Welcoming the Four-Legged Friends
Welcoming the Four-Legged Friends
When Doris Brodeur started toying with the idea of moving out of her Longmeadow home and into a retirement community several years ago, there were many unknowns. She knew only one thing for sure: her two cats, Willy and Max, were going with her.
Once Doris learned Glenmeadow accepts cats and dogs, we rose from the top of a list of communities in her mind to the only one on the list. “I wouldn’t have gone anywhere without Willy and Max,” Doris says. “Not many places accept cats or dogs, and that was uppermost in my mind.”
Doris has owned and nurtured her felines since they were six-week-old littermates. She picked the orange calicos out of a litter of seven almost 18 years ago. Willy, who is lighter orange in color, and Max, who is darker and has a white bib, have been trusted companions ever since, offering endless affection.
“Some people feel cats don’t express emotions as much as dogs do, but they are very expressive,” Doris adds, as she holds Willie on her lap.
Glenmeadow is dedicated to providing premier services for older adults, nurturing mind, body, and spirit of those we serve and employ. Encouraging new residents to move here with their beloved pets feeds the spirit. We enjoy watching people interact with their four-legged friends, and we take pleasure in knowing our relaxed stance on pet ownership adds a layer of comfort and connection to the transition.
“Having Willie and Max with me definitely makes me feel at home,” Doris says.
Doris had been living on Oakwood Drive in Longmeadow for 10 to 15 years. “It became apparent that it would be helpful for me to not live alone anymore,” she explains.
Because the state of her health limits Doris at times and, occasionally requires brief hospital stays, Doris has also been relieved to discover that our staff will help care for her cats through Glenmeadow at Home.
Along with Doris’ friends, who help when they can, we also assist in feeding the cats, grooming them, cleaning their litterbox, and providing double doses of love and companionship, especially when Doris is in the hospital or in rehabilitation. “Glenmeadow at Home has been especially helpful,” she says. “Whenever I needed someone in a pinch, I knew they’d be there for me.”
Our values at Glenmeadow—caring, compassion, integrity, quality, and stewardship—infuse our culture and guide everything we do. Our mission is to provide care and assistance not only for our residents but for older adults in Greater Springfield.
We offer this assist to the community through Glenmeadow at Home. We take care of pets in the wider region, in addition to offering handyman help—or an assist with downsizing or providing ongoing personal care. We can do the laundry, pay bills, take a local resident to the doctor, or fix a leaky faucet.
Doris is grateful for our commitment level, and she has settled in well here, keeping herself active and engaged. She has enjoyed meeting new people and taking part in a variety of our activities. She especially likes playing Scrabble and other word games and singing in the chorus.
She felt welcome here from the start and is pleased she made the decision to move when she did—even though there was a momentary hesitation to stay put in her home. “Glenmeadow has a much better set-up,” she says. “It’s much more social and engaging to build bonds not with just a caretaker, but with everyone around you.”