“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such exceptional care of my grandfather. I cannot refer to Oakwood as a “facility” although I suppose that is the technical term. It was my grandfathers home, or as he would say “my place.” Oakwood has assembled the most loving caring staff that I ever experienced and they never ceased to communicate with me even the smallest detail of my Grandfathers stay there. They became my extended family and my lifeline to my Grandfathers world.
When family care givers make the decision to seek extended care outside of the home, it’s possibly the hardest decision in the world, and we did it three times before arriving at Oakwood. For once I felt confident that this was the right place. And it was.
Oakwood is a respite not only for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, but a respite for their families. It’s warm, and beautiful, and that comes from the attitude of its staff not just from the furnishing and grounds.
I always struggled with the guilt of not being able to keep my Grandfather home with me, but in my heart of hearts I knew that I couldn’t do for him everything that Oakwood could. What Oakwood did for him was not only advanced care, they created a family structure with him, the other residents and staff.
The staff at Oakwood has the ability to see beyond this terrible disease of the mind, to see the residents as the people that they are, not the disease. They do not have an easy job, any of them, yet they do it with patient tender care and most importantly love for their residents. I never felt that the staff had taken my place, (something family care givers struggle with) I felt that now I had a small army of ally’s fighting this terrible disease.
I am ever so grateful to the staff, for everything they have done for my Grandfather and my family. Thank you for gifting my Grandfather, and our family, with compassion, dignity, and love. In the tumultuous sea of Alzheimer’s, you were our safe haven.”