Reasons Why—Our Residents’ Top 10
“Everything—I love it here” – F.K.
Lambeth House is more than a place to live—it’s a more fulfilling lifestyle—complete with freedom from home maintenance, the joy of living among friends, plus thoughtfully planned amenities and conveniences that make everyday more delightful.
Thoughts from an Adult Child
What it means to be a child of Lambeth House
When my mother decided more than 12 years ago to move to Lambeth House, I thought, “O.K., whatever.” With her three children out of state, she said it was the logical move and she kept saying “I do not want to be a burden to you.” The house was sold, then came the move. There was a lot of furniture, things went here, things went there, to brother, to sister, to the thrift shop, to cousins, to Lambeth House and to the trash. I spent my entire Thanksgiving vacation packing things, making five trips a day from Metairie to Broadway. Going from a three-bedroom home to a two-bedroom apartment was a challenge, but it worked. We were all able to go through 20+ years of accumulated memories, souvenirs and, well, stuff. And there was lots of stuff. It took humor, sadness and a lot of “Wow I forgot about that” or, “Oh I always loved that!” Somehow we got it down.
Her new apartment was beautiful. Furniture I grew up with had new places and commanded new attention. “Where did that come from?” was asked more than once, with the answer, “Oh… we had it at the other house.” It was in the dining room or the back bedroom somewhere in the house where I had spent my first 20 years. In her new apartment she was surrounded by the things she loved, moved into the light. It was beautiful.
Now she has made the next step. She has moved to assisted living, because she needs more care. Another move, but just down a few floors. This was the plan, this is what she signed up for many years ago. She knows better than all of us what it meant, and I thank her for it. I have seen my friends caring for their parents in their living rooms, because a hospital bed could not fit into the house—struggling with the daily care required for their aging parents who wanted to stay in their home. I thank her for what she did years ago.
As I moved her things, other residents in the elevator, in the hall, asked “How is your mother?” I said, “She has moved to the 4th floor.” They said, “I am sorry.” I said, “No, don’t be. This is why she and you are here. This is where you want to be.”
As a child of Lambeth House, I say, “Thank you. Thank you for what you have done, for the intelligent choice you made. Thank you for not making me and my brother and sister go through what so many others are going through.” Assisted living is not one foot in the grave. It is the next step in life. My mother is in a place she knows, where she is loved, cared for and surrounded by the things she loves. How perfect.
Now I look in the beautiful room, where my father smiles down from his portrait. I know all is well.
– Helen M.
We recently asked our residents what they enjoy most about living at Lambeth House, click the items in the list below to see what they have to say!
“The everyday pleasure of meeting new friends and seeing “old” ones.”
“I am surrounded by great neighbors.”
The Lambeth House Staff
“Employees are all so kind and helpful.”
“The nicest group … exceedingly helpful and polite, willing to assist residents in every way.”
“Friendly and capable … always available.”
“I love the sense of security I feel being here.”
“Living here gives my children the ability to travel and lead their own lives!”
“Entertainment and programs like exercise class, outings and especially Happy Hour!”
“Something to do all day, every day if you want to.”
“I see the opportunity to widen my interests in ways, appropriate for my age.”
“A perfect meal every day.”
“Tasty, healthy, good meals … with great soup!”
“It’s a joy to live here.”
“Lambeth House feels like home.”
“Refined and gracious.”
“Everyone works together and helps.”
“A convenient uptown location near Audubon Park with a riverfront view.”
“Being near the river … and able to enjoy it from my balcony.”
“Lambeth House provides the ideal place to enjoy living without the day-to-day problems. What’s not to like?”
“I appreciate being free of the responsibility of repair and maintenance of a house.”
“Meets every need … day and night.”
“Opportunity for a wide range of physical activities.”
“Second floor nurses always help if I need it.”
“My privacy is respected.”
“I love my apartment. I feel secure and safe.”