|The temporary banner at the gate will have to do till a proper signage is put up.|
So there I was, on a Monday afternoon at the gate of White Dove Retirement Nursing Home along busy Jalan Penchala, PJ. I had called earlier to make an appointment. The timing was great as Dr Ivan Bernard was there as well to check on the residents. He and his wife Sheela set up the two White Dove homes when they realized there was a growing number of elderly people in need of good nursing care.
The pictures below will give you an idea of the facilities at White Dove.
|The little garden outside with benches along the wall. Look for homes that have plenty of greenery, and areas where the residents can relax, and take in some fresh air and sunshine.|
|The tea room and living room. Plenty of space to move around in. But I would definitely remove the carpet. The floor should be clear of any objects that might cause an elderly person to trip and fall.|
|A view of one of the dormitories. No rugs here to cause falls. Clean, bright and airy, with basic furniture. The elderly have few personal belongings, so a simple stack of drawers should suffice. The screen offers some privacy when needed.|
|The entrance to No. 95. A sizable bungalow converted into a retirement home for independent retirees who require minimal or no nursing care.|
|The cosy living room is like any you would find in a typical upper middle-class house.|
|The well-lit corridor leading off to rooms on both sides. Flowers everywhere in paintings, in vases and in every room.|
|A 3-bed room tastefully done up for those who prefer company and lower rates.|
|The dining room with the kitchen in the background. I don't see the need for the grill door separating the two rooms, unless there is a safety reason for it.|
|Sheela and her husband Dr Bernard. Friendly and caring - the qualities all nursing care professionals must have besides the relevant paper qualifications and experience.|
|This wall panel caught my attention as I was about to wrap up my visit. "LOVE, PEACE, HOPE" - Well chosen words that bring comfort to the elderly. The challenge is for White Dove Homes to continue providing all three to those in their care.|
There are other things to bear in mind when deciding on a nursing home. Is the support staff suitably qualified and trained? What is the staff to resident/client ratio? Are there regular visits from doctors? Are there provisions for hospital/clinic visits? What about social activities and outings? Check out the menu as well. Ask the right questions to get a clear picture of the services and facilities provided before you decide if this is where you want your loved one to spend the rest of his days.
For more information about White Dove Homes, you can contact Sheila at 016-3915819 / 012-9234389, or call the home at 03-77822413.
The address is White Dove Retirement Nursing Home, No.75, Jalan Penchala, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
POSTSCRIPT: White Dove has since moved to new premises located at
White Dove Retirement Nursing Home
No.15, Lorong 4/49E,
46050 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Phone : 603-
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Homepage : www.whitedove75.com
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For a complete checklist of what to look for in a nursing home, please click on Full Circle of Care.