Invaluable Amenity

Rose Gardens Gets high praise from Ann's Choice Residents

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November 24th, 2015
Rose Gardens corridor
Rose Gardens corridor

One reason people move to Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., is its designation as a fee-for-service continuing care community.

Rose Gardens, located on the 103-acre campus, offers higher levels of care to residents, from inpatient rehabilitation through personal care and skilled nursing care. 

A short walk or shuttle ride from the three campus clubhouses, Rose Gardens is a cheerful, welcoming place.

While it’s the amenity independent living residents hope never to take advantage of, if they need it, it’s invaluable. 

Phyllis Crote, who moved from Warminster to Ann’s Choice in 2010, liked the idea of having continuing care available on the grounds. Since then, she’s stayed at Rose Gardens twice, once for rehabilitation following hip surgery and this summer for rehab after heart surgery. 

Phyllis and her family had peace of mind knowing that when she left the hospital she’d receive excellent care right at Ann’s Choice. No one had to search for an appropriate facility. 

The accommodations of a private room and person-centered care from a team of 225 staff members added to the comfort. 

Rose Gardens’ interdisciplinary team of nurses, therapists, aides, social workers, plus administrative, maintenance, housekeeping, and programming staffs, delivers person-centered care and share a goal of building relationships, says Admissions Counselor JoAnn Zonderwyk. 

Phyllis’s Ann’s Choice neighbor, Audrey Rheiner, spent a two-night, post-hospital stay at Rose Gardens while work was being done in her apartment. 

That Rose Gardens has received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wouldn’t surprise Audrey. The former nurse knows what’s involved in a care facility’s accreditation process.

“Rose Gardens has always been at the top,” she says. “As I get older and might need care, I know where I’ll be. And I know it will be good.”

Audrey also applauds Rose Gardens’ activities: “People don’t sit in their rooms. They’re up and around.”

Activities for everyone

Program Manager Cindy Franklin is Rose Garden’s activities guru.  “Anything residents want to do, Cindy makes it happen,” says Zonderwyk. 

The acting workshop Franklin initiated was recently featured on the in-house television station.  Programming includes weekly movies and live musical performances. 

A new program, Music and Memories, uses iPods and personal playlists to awaken memories and reduce anxiety in residents experiencing memory loss. 

Franklin even takes residents on day trips in Rose Gardens’ van.

Rose Gardens also has a mascot, Rhett, a lab-retriever mix who comes to work with Franklin. Rhett, too, delivers person-centered care.