Ed dreamed of playing pool again. It may not be a big dream for you, but to Ed, it was a big part of his life during the time he appraised real estate. Every Wednesday afternoon, two friends would join him at his office to shoot pool. They also played at JR’s in McConnell. Ronda Toepfer, Quality of Life Coordinator for Azura Memory Care of Monroe, made that dream come true. Not only did she take Ed to Leisure Lanes to play pool again, she asked his family to bring in his old pool stick so he would have that too! Ed was in his glory and enjoyed every moment. He even gave Ronda a lesson or two. After shooting pool, they ordered appetizers and enjoyed a beverage.
“I am trying to get him out weekly,” commented Ronda. “The improvement and confidence in Ed continues to grow each time. It is amazing to watch. He really plans out his moves and will recommend moves to others. I think it sort of makes him feel like a ‘man’ when he orders that O’Douls too. I’ve now asked another resident, Gene, to join us. And, Phyllis is just along for the fun.”
Ronda, you really went above and beyond. This is a great example of providing a quality of life at Azura that resembles the lives our residents knew prior to this disease. Thank you for living our Core Values. By helping Ed do something he only dreamed of doing again, you help him Recover. You were truly Creative in thinking outside of the box not only in finding him a way to shoot pool again, but also to have his old pool stick. You are certainly one of Azura’s Finest people.
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse