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.
Preventing Boredom Back
Do you go to bed at night wishing your days were more productive, creative, and purposeful? Experiencing boredom can rob us of the joy and happiness life has to offer at any stage of life. For seniors who spend much of their days alone or with limited interactions, it can be daunting to find ways to fill your time with meaningful activities. Don’t despair! The author Robert M. Pirsig once said, “Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.” There are many activities you can participate in that will keep you physically, mentally, and even socially active. Here are four simple ways you can prevent boredom:
1. Engage in a New Hobby
It’s never too late to try something new! If you are feeling frustrated because you feel lonely or bored, exploring a new hobby is an excellent way to keep your body and mind active and engaged. A survey in the UK found that over 70% of people over 60 take up a new challenge in their later years! If you enjoy physical activities try dancing lessons, bike riding, or even a new sport you’ve always wanted to learn. If you are more creative, look into acting opportunities near you, or learn a new language! How about simply learning a new skill such as woodworking or sewing? In all your exploring, you may just find your new niche in life.
2. Reach Out to Your Community
There are several organizations in your community that have great need for the talents, experience, and love you have to share. Volunteering for a cause you support not only staves off boredom, it allows you to meet new people, make new friends, and share your wisdom, talents, and abilities! When you are engaged in serving others, your passion and purpose deepens as you go outside of yourself in efforts to help others.
3. Join the Internet Community
Don’t let this suggestion scare you! Participating in the internet community opens a world of possibilities for your connectivity, learning, and growth. It is one of the most convenient, regular ways you can stay connected with your friends and family both near and far. You can view pictures and read about current experiences from your family through social media sites, you quickly communicate through email, or can even live streaming through Skype or Facetime. Whether its on a mobile device or computer, you can access games, classes, and just about any bit of information you’ve ever wanted to learn about!
4. Join or Start a Game Group
From monopoly to scrabble, gin rummy or bridge, meeting regularly as a group of friends or family to play a good ‘ole game together is a wonderful way to pass the time. When these groups are formed, they usually meet together on a regular basis which creates a nice friendship and bond. It will not only give you something to look forward to, but it will provide a sense of routine and structure for your life.
Let today be a turning point for you to explore activities and ways to fight boredom and start enjoying who you are and what you have to offer those around you!
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".