from the local bakery, which is really very nice.
Because we were comfortable with the atmosphere and physical appearance of Augustana, and because our great-grandmother and her sister felt it was very familiar, we chose it as the place where they would live for this chapter in their lives. We have made many visits since and can see that they and all of their new friends are doing very well. Because of this, we would highly recommend this facility to anyone who is considering it.
Thank you for taking the time to share your praise in this review! We are so pleased that your great grandmother’s experience mirrors what we strive for, and that the celebrations, activities and amenities we offer are part of this experience. If there is anything more we can do for you, please let me know?
--Kelly C., director of housing