When it became clear that Isabelle Cheffer needed some help at home, she moved in with her daughter Kathie Beran, with no intention of their living arrangement changing. Kathie and her mother had always been close, and who could provide better care than a loving daughter?
But when Kathie’s father-in-law became sick, she and her husband had to leave town in a hurry. She found out that Saratoga Grove could provide short-term Respite Care on their campus. What that means is that Isabelle would live in a fully-furnished, private room at the senior community. She’d also be able to take advantage of all the amenities that Saratoga Grove residents had access to: 3 hot meals a day cooked by a talented chef, access to healthcare staff 24/7, activities and outings suited to her lifestyle, and so much more.
Kathie and her husband Bob were able to take a worry-free trip to San Diego, knowing Isabelle was in good hands. When they returned, they were surprised to learn that Isabelle wanted to stay at Saratoga Grove.
“I’d always pictured her with me. But I saw how happy she was, how many friends she’d made, and how much everyone there cared for her,” Kathie says. “I knew it was the perfect place for her.”
Isabelle moved in to Saratoga Grove, and Kathie and Bob became active volunteers at the senior community. Their daily visits assured them that Isabelle was in good hands, but it also made them feel like they were a part of the Saratoga Grove family.
Now, years after Isabelle’s passing, they still volunteer at the community, and they take every opportunity to share how much they love Saratoga Grove.
Kathie says, “I tell everyone, ‘We brought Mom for a respite stay, and the rest is history!’”