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.
Beat the Winter Blues Back
It is easy to feel blue during the wintertime. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder may be to blame. It affects us during the late fall and early winter months because there is less sunshine due to the weather and the time change. Not only is there less sunshine, the temperature is also colder, often making it uncomfortable to spend long periods of time outside. Here are a few ways to combat the winter blues in time for the holidays.
· A great way to beat the winter blues is to spend time with friends and family. Whether in person, over the phone or Skype, taking the time to visit with the people you love will always leave you in a better mood.
· The holidays are the perfect time to help fight the winter blues. Enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate, bake or decorate Christmas cookies, attend a holiday party, or go on a trip to view Christmas lights. There are many great holiday ideas that will put a smile on your face.
· Enjoy the sunshine when you can. Bundle up if it is cold and go for a walk outside when the sun is out. Spending time outdoors and getting fresh air will help to rejuvenate you and is sure to enhance your mood. Be sure to limit your time outside if it is very cold outside to avoid getting sick.
· Do something creative. Spend some of your time working on a fun craft project like ornaments, wreaths, or go even further and learn to knit a blanket. A fun project will take your mind off feeling sad and will channel your thoughts to the craft you are working on.
· Enjoy some of your favorites. When you are feeling down, revisiting some of your favorites can be an easy way to lift your spirits. Watch a favorite movie or listen to music you enjoy. It can be Christmas themed and festive or otherwise.
· Attend a church service.
· Most importantly, take time for yourself. Spend time doing the things you love, but also take the time to relax. The holidays can get stressful and busy, so using your spare time to unwind is a great idea. Also take the time to take care of yourself. It is easy to feel down when are aren’t 100%. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising a few times a week. The exercise is especially important if you plan on indulging in holiday treats or drinks.
It is important to make an appointment to see your doctor if you are struggling with depression or if your seasonal affective disorder extends past the winter months.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
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".