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.
Senior Citizens Day is August 21st! Back
National Senior Citizens Day is a wonderful chance to celebrate the wisdom and achievements senior citizens have made as well as advocate for the rights of older people around the world. In 1988, Ronald Reagan declared a day of observance to “honor senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities, bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.” Of course everyday of the year is a wonderful day to honor and advocate for seniors, but sometimes it is nice to have a special day set aside to focus on family legacy and intergenerational contact. Here are just a few ways you can engage with your family to build connections and create long-lasting memories:
Watch old home videos or create new ones. Dust off those VHS tapes and enjoy watching old family videos together. It may be a good time to think about digitizing those memories for your loved ones so they can be enjoyed for years to come. Some of the best family treasures are filmed interviews with grandmas and grandpas in their later years. Take time to come up with questions you’ve always wanted to hear straight from the mouth of the special senior in your life and enjoy learning about their many triumphs, trials, and maybe even some secrets! These recorded interviews will serve as precious keepsakes to be shared with posterity for years to come.
Share a skill or knowledge. Take this opportunity to have a one-on-one lesson together learning something you’ve always wanted to know. Maybe it's those special molasses cookies that only grandma knows how to make, or maybe it's those special whittled sculptures that grandpa does just right. You can sit together and learn genealogy, knitting or sewing, crafting or discussing books.
Connect. If you don’t live close enough to hug, make eye contact, and be together physically, there are lots of ways you can connect with your favorite senior this month. Sending a card, talking together on the phone, or for the tech-savvy seniors, you can Skype or FaceTime. Finding ways to connect with each other will strengthen those familial bonds that tie us together no matter the distance.
Check-in. Make time to ensure that your favorite senior is well taken care of. Drop in unexpectedly for special surprises, a fun outing, and to genuinely make sure they are okay and their needs are met. Talk to them about their doctor’s visits, help them with any concerns about driving or safety. Let them know you care and you are there for them when they need you.
Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day by doing little, meaningful things together. It is a great time to reflect on friendships, family, health, and community. You may feel so uplifted that you just might want everyday to be national senior citizens day!
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".