My father joined the Sundara community a week ago. He is very happy there. It is a loving community where he gets the best care possible. Now that I know my father is safe and being well cared for, I get to go back to enjoying being his daughter, instead of his caregiver. I love my evening visits that we spend laughing and enjoying each other. The decision to move him was hard, but the right thing to do. Selecting Sundara Senior Living was the best decision I could have ever made for him.
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We finally found a home for mom. After having gone through an emergency move out from her previous facility, she has settled in very nicely and is happier than we’ve have seen her in years. She had become very withdrawn and uncommunicative which we were told was just a normal part of her decline with her condition. She has advanced dementia and has declined to a point of being immobile and relies completely on caregivers to do everything for her. We had wanted to move her before but were told moving her would be very dangerous so, we were afraid. Finally we had no choice due to her failing condition and them not keeping up with her needs.
Staff at Sundara have been amazing. They smile and talk to family members, and other staff, as well as their residents. It is owner operated and the owners truly show that they care about the resident well being as well as their physical being and they show it every day. My mother is Japanese and the one joy she had in life was enjoying the rituals and foods of her culture. Sundara is the first residence that has embraced her culture difference and been willing to nurture those needs and it shows in my mothers change. She smiles again, she communicates again and she is content where she lives again and that is everything for any aging parent who has already been stripped of life when they have dementia. The icing on the cake though, along with nurturing her emotional needs, is keeping her out of bed and engaged with things she enjoys instead of just parking her wheelchair in a party environment, which she never enjoyed in real life. They keep her fed, they are excellent at keeping both her and her room clean and cared for, she now gets her medication when she needs it there keeping her hydrated (even making her her favorite Japanese green tea), and they keep her dressed like any normal person.
I’ve had the pleasure of watching this community being built from the ground up. I’ve also been able to watch first hand and see the care and concern that the owners have put into this community; down to the finest of details. Knowing that every little detail was carefully calculated in order for a loved one’s need really sets this community apart. The passion, drive and experience of the staff here really are second to none.
My career revolves around senior care. If you’re familiar with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it seems that a simple but overlooked concept is that people who have memory loss thrive in a smaller community setting. It breaks my heart when I walk into any community with a larger case load; to me the residents aren’t able to get the support that they require. Sundara’s design for a smaller, more intimate setting allows for a better quality of life with those diagnosed with memory loss. This is a great way for anyone’s family member to live out their life. Instead of being a number, they’re an actual member of a tiny family unit at Sundara.
Another thing that sets apart Sundara is it’s pricing. Sundara Senior Care does not believe in charging for different levels of care, and they don’t believe in any sort of add-on’s or up-charges. This is invaluable – fixed fee and all-inclusive pricing is an amazing benefit to this community. First hand, I know that it can be difficult to anticipate the costs associated with long-term care for a loved one and this is an absolutely amazing concept.
When it comes time to look at options for my own family, I will look no further than Sundara Senior Care. I am confident based on my observations and understanding of this community that it is the perfect option.
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Sundara is the “one” dementia-supportive environment in town that I urge everyone of my clients to see and experience. From the small, home-like environment to the individualized Care each resident receives, Kelli and her staff have thought of everything. Her deep knowledge of the disease process coupled with her caring spirit, she gives every family the personal touch they need. I recommend this community as often as I can.
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