"When it was time to think about an alternative living situation for our mother, we faced a difficult situation because none of us children lived nearby, or even within weekend traveling distance. We needed to find a place where we could count on the care and where we knew our mother would be safe and in good hands, yet still be as independent as she could be. As we visited different assisted living possibilities, the first thing I noticed about Elm street is that it did not look like an assisted living home at all! Rather than an institution, you feel as though you are walking into someone's house. From the living rooms to the common kitchen, Elm street feels comfortable. With home cooked meals and devoted staff, it has been a good solution for us. We have been very happy with the care our mother has been able to get at Elm street, giving her as much independence as possible within the framework of an assisted living facility. My mother has always spoken highly of the people who help her and I need not worry, as I used to, about whether she is ok. There is a family feeling to the whole place, cats included, that is simply not possible in other larger institutions."
- Ann Gardiner
"My Mother spent the last 5 years of her life at 56 Elm St. We are from Massachusetts and when the time came that my Mother could no longer live on her own we began the search for a place she could be happy and comfortable but also be safe and have the assistance she needed. She did not do well with any of the options that we found in Massachusetts. The places were all too big with too many staff and too many residents. It was much too overwhelming for my Mom. My brother and his family live in Maine and he found 56 Elm Street. We all immediately fell in love with everything about the place!!! From the home like atmosphere to the beautiful gardens to the amazing staff we found it to be perfect!!
As a child that lived out of state Elm Street was selfishly perfect for me as well as my Mom. I was able to call daily and either the staff would help adjust the phone volume for me to speak with her or would be able to give me a detailed report should she be napping or out at the time of my call. When I would come to visit I was able to make myself right at home the same way I would when I visited my Mother's home. I always brought my little shih tzu with me which was a win - win as all the ladies enjoyed visiting with the puppy.
My Mom passed away in January. I still keep in touch with the staff and keep updated on the other residents as everyone came to be part of our family. I can not say enough wonderful things about Elm Street and all who reside and work there!!!"
- Robin D'Ampolo
"I am so pleased to help spread the good word about our home at 56 Elm St. Willing hands, loving hearts and good cooks care for us in cheerful, homelike surroundings. We are grateful to all who watch over us."
- Clara McGowen, age 92