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Ruth Schmidt


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Ruth Schmidt

“Happy Family Member”

About four months ago Ruth Schmidt and her siblings made the decision to move their mother to Autumn Pointe. After losing their father, they noticed how lonely their mother was getting. Wishing their mother had something to keep her more active and social, a doctor recommended assisted living and Autumn Pointe seemed a perfect fit.

Initially it was a stressful move for the whole family. But Ruth’s mother, Ellen Behrens, quickly acclimated to the Autumn Pointe lifestyle and now everyone realizes what a great situation it has turned out to be. Ruth says the family-friendly atmosphere and the fact her mother is still so close to home are definite positives.

“Her address changed, but her outside activities have not changed,” Ruth says, “She actually has more activity at Autumn Pointe.” Ruth says Autumn Pointe is basically a micro-community of little homes because residents are able to take anything they want from their former homes to decorate their apartments.

Along with things Autumn Pointe coordinates like trips to the local nature center or horse farm, Ellen still does quilting, an activity she has enjoyed for years. Autumn Pointe also allows the residents independence to take care of their personal needs by offering transportation to and from doctor’s appointments.

And residents don’t have to look far to find friends. Ruth says it’s not uncommon to see an impromptu card game in the common area. Or to see a group of people enjoying themselves in front of the TV in the main area. Just down the hall from the residents’ rooms, there’s a hub of areas that offer different activities and common places to gather if you want company.

Ruth says although it is oftentimes a hard decision to move to assisted living, Ellen even agrees now it was the right decision. “Until you’re there you don’t realize how much you miss being around other people,” Ruth says. “They like it and they’re being cared for. What more can you ask for?”

“As a child of a resident it’s really good to know they’re taking such good care of my parent,” Ruth says. “They take the time to care about my mom and introduce her to everyone. They work at assimilating people who come as new residents with existing residents, and help with getting used to the routine and activities. I’ve just been very impressed with how they work with your parent.”

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