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Real-Life Story - The Crossings at Falls Run

Real-Life Story - The Crossings at Falls Run

When Ralph and Patti Myers went to an open house at The Crossings at Falls Run, they enjoyed great company and a delicious meal—and they decided to stay. Located in Fredericksburg, Va., The Crossings offers a full continuum of senior living options, from independent living to assisted living and memory care.


Ralph and Patti began searching for a retirement community after he started to show signs of Parkinson’s disease. “We wanted to find a place where he could get the assistance he needed, and we also thought having all our meals prepared sounded great,” said Patti.

The couple had previously moved from their single-family home to an active adult community. However, following Ralph’s diagnosis, they quickly realized that they would need additional assistance. They began looking at retirement communities with a full range of care options, so they would have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that increasing levels of care are available if needed.

“We looked at various places, and when we came here we just knew,” Patti recalled. “The staff was so friendly; the meal was wonderful; everything was so nice.”

Since moving, the Myers have already benefitted from the continuum of care available at The Crossings. Following a hospitalization, Ralph was able to return to the on-campus rehabilitation center to get the care he needed. Now several weeks into his rehab program, he is receiving occupational and speech therapy and is really flourishing under the expert care.

“He goes to his therapy and then gets on the elevator and comes back home,” noted Patti. “He comes back glowing. He’s really getting excellent care.”

In addition to quality care, the Myers are also enjoying making new friends and attending the community’s many special events. “I have made so many friends here. I really haven’t met anyone who wasn’t friendly,” Patti said.

During the holiday season, the couple participated in a Santa Claus party, complete with a holiday buffet and gingerbread house building. They also enjoyed the annual Easter celebration, featuring a buffet, an egg hunt and face painting for the grandchildren.

Providing experiences like these for the residents is one of the great aspects of working in a retirement community, according to Executive Chef Ole Agerholm. A native of Denmark, Ole has worked for high-profile clients including state and national politicians, but he found his calling working with senior residents.

“We have relationships with all the residents, and that is so important,” said Ole, who leads a resident walking group and encourages his staff to connect with the residents as well. “This is like a family and that’s what it’s really about: being a family.”

Ralph and Patti Myers are certainly happy to be a part of the extended family that Ole is feeding.

Published: April 2014

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