On August 2, 2019, my Mom, Frances, gained her wings. She had spent the last 6 years of her life at Lake Forest Park, her last 5 months in Memory Care. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Staff. They are all truly phenomenal caregivers. From the receptionist, to the hairdresser to the laundry staff, to housekeeping, to maintenance, to the kitchen staff. They are all just such wonderful, caring people. I have to mention here the extremely kind gesture from the kitchen staff who came to mom's room to see her just before she passed. Mom passed soon after. Just after the Crisis Care nurse called me, she held the phone to Mom's ear and I got to tell her for the last time that I loved her, and my 2 sisters loved her. One half-hour into my drive over to see her, she passed but heard those last words "I Love You". Also, I want to give a big thanks to Ryan, Virginia, and Stephanie who made sure mom was taken to any activities she was able to take part in. Last, but not least, the kind, caring and loving nursing staff who treated Mom as if she was a member of their own family. All the CNA's (sorry I have forgotten names and apologize) are all exceptional people whom I've gotten to know and love. It meant the world to me and my family. Again, thanks to all. I will never forget your kindness to me. It is absolute proof that angels walk among us. I will keep you all in my prayers, and may God bless you abundantly.
Be Happy Back
Ever heard of the saying, “April showers bring May flowers?”
April sure brought plenty of showers throughout the U.S. during the month and now it’s time for those May flowers to start blooming! Happiness and sunshine will start to shed their light throughout the land. Summer is officially coming and we’ve got some tips for you to make it an unforgettable one! Life hands you plenty of lemons and it’s time to start making lemonade! With these simple tips you will lead not only a happy but a healthy life.
It is important to maintain a healthy life and exercise is KEY in doing so! Studies show that you can benefit from as little as 15 minutes of exercise per day! Can you imagine what 30 minutes would do for you? The great thing is that are so many ways for you to to get the exercise that you need! It is as simple as going for a hike, walk, bike ride, swim, dance, lifting weights, even cleaning! You could be exercising without even knowing you are!
You’re probably thinking to do this you’re going to have to jump out of plane and you certainly don’t have to! Although I hear it is quite the exhilarating experience! Seeking adventure can be as simple as taking a stroll through the park, visiting a new restaurant in town that you haven’t been to, taking a vacation to the beach with family and friends. It’s important that we live our lives to the fullest and see and do as much as we can. It’s never too late to take that European vacation!
Did you know that sleep plays a critical role in the immune system, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. Adults ages 26 and more should sleep 7-9 hours every night! So go grab your favorite pillow and catch some z’s!
Having confidence and trust in yourself is an admirable quality to have. And you guessed it! It’s healthy! Relieve yourself of all that stress and anxiety and trust that EVERYTHING is going to be alright! Don’t sweat the small stuff! You’re the captain of your own ship! In the words of Fleetwood Mac, “You can go your own way!”
Live in the Moment
Enjoy EVERY moment that you have! Live in the present not the past nor future! Appreciate all the moments, little or big, and cherish them. You’ve got one shot at this life so don’t miss it!
Aristotle once said, “It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.” What are you grateful for? Who are you grateful for? What impact have they had in your life? Let that sink in.
There’s one thing that is consistent in life and that is change! Whether the change in weather, change in the number of your friends/family, change in the color of leaves throughout the season, or change in the way we view the world. So many aspects of our lives are constantly changing and we must accept them and adapt for change can be a beautiful thing!
Have Happy Friends
Surround yourself with positive people! Positivity is contagious, all you need is a little and your hooked. Don’t waste your time on negativity! Spread light and joy to all that you love and care for!
Smile More & Often
Frowning requires more muscles to be used than smiling! Save yourself some energy smile! You’re gorgeous so let it show! One simple smile can brighten yours and someone else’s day! So what are you waiting for? Smile. Laugh. Rejoice!
Having lived at Lake Forest Park for 10 years, I am very happy and feel lucky to be here. It is a very pretty place, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is good. I love the trivia games and puzzles they offer on the activity calendar; they keep my mind alert. Living here is like belonging to a huge family; we all get along great. I don't have to cook and clean anymore, so I am getting lazy and fat! I never thought I'd live to see that! I am grateful each day.
I love it at Lake Forest Park! It is now my home. The other residents are my loving extended family. The staff is always courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. Dining and housekeeping staff are always cheerful, conscientious and highly, highly efficient. It is a pleasure seeing the staff smiling and keeping us happy and content. Our activities are varied with something for everyone. We all enjoy participating in activities. I am happy to call Lake Forest Park home.
When I first moved to Lake Forest Park, it was the most difficult time of my life. Now, after being here 9 months, I have made friends and am really enjoying myself. Everyone is like family to me; we are so close and we have a lot of fun.
I visited this facility. This building is beautiful, from the moment you walk in the airy sheer curtains the décor, the music, the atmosphere is wonderful. We met a very cute young girl who gave a great tour of the building. The entire management team made it a point to introduce themselves, the head young lady was so warm and eased our concerns. We were shocked that fort pierce had anything as nice as this. When we left everyone wished us well. The folks living there look healthy. It didn't smell either.
I am a senior who has lived and worked in St. Lucie County since the fall of 1972. I have worked as both a teacher and a minister for a large part of that time and have had the opportunity to visit many different retirement facilities over the years. I am presently a part of a group that meets once a month at Lake Forest Park for a luncheon. I have also toured their facilities and am quite impressed. They provide a secure and challenging program of activities and I know of no other place that I would rather consider retirement than LFP. Their facility is conveniently located near shopping and Lawnwood Medical Center, and they provide transportation for most every need of their residents. The staff is helpful and friendly and the food is delicious and well prepared. I'm impressed by the fact that the chef goes out of his way to accommodate special dietary needs. In addition, one never gets the feeling that he/she is an imposition. i would highly recommend Lake Forest Park to anyone looking for a nice, clean, secure place to retire and enjoy their "golden years".