Fate and serendipity brought Mom to Caledonia. After a fall required hospitalization and surgery, it became apparent she could not return to her home. We needed to find someplace for rehab…and fast. The social worker at the hospital came up with a few options, including Caledonia. Honestly, I knew nothing about it but was charmed by its outside appearance and its close proximity to my home.
The decision to move Mom in came quickly and easily. I was charmed by its inside appearance and staff just as much! Mom was not an easy person to deal with in those early days of rehab in the Scottish Home, but the nursing staff knew how to handle her, and she physically recovered from her injuries. We enjoyed time together when I visited, partaking of activities such as dominoes, bingo, and trivia and daily afternoon teas.
The time came to move Mom into the MacLean Memory Care building. Another adjustment to make, but she took to it well. We continued to go visit the friends we made in the Scottish Home for tea and games.
Then COVID struck. It was difficult for her to understand what was going on and why I couldn’t visit her. But the staff at the MacLean House helped her (and me!) through the quickly implemented changed routines. We have window visits facilitated by use of Messenger so we can hear each other. Her milestone birthday was approaching, and the party I’d hoped to throw for her couldn’t happen. Instead the MacLean staff held a tea party for her and her housemates with party hats and cake. She loved it! Photos and videos were sent to me so I could share her experiences.
I don’t think I could have Mom in a better place right now. Management is taking this viral threat VERY seriously and I appreciate it. They are taking every precaution possible, and it shows with their zero positivity rate; definitely something to be proud of. I rest easy knowing Mom is in their compassionate, competent, and caring hands. As much as I wish Mom could be in her own home, I’m glad fate brought us together with Caledonia.
Daughter of a Resident at Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care