Aging is inevitable — we all know it, but it always seems to “creep” up on us and members of our family. Like a lot of people this happened to me and my family. Dad was “slipping”….eventually we got the diagnosis that it was Alzheimer’s and it was becoming a real strain for Mom to take care of him and their home. What to do? They did not want caregivers in their home and honestly Mom was having a hard time taking care of the house before Dad became ill. What to do? Mom had heard of several facilities that were “specialists” in caring for Alzheimer patients so we booked several appointments to tour them. After a referral from a friend of mine whose mother was a resident at Pacific Gardens, I decided to add a tour of Pacific Gardens last on the list. Well—– after my Mom and brother and I toured Pacific Gardens, my brother and I turned to each other and said and I quote….”Mom if you don’t want to stay here we kids will!!!” We were so impressed with the facility, the rooms, the attention to detail, the dining room and the food…..after our tour the staff invited us to dine with the residents and see what the food was like, well — the rest is history! Mom and Dad moved in the next week, Dad was moved to the “Memory Support” side soon after arrival and Mom was able to visit him several times a day (she stayed on the Assisted Living side) and he was able to join her for activities on the Assisted Living side. The care the staff provides, genuine concern and support — the level of maintenance and cleanliness of the facility….remember we toured at least three other facilities and Mom got more and more discouraged after each one —– until we arrived at Pacific Gardens. Additionally the activities and functions that they arrange are excellent! Even, “scenic tours” where assisted living and memory support residents can go for a nice ride on the Pacific Garden’s bus (never getting off the bus!!) and stopping for ice cream along the way, with views of the area, along the bay and over the Golden Gate Bridge. My family cannot say enough about Pacific Gardens! Thank you to all for such wonderful care and making the “aging years” so much more comfortable for the entire family!Joan

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