My Daughter Said We Should Move to Camellia Place for Assisted Living because they focus on the ‘living’ part
Camellia Place breaks the mold of Assisted Living with personalized care and amenities that go above and beyond traditional assisted living and memory care for seniors. Recently, residents of Camellia Place shared their perspective of what it’s like living at Camellia Place.
I became familiar with Camellia Place through my daughter. As my husband and I got older, she felt that we should relinquish our apartment and move there. As a radio personality, she would suggest this place to those searching for a senior care facility. She had also met some of the staff and felt comfortable enough for her parents to live there. The ability for her to check on us whenever she wanted was also a selling point. She finally convinced us that we needed to live there and we did. We moved in and I really liked it. The location was also close to my daughters, so they could visit when they wanted. My husband and I lived there together for more than a year until he passed away.
Life after the passing of my husband has not been easy, but living at Camellia Place has been therapeutic. Life is very busy here. I get up early in the morning and I do everything myself. No one does anything for me as I am very independent. I start my day with breakfast where I talk with everyone and get a chance to see all the residents. After breakfast, there is a fun activity. I go to art or painting class, or play games. The staff keep us engaged and will always have something for us to do.
Next up is lunch where we eat good food together. And of course, there will be more fun to be had after lunch. I like to read, and the book I am reading now is one on Asperger’s Syndrome. I used to work with children who had this condition, so learning about it in more detail has been very interesting.
The facility is just wonderful and I personally think that I have the best room. Going to the kitchen where we commune together is just a few steps away. I can hear everything, even with a closed door, but it doesn’t bother me. I love the tv area and the little spaces that we can go to and just hang out with each other.
The front porch is a special place. In fact, it’s our favorite. It is open on both ends and we are drawn to its cool breeze. We have special events here, like concerts, and we gather here to talk about whatever is on our minds. It is also special because it is where we spend time with our families. Camellia Place is fairly close to my daughter so she can drop by if she needs to, or if I have to have something that needs her attention. She doesn’t drop by often, but she’ll call and leave things down here and they will bring it up to me. And she calls every night to check on me. So, I stay connected to my own family.
Oh my goodness! They bring in all kinds of animals for us to see. We had a baby pig last week and petting him was a hoot. In addition, we had a baby goat, a horse, dogs and rabbits. We’ve had so many different types of animals.
The wonderful caregivers at Camellia Place try hard to keep us happy all the time. Everybody around here does a really good job with that, other staff included. But the caregivers know what we like and don’t like. Most of the residents are very independent, and they try to accommodate our needs and wants. For example, if we like a certain thing at dinner, they will get it. Or, if you don’t like what’s on the menu, they will substitute something. They get to know us like that. It’s like an extra family.
In fact, if I had to sum up my experience at Camellia Place in one word, it would be “family.” It has a family atmosphere. We get to know a lot about each other. We don’t tell all our secrets, but we get to know each other individually, and what our likes and dislikes are. We get to know each other’s favorite things, what we like to talk about, and what we like to say over and over and over again as we get older. We all get along really well. The “homey” atmosphere is my favorite thing about being here.