I just had a delightful lunch with Dave and Karen Raschio, owners of Abiding Joy Senior Care. Dave came to at least one of the Ambassadors' meetings and he told the group about the residential care home that he and Karen (a Registered Nurse) opened at 1133 Ridgewood Terrace, Arlington 76012. They have private bedrooms for 3 elders who need help with ADLs (activities of daily living). Dave invited me to come today to tour their residential home (Dave's family lives there...his wife, and their two children...guessing ages about 6 and 8, very well behaved children).
So at the lunch table, were Dave, Karen, Adam (son, maybe 8 years old) and a daughter (guessing 6 years old, already her name escapes me), and a wheelchair-bound resident, plus me. They served a delicious chicken salad on some kind of big, wonderful bun, with all kinds of side things which could be used on the sandwich or to make a green salad (fresh spinach, dried cranberries, walnuts, sliced tomatoes, finely diced red onions, raspberry vinairgette dressing). The 8-year-old, Adam, grows tomatoes in his back-yard garden near the swimming pool, and he loves to talk about gardening (and Star Wars).
I'm only writing this because I would recommend this place to my own family members should a need arise. If you have someone needing an assisted-living place, you will want to check out Abiding Joy Senior Care at this link http://www.ajoyliving.com/ .
I listed it under the Tab above called "Local Resources" a month or so ago, but after visiting the place today, I am impressed with the quality of the food, the peaceful atmosphere, the inclusiveness of the residents to participate as a member of the family (all sit together at dinner, etc.).
Dave and Karen are also open to providing other services such as transportation for wheelchair-bound people (room for 3 wheelchairs in their new van), and daycare.
If you know an older person who needs some assistance, I suggest that Dave or Karen be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.