We have chosen Arbor Terrace at Sudley Manor. It is my mom's move-in day today. We had seen maybe three different ones and we love the vibe here. It's very family-oriented and everyone is very, very friendly and enthusiastic, so we like the whole setting here. There are tons of activities, and it just seems like such a good fit. The staff members are very friendly, very personable and personal. It feels very much like family now. Of course, we've just been in here a day or two, but every step of the way, they made it so nice and so friendly and very easy. It felt like it's a very easy decision to make.
We love the setup of the room because it's a studio, but it's called an alcove. So, it's an L-shaped room and so actually her bed is in the L, and then she's got a whole kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, which we love. This is one of the few places to have a stand-up refrigerator, which was nice. It's got everything my mom needs and lots of good benefits. I think she's going to be very happy here. There seems to be a lot of activities. We looked at their calendars, of course, she hasn't done any of those things yet, but there seems to be a lot of fitness-type activities and arts and crafts and manicures and just lots of things. It seems to be keeping them very active, and they encourage independence, I think a little bit. There was a woman in a wheelchair yesterday and I said, 'May I help you push down?' She goes, 'Nope, they like us to do it ourselves.' And that's what we were hoping that she would do a lot of stuff independently. So I think it's going to be very good for her health-wise.
My mom hasn't had a meal here yet, so we don't know quite about that yet. They do have a happy hour today, and when I went downstairs, they were setting it all up and it's Octoberfest. So, everything was very festive, and there's streamers and balloons. It just seems to be a really happy atmosphere, and we like that. It is always hard to make a transition, but I think she's going to be very happy and she's looking forward in some ways to do this. When your loved one is happy, you're happy, too. We haven't had a whole lot of experience in doing this before, but I think it's affordable as it can be.
From what we've seen, which is not much, they're very good. The arts and crafts room looks like it's been very actively used. There are paintings that the people are doing that they hang up. Like once a year, they have an art show of all the paintings that people do. They do manicures on Sundays in the arts and crafts room. So, it all just sounds very delightful. We have yet to try it, but I think we're going to be happy with that.
Hi Sharon, thank you so much for your positive comments about Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor! We're happy to have your mom as a resident and to hear that our community is already starting to feel like home. Please let us know if you ever need anything - we're glad to help!