Retired teacher, Mary Fenley, and retired pastor, Buford Fenley, are a long-married couple who understands the importance of service and a positive outlook on life. Mary and her husband admittedly make the best of any situation, but she claims since moving to Monticello West, the thought of living anywhere else never crossed her mind.
According to Mary, “The minute I entered the community I liked what I saw, but it didn’t stop there. I’ve visited other communities where the furniture was lovely in the main areas and when you proceeded down the hallways, it was a different scenario. But as we continued to look around at Monticello West, I thought: This is pleasant!”
One year later, the Fenleys have made themselves at home. Today they report that they find the staff to be one of the community’s key advantages. Mary receives assistance with daily living, and Buford benefits from memory support. She explains: “The staff members are open, friendly and always available to spend a minute or two to get you on the right path or to offer suggestions. The aids are very respectful and encouraging us to do whatever we are mentally and physically capable of—to live life to the fullest.”
When asked to share what the couple likes most about the community, they highlight the food and their apartment. “We have a really nice apartment. It’s like a small condo. And the maintenance staff is really good. They even replaced the three-way switch in an older table lamp we have. So now our three-way bulbs work!”
As for the dining at Monticello West, Mary adds that they have delicious meals. “A friend asked if I missed cooking, and I don’t miss it a bit! The food is marvelous. Plus, we can visit with people. It’s like the feeling of being at home, but with the amenities you might not have at home.”
Overall, Mary reiterates why the thought of moving elsewhere hasn’t crossed her mind. “We have someone to watch over us and care for us in our home. We’re comfortable here.” She also reasonably points out that “not everybody is going to be happy here, but not everybody will be happy anywhere. This is going to be where I end my days and be happy about it.”
Questions? If you’d like to learn more about everyday life in assisted living and memory care at Monticello West like Mary and Buford did,contact us today to schedule a visit.
“Mom loves her apartment. It’s nicely painted and carpeted, and the size is perfect for her. She has a living room area with a full-size couch and chairs, so she can entertain guests. I visit a couple of times a week, and my husband swings by on other days. My son stops by every few weeks, too. Mom has her own space that looks and feels like home. Every time I’m there, she just seems contented. ”
“The minute I entered the community I liked what I saw, but it didn’t stop there. I’ve visited other communities where the furniture was lovely in the main areas and when you proceeded down the hallways, it was a different scenario. But as we continued to look around at Monticello West, I thought: This is pleasant! ”
“The staff is caring and genuine. From the beginning, we didn’t feel like we were being processed, date-stamped and handed off to the next person. The community must have an exceptional hiring process, because I have yet to find someone there who isn’t qualified, doesn’t respect me or that I don’t enjoy. The caregivers are polite, and perhaps most important, I trust them.”
For older adults looking for a senior living community that feels like home, Monticello West is the perfect option. Our Highland Park community is not just a classic, it’s a timeless classic, and you’ll sense the difference the moment you are welcomed with open arms through our front doors.Contact Us