Then the next thing that we saw was they still had a Christmas tree up, and they were switching over from Christmas to Valentine's Day because this was the first weekend in February. If you have people who like a Christian environment, this is the place to go.
The manager who gave us the tour -- Cheryl -- was excellent. She cared for her people, and another thing that really impressed me was she ate the food that the residents were eating. It was not to impress us in any way, but becuase she actually loved the food. Instead of bringing her lunch, she was eating the food that they had there. That was a testimony -- to me -- of how good the food tastes. The place was smaller, it was more personable, and it costs less for the bottom tier. Again, this could make a difference for my mom whose income with Social Security and her pension combined is around $3,000 a month. The other place was more than $3,000 a month but included more things. Prestige was less than $3,000 a month and included less care. However, if you are in that area -- for example, my mom has early Parkinson's disease; she is almost independent living, and she only needs two things like somebody to come in and vacuum once a week. These are the kind of things as children that we could do for her, living here in Henderson now. She wouldn't need to pay an extra amount for someone to come in and do her laundry, and she wouldn't need to pay the extra amount for someone to clean once a week. So if you have relatives nearby and you don't need the all-inclusive resort type of environment for less money, maybe this fits into your budget better. And if you need assisted living at different levels, for example you need someone to monitor your medication, then you can go up to a tier of care which would include that for an additional cost. But if you don't need that, then you get the bargain price.
The residents were not as open; they didn't leave their doors open like at the other place, but the residents themselves that we talked to had high praise for where they live, and since I was carrying a video camera, I asked one lady who was sitting outside with her daughter who was the caregiver. The daughter actually works for a home healthcare agency, and she was visiting her mother, giving similar services that she would give as a home healthcare aide to other people for a price. They declined to be interviewed on camera; however, off camera, they told me that she had been there long term for five years and that she was very satisfied and had no intention of moving. They thought the food and the services were excellent, and her daughter told me that Prestige was one of the top facilities that she would visit on a routine basis. That to me was a first-hand testimony of how good this place was. Here was a professional home health care aide who was visiting her mom, and she gave me unrehearsed testimony of the quality of this facility, which I would rate a 5 out of 5.