By CYNTHIA KMETT
As our population ages, there may come the time when you realize Mom or Dad, or even you, find that coping with the chores of taking care of everyday living at the family home – cutting the grass, shoveling show, changing light bulbs in the ceiling, carrying the laundry upstairs – are making living and enjoying life a bit more difficult.
As you realize a big house is too much for an aging parent, you explore the options. One of the newest and nicest in the local community is Stratford Place Assisted Living & Memory Care on South Blvd. Developers Michael Jablonski, Tom Kenny, a Troy resident, and Robin Gepfrey, R.N., have a rich understanding of the needs of their residents and their families. They have been a team, serving seniors for over three decades.
At the ribbon cutting of the new Stratford Place in Rochester Hills, Jablonski emphasized their team’s hands-on approach to managing their senior properties.
“Our team runs them; we work them and we’re in touch. We take our jobs really seriously, not just as an investment,” Jablonski promises.
The goal at Stratford Place is “to provide the highest standards of care for our residents through attentive service, professional care, and fabulous food within a friendly home atmosphere that is served by warm, professional, and caring staff.”
If you are one of their first 25 residents, you will be considered a Heritage Club Resident and will enjoy substantial benefits including discounts in the cost of a room and care for many months, reductions in the standard Community Fee, and private dining lunch or dinner in their private family dining room for up to six guests. Heritage Club Residents will also enjoy private movie nights in their theater for up to five people, including all the goodies like popcorn, candies, and drinks. Residents will also receive the “History of Rochester and Rochester Hills” paperback Heritage Club booklet.
Care includes a nurse available 24 hours a day, assistance with daily needs, accommodation for dietary needs, and they do all the housekeeping and laundry. Before anyone moves in, they will sit down and talk to you about costs. Kenny says they don’t just spring added costs on a resident’s bill. Flat monthly rates allow for family budgeting, and they’ll help coordinate with private insurance programs.
If you take a tour, here you find what is a lovely and livable environment, where residents can become part of a new family.
Stratford Place provides a safe, warm setting for seniors. Everything is on one floor and there are just 25 assisted living units, so getting to amenities and meals and events is easier for a senior. A second building provides very secure and caring space, just across the parking lot for memory care residents.
It’s often true that a senior doesn’t want to leave their home. But at Stratford Place they’ll find a large, comfortable room that will hold their own bed, dresser and favorite chair, if they want to bring them here. They have nice closet space, too. Private bathrooms have a walk-in shower with a seat and heat lamps and they are ADA compliant. Plus, there’s room for an optional satellite TV and telephone in a room.
But a senior might not want to spend much time in their room. There’s an activities director who will help keep everyone busy. As they walk the halls, residents will be tempted to stop at other residents’ doors and view their inTOUCH video, where the story of each resident’s life can be shared. There’s an inTOUCH video in the main dining room, too. And friends and families can send the newest pictures of the grandchildren and their sports victories for everyone to enjoy. Plus there’s a newsletter sent to the families.
This lovely facility features a library with books and magazines, a chapel, a beauty/barber salon, a craft room, and a café with an electronic gaming area for the residents and their grandchildren. There’s even a movie theatre, with extremely comfortable seating. And there’s a piano, which probably gets a lot of use on family nights and for special occasions. There’s even a private dining room for special family occasions. If you want to take a tour, you will find Stratford Place at 910/930 W, South Blvd, on the Rochester Hills side of the street. Just call 248-459- 4301, or visit StratfordPlace.com and tell them you would like to visit.