Autumn Pointe does not have an official point person who welcomes new residents, but Director Jaclyn Svendgard says if they did have that position, Ellanora Plugge would be the perfect fit. The unofficial “ambassador” to Autumn Pointe, Ellanora is quick to introduce herself to new residents and help make them feel at home as quickly as possible. “Everybody knows Ellanora,” says Svendgard, “Everybody loves her.”
Ellanora understands first-hand what a huge transition moving to an assisted living facility can be. Her children were the one who made the decision for Ellanora to live at Autumn Pointe after Ellanora was hospitalized and required some help with daily life. After her family looked into several assisted living facilities in the area they immediately realized Autumn Pointe, with everything all on the same level, was the perfect place for Ellanora.
And Ellanora has never regretted the move. In fact, she says it’s turned out to be a wonderful decision for her. “It’s the best place that you could live and get all the assistance you need,” she says.
Ellanora says she’s entertained every day and keeps plenty busy. She attends the morning exercise class as regularly as she can and especially enjoys her favorite meal of the day: breakfast. As far as afternoons go, she says you don’t have to sit unless you want to; just get out of your room and see what’s going on. Activities include going shopping for groceries or to Wal-Mart, outings to see the countryside, seeing the Christmas lights in Omaha, bus tours to a variety of places, Bingo and playing cards. But crafts are Ellanora’s favorite activity and she enjoys how Autumn Pointe has craft leaders who teach the residents how to make new and different things.
Ellanora recently celebrated her 91st birthday with a big cake and the staff at Autumn Pointe encouraged all the residents to share her in special day. She likes how they do that for everyone’s birthday, giving them their own celebration.
“I love being spoiled, and they spoil you rotten here, and I eat it up! They just do everything for you,” she says. She enjoys living at Autumn Pointe so much that she’s actually recruited three of her friends to live there as well. Ellanora sums up her experience at Autumn Pointe as, “Thanks be to God that I’m here and so well cared for.”