My father was a resident there for for about seven months and was hesitant to write a review of the facility because I thought my expectations may be out of line. However after about six weeks in his new facility, I have realized that this facility has some significant issues.
First of all--the positive. It's a new(er) facility and the rooms and facility have a nice layout and is maintained nicely. Manny, who is the facilities director does a nice job as well as the gentleman who cleans the rooms each week. Unfortunately that's about where it stops.
Some questions or things I wish we would have asked, looked at a little closer, or have done differently:
Staff turnover. From the point we looked at the facility to the time we moved dad out, every key position (facility director, nursing director, marketing, dining, etc.) had turned over at least once, most at least two times and one position (marketing) I lost total count of how many people had been in that role and they were on the their third director of nursing by the time dad moved out.
Food. Eat in the dining hall multiple times. Eat what the residents eat and stop by unannounced to see what's for dinner (as well as lunch). Don't just look at the menu; it is not necessarily indicative of what is served or what you might expect a dish to be. While I thought my dad was just picky (and he is to a degree), now that he is settled in his new place, there has not been one complaint about food. When he was at at Heritage, complaints were almost daily. And not just "I don't like the food," on many occasions, it was that they had run out of some of the basics (coffee, orange juice, milk, etc.) There also is some significantn inconsistency between shifts, cooks, etc. I contacted the facility director at least twice regarding this but was met with excuses with little improvement.
Care. While we were fortunate that dad didn't have a lot of needs from the nursing staff, the few times that he hit the button for help, it was not answered in a timely manner. While we were told during our visit that the button is answered in a specific timeframe, we didn't find this to be the case. The one thing that he needed done once a week was botched to the point that we would work around the director to get it done.
Activities. While the activity calendar is plentiful, show up when the activities are supposed to be going on. I believe the calendar is more of a marketing piece than an actual listing of what is actually happening. See if people show up to attend any of the activities and see if they actually happen. Something I wish we would have done.
While the Director of the Facility is fairly new and I think her heart is in the right place, I have serious doubts if the place can turn around. I would recommend looking at several facilities and check out the food and activities and even talk to some of the residents and their family to get perspective. While it's never easy making the decision to put your loved one in a facility like this, I would urge you to do your homework and look "behind the curtain." The community fee, which is a couple thousand dollars, is non-refundable, so if you make a mistake, it can a costly one.