John and Sylvia Griffin devised a unique solution to putting their four children through college: open an assisted living facility! As a dermatologist in the late 1980s, Dr. John Griffin treated numerous older adults and realized those who lived alone revealed needs that were not being met, but their requirements were not so severe that they warranted a nursing home stay. At that time, the assisted living concept was in its infancy, so Dr. Griffin and his wife, Sylvia, a registered nurse, decided to start their own retirement option to meet the needs of the aged in their community. Sylvia Griffin took on the building of Cherry Blossom Cottage while her husband John worked at his career as a physician. Before opening, the children even helped with the aesthetics: cleaning, doing yardwork, etc. Established in 1989, the home earned its keep by indeed helping to put the last of the Griffin brood through college, ten years later. Now, daughter Rebecca Meadowcroft runs and co-owns the establishment with her three brothers.
Cherry Blossom Cottage features charming décor and lovely landscaping. The warm, home-like atmosphere is appreciated by the residents, who populate 40 private apartments and enjoy all the basic utilities, including individual temperature control. Beauty and barber shops are right on premise for guest convenience.
"I’m happy that we can provide a needed service and offer a safe, loving environment to our residents", says Ms. Meadowcroft. She also stresses that the administration is able to go above and beyond what other facilities can offer in terms of certain levels of care since the home is family-run and does not have to answer to a parent corporation. Just take a look at the long list of services provided:
“We realize families struggle through this process of selecting the right home for their loved ones.” Residents’ physical needs as well as their emotional well-being are always considered. Ms. Meadowcroft loves that the facility can handle resident support utterly through end of life. “Not all retirement options provide care through the end, and it’s very difficult for the older person and their families to go through numerous moves.” The folks at Cherry Blossom Cottage considers this selection to be the final stop.
|Apartment Size||Independent||Basic||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
(302, 303, 312, 325, 326, 329)
|XL One Bedroom
(327, 328, 330)
Monthly rent is based on the level of personal service needs for each resident. Increases in the level of care are subject to change month to month, without notice and are based on the resident’s needs. These needs will be identified during the initial evaluation, quarterly and as needed. Each resident will be given a notice for the yearly rent increase.
When two people are renting an apartment, the resident with the higher level of care pays at the regular apartment price for that level of care. The resident with the lower level of care is priced at the second person rate.
The resident’s level of care is determined after a thorough evaluation which determines which services will be performed for the resident, the frequency of those services as well as the duration of the services. This final evaluation assigns a total number of points to the resident. Those points then determine the level of care the resident will be at.
|Independent||Basic||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
|Point Spread||0-10||11-30||31-50||51-70||71-110||111-130||131-160||160 + @ $32.00/point|
Activities/Recreation, Beauty/Barber Shop, Chapel Services, Internet Access, Private Dining Room, Gardens/Outside Patio, Facility Parking, Private Laundry, Guest Meals, Room Service, Pharmaceutical Service, Transportation