Belmont Village was probably the nicest place we saw. It was very adequate for what my dad would need. The rooms were kind of small. They had nursing staff and an LPN. They had a lot of medical help that my dad would need.
The Belmont team took great care of our mother. The last 14 months of her life were spent in Belmont's memory care. They provided wonderful assistance and kind care for our mother. It is comforting to know that she was so well cared for her last year of life.
Our Belmont experience started off in such a positive way. The team was outstanding about helping us get mother settled from the West Coast in an emergency situation. They even loaned us furniture for her apartment until her things arrived.
Once we were at Belmont memory care, the considerations continued. Mother had unique California natural food preferences and the Kitchen team was super about filling her requests for salads and salmon and vegetables. She loved the food!
We cannot thank the memory care team enough. Our mother lived most of her life independently and alone. The memory care activities every day kept her involved. We saw her thrive having people around her and she lost much of her previous fear/anxiety. My heart smiles when I remember the loving hugs that the memory care assistants gave mom. She'd hold her arms up and they would hug her and tell her she was loved. It was beautiful.
Her health situation changed as she became prone to falls and broke her hip. The Belmont nursing staff knew how to handle the situation. Many facilities do not want someone who has both dementia and significant physical limitations. The Belmont team and the nursing staff welcomed her back from rehab with open arms. We will always be grateful to them. Speaking medically, the Belmont's in-house doctor – Dr. Randy Villanueva - was the perfect doctor for us. His medical skills, experience with seniors and his compassionate heart are an amazing combination. He is a gift to his patients and their families.
We miss our mother immensely, but it gives us great comfort to know that Belmont made her last year the best it could be. The gift of care and kindness was a priceless one.