Mom has been a resident at Montclair Care Center for over 5 years. In the very beginning, her stay was to be temporary. However, as time went on, we realized that mom was not capable of caring for herself so it was decided that in her best interest she should become a permanent resident.
With her stay at Montclair Care Center, we really did not know what to expect or how to navigate mom’s new life as a resident. over the years it became clear that this is her home and that the staff would be her second family. Not only would the staff and nurses become her bonus family, that they would also become mine.
When I visit with mom, I regularly converse with the staff about her progress and well-being which generally lead to us asking about each other. I have really gotten to know about each of them, and have discovered how kind, loving, caring and thoughtful people they are. I began to feel comfortable with mom being there and under the care of someone other than me. At times, they would offer words of kindness and comfort to me knowing how much I missed her. They would express to me that they understand how difficult it can be to have a loved one in a nursing facility away from home.
Montclair Care Center is not just a care facility for their residents but also offer comfort to families. Being a part of the Montclair Care Center family, I have found that while families sometimes make mistakes and not always know to get things exactly right, we all know that once we reveal what is expected of us, we make the necessary changes. This is what the Montclair Care Center does for its residents and their families; they make every effort to meet the needs and expectation of the families. Whenever I have issues or concerns, they are open to discussing and identifying solutions
I appreciate each and everyone of the staff, nurses and caregivers for all they do. It is not easy on any of us, but we just do the best we can with dedication and love.