My father moved into Canterfield in late December, 2013. After a couple months his behavior required that he move into the Memory Care area of Canterfield. In late April, 2014, he acquired round –the- clock nursing care which allowed him to move out of Memory Care and to the 3rd floor of Canterfield. At each stage of his experience we have found Canterfield to be an ideal living situation for him. The staff has consistently been friendly, attentive, caring and professional.
As his needs changed the director worked diligently to find the best arrangement for him. She offered information and guidance and really listened to our concerns. The dining room staff is well-informed of his food preferences and tries to provide his favorites, especially at breakfast. The maintenance staff is willing and responsive to requests. If the toilet needs attention, it happens quickly. The nurses are knowledgeable. During his first few months before he had his own nurses, there were several consultations which provided valuable information about available care. We appreciate the variety of “common areas” in the facility that provide experiences outside of his room. It is wonderful to have the beautiful piano in the lobby. My dad often plays it as well as the one in the theater room. He also uses the exercise room, although his ability limits him to one little piece of equipment. Our overall experience with Canterfield is very positive. At almost 95, my father can no longer live in his home alone and this provides a warm, attractive, supportive environment for him. When I leave after my visits I know that he is in a good place. If I ever have any concerns the staff is a phone call away.
In January of 2014, my parents, Hilda and Earmel Bean were both admitted to the hospital. My mother with congestive heart failure, my father with a broken vertebrae in his back. This made me realize that I needed to start looking for an assisted living community in the Oak Ridge area.
After touring area facilities, it was time to discuss moving from their home of over 60 years to Canterfield of Oak Ridge. Though not an easy decision to make, we decided that it was time to make the move. My parents moving to Canterfield has been a blessing. They were welcomed by the staff and residents. I know the staff will be there for us whenever we need them, even if we just call the front desk to check on them. My mother has since passed away but my father very much enjoys the comforts of living at Canterfield. I think the entire staff and residents who knew my mom attended her funeral, and she was only there for a short period of time. The friendships that they have both made and continue to make warms my heart. I cannot say enough about the care that he receives on a daily basis. Every visit that I make to see my dad, he always tells me how much enjoys living at Canterfield. I know on my drive back to Lexington that my father is safe, well taken care of, and happy. I would recommend this community to anyone looking for an assisted living facility.
I made the decision in April of 2014 to move to Canterfield after living alone a few years and realizing my house was too much to keep up. While the decision was an emotional one and logistically difficult, the Canterfeld team made the transition as smooth as possible. The family atmosphere that is fostered here makes it feel more like home than I expected. I consistently feel that our input is welcome in planning activities. The sensitivity to us as a group and as individuals is evident in all aspects of our daily care. Thank you Canterfield.
My husband, DH Johnson, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in September 2000. He was diagnosed very early so we had about 4 good years before caregiving became more and more of a challenge for me. Early on, DH decided that when the caregiving burden became too much for me, he wanted me “to find the best memory care facility” I could and place him there. About a year before I estimated that this would be the case I made the decision that I wanted him to be in Oak Ridge, near friends and our medical and dental resources, and I began visiting and evaluating memory care facilities in Oak Ridge. When the time came for that difficult decision I reviewed the information I had gathered, revisited my top choices, and unequivocally decided on Canterfield of Oak Ridge. The rooms were large and cheerful, the facility was pleasant and attractive, and most important, the staff was demonstrably focused on the care and well-being of the residents.
DH moved to Canterfield June 6, 2016, initially living in regular assisted living for about a month until he needed to transfer to Memory Care. I followed advice I had read in many books about Alzheimer’s and placed him in Canterfield “sooner rather than later,” which I am convinced made the transition easier for him. His condition has gradually deteriorated, which is normal for this dreadful disease, but he is well-adjusted to his routine and surroundings and seems peaceful and often cheerful. He is now under Hospice care. Throughout, the staff at Canterfield has been caring, professional, patient, and tirelessly focused on making his and my lives as manageable and pleasant as possible. More recently, Hospice staff have likewise been enormously caring and supportive of DH, me,and all family members and friends who love DH. I cannot imagine him having a better life during these stages of his disease anywhere other than Canterfield.