I was in charge of my step-dad’s medical and financial well-being for over 10 years. I had to become the child-parent. When my step-dad was told he needed care on a 24-hour basis, my world seemed so upside down. I had just had my first child and I thought how could this happen now.
The doctors said my step-dad would only live for a few months – maybe a year. I had to step in as an adult child and take charge and be there for the man who raised me.
I cleaned out his apartment of 40 years and moved everything into storage. My job as child-parent was only to give him the best care and make sure he was going to see his second grandchild. There were no exceptions in my eyes. As I met with doctors, facilities from the state and private pay assisted care facilities, it was clear he was coming home with me for his final recovery. I moved him from Torrance Memorial rehab center to my home in Santa Clarita and employed caregivers on daily basis. I prayed I must find the right place for my dad.
The next day at the office, I had a referral come in who needed help getting a loan for his first facility in Valencia. I asked him what the facility was, and he said “assisted care”. It was the answer to my prayers! I ask when he planned on opening. He said he was in final stages of the license and it should be 6 weeks. So, in exchange for my help in funding his loan, he would help me with the care of my dad.
As my relationship with the facility and its caregivers grew, I felt
really good about making this place my dad’s home. My step-dad moved in and loved his new home! My kids really enjoy visiting their Papa Jimmy.
When this large storm first hit our family, I could not imagine a
calming was ever coming our way. Papa Jimmy lived 9 years longer than what the doctors predicted and I feel really blessed that I could provide excellent care for him.
I want Mulberry Place to be the calming point in your family’s life. Mulberry Place is the place for the families of our residents; a place for the grandkids to come and visit. This is my dream for the families of Tehachapi.
Blessings come in many ways and I know my kids’ “Papa Jimmy” would have loved Mulberry Place. I invite you and your families to tour our facility, meet our caregivers, and have lunch with our residents. See what our residents have to say!
Please bring your kids! My nine year old loves playing cards with Mary, our Laker Fan!
Hope to see you soon!
In Peace and Love,
Mulberry Place Assisted Living
We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our residents
by understanding each individuals needs through our care planning and
social enrichment programs. Our caring staff have a passion to willingly
give of themselves every day and a desire to lend a hand when it’s
needed most. We know families have many choices when it comes to finding
the best living environment for their loved ones. That’s why we are so
proud to offer the warm and caring home-like atmosphere at Mulberry
Place of Tehachapi.
What is the cost of Assisted Living?
The cost of Assisted Living is completely negotiable with Mulberry
Place. It is based on a two factors. One is the level of care that is
needed by the resident. Second is based on any special services you
require (i.e. laundry, errands, etc.).
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living facilities differ from each one. The general rule of
Assisted Living facilities is that they are there to assist with the
Activities of Daily Living. In other words, we provide assistance with
bathing, showering, dressing, walking, transferring, eating, hygiene,
medication management, housekeeping, laundry, cooking, and general
supervision. An Assisted Living facility is not a Skilled Nursing
Facility. There are no nurses or doctors here, however, we do
communicate with both to ensure that your loved one is well cared for.
How is the food?
We at Mulberry Place like to pride ourselves on our ability to be
able to provide a wide variety of dishes. Often times we love to get
family recipes from our residents so that way they have a little bit of
home with them. We provide 3 well balanced meals a day, with a minimum
of two snacks. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have a Director
of Food Services and Operations, Floria Brink. She handles all of our
food, and if there are any special requests will handle them. If a
resident doesn’t like the main meal choice, they may request a
substitution. We try to get the resident’s to eat at least 3 meals in a
day, and try not to let them refuse a meal.
What are the staff’s qualifications?
All of our staff are at least 18 with a high school diploma. They
are trained in how to care for our residents. We do hire Certified
Medical Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, and
other medical personnel.
Do opposite sex caregivers bathe the residents?
We have both male and female caregivers working for us, and sometimes
they do bathe the opposite sex. If one of our residents is not
comfortable with this, we of course take that into consideration and
will switch out the caregiver to accommodate the resident for bathing.
