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Somerford Place of Encinitas

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1 month ago

I recently went to Somerford Place Encinitas with a friend of mine to see her grandmother. I was so impressed with what I saw from the staff. Her grandma was in an exercise class with other residents and they were having so much fun. It takes special people to come to work everyday and take care of someone who has Alzheimer's. These are very special employees. I know know now why her grandma is there.

5

2 months ago

When her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s became all too apparent, I finally accepted my mother’s needs had changed. After visiting half a dozen facilities, I decided to move her from assisted living to a place where everyone was experiencing varieties of this same problem. I chose Somerford Place in Encinitas, a small residence with only about 40 or 45 residents where all the employees could get to know her and me. The director explained the caregivers had been trained to deal with the ever changing conditions of Alzheimer’s. During that first year there was a strong director and a staff recruited by the director who helped residents participate in daily activities such as chair exercises, music, art projects, and games. There were monthly support group meetings and many chances to speak with staff members. Family and friends were always welcomed, and some of us got to know each other. When the initial director left, she took a number of staff members with her. A skeleton staff made it more difficult for Somerford to transition to another director. Several have come and gone. I was discouraged until they managed to hire Lori. Today I believe Somerford staff and residents are once again in good hands with a new director who does not confine herself to a front office but circulates through the building talking to residents, staff, and family. She has plans for a community garden with residents participation. On Father’s Day she has planned entertainment, a cookout for residents and their families, and an antique car show. I sense she is evaluating staff and trying to make adjustments to their schedules as she hires new caregivers. She volunteered that she loves Somerford because it is small and she has every intention of staying. Staff members tell me they like her. This is all good. Alzheimer’s is devastating to one’s family. It is ever changing. Today my mother can do almost nothing for herself. Caregivers get her up in the morning, dress her, change her, put her in a wheelchair, take her to meals, and yes, even feed her. If she has a bruise, they call me and the Hospice nurse. When her feet swell, they know to take off her socks and put her in a recliner. They talk with Hospice staff about her needs. They clean her room and make sure to get her to the in house beauty salon each week. In nice weather they encourage her to sit out in the warm court yard. Each of these matters seem more important to me than to her as she continues to lose memory and weight and sleeps more and more, all signs of this disease as it relentlessly pursues the person you love. If you are looking for a place for one of your relatives, it is tempting to choose a place where you think you might like to live. You want a private room, good food, an open visitation policy, activities, a caring staff. You can get this at Somerford. But as Alzheimer’s progresses, priorities change. One’s needs are simple: safety, quality care and compassion. I believe Somerford Encinitas exhibits these qualities under the direction of Lori.

5

3 months ago

"Professional Care with Down Home Living and a Personal Touch" Taking care of a parent or loved one as they become more dependent on you to handle their day to day needs is a very tough and challenging task for any one person or even a family to handle. Add to that a cognitive disorder and the challenge becomes near impossible and exhausting. Although you are able to physically handle the challenge, the question eventually becomes; are you qualified to manage their needs in a way that is healthy and safe? Are they happy, are you able to provide the environment that encourages daily mental and physical stimulation they need to function? If you are in a similar situation, and need to find the right place to professionally help you and your family, Somerford Place in Encinitas was the answer for me. I was in search throughout the North County area of San Diego and wanted to find the right place that I could call home for my mother. A place that would be comfortable for my mother, with a staff that cared for her as family, and at a fair price. I am both blessed and extremely grateful to have found Somerford Place, as ironically it was my last stop. After taking the tour of the facility and talking to management, nursing care, assistance, planners, and anyone else I could, I immediately knew this was the place for my mother. Believe it or not, I was skeptical at first because it seemed too good to be true; however, things have not only gotten better, they continue to improve as the staff learns my mother and her needs. Since I am not able to see her on a daily basis she now has a second family. They encourage friendships as they found the perfect roommate for my mother. They focus on her personal likes so as to make sure she is stimulated (gardening, crafts, gatherings, etc.). The food is homemade and healthy. Her attitude has changed significantly to the positive as she seems very satisfied with her environment, which was my main goal. In conclusion, as I am sure you can tell, I can't say enough good things about Somerford Place and could go on and on. That is why I give it a rating of 5 out of 5. They are modest and down to earth and that is why I am putting my opinion in writing so that if you are in my similar situation you can hear the story of someone that is currently utilizing their services. My recommendation is to visit as many places as you can and ask as many questions as possible with management, nursing, staff, etc. Call Somerford and set an appointment to visit and see for yourself.

5

4 months ago

As a dependable and compassionate team member from A Better Solutions Home Care and Nursing, I have had the honor to work alongside​ with Lori Hansen, Executive Director of Somorford Place of Encinitas, and the team that continues to enhance the meaning of "Quality of Care". Somorford Place of Encinitas offers such a serene and home-like setting that once you step in, you know your loved one will be in great hands. The staff is very knowledgeable​ to all settings and responsive to any emergent situations. As my part to working with Somorford Place of Encinitas, we provide the extra staffing support or 1:1 care upon request. I will always be a continuing support system for the care and needs that Somorford Place of Encinitas. Respectively, Michelle Souice N. County Care Coordinator, A Better Solutions Home Care and Nursing

5

1 year ago

I visited the Somerford Encinitas and was blown away by how welcoming and pleasant Rhonda was. She couldn’t have been more kind and helpful! Rhonda is a wonderful team member and Somerford Encinitas is a very nice community. The activities are great and the team is outstanding!



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