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.
New Year, New You- Keeping Your Resolutions Back
The end of the year is the ideal time to map out your course for the upcoming year and reflect on the previous journey of the last one. The tradition of New Year’s resolution typically promises a fresh start every January 1st. This is a time to renew lost commitments and begin new ones, goals or even dreams. If you are one of the many people who make huge lists and find them hard to stick to, these five simple tips will help set your intentions straight and aid you in following them for the rest of the year.
Chart the Course — Take a moment to reflect on the progress or small changes you have made in the past year. Write your New Year’s resolutions on a sticky note on your desktop or mirror and look at them each day. Make a diary either in a notebook or in a document that you write in at the end of each day. Note negative and positive steps taken towards your goals while also noting negative and positive emotions you have had throughout the day. This allows you to reflect on your progress in an honest and real way every day.
Set Small Attainable Goals — Many people set gigantic goals for themselves that are so far away from their typical “status quo” that it nearly forces them to fail. For example, if you don’t exercise ever it’s unfair and unrealistic to ask yourself to turn into a fitness buff overnight. Setting goals that are far from where your body honestly is in, in this exact moment engages an all-or-nothing thinking which is a recipe for disaster and failure. If you instead set modest, humble, and attainable goals that are not too far away from where you are today you are more likely to succeed.
Limit Your New Year’s Resolutions to 7, or even 5 — Don’t make a long laundry list of things that you want to set out to do. If you have too many things on the list your intention will get diluted. Choosing only five or seven will force you to limit yourself to things that are at the top of your priority list.
Focus on the Feeling, Not the Actions — Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if all your dreams came true? Focus on the feeling the answer to that question gives you for a moment and keep it in your mind. The reason that we have dreams is because we believe the attainment of them will bring us a sense of relief, peace, accomplishment, love, or any multitude of positive emotions. By focusing on the feeling of your dreams coming true you will attract situations and experiences that will lead you towards the goal you had previously set out to achieve. You will also begin to adapt yourself to the positive emotion of success which can shift your experience of the present moment almost immediately.
Keep it Positive — Focus on what you will do, not what you will not do. What you direct your attention to determines what you will experience. Often phrasing your goals as a negative, leads to more of the activity that you seek to change. Instead focus on the positive actions that will replace the negative ones once they are firmly established in your life.
Happy New Year and here’s to you keeping those resolutions!
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".