All the meals were varied, plentiful and delicious. In the morning, I was asked for my breakfast order and got exactly what I ordered (with a smile). Every staff member, without exception, was aware of my meds, laundry, the need to do P.T. exercises and my general wellbeing—the same way they are with every single one of their regular residents, never short-changing anyone’s care.
During my 10 days at Stockstill House, another local resident who’d broken her foot moved in for convalescent care. We both loved the staff, service, warmth, peace and quiet, and loving attention—oh, and the camaraderie at meals!
Another way Stockstill House serves our community is to offer respite care: when you are taking care of a frail parent or spouse and you need some time away, Stockstill will care for your loved one for a week or so while you get some much-needed respite.
Of course, its main purpose is to enable elders to stay in our community when they need this level of care. Residents thrive, often for years, in this homelike atmosphere—close to family and friends who can easily visit, run errands, take them to lunch, and celebrate special occasions together. This is home for them.
I fervently recommend all members of the community check it out, even if you don’t need it right now. After all, everyone is an elder-in-training, right?! If you have some time to give, come and read or sing or watch DVDs with residents. Or come to one of our events, such the traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration we held this week.
I also invite you to drop in at West Marin Senior Services, in the Creamery Building, and learn about all the other services provided to local seniors. You can volunteer by giving rides, delivering meals or just being a friendly visitor; seniors living alone can get so lonely. Senior Services wouldn’t be here without your generous support, and we all want it to be here when we need it. Go to wmss.org for the big picture.
I’m so grateful I had the blessing of receiving magnificent care at Stockstill House, long before—I hope—I need to live there full-time.
Rev. Elizabeth River is an ordained interfaith minister who lives in Inverness.