Too much negativity about senior village

I am getting very annoyed with the continual media degradation of the Summerland Seniors’ Village.

Dear Editor:

Enough negative coverage.

I am getting very annoyed with the continual media degradation of the Summerland Seniors’ Village. This is a wonderful facility that provides a good home to many of our seniors in this community.

The staff are wonderful and caring on a continual basis.

To watch the continual negative coverage brings the real issue to the forefront, that being what role do family members play in the care of our aging parents?

Families need to take responsibility and have a system in place to care for their aging parents, whether they are still in their own one or in a seniors’ facility there needs to be continual care and contact by family members.

Some residents of the Summerland Seniors’ Village do not have family in town but have a daily phone check system in place to ensure their loved ones are safe. If contact is not made, they can phone the facility and request a room check.

The facility offers the availability of a call alert pendant that can be worn 24/7 by the residents and should they fall or get into difficulty, within minutes an onsite caregiver comes right into their suite to assess the situation and get the appropriate help needed.

I know this first hand as it happened to my parent. They fell and within minutes the care staff entered their suite and were able to assess and provide the care needed.

By their own admission, they could never have gotten themselves up off the floor to pull the call button but pressing the button that was worn around their neck was effortless.

Why any family would not want this incredibly valuable service for their parent is questionable. It saved my parents’ life.

The media needs to do a better job of telling the whole story and speaking to all parties.

The many residents at the Summerland Seniors’ Village are not able to get their voice heard as to how this facility supports them every day, but people want to know that this is a wonderful facility and the negativity needs to stop.

Karen Baker

Summerland