Resident Testimonial: Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

After meeting with the staff at Grand Oaks, my experience with Sibley, the connection to Johns Hopkins, and the wonderful amenities, I knew Grand Oaks was the place I wanted to call home.

“I hadn’t planned to move to an assisted living community. I was actually looking for a retirement community for a friend. While searching for communities to visit with her, Iona Senior Services referred us to Grand Oaks. In total, we visited four communities, and my friend ultimately chose a different community that fit her needs, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Grand Oaks and my personal connection to the community.

Grand Oaks stood out to me for many reasons, but the most important one was Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Before helping my friend look for an assisted living community, my wife was battling cancer and receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. We were traveling to the hospital three times a month, which was a taxing journey for both of us. Before her passing, she received her treatment at Sibley, which was an enormous relief. During that time, I was able to meet many wonderful people and get an in-depth look at the level of care provided at the hospital. After my wife passed, I lived alone at our apartment and struggled to maintain a healthy diet and daily routine – I knew I needed help.

After meeting with the staff at Grand Oaks, my experience with Sibley, the connection to Johns Hopkins, and the wonderful amenities, I knew Grand Oaks was the place I wanted to call home.

When it was time to move from my apartment to Grand Oaks, I was a little nervous with making such a big transition, but I was also excited to make new friends and have a structured daily routine. Grand Oaks’ help during the moving process made all of the difference. They suggested a moving company, which helped me a lot. When I finally got into my apartment at Grand Oaks, I was welcomed with a spacious, clean apartment filled with natural light and a beautiful view of the D.C. suburbs. Being able to customize my apartment anyway I want with my personal memories and decorations really made Grand Oaks feel like home to me.

I’ve been living at Grand Oaks for seven months now, and fortunately, I’m in good enough shape that I don’t need assisted care yet, but it’s so comforting knowing that I’ll have it available when I need it the most. I’ve been able to make great friends through the clubs and improve my health through my daily care routines with the staff.

I highly recommend Grand Oaks to anyone in the D.C. area looking for an assisted living community. It’s hard to find customized care plans, connections to Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins, and an abundance of activities and amenities all under one roof, but Grand Oaks has all of this and more.”

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