In May of this year, a family event would change my life and my outlook. My mother, who is my 83-year-old father’s caregiver fell and broke her hip. The week before she fell, I told her, I thought she was going to fall and break her hip and to give me instructions if that ever happened. My father has COPD, dementia and a sever anxiety disorder; he is almost impossible to handle. My mother never did tell us what to do, but she did write down a phone number and said to ask that person about a residential home. I wrote it down and found a lifesaver, so today, Tucson Biz Beat salutes, Rosa’s Chante Assisted Adult Care Living.
From the moment I went there, Anthony Diaz gave me hope and made me feel that my father would be okay. There was so little work that I had to do because Anthony made sure I had the help. I was concerned because my father gets upset easy, and has sundowners, which is a confused state and extreme agitation once the sun goes down. He assured me that they could handle it, as Rosa’s did what other places do not do; they specialize in dementia and the outbursts and aggressions that go with it.
What I loved even more about this nine bed adult care home was that they worked with these behaviors without over medicating their clients. Staff are trained to work on calming techniques rather than drugging techniques with the residents. Diaz called it “redirection therapy.” This really worked because each time I visited my father, it was quiet and calm and I visited daily and different hours.
When you first walk into this beautiful home, there is elegance to it, yet a homey appeal. I felt right at home. I did not feel like I was at a nursing home. There was nothing there that resembled a nursing home at all. It felt like just being at a friend’s house. Anthony’s goal is to give elderly people a home environment versus an institutional environment. I might add he does a wonderful job.
Anthony says Rosa’s is “one stop shopping” for his residents. Whether it is haircuts, medical treatment or other services, most services come right to the home. They have a holistic health consultant, people who help with grief and loss and even a library that comes to the house. They offer pet therapy, encourage independence while building self-esteem and a caring home atmosphere.
My father tends to “wander” and so I was pleased that they had security in place for those who wander. I felt safe with my father being there and knew he would get his needs met. Rosa’s employees round the clock staff and adds to the Tucson economy. It is a family run business and is very family orientated.
Finally, what I really honored about Rosa’s is the fact the Diaz goes out of his way to talk with families and friends about the aging process and he knows the process well after twenty years of experience. In fact, this September Rosa’s will celebrate twenty years of being opened and they have a lot to brag about. They offer so many services and an affordable price. They are a long-term care facility that helps people age with respect and dignity.
My father is home now, but I still go to Rosa’s Chante Assisted Adult Care Living to visit Anthony and their staff and residents. I still enjoy the fact that every time I go there, it is quiet, clean, and a sense of being home.
So today, Tucson Biz Beat salutes Rosa’s Chante Assisted Adult Care Living and Anthony Diaz for going out of his way to provide long-term care for the elderly. He is always available to talk with families and caregivers if they are looking positive options for their aging loved ones including respite care, and believes in keeping it local and real. Thanks Anthony for all you do for our elderly community in Tucson.