When it became obvious that Mom (85 years young) was unable to live alone anymore, I began my search for a new home for her by looking at Assisted Living facilities. I toured several properties in the Washington, MO area, and while nice, they just didn’t have the right feel to them. A friend suggested I check out The Homestead at Hickory View. From the very first phone call through the tour and subsequent discussions with key staff, I was completely impressed with this facility. After explaining my Mom’s situation (including some depression, inability to cook for herself, forgetfulness and being physically out of shape to name a few), they helped me realize that she was not yet a candidate for Assisted Living; rather, an independent living situation could suit her needs.
About 2 months ago, I made the decision to move her into The Homestead and have been absolutely thrilled from day one. More importantly, Mom is so much happier as well. The staff at The Homestead is continuously vigilant in making sure that she feels welcome and included in all of the activities. Rather than sitting around all day doing mindless activities like watching TV and snacking, Mom is really enjoying life at The Homestead. There are always things for her to do and with having so many people there that are in similar situations (widowed, etc.), she has realized that she is not the only one in the world who has lost their spouse and happiness is still attainable. Her doctor is thrilled too – she has lost 15 pounds and has gained the strength and stamina to resume normal walking and activities.
Now, I can comfortably resume my regular activities knowing that Mom is very well taken care of, comfortable and safe. If you are reading this and in the process of making a decision regarding The Homestead at Hickory View, I can easily advise that this is a no brainer for you. You and your loved one(s) will be completely satisfied!