Thank you for giving my mother-in-law back her life again! After a few challenging years of living in an apartment, she moved to an assisted living facility. The quality of care there was dreadful but she did not want to move. My mother-in-law declined rapidly. She was moved to a locked unit, lost weight and required supplemental shakes, and refused to participate in activities. She would call us all day long, sometimes over 60 times a day! We hired a companion to provide some additional supports. We had to intervene.
Then The Hermitage came into the picture. The change was hard for her the first couple of weeks but the staff was so warm and friendly from the start that she adjusted well quickly. Now, just over a year after her move she is thriving. She has been since the start! She is now a healthy weight, looks forward to activities there, goes on all the outside trips, attends doctor appointments independently or meets us there, and calls to check in with us 1-2 times a day! She is a happy, healthy, different person.
Staff seems always willing to go above and beyond. Holidays are especially wonderful and full of cheer. The food is delicious and the dining staff is very attentive. The activities offered are diverse and engaging- it is the equivalent of being on a landlocked cruise ship! Her room is located in a sunny area and she has taken up gardening again with plants thriving.
While the costs of her care at The Hermitage are less then where she was before, I could not put a price on the quality of the life she has now. You have given her more than I could have hoped for and, as her family, you have given her son and I peace of mind.
Jennifer B. - May 2016
In 2009 my husband Jack, who had dementia, needed to move to a care center because of a fall and brain injury. After visiting all types and sizes of care locations, our family chose The Hermitage. It was a size that allowed residents and their families to feel like were in a home rather than a facility. Its neighborhood setting was peaceful. The staff seemed committed to caring for the residents, and many of them had been on staff for a number of years. Furthermore, because The Hermitage offered all levels of care, I was assured my husband would receive the seamless continuing care he needed - from memory care and physical therapy, to complete health care - during the six years he lived at The Hermitage.
As a caregiver, I was kept updated on my husband’s health during regular staff meetings. The administration of The Hermitage also involved interested family members in all aspects of upgrades being made to the physical facility and programs. We were part of the extended Hermitage family.
My family felt very fortunate that Jack could be cared for by The Hermitage.
Fran Z. - May 2016
The Hermitage is a treasure hidden in beautiful historic Richmond. From the moment we walked in to visit, we felt welcomed and at peace. It is a very difficult decision to have your loved one live somewhere besides home. The loving and caring staff walked us through every step of this transition as The Hermitage became our mother's new home. The living quarters are gorgeous and kept extremely clean. The food is restaurant quality, activities abound, salon services are available, and planned family activities round out a community filled with love and compassion. The most important aspect, we feel, is the staff. They seem to have a calling to be here and treat each resident and their family with love and respect: they are angels. We recommend The Hermitage to anyone looking for a quality residence for themselves or a loved one.
The Eubank girls. - May 2016
When the time came to turn the care of our loved one over to someone else, our family had to be certain we could rely on all who were to be involved, and could trust them to not only take fundamental care but also be kind and respectful. When it became necessary for our mother it was hard to do this. My brothers visited a number of places before they both agreed on The Hermitage. They both liked everything they saw.
When the culture of an organization is good it permeates all the facets of care and produces a very special environment. The Hermitage has been a wonderful place for Mom. She is one hundred and one years old, and needs to be in Health Care; but she still wants to be as independent and active as possible. We wanted a situation that would keep her safe but not confined and inactive. Everyone who sees Mom from: daily dressing, therapy, activities and meals, housekeeping, treat her with care and respect. They listen to what she wants and accommodate when possible. She has made good friends and sees them at mealtime and at activities like Bingo and pizza parties. Music has been a lifelong passion for Mother and she attends a number of varied musical events every week. When her birthday came we celebrated in a special room with wonderful food provided by the food service. It has been such a relief and comfort for all of us to see her happy and active. We are glad she is in a place we can trust and are confident they will look after her with love and kindness. (A special thanks to the ladies who help her choose just the right outfits and jewelry for the day! She has always felt better when she is dressed attractively!)
The Howell Family - May 2016