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Assisted living facility proves to be the right choice.

When gastroenterologist Jeff Breiter, MD, closed up his practice, retired and moved from Connecticut to Florida three years ago, he didn’t stop caring for others. He simply shifted the bulk of his focus to his mother, Geraldine.

Jeff Breiter, MD, chose Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care for his mother.

Jeff Breiter, MD, and Geraldine Breiter

Now 92, Geraldine was residing in an independent living community in Palm Beach at the time, but she recently became a widow and suffered a couple of falls, including one that resulted in a brief hospital stay.

“Because of the falls and everything, I thought it would be better for my mother to live closer to me,” says Dr. Breiter, who moved to the Palm Coast area. “She agreed to that, so I moved her to another independent living facility here in Palm Coast.”

That was in May of 2016, and despite losing some stability in her gait, Geraldine adjusted well to her new surroundings. She made new friends easily and remained very active, participating regularly in community activities, events and outings.

As the end of her second year in her new home approached, Dr. Breiter began to notice some changes. Geraldine was interacting with others less than before and had become forgetful of things, most notably her prescribed medications.

As he monitored those changes over the course of the next few months, Dr. Breiter became convinced that his mother needed more care, so he began to look for an assisted living community that also provided memory care.

Five Levels of Care

His choice was Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care, a newly opened, pet-friendly senior living community that offers studio and one and two-bedroom suites as well as five levels of customized care for residents such as Geraldine, who moved there last fall.

“Our levels of care begin with minimal assistance, such as medication management, and move up to include incontinence care, shower assistance, housekeeping and maintenance,” explains Sandra Davis, Executive Director of Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care.

“We also have a full gym complete with exercise equipment, and we conduct yoga classes, cooking classes, painting classes and music classes as part of our vast array of daily activities that includes a movie every night with popcorn in our beautiful movie theater.

“We all gathered in the movie theater to watch the Super Bowl this year, and of course we provide three delicious Chefprepared meals a day that include an assortment of homemade soups, entrees, desserts and breads.

“It’s really a gorgeous community, and we are actually quite honored that Dr. Breiter, being a physician himself, chose us for his mother’s care. He’s very involved in her care, and she seems to be very happy with the care she’s been receiving.”

Dr. Breiter agrees. He said he chose Sabal Palms in part because it is located close to his home, but also because he was impressed by the array of amenities and the fact that it’s a new community. The real draw, however, was the customized levels of care that are offered.

“The staff is very attentive, and my mother needs that because things are changing with her,” Dr. Breiter confides. “For example, she has some incontinence issues now, but they look after that and do a good job of making sure she gets her medicines.

“She’s quickly become very comfortable and happy at Sabal Palms. She knows all the staff members by name and goes on a lot of the outings that they have for the residents. She’s doing very well there.

“I’d say she is definitely more comfortable there than she was at the independent living facility, and there’s no question I’d recommend Sabal Palms for others. There’s a huge need for facilities like it, given that people are living longer and sometimes need more care as they age, and this is one of the best.

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