Making the decision to move my mom, Shirley Seromik, to Oakmonte four years ago was one my siblings and I felt certain was in her best interest, despite her reluctance to relinquish her "independence" to independent living. While in independent living, her famous line was, "If you have to be in a place like this, then this is the place to be!" And she was right. Perhaps in the moment, she may not always have shown her appreciation for her life at Oakmonte, but hindsight truly is 20-20. When her health began to fail last March and necessitated a move to assisted living, she tearfully made the move, insisting all the while that she could have remained independent with just a bit of help. She fondly recalled her days in independent living as wonderful, and I recall the respect and dignity with which she was treated.
In assisted living, she adjusted slowly, requiring assistance for nearly everything and frustrated by her compromised quality of life, yet she adjusted slowly. In time, her affection and appreciation for the Oakmonte care staff became obvious to me, and I gratefully relied on them as my eyes, ears, and hands when I wasn't there. In her final week, the genuine compassion, care, and concern of the care staff for my mom touched me deeply, and I've done my best to express to them personally my appreciation and heartfelt gratitude. Devon, Ada, Mary and Tina and many others are truly angels of mercy.
Of course, no well-run organization operates without a strong and caring administration. Thank you for always attending to my concerns, requests, and even my tears. Your job is a noble one. Please share my appreciation with Oakmonte employees in both independent living and assisted living who made my mom's final home a positive and memorable experience.