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Mom was diagnosed with dementia, my world crashed down around me. Dad had passed away suddenly just three years prior and now I learned mom is slipping away from me. As an only child, the word scared couldn’t come close to describe how afraid I had suddenly become. Mom’s disease would eventually progress and over a relatively short amount of time I had to make a decision. I visited many nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in our area. I thought about assisted living residences but was uncertain mom could be successful there. I needed to do right by my mother and find the best for her, I was determined. Upon walking through the entrance of All American in Raynham I felt like this could be it. I observed a beautiful, new, clean, odor-free facility which was very inviting. The staff were welcoming and friendly. There were plenty of activities going on with many residents participating. The many smiles I observed that day prompted me to inquire further about a potential spot for mom. I toured the residents’ apartments, ate in the dining room, had water in the Bistro and participated in an exercise class. I talked to people in the movie room and a few folks sitting near the fireplace. I grilled the nurses and RCAs about their routine and responsibilities with residents but specifically my mom’s needs. I learned a ton that day but the information gathered from the residents stayed with me…. people were well cared for and most importantly they were happy. I transitioned mom to All American a few weeks later. She celebrated her move in by raising a champagne glass and toasting to “A New Adventure” with friends and family. The staff made this day exciting and joyous which helped mom not only feel welcomed but excited. Mom spent 9 months there which meant I visited every day for 9 months. I became very familiar with the routine as well as with the care and support given to my mom and others. The tenderness of the RCAs was visible. The knowledge of the nursing staff was remarkable. The communication so crucially required for me to sleep well at night, was fluid. I was often impressed with just how patient and compassionate the staff were. I commented countless times that my mom had a family there at All American because she was treated as such. Mom became quite ill and needed to be hospitalized. When it became clear that she wasn’t going to pull out of this I alerted our All American family. The show of support given to mom and I was amazing. Nurses, Activity Coordinators, RCAs visited mom and spent time at her bedside. A few RCAs visited mom at midnight after a long shift. They asked to assist in changing her hospital gown and cleaning her up a bit more. I left the room so they could assist mom. I came back to learn they gave mom a sponge bath, put lotion on her skin, brushed her hair, removed her dentures; scrubbed them and put them back in and lastly repositioned her in bed so that she might rest a bit more comfortably. I have tears in my eyes, writing this, because never before had I witnessed such a display of compassion and love. Choosing All American Assisted Living (Raynham) as the place for mom was the best decision I ever made. I was determined to find the best for my mom and I did just that. We couldn’t have been happier!