Anchor Lodge Retirement Village is a nursing home/assisted living facility. It's beautiful. It probably has the prettiest scenery of the street because it looks right on the lake. Lake Erie is right outside the dining room windows. When you walk into it and you walk into the dining hall, it overlooks the lake, and it's gorgeous. However, when you walk in that main door to get into that part of the building, and if you were to make a sharp left, you would end up right in the nursing home, and you could smell the nursing home through the door. It smelled more like an institution.
Anchor Lodge was nice. The apartment that my parents would be in is really pretty. There's a sunroom. It is brick, but then it has three sides of windows. It's bright and sunny. It's under a tree so that there's not too much sunshine coming in the window, but it is much sunnier. It has baseboard heaters, so they could use it all year round and not just in the summer, but that gave them four rooms. It gave them a sunroom, their bedroom, their living room, and then the bathroom. But as far as other amenities, there's no place to wash dishes, so the amount of food and stuff they'd be able to have in their room to do their own thing if they didn't want to go down to the dining hall was limited. There was a refrigerator and a microwave, but not much counter space like the kitchen area. They did have bigger closets and a much nicer bathroom. All those things were very nice for somebody who was going to go from assisted living right into a nursing home, it is a great place. There are more stimulations for my dad than he has where he is now. Being by the lake, they do have lots of activities. They have lots of fun things that they bring in. Even when COVID hit, they didn't lock everybody up in their rooms, people were still visiting from room to room. They prevented outside visitors, but inside visiting was still allowed. They didn't make them an institutionalized setting. The big plus with Anchor Lodge is that it's only 2 miles from me, so I would still be able to get to my mom and dad within five minutes. The facility itself was about a 3 only because of the nursing home's odor, it was an institution. I did try some food there and that was good.