The first view I had was my entrance early evening to Apple Valley. Kudos to Rudy and the maintenance staff in keeping the landscaping so beautiful. The patios throughout the facility are kept clean and inviting. I enjoyed many a morning walk just to see those flowers and plants up close, and to breathe the sweet air.
I even picked a few windfall Gravenstein apples -- they were very tasty.
My stay at Apple Valley was indeed a very instructive, productive and happy one. I decided to make my stay a positive one, to learn as much as I can and to get back to a full recovery.
I am very grateful for the dedication and caring of all the CNAs, Nurses and entire working staff. I learned a lot from the wound care nurses, the floor nurses, the CNAs, OT and PT. They are all responsible for getting me up and walking and regaining my strength.
I am also thankful for the nutritionist lady. Tell her last Wednesday I now weigh 161.1! ;-} I have very fond memories of chef and the kitchen staff -- I really looked forward to each meal and have kept some of the menus for inspiration, as the meals were a great balance of not only nutrition, but all four food groups were represented. It is amazing to prepare individual meals of the quantity needed for the patients yet keep everyone's nutritional and dietary needs every meal.
I have admiration for the housekeeping and maintenance staff, who keep things running smoothly and were very gracious. I had a change of wardrobe due to the kindness of laundry personnel, and Rudy and the other maintenance people were ready to help with whatever needed to be addressed.
All the staff was gracious, even under pressure from certain patients who were not always nice. It is amazing the staff was not given combat pay.
The activities department is a very heartwarming one. I enjoyed listening to the beautiful music and singing and it was good to see different interests represented for the patients to enjoy and participate. If there is ever a talent day with karaoke or a guitarist, can I be a guest vocalist?
I appreciated having computer access and even enjoyed some Spider Solitaire games. I was grateful for the tv, enjoyed the TCM station and other retro tv shows from the 50's and 60's.