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.
Fall Prevention Tips Back
Did you know there are simple ways you can modify your home to keep you safe from dangerous falls that may lead to serious consequences? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three seniors experience falls every year that lead to injuries such as hip fractures, broken bones, cuts, and even serious head and brain injuries. As you age, these falls may become more possible due to physical changes that impair mobility or balance, health conditions that cause dizziness or other symptoms that contribute to a fall. So what can you do now to reduce your risk of falling?
Make a Plan
Let’s get started! Take a good look around your house. There are easy, simple things you can do today that will greatly decrease your chances of tripping or bumping into objects. Here is a quick checklist you can use right now to take a tour of your home and make necessary adjustments to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Look at the floors in each room. Do you have to walk around any furniture when walking through a room? Ask someone to move the furniture so your pathways are clear. Do you have throw rugs or mats? Remove the rugs, or use non-slip backing so rugs won’t slip. Are there stacks of paper, blankets, or other decorative objects on the floor? Pick those items up and begin storing those elsewhere from now on. How about wires or cords? If your lamp wire is a tripping hazard, coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall to prevent a fall.
If you have stairs or steps inside or outside your home, it is vital that you keep them clear of shoes, papers, or other objects. Are they in good repair? If any steps are broken or uneven, they will need to be fixed. Is the lighting for your stairs adequate? Add lighting and make sure bulbs are changed promptly to help light your path well. Are the handrails loose or broken? Make sure to get them fixed, and it is always helpful to have handrails on both sides of the stairs when possible.
Looking around your kitchen, are the things you use most often in your reach? Organize your kitchen to the things you use the most are on the lower cabinets. Have a sturdy step stool available should you need to reach.
Bathrooms can be a dangerous place in many ways. Is your tub or shower floor slippery? Put a non-slip rubber mat down to help as you bathe or shower. Getting in and out of the tub/shower or up from the toilet may require installing grab bars inside the tub and next to the toilet.
There are a few simple fixes that can make your bedroom a safer place to navigate. Insure that the light near your bed is close and easy to reach when you need to get up at night. Is the path from your bed to the bathroom dark? Put in a night-light or leave the bathroom light on at night so you can see where you are walking.
There are other measures you can take to help prevent falls. Exercising regularly increases strength and improves your balance and coordination. Discuss side effects of medications you take with your doctor. Some medications can make you sleepy or dizzy. Have your vision checked annually. When you get up after sitting or lying down, make sure you do it slowly.
If You Do Fall
Part of a fall prevention plan is making sure you can get help if you unfortunately experience a fall. Keep emergency numbers in large print near each phone. Make sure a phone is near the floor in case you fall and are unable to get up. You may even consider wearing an alarm device that will bring help in case you fall and can’t get up.
Although fall prevention might not be the most exciting aspect of your life to focus on; having a fall prevention plan in place will keep you up on your feet, allowing you to spend more time on the activities you love doing!
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".