– Susan Berman, Daughter of Sara Scott, The Atrium at Boca Raton resident
Sara Scott, a resident of the South Florida area for more than 30 years, had been living at another assisted living community prior to her move to The Atrium. Previously, Susan’s mom had lived with her until Susan realized she couldn’t give her all the care she really needed. “My house doesn’t have any handicapped access and I was worried that if she had a fall when I wasn’t right there with her, which was becoming more common, that I might not be able to help her up or get her medical treatment as quickly as she might need it.” That’s when Susan began looking at assisted living communities and helped her mom move into one.
Susan and her 95-year-old mom really liked the first community where Sara lived. “It was wonderful,” she said. “But because it didn’t accept the medical benefits that would enable her to afford to live there long-term, after a while affordability became an issue.” That’s when Susan started looking at other assisted living communities in the area. In addition to accepting her mom’s benefits, Susan wanted a community where her mom could continue to be able to live in a little apartment of her own and for the community to either be new — like the previous community — or newly renovated. The Atrium at Boca Raton turned out to be just what she and her mom were looking for.
“I wanted everything about the community to be appealing to her, and to me, and The Atrium was. And, because it’s less than 10 minutes away from my house, it makes visiting very convenient. Plus,” she added, “everyone is very warm and welcoming, and that’s important to me, too, because my mom tends to not want to participate in things and needs encouragement to motivate her and help keep her from being depressed.”
She said her mom gets a lot of encouragement from The Atrium’s Salus™ Coach Maria Omana, because they both speak Spanish and enjoy talking with each other in a language they love. In addition, she’s made a special connection with Maria and with Wellness Director Simmone Dunkley. Susan expects her mom’s connections with other residents will happen once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.