The following are letters from families of previous residents of the Home
Words cannot express my family’s heartfelt gratitude for the tireless efforts on the part of the entire staff of the Record Street Home for the Aged. My family and I feel truly blessed for having had them as a part of our life and my Mom’s life for eight years. There is truly a loving and caring atmosphere that envelops you from the first moment you enter the home. Everyone from the volunteer greeter at the front door to the kitchen staff, nurses, aides, Big Sisters and board members make you feel like you are part of one big happy extended family. Their calling to care for the sick and infirmed is extremely noble and the members of my family have never witnessed it done anywhere with more kindness and compassion. The Record Street Home for the Aged is a true gem within Frederick County.
Son of Mildred Wade
My mother spent ten wonderful years at RSH. She continually expressed how happy she was there and how she was kept busy interacting with other residents, working on crafts, etc. She was an outgoing person, but did not always have a lot of self confidence and tended to concentrate on her ailments before entering RSH. All of this changed once she moved in. She became an "actress" in the RSH Players, led devotions, became official card-sender, crocheted for the craft bazaar and made many many good friends. She often talked about how quickly someone would be there to check on her if she only sniffled! She felt she was in very good hands and so did her family. Record Street is not a typical "assisted living" facility. Just the atmosphere of a Victorian Home, with its beautiful parlor makes the residents feel they are not in a "clinical" environment all of the time. I'd recommend RSH to anyone, but prepared to live a longer time than you might have otherwise, because the good care they receive, as my mother was 90 and that is young compared to some!
Susan Roth Smyers
I am so grateful that my Mother spent her last ten years of life at Record Street Home. She chose to move to Frederick after spending twenty independent retirement years in Florida. She recognized that her need for assisted living care was looming in the near future. Record Street Home uniquely provided that and life care.
The home is located in beautiful, historic, downtown Frederick. Mother's room overlooked Baker's Park. Meals were served three times a day in the formal dining room. There were many activities including crafts, card games, rides in the country, visits to the mall, a strawberry festival, Bible studies, sing-a-longs, special programs, and always a "big sister" to spoil you with attention. The opportunity to make new friends in her waning years of life filled her days with happiness. I, too, felt a part of the Record Street family being able to visit anytime and enjoy the fellowship of residents and staff. Afternoon visits with Mother in the garden remains a treasured memory for me. I would encourage you to visit Record Street Home for a taste of excellent retirement living.
Daughter of Sara Ashbaugh
My mother lived in the Record Street Home for over 10 years. I say "lived", instead of "stayed," because it really is a home, not just a place to stay. Many places, unfortunately, are merely "warehouses" for old people. Record Street has very much a "home" atmosphere, a cozy home. It was converted from an impressive private home and was recently expanded.
Two large parlors are appointed with period furniture, a piano, paintings and antiques. High ceilings give all the rooms’ spaciousness and plenty of light. A large recreation room has tables for games, computers, library, large TV, lots of potted plants, and lively aquarium.
Doors open to a lovely Victorian-style garden with plenty of seats to sit and ponder. Flowering trees and bushes attract butterflies and birds.
As you may guess, I visited often and was invited to Holiday and Birthday meals, and sometimes when the kitchen staff planned to cook a meal I especially liked and informed my mother.
I became acquainted over time with several cooks. All were caring, health conscious, and obviously took pride in their profession. The serving staff was always kind and personal and took great interest in the "Ladies." A "family atmosphere" prevails.
This extends also to the nursing staff, all great professionals, but with a personal touch. Appointments are made with physicians and specialists outside, but some specialists come to the Home on a regular basis.
The Activities Director, Brenda, fills the week with special events, musical activities, visiting performers and speakers, games, but no pressure is applied to participate on a regular basis. For those who are unable to attend religious services outside, services are scheduled at the Home. Some attend both.
Now, why is this Home so different from many others? First, it is a non-profit organization. It is set up to serve the "ladies," not the shareholders. Secondly, generous citizens of Frederick County saw the need and established an endowment to cover some of the costs. But, most importantly the Home has always been well managed by the leading ladies of the County, the "Board ladies."
I have met many of them and am deeply impressed. I also serve on Boards of non-profit organizations, but the Record Street Board is very unusual. Good management can be seen in all successful organizations; otherwise they would not be "successful." But, the Record Street "Board Ladies" go far beyond. They take a personal interest in every "Lady" (resident). They take them shopping, to medical appointments, errands, etc. etc. My mother received gifts for Holidays and was invited out to homes.
As a result, on average, the "Ladies" live way past expected "life-expectancy." Centenarians are not uncommon among them. One authored books when she was past 100. That gives "Record" Street Home another meaning. Perhaps comparative life-expectancy would be a realistic measure of quality of care. If so, Record Street would set the record.
The following are excerpts from residents' statements when asked “Why did you choose Record Street Home to live?”
“It is the best of any other Homes! Stress free and truly caring staff. Transportation as needed. Medicines and physical needs by professionals. Good environment, food, activities. I couldn’t ask for more and am very happy to have made this choice five years ago.”
“The Record Street Home was my choice of my care and needs...” “Good food, good care and recreation.”
“I am so glad I came here to live out my day.”
“A very good neighbor and friend was coming in here and told me about it. Since I couldn’t drive any more and had to depend on someone to take me every where because of failing eyesight I decided it was for me. Mostly for security.”
“1. Location-downtown Frederick gives a person many options
2. Financial-situation much better than paying monthly fee
3. Large enough to have all the services but small enough for a resident to know staff and staff know resident
4. The Christian influence and studies”
Another resident was told by a friend, “Record Street Home would be a nice place for me, I would get good care here, and I do get good care.”
“More like home. It’s clean without the odors so prevalent to nursing homes. The nursing care is always there. Managers are available to help with any problems that arise. Food and medical supplies included ….. no extra cost.”