“The people at Heritage do such a great job. Whenever I go in there — especially before COVID-19 when I was able to go and have lunch with my mom a couple of times a week — they always make sure I have a cup of coffee! They always take care of me just as much as they take care of Mom and the other residents. That’s part of why I feel that they just do everything right.”
Larry Aldrich, Son of Thelma Aldrich, Heritage of Brookstone resident


Thelma Aldrich lived in her Cape Coral, Florida home for decades before relocating in 2012 to Kennesaw and moving into a 55+ independent living community near Larry’s sister. As time went by, Larry and his sister realized independent living was no longer an option for Thelma. “My sister, who had taken on the role of Mom’s primary caregiver, saw that she just wasn’t physically able to continue taking care of herself. And Mom’s dementia was getting to be too much for any of her family to take care of her because she needed 24-hour care,” Larry said. “We started looking around and went to three or four places around the Kennesaw area, since my sister lives in the area and wanted Mom to still be nearby. We both wanted something clean, professional, nice looking and with the memory care we knew she needed. For us, Heritage of Brookstone was that place.”

Larry moved his 97-year-old mom into Heritage in December 2018 and said the move-in was very simple and well managed. “The folks at Heritage recommended we move in some of her furniture and mementoes to make her feel more at home, so we did that. We also bought her new TV and an attachment for the wall so it could be swiveled to make it easy for Mom to watch TV from her armchair or from her bed,” he said. “We bought it, but Heritage installed it and that was really helpful. Mom settled in very well and is just as happy as can be. She loves the attention she gets — all the team members call her Miss Thelma, and that always makes her smile. She really likes the people and they really like her. Megan does her nails and Kay comes in and does Mom’s hair, so she still gets that special attention she deserves even though right now the salon is closed because of COVID-19.”

When it comes to the impact the pandemic has had on his mom’s life at Heritage, Larry feels that, everything considered, it has been minimal. “So far there has not been one single case of COVID-19 at the community. Earlier this year they had the National Guard come in and do a complete sanitization, which was great. I can’t visit Mom as often as I would like to because of visiting restrictions and limitations, but Ariel, the receptionist, is always fantastic in helping me set up an appointment,” Larry said. “In addition, Raphael, the General Manager, has been really great. I can call him any time about anything, and he’s always responsive. Everyone there sincerely cares about each resident and is really good at what they do.”