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A Message from the President of Garden View Care Center

Hello, my name is Richard.

I grew up in a close knit family in St Louis. My mother and father lived close to my grandparents and we would frequently spent time together. After college my two siblings moved away to other parts of the country and when my dad passed in 1989 I was the only relative my mom had here in St Louis and I took on the responsibility of her welfare. Mom continued to live in the family home and apart from being a little eccentric. She remained in good health until her 86th birthday year when she suffered from a series of falls.

Having my mother fall alone in her home caused me to worry about her well-being and after some soul searching my brother and sister and I decided it would be best if our mother would go to Garden View Care center where she could live in a light filled garden view suite with the added benefit of 24 hour help on hand in case of any medical need.

My mother made the adjustment well and within a few weeks had settled in making friends with her new neighbors and was enjoying the company of other women and men her age. There were trips to the casino and local parks and she also was invited to walk the bases at a Cardinals game. As my mother approached her 90’s her health declined as she was suffering from dementia. My mother‘s appetite diminished and she found it difficult to talk. With the expert care that she received from the dedicated staff at Garden View Care center staff she eased into her remaining days with dignity.

She is sadly missed but through the experience of having my mother at Garden View Care Center I learned a lot, not only did I become an integrated family member of Garden View but I became a better President of Garden View.

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