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.
Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas Back
It’s that time of year again when there is CANDY at every turn! If you are looking for some fun ways to celebrate this spooky month without packing on the pounds, check out these fun homemade halloween treat ideas. Not only are they fun to make, but you won’t have any guilt eating or sharing them!
These cute clementine segments are the perfect dessert to enjoy with friends while you sip tea and espresso!
Makes about 54 pieces
7-8 Medium Clementines
4-ounce dark chocolate bar (60-70% cocoa), finely chopped
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel segment clementines, set aside. Gently melt chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave or over a double boiler. Working in small batches, dip segments in chocolate and transfer to parchment-lined sheet. Immediately sprinkle segments with a few grains of salt before the chocolate begins to set. Once all pieces have been dipped, set the sheet aside until chocolate hardens. To quickly harden chocolate, transfer baking sheet to the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Serve at room temperature.
Recipe Courtesy of Food Network
Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes About 36 Cookies
⅔ cup whole-wheat pastry flour2 large eggs
⅔ cup all-purpose flour¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice3 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp baking powder3 tbsp canola oil
½ tsp baking soda1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt⅔ cup chocolate chunks or mini chips
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 baking sheet with cooking spray.
Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree, butter, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir the wet ingredients and chocolate chunks (or chips) into the dry ingredients until well combined.
Drop the batter by the level tablespoonful onto a prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 1 ½ inches apart. Bake until firm to the touch and light golden on top, 10 to 13 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Recipe courtesy of Eating Well
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".