Residential Care Homes in Cypress, Texas this week.
Let me tell you what I saw. The first home was neat and tidy on the outside of the home. As I entered the first thing I saw was two smiling faces looking at me. They were two elderly residents sitting at a table anticipating an activity that was getting ready to begin. They were both clean and had their hair brushed. Their eyes were clear and bright and we had a short conversation.
I was then led down a hall to the owners office, equally neat and tidy. Sharon greeted me and as I set down she began to tell me the story of this home and how it had come to be this Residential Care Home.
Later when I was led on a tour it was evident that the whole house was kept clean and neat all the time. I might add that no one knew I would be visiting that day.
The residents I met all seemed to be comfortable in their home.
Sharon told me that this home was a type B Assisted Living Facility and explained that they were licensed by the state of Texas. A type B facility is able to care for someone who may need a higher level of care. This wa a Residential Care home I would feel comfortable placing my family in.
To find our more about this home go to Cypress Assisted Living
Now for the second home who by the way knew I would be visiting. As I drove up the first thing I noticed was the garage door was cracked open about a third of the way. As I got out of me car I could see feet and wheelchairs inside the garage. Not a good first impression.
I was greeted by a gentleman who did not introduce himself but told me I was expected and to come on in and have a seat. The place was not well kept at all. stains all over the carpet, in bad need of painting and just plain dirty looking. It was a nice home in a nice neighborhood just not very well taken care of. One lady was sitting in a recliner slumped over sleeping and the gentleman who answered the door was sitting on the sofa watching TV. He called someone on the phone to let them know I was here. I found out later he was a caregiver.
A lady came out from the back in slippers. It appeared that she had been sleeping. She told me the lady who made the appointment with me was not available but that she would show me around.
The kitchen was not anywhere near clean with food stuff on the counters and stove top. She did open the door leading into the garage to reveal 3 residents who were outside to smoke. There was no supervision and had I not arrived I am not sure they would have been checked on at all.
Though I was told they had been in business for 11 years, they did not have a license. in Texas homes with more than 3 residents must be licensed. When I asked about that they told me it was pending. For 11 years???