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.
“The Talk” is Different Now That You are Grown Back
Stop and remember for a second when you were growing up and as you were playing you would see your parents cleaning the house and mowing the yard. They took such pride in their home. They built a home that was safe for their children and that would carry such great memories for them of the lives you all shared. Now… You are telling your parent that they must leave the safety of this home and those memories to move into a strange new place with other people their age. This is NOT an easy feat. There is hope though! Here are a few tips to help you have the talk.
There is a control issue at stake here. Keep in mind that they may feel that they are not in control of many things at this point in their life. It isn’t an easy transition so tread lightly when bringing it up. Make sure you focus on the positives of moving.
You only have to cook if you want to – assisted living facilities have chef prepared meals every day
You get to make new friends and they are not far so you don’t have to try and get a ride or wait for the bus. You will all live in the same community. There are gardens and walking paths as well as activity rooms.
You don’t have to be bored all the time or only have television shows as an option for entertainment. Assisted Living facilities have planned resident events, socials and activities. They even have craft rooms and libraries for your enjoyment!
You don’t have to be worried if something happens to you in the middle of the night (or day). Assisted Livings have 24 hour staffing and on site nurses. 24-Hour emergency response in the apartment homes will make it so much easier for you to get help quickly if you need it.
You don’t have to take care of your yard or even cleaning your home all the time. You can actually enjoy your days because they have weekly housekeeping and weekly flat linen & towel service. They maintain all landscaping and keep it beautiful.
You won’t have to wait for the weekends to go swimming because your child has to work during the week. Some assisted living facilities have heated swimming pools and fitness centers designed for active senior adults.
You aren’t going to lose your puppy or kitty. Some assisted living facilities are pet friendly.
If you automatically focus on the positive side of what matters to them, it will ease their nerves about it. Be prepared however to have examples of things that they may have experienced that will show they may need the Assisted Living community more than they think. It is hard to admit we need help but in the long run, they will thank you for it. It will change their lives for the better!
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".