I have a Dad who had a stroke 1 year ago and was given 2weeks to live in August 2011. He has always been a fighter. We took him to a Hospice and in 9 days he was discharged to a rehab facility near his home. Having 100 days of rehab covered by insurance he began to slowly but surely progress. When rehab expired he was moved to another floor. It was a very stressful environment. During my bi-weekly visit, traveling 2 1/2 hrs each way, I found myself being more of an aide than a visitor and always left feeling sad and exhausted. He began looking like a Holocost survivor. People who loved him pleaded with me to move him closer to me, they had done all that they could do for him.
My wife & I paid an unannounced visit to Vountry Meadows one Saturday afternoon. It was as though the staff was waiting for my arrival and gave us full attention and a thourough tour. I was blown away by the genuineness and courtesy we were shown. The place looked more like a Hotel in the Bahammas that i couldnt afford, than an assisted living facility. From the Dining Rooms, fireplaces, decor, menu, private room, and state-of-the-art Physical Thrapys, in-house movie theatre, a host of daily activities, a mission statement based on dignity, quality of life, and respect written with the same resolve as the Constitution and Bill of Rights, I couldn't help but weep when I walked out the door. I though my Dad would not qualify in his current condition. Everyone at CM believed my Dad was capable of doing things I no longer believed. They were eager to receive him!
He had been there for 3 weeks and has regained his dignity, is adding new words to his vocabulary daily, and lifting his "paralyzed" leg that was never supposed to move again. He has gone on short Tours and last week was taken inside his favorite store, in public for the first time in a year!
When I leave after a visit I feel joy and well being, not stressed.
No place or caretakers will ever be perfect, but this facility has many of the most compassionate human beings I have ever met. It is a proactive not reactive environment. It's a neighborhood of friends that I hope exists for my generation.
Thank you very much for your kind comments about our community and co-workers. Everyday we strive to make life a little better for each and every one of our residents as well as their family members. I am thrilled to read that your father is doing so well and in turn, you have found peace of mind. My father also resides in one of our Country Meadows communities and it gives my siblings and me comfort to know that he is surrounded by new friends and co-workers available to respond at a moment's notice. I also am happy to read that your father is once again enjoying life both in and outside Country Meadows. Moving to a retirement community never should result in giving up one's favorite pastimes and hobbies. I hope that he is able to make several return trips to his favorite store and continue to enjoy the many outings and activities offered at Country Meadows.
Again, thank you very much for choosing Country Meadows. It is our honor to serve your family.
Michael Leader-President & CEO