Posted by nate on November 25, 2013 | No Comments
My mother, Jean Greene Aaron, was ready for Type II Assisted Living. She suffered from a mini-stroke dementia ailment that took more of her physical and mental ability when these events occurred, so we decided to shop for one closer to home. Our experience was surprising. We looked at all price ranges and facilities in Sandy area. We were searching for cleanliness and friendliness of the staff.
The first thing we found was the smell. I was amazed that very high-priced, fancy places had a nice smell in the entryway, but where the residents lived, the urine smell was everywhere. In another facility, we were sure the doctors there had found a “cure” for everyone because the residents all had a dazed expression equal to the person in the wheelchair next to them, a certain “zombie” look on each face.
We were so happy to find Our House at 9532 S 700 E in Sandy. The minute we walked in we felt welcome. Nichol greeted us kindly and showed us the facilities. We liked the homey, small facility where we felt Mom could feel truly at home. There was no bad odor – only the delicious smell of a meal cooking in the main room. We were told that this could be mom’s last residence and that the staff would make her comfortable until her last breath. That was very comforting to me.
Residents were free to ram the halls and were contented. Yes, each needed Type II care and were a little crazy at times, but the staff loved them all, and were sincerely interested in their welfare and helped them get through it.
Mom was a social person and liked to be out in the main room to see what was happening. Even after she was declining more and more, the staff made sure she was out there and that she could be a part of the “action”. I appreciate them for doing that and their thoughtfulness and care for her as she became unable to physically do things. They helped her and joked with her, even when she was occasionally cantankerous. The staff has been very helpful and they all do an outstanding job. They really care for the residents and the facilities and we have never heard a mean or angry word from any of them.
Her medical has been wonderful. We spent extended time in Texas this year. Brigitte (The facility RN) was our life saver while we were there. Mom had to be hospitalized with an infection and Brigitte was so kind to her, taking her to the hospital herself and making sure she arrived back at Our House safe and sound. Brigitte was also very vigilant with skin bruises and injuries, make sure the correct dressings were dated and changed. She is an expert on frail skin and the care and treatment of injury. She made sure I had all of her contact information for advice and help. I could text her anytime and receive a prompt answer.
By this time, Mom has been in Our House two years. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional, friendly, affordable experience in life ending care then we have found at Our House. Thank you so much for everything
I’ve been very pleased with Our House. My father is treated very well. He’s fed 3 meals a day, can have a snack when he wants, his laundry is done by the workers. His medications are given to him by the workers. In his home he had to deal with stairs, his bedroom was up a short flight of stairs as well as both bathrooms. He has friends to mingle with now and have meals with. I love the way Our House is set up, he can be close to others at all times. He can watch TV in the family area or in his own room. I’m so happy that I found such a wonderful atmosphere for my father to live in.
Thanks. Krisite Hichman Hyde