My mom has been a resident of Country Meadows for almost two years, living in their independent living building. She is 88 years old and in relatively good health. Her apartment is lovely, clean, and safe. The two meals a day which are provided are, for the most part, nutritious, appealing, and easy for her to consume. Transportation is provided twice a week to the supermarket, drugstore, and a small, local mall. Each trip is one hour, not quite adequate if a resident wants to shop for a pair of shoes or a gift. There are not really enough activities to stimulate an active mind. Most of the movies are old. The crafts offered are infrequent. There are very few large-print books in their collection, and bus trips to the library are infrequent. Outside speakers are infrequently invited there. The evenings are long and boring for many residents and, with supper served at 4:45, the evening is long and lonely. Sunday's are given over to visiting clergy. If a resident is not Christian or not religious, Sunday is just so lonely!
Thus, Country Meadows is clean and safe, with some caring staff; but, it is definitely not stimulating.