What is the contract?
Just like renting an apartment or house. We have month to month
contracts pretty much stating that in the event you have to move we will
accept a 14 day medical notice or a regular 30 day notice. However, we
do not accept a move out in the middle of the month. The contract is
for month to month, and thus you will be responsible for the full
month. Also, at the time of move-in you are required to submit both
first and last month’s rent.
Is there a move-in fee?
There is a $500.00 Holding/Move-In Fee for all residents. This will
guarantee a particular bed for up to 15 days and will be used to pay for
all of the paperwork that is associated with our facility. This fee is
non-refundable. Also, at the time of move-in we require that first and
last month’s rent is paid. The first month’s rent will be the full
amount regardless of the move-in date.
Why must have a doctor’s order for over the counter medication?
Since we are a California State licensed facility, by law we must
have an order for any and all medication that comes into our facility.
It’s a safety feature to ensure that your loved one is not being “dosed”
to be compliant.
Do you monitor blood pressure, respirations, blood glucose, etc.?
Since we are not a medical facility we cannot monitor any of this.
The resident must be able to do this by themselves. We cannot take the
responsibility for misinterpreting the numbers. We will help them write
down the results if they need assistance.
Is it hard for them to adjust?
A lot of times it is hard for our residents to adjust to living at an
assisted living facility. They may sometimes be used to living by
themselves or with a few family members. Now they have up to 7
strangers around. We try to make the transition as easy as possible
which is why we have decided to make minor changes to a regular house,
that is why our staff wear a certain uniform (so that way it won’t feel
like an institution), that is why there is carpet instead of all tile.
We do all of these little things so it feels like moving from one home
to another. We work with families and residents alike to ensure that
they have personal items to make it feel like home.
Will all the people in the house be like my loved one?
Yes, we try to ensure that we match the personalities of our residents to ensure a peaceful stay here with us.
How are the medications managed?
We have a central medication storage unit in each one of our houses
with those residents’ prescriptions. We communicate with the doctors to
ensure that the medication is the correct medication with the right
dosage before we dispense it. We make sure that the medication is
ordered properly, stored properly, and that we inform you of any changes
that might need to happen.
What will their daily life be like?
We maintain a routine in each house that is tailored to those
residents. It is best to ensure that there is a routine to follow to
make sure that they don’t get more confused. We try to maintain the
routine as if they were at home. Meals are scheduled at the typical
meal times, with an activity in the afternoon.
What is your move out policy?
At Mulberry Place we require either a 14 or 30 day notice. The 14
day notice is based upon a medical emergency and/or death. In the event
of death, the 14 days will start on the first day that all personal
belongings are out of the facility. We only accept thirty days notices
at the end of month previous to start of the move-out month or the
beginning. You will be charged for the whole month in which you move
What kind of activities do you do?
We do all types of activities with our residents. Some examples are:
bingo, drawing, painting, crafts, word puzzles, board games, exercise,
etc. We try to pair up the resident with an appropriate activity. For
instance it’s been proven that coloring and music work really well with
people diagnosed with Dementia, so we do art and music therapy for our
residents with Dementia. For those that wish to go, we help them to be
able to go to the Senior Center in town for exercise and lunch to
stimulate the social interactions with other people.
How often is laundry done?
We do linens and towels a minimum of once a week, more if it is
needed. When we review the contract with you we discuss whether you
want to do your loved one’s laundry or if you want us to do it. We do a
resident’s laundry once a week or as needed for various reasons.
Sometimes we have the resident help with laundry to help them remain
If I decide not to move in after I pay, do I get a refund?
The move in fee is non refundable and goes towards the all the work
that we do in helping you and your loved one to move into the facility.
As far as the first month’s rent, that is non-refundable as well due to
the conditions of our move out policy which states that a move out
notice is to be given at the beginning of the month in which you will be
vacating or the end of the previous month and are held financially
responsible for that month. We do a lot of extra work with your loved
one in the first month they are here to ease the adjustment, as well as
with the primary physician to ensure that everything we need is taken