I want to take a minute to thank you and your staff for the excellent work you are doing at Cordia. Literally, words cannot adequately express our gratitude.
I think back to my initial conversation with Dad and your Wellness Director as she assessed his suitability to join the members at Cordia. He looked her directly in the eye and, with that gentle don’t-mess-with-me tone of voice, said “I’m not a mixer type of person.” Look at how many things he mixed himself into! Within a few months I was informed that we couldn’t join him for dinner any longer since our presence would unseat one of his regular crew. Shortly thereafter I was informed that grocery shopping on Tuesday was not an option because he was attending the weekly men’s meeting. Drumming for the Christmas Concert??? Never in the 60-plus years I’ve known him would I have ever expected something like that. Deadheading the petunias and watering the gardens were so important to him. He was so proud to feel like he was able to contribute in a small way.
When I hear the commercials for home health care that advocate keeping elders in their own home as long as possible I think “how wrong they are.” Frankly, I used to agree with them until we experienced the atmosphere at Cordia. Our family expected that Dad would pass shortly after Mom left us. They were so close and Dad was devastated. However, we are very sure that the opportunity to interact with other seniors in the unique way promoted at Cordia kept him with us much longer than we ever expected.
You just might find my application to join the concierge on your desk when we decide to retire from our driving career. Thank you again!
– Coralyn Kratky