"My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in her early 60's. My mother has been living in The Sanctuary since May 2020. The entire experience has been remarkably supportive and reassuring thanks to the amazing staff at The Sanctuary.
I was initially very nervous about moving my mother away from me and her home, but the owners and staff made this emotional transition very smooth.
Each resident has their own room and bathroom. I was able to have pictures of our family set up in my mother's room. The staff is diligent about keeping me up to date with my mom's well being and any changes she might experience. The staff of remarkably patient and loving caretakers sent me pictures of my mom and always answered my calls and texts about how she was doing. I was able to call The Sanctuary house as often as I wanted to check in on my mom. They have gone out of their way during this COVID19 pandemic to allow my mother and I to see each other through the glass door. They FaceTimed me and allowed me to partake in singing happy birthday to my mom with everyone else during the amazing birthday they threw for her. They make each holiday and celebration special for the residents. They even put in a gardening box when I told them how much my mom enjoyed gardening.
I gave birth to my first child, my mother's first grandchild, during the pandemic and they sent me a video of my mom seeing the pictures of my daughter for the first time. They go the extra mile to encourage and respect the bonds of a family. In a pandemic, they went the extra mile to find a creative way my mother and I could share the special moment of her seeing her first grandchild without ever jeopardizing anyone's health.
The house is located in a neighborhood so it's truly a house of residents in a community, not patients in a facility. They provide healthy meals and snacks for my mom. Their cooking is way better than mine!! They have activities for the residents that keep everyone mentally stimulated and smiling. The care is so individualized and personal, I know she is in good hands.
The Sancutuary has impacted my entire family in the most heartwarming and positive way. Alzheimer's disease is heartbreaking for anyone to go through, and for the family. That being said, The Sanctuary has provided my mom with light and love in the midst of a dark disease. I am forever grateful."