in the last week
For my mother, and my family, Cottesmore has been beyond wonderful. As a former social worker I have seen many many skilled nursing rehab facilities. Cottesmore is a skilled nursing facility I might have once believed could not possibly exist before my mom's illness. She suffered such a massive stroke it left her without clear speech and only the use of one arm. She could not stand on the one leg not paralyzed because of knee problems. She became fully dependant for all physical needs and unable to clearly communicate with speech. At Cottesmore she had incredible physical, occupational, and speech therapy services for several months but her body did not respond as we had hoped. We chose to keep her care at Cottesmore and she was moved to long-term care. It has now been just over 1 year. The nursing and support staff have since become part of our family. I have always observed sincere caring and attention toward my mom and they are quick to call me with any changes or needs she might have. They managed to help her regain a fighting spirit, despite the condition of her body. From my experience, the facility is beautiful and always clean. Given my social services experience, I am extremely aware of cleanliness, especially odors. Any unpleasant smells (inevitable in this environment) have not been detected in the halls or social areas. The grounds are lovely, as are the family rooms and social areas. The Director of Nursing would often take the time to sit with my mom as she (mom) sipped her daily Diet Pepsi. Everyone's experience is different, and expectations for a skilled nursing facility will obviously differ from person to person. However, a skilled nursing facility cannot be compared to a 5-star hotel. Staffing levels might vary and change, just as they do with any business. But Cottesmore helped my mom regain her spirit for living, and the medical staff maximized her body's ability to heal, despite multiple and ongoing challenges. My mother has been much too ill and medically fragile for us to properly care for her at home (medically or financially) and there is no shortage of guilt about this fact. But Cottesmore's skilled, caring, clean, and respectful environment has truly allowed my family to breathe easier when we cannot be with our mom.