Hello Joe and Kelley,
I have been wanting to writing you this note since June, but life has continued to toss challenges my way, so its been a bit hectic.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank you so very much for approving the living accommodations for my father at Vineyard Park-Bothell Landing. His name is Ray Perkins, in the junior suite 104. Jill and I met back in the late February or March timeframe, when I was working with social workers to try and find accommodations for my Dad. But the state recommended an AFH initially, which was covered by Medicaid. I worked with the State and they placed him in an Adult Family Home. Dad would call me and say “you gotta get me out of here” and began to become even more depressed during his stay there ; he lost 15 pounds within the 4 weeks in the care of the AFH. He kept telling me that there were issues with the staff, but I wasn’t really sure until I began dropping in at different times of the day and found the behaviors and safety to be below the State’s standard of care.
So, when we went to tour Vineyard Park, my Dad was greeted by 3 residents who were relaxing in the common area by the front desk. That greeting immediately shifted his attitude from depression to being optimistic. And when we drove home, he was truly excited about the move. The staff at Vineyard Park has truly been very caring, positive, friendly, and attentive to my Dad’s needs. He now wanders through the halls singing or humming little tunes. He’s comfortable in his little room as he has his own belongings with him. He has help with bathing, prompts for eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and med techs to distribute his medication on time.
I can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Vineyard Park. Truly a special place. I’ve offered to give some volunteer time to help with an art class or two for the residents, just to give back something in return. The first class was positively accepted by the participants, and I have two more scheduled in October. I am happy to give back some of my time.
Thank you with all my heart.