Mary Phillips, 84, was in a tough spot when her Alzheimer’s started to interfere with day-to-day life. A couple years earlier her husband had passed away and she was now living by herself. Phillips began to forget to eat and take her medicine, and lacked the social interaction she’d had her entire life.
After assessing the situation and coming to the conclusion that Phillips needed some kind of assisted living, her family started looking for answers.
Becky Boone, Phillips’ daughter, began looking for places and exploring local options that would solve the challenging situation. As Boone visited a few assisted living facilities in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, she found the nursing home feeling of many places distasteful. Even the basics, such as maintaining a clean and welcoming space were lacking.
As Boone began to feel more concerned about what she could do to help her mom, she came upon Provision Living at Hattiesburg. When she first visited the community, she liked what she saw.
“People were sitting and talking,” Boone said, “It was different walking in there than walking into a nursing home.”
Boone explained that Provision Living’s community looked cleaned and smelled nice. Almost as importantly, Mary Phillips recognized friends from local neighborhoods where she had lived as a little girl. Boone said her mother is very social, and the ability to connect daily with others was a key element the Provision Living community offered.
“We liked Provision Living, it was very active when we went in,” Boone said. After deciding on Provision Living and moving Phillips there, Boone says her mother initially reacted poorly, which is common. But within six weeks her mother was fully adjusted and thriving. According to her daughter, Mary Phillips’ move to Provision Living has been a tremendous success.
“It’s the best thing we ever did,” said Boone.
Boone added that her mother is safe, happy and comfortable at Provision Living and the staff are knowledgeable, respectful and “stay on top of everything.” Boone said she’s happy Phillips’s room is straightened and cleaned, there are lots of activities and people to talk to, and her mother has three good meals a day.
It’s a simple recipe for success. “That’s all that matters, she’s happy,” Boone said.
Ethel Goolsby came to Provision Living in St. Louis Hills Residential Care and Assisted Living Community after experiencing a stroke. She is 92 years old. Her niece encouraged the move.
“My niece looked it up. What she likes, I like,” said Goolsby about Provision Living. “It’s nice and I love it. The people are friendly and nice. I would recommend it to anyone,” she said.
Goolsby said there are many things she likes about her home at Provision Living including the food.
“The food is excellent. You should join us today. We are having turkey and dressing. We have something for everyone. They accommodate everyone including diabetics,” she said. “I’m lucky I can eat everything.”
Goolsby measures the time she has resided at Provision Living by the number of Christmas’s she has celebrated there. This upcoming Christmas is her second.
The family of Lois Zoellner faced a tough decision in 2012. Should they move her from her condo to memory care assisted living?
Her daughter, Tina Obermeier, said the women who once had a zest for life mostly stayed home, sometimes forgot to eat, and was often frightened. Even home nursing care soon proved insufficient to provide Lois with a good quality of life.
As Tina watched Provision Living at Webster Groves come to life over the summer, she saw a brighter vision of her mother’s future.
“I live in Webster Groves,” Obermeier said. “So the minute the sign went up, I started researching it. The more I talked to the team, the more I just felt this would be the perfect place for us.”
Obermeier said her hunch was right on the money. “My mother’s got her spark back,” she said. “She’s so much healthier and that makes such a big difference in her cognitive abilities.”
With regular, nutritious meals Lois has gained weight. She now sleeps better and engages enthusiastically in activities with fellow residents.
Tina said the Provision Living at Webster Groves team fosters a welcoming atmosphere for residents’ and their families.
“It’s a beautiful community,” Tina said. “But it’s the staff there that makes it. And I just love to visit. Every time I go there’s something going on.”