Yesterday, I had lunch with Gerri Duren, Accessibility Coordinator, Wesley Mission Center, Mansfield. I met Gerri a couple of weeks ago at a Mansfield coalition meeting I was invited to and I met 15-20 people who have many of the same interests that Ambassadors have.
At lunch, Gerri explained what her job is (she is like a "case manager" and makes house calls when elders in her community need something). She keeps a list of resources so she can find the correct resource/refer clients to the appropriate place according to need.
One interesting thing I learned from Gerri is that her mother (like mine) had dementia when she died. Her mother lived at a group residential home in Arlington called "St. Joseph's Haven" and Gerri and her mother were extremely happy with the care received.
Today, I called St. Joseph's Haven and spoke to the owner, Carol Denning, to ensure that they are still in business, open to new residents, etc. I was most impressed with everything I heard from Mrs. Denning...3 paid staff on call for the 10 residents; geriatrician/podiatrist/beautician make house calls. Regarding cost to residents, the flat fee is all-inclusive. There are no extra charges for anything. Also, once a resident is accepted to live there, they try very hard (and have so far been successful) to not raise their prices for that resident, no matter how many years the resident may stay.
I added this assisted living home to our website under the "Local Resources" tab. When you are out and about having lunch with your friends and contacts, when you hear of a good resource that Arlington's older residents should know about, please be sure to drop me an email to tell me about it so I can share it with our neighbors. firstname.lastname@example.org
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.