When time came that my sister, Grace could not stay in her home of over sixty years, we started our search for an assisted living home for her. Her doctor recommended The Gardens to us. We visited several homes, but none compared to what The Gardens offered her and us. The transition to her new home was made very smooth by the supportive staff that worked with us and her to make sure all of our needs were met. My sister Grace could not be happier in her new home.
The staff at The Gardens keep my wife and I informed of Grace’s needs and health as well.
We are so very happy with the services the Gardens provide us and my sister Grace.
James P. , brother
I love The Gardens at Calvary! Our family has been personally involved with The Gardens since my mother-in-law and father-in-law moved in, in 2005. They both loved The Gardens and were extremely happy with their care. They were treated like family for almost eight years – she until 2009 and he until 2013.
My mom has been there now for over three years. I know she is safe and well cared for at the Gardens. The staff is cheerful, attentive, sensitive to needs, and eager to assist.
The food is really good, the fellowship is sweet, and there is a wide variety of well-planned activities for the residents to choose from.
I have peace of mind knowing that my mom is loved and well cared for.
Pam D. , daughter
We feel blessed to have a place like the Gardens at Calvary for our mother’s retirement home. We use the word “home” because that’s exactly the way she feels about the Gardens. Making a change in residence can be an anxious time especially for a senior; however, it didn’t take long for Mom to fall in love with the Gardens.
The place is attractive and doesn’t look like the stereotypical assisted living facility. From the private balconies, to the fireplace in the Florida room, to the attractive dining area, to the char lined hall ways the facility almost has the appearance of a resort lodge. The only thing more beautiful than the physical facilities is the loving and caring staff. One can sense they see their work not just as a job but as a ministry.
While mother appreciates the myriad of activities provided such as guest entertainers, games, and field trips, she especially appreciates the chapel service every week led by Brother Norman. She has always been a regular church attendee and in the last year before the move she was unable to drive to church. She’s now happy she can attend services at the Gardens. Her own testimony is she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
We highly recommend the Gardens to anyone who might need assisted living care. In fact, we are so sold on the Gardens that we have told our children, should the time come when we might need extra care, the Gardens at Calvary is the place we want to live.
Paul & Sherry, children
God blessed Us when We were looking for a place for Bess. Gardens was Our first choice and, when we went to look at Calvary Joy and her staff could not have been nicer. It was Joy who convinced Bess to try them out. There was only one room available and we knew God had blessed Us. Since being there, Bess has made new friends, joined in the activities, and feels at home. Joy and the staff have made her and us feel welcome and have helped us in many ways. We are very content that Bess is in a good and safe place and it gives us great comfort, especially since Jim has to be out of town a good bit. We can not thank them enough. We appreciate all they do and have done.
Thank You So Very Much!!
Love!! Claire and Jim, children
I love my (the) freedom here, but know there is assistance when I need it.
Mack S. , resident
Dear Jeannie, Joy and all the people here at the Gardens who help me everyday,
I just want to say “Thank you” for all you do for me everyday. I know I’m a very big responsibility, and I so appreciate your willingness to accept me into your family here at the Gardens.
You spend so much time and effort making sure that I have the best quality of life that I can possibly have. I feel not only your concerns but also your love and caring for me.
Again, thank you all for being the very special people you are.
With Faith, Hope and Love through Christ Jesus,
Elizabeth D. , resident
No more “Home alone.” Welcome instead, “Home Sweet Home.”
Tom L. , son
At eighty four, my mother was extremely active, healthy and independent. Very unexpectedly, she experienced two bouts of acute illness, hospitalizations, rehabs, and was told by her physician that she could no longer drive. Since we do not live in Columbus and Mom did not want to leave, my brother and I began researching assisted living places in Columbus. We visited several, and became convinced that The Gardens of Calvary was the best place for Mom. One of the greatest recommendations I heard was from a physician’s assistant whose mother -in -law had been at The Gardens. She told her family just before she died that it was the happiest year and a half of her life. That sealed the deal for me!
Mom was placed on the waiting list. When I got the call to tell us of an opening, I immediately had this sick feeling in my stomach. It was time to make the dreaded decision to move Mom away from the comfort and security of her home. I had the unwanted task of telling Mom about the opening. It was a few weeks before Christmas, and Mom was quick to tell me that she did not want to make important decisions this close to Christmas. I told her that I understood, but others were waiting as well.
I read Jesus Calling for my morning devotional. That particular morning, the first lines were: I am taking care of you. Feel the warmth and security of being enveloped in My loving Presence. I am in control of every detail of your life. One of the verses was Romans 8:28- For we know that all things work together for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. This was awesome. God was speaking right to my mom and me. I started our talk by sharing this with Mom and explained that we wanted her to be safe, comfortable and happy. We wanted this all important decision to be hers to make. We did not want to force her. My brother and his wife, my husband and I all took Mom to the Gardens to look at the apartment that was available. We then went to the private dining room to discuss matters. Before we knew it, Mom surprised us by saying that she was ready to come to the Gardens. The family was all set to have a discussion that weekend, but no need.
Mom has been at The Gardens for over three months now. It has been the most amazing experience. I have told many people that the working there is more than a job for the staff. They truly care about the elders, as they call the residents. The compassion is evident. I can see caring in their eyes and actions, and hear it in their voices. Everyone is friendly, accommodating, patient, and helpful. It may sound strange, but after a visit with my mother, I find myself feeling so happy. My drive back to Atlanta is a breeze- I know my mother is happy, safe and in the best place for her. I am so grateful to God for leading us to the Gardens.
Beth F. , daughter
As we age, there are times when we can no longer “run and not grow weary”. Sometimes we come to a place where we can not walk without someone holding our hand. I am grateful to live in a place where there is a Christ like love, compassion and concern that is extended with a hand that lifts us up and meets our needs.
John S. , resident