The wonderful care my mom has had at the Abbington has been on my mind a lot lately. Mom moved from Portland to Mapleton 3 years ago. We looked at other facilities of course, but when we went to the Abbington things clicked right away. We loved the facility and the setting, right at the base of the mountains. Incredible views in an incredible setting. We really liked the creative activities and range of fun things the residents could do. But with my Mom’s declining health we came to understand the real beauty and the most important component of the Abbington experience: the caretakers and staff who care for the residents. Each and every one of them make each resident feel special and part of the Abbington family. Residents are greeted by name in the halls and in the dining room, every time. I have been to dozens of meals with my mom and have always seen patience and respect as my mom, afflicted by strokes, tried to make her preferences known. Typically the staff know her so well, they already know what she wants, but they never rush her or finish her sentences. The last year my mom has had some tough health challenges to deal with, challenges that increased the level of care she needed from Abbington caregivers. They met mom’s needs every time. As a nurse myself, I came to appreciate the innovative and effective care the team provided for my mom. Sadly, her final chapter came to a close last week and I was profoundly touched to see the love and affection shown by the caregivers. There is no mountain setting or beautiful view that is more profound than genuinely caring and patient care givers. They are the real beauty of the Abbington. Our family will be eternally grateful for the Abbington family and for the grace and dignity they assured for my mom when she needed them the most.
Placing Eileen in a home was the most complicated decision our family has ever had to make. After a few weeks of being place in the facility, we came to the conclusion that we had placed her with compassionate, caring individuals. Did we make the right choice? Yes, we did. We miss Eileen so much (We have actually missed her the last five years due to her dementia.) She had always been a big part of our lives. We were so lucky to have found all of you! She grew to love all of you who took care of her. She may not have shown it, but she did love each and every one of you. You were all her family, too. Our family thanks all of you for helping her through all those endless days of attitude problems and struggles. Helping her take a bath, get dressed, eat, and just care for herself. We are so grateful for the welcoming touch of the hugs, giving her a smile, and extra cookie, just letting her know you care. Thank you, Sarah, for being there for her in her last moments. We did not want her to be alone. This was a struggle for our family to let her go. I know she is happy again. Getting to see her daughter, Jolene, and husband, Ren. We love and appreciate all of you. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed. I will miss my calls each day checking on her, and talking to all of you. You all put sunshine into her life. Your thoughtfulness will long be remembered. Thank you for your strength and support given to our family. Love to all of you extraordinary women!!
I would like to thank everyone from Abbington Manor for the kind and tender treatment that was given to my mother during the last partof her life. Every person that I worked with was wonderful. I would especially like to thank Meagan and her team for their constant support. Tina was also especially helpful to me. I am very grateful to the young man who was with my mother when she passed. It gives me comfort to know that she was not alone.
Thank you and your staff so very much for the love and support you gave my mother. She had made, they had shared, then they were gone, so many good friends, but you as the staff were there for her always. I know, and you know, she was not always the easiest person to work with, but she was wonderful never the less. Her last couple of months were really hard, but you were always there to help when needed. You will be blessed for what you do to comfort those in need.
Thanks for all you do! It’s nice to see dad so happy and healthy. He hasn’t been this healthy in about two years. I love that he is checked on often and not left out of the activities if he forgets. You have even made him a special card with meal times so he won’t forget those. It makes my heart happy and I know he’s safe and taken care of.
I appreciate the care you gave my mom…she was treated with respect and kindness. I know she was happy there.