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925 W Northland AveAppleton, WI 54914
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3151 Eden CtOshkosh, WI 54904
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Walking into the community gives you a warm feeling of WELCOME!! Staff is friendly and very helpful. I encourage you to take a tour. They have wonderful activities and events every month. The community is Assisted CBRF Living with a Memory Care Community. Their food includes four options every meal. Delicious.
The Facility is very friendly and overall welcoming. The residents are always doing group outings or activities. The staff is very professional and the meals are wonderful and the residents overall are express their love for where they live. The residents are very engaged and collaborate together for all sorts of activities. When I walked in they were immediate to tell me how they have pop corn and movie nights pajama days, pizza parties, Meal of choice nights from a restaurant. They talked about all of the outings they have been on and how soon they were even going to a baseball game. you know its an overall great place when even the residents are welcoming. They even offer a private family sitting room so you can have conversations with your family members with out interruptions. They are extremely accommodating and even through birthday parties and have theme nights. Most of the facilities we have toured have had an activity schedule but we have yet to wittiness the residents actively engaged that is until we came here the residents were having their nails painted and coloring and they were doing puzzles WOW!!! and one of the residents said "Its like this every day, yesterday we built bird houses and fed the birds." What an amazing feeling to know that my family could trust that if we place our uncle here he will always have something to do...
Very unprofessional here. Outdated and unsanitary. Would not recommend this place to live or work. Food is gross, caregivers are overworked, no nurse on sight, unclean, and lies are told!
Jason is an amazing manager and is extremely accommodating. The property is very large and feels very safe. It's also in a good part of town and very close to a lot of essentials. If you ever have a problem, Jason will be happy to help! He does a great job and will make you feel right at home.
As a current resident of this complex I can honestly say this place is great, and I really dont have a bad thing to say about it. To be honest, in my apartment search - reading the negative reviews concerned me a bit, but I did my research and ended up renting here anyways... and this is a great little place to live! Addressing all the negative reviews on here so far:- This complex is NOT crime galore. Believe me, I have family members in law enforcement and asked them if this place has officers responding alot. The answer? No more than any other neighborhood. Being that this complex is on the bigger side (20 building with 8-10 units each), the occasional police visit to people ratio is really low. I would not live here with my 1 year old if this was not a safe community. On top of that, every applicant goes through a background check before being approved.- Loud Neighbors? Yeah... I don't know how to respond to that since it's not really a complex issue - it's the issue of you having a rude neighbor. Any complaints of maintenance fixes are addressed right away... or have been for me.The pros:- No pet security deposit. This place is pet friendly, and management has no issues with dogs unless you are rude and don't pick up your pets mess. This is the reason most complexs dont allow dogs in the first place...- Awesome and laid back on site management. The office is open 7 days a week if theres any issues. Maintenance is pretty "johnny-on-the-spot" too.- Reasonable rent for nice sized apartments.Cons- Pet waste from rude pet owners... but what complex doesn't have this issue?- Parking can sometimes be a pain, especially on weekends or in the winter- Not alot of grass or "yard" space. Larger complex means theres alot of people living in one subdivision, but the layout of buildings spreads it out pretty alright.Overall this place is great, friendly and I have never had an issue with it. I am respectful of neighbors, and they are respectful back, I pay my rent on time, and I clean up after my dog. The reviews that were negative seem to stem from monetary, noise, or pet issues. So as long as you know how to be a good tenant - This place will be a great fit for you!
@ DALE YOU BE......Robby I tried very hard to find a solution to your problem. Unfortunately, you both were not open to transfer to a unit that was upstairs. I also transferred people above you and you still complained about people walking too loud. You left us no choice but to give you a non renewal of your lease when you began to threaten the upstairs neighbor and were calling consistently to complain that the tenant was walking too loud. I truly am sorry you had a bad experience, but posting half truth is not very kind especially when someone tries very hard to solve your problem. I seriously do not know how we could have made the problem better for you aside from allowing the unit above you to remain unrented. We continually have 100% occupancy so leaving it vacant was never an option. Due to the occupancy fact it must not be that bad of place to live...either that or 226 tenants holding back their desire to move. Best wishes to you Robby and I hold no ill feelings towards you just sorry you had the bad experience
Horrible facility! We were so disappointed with this facility! If we could go back in time-we would use a different facility. Very dirty! Staff looks like they belong in a bikers bar -- tattoos, piercing and couldn't even speak proper English. Inappropriate television shows : violent shows, Beverly Hills housewife show, young/teen pregnancy shows, jersey shore.... these shows are not for an assisted living facility!!!!Unsupervised residents when we would visit meaning we would walk in front door to find unattended residents in their chairs in front of television. Our loved one was put in a city taxi without an aide, employees would balance on our loved one's wheel chair (that's right! a female employee stood on our loved one's wheel chair and was balancing on it! On many visits this occurred. we were horrified!), our loved one was never moved/shifted out of the chair, we would visit in afternoons only to find our loved one in summer pajamas during the winter season BY THE FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE! One employee admitted to finding our loved on at the end of the hallway one night ON THE GROUND. Our loved one had several falls to the point of serious concern.There were MANY visits where our loved one's hair wasn't even brushed--but we should probably expect that when our loved one was still in pj's during the afternoon! Summer pj's during the winter season! The list goes on! During the summer the air is on and it is very cold. I understand that the staff physically works and would prefer it cold- but these are elderly people who do NOT have the same blood flow as us younger adults. On summer days we commented about how cold it was and were told that the staff gets hot when working. Really? Wow! Afterall we want our thousands of dollars every month of rent for the staff to be comfortable! The staff is very immature and unprofessional. There are many who cannot hold a professional conversation when it comes to the care of their residents. They lack in care, professionalism and cleanliness. Where is the authority in these facilities?! We were shocked as to the conduct of these homes - very disappointing.To anyone who has to place a loved one in a facility: make unscheduled visits and call at various times throughout the day to find out the character of all shift employees. Ask questions! Keep making those unscheduled visits --- just like you would do with your child's daycare.
Horrible facility! We were so disappointed with this facility!
Not the greatest experience I have ever had a a restaurant. Today was our first time visiting Mark's and we didn't really know their procedure. We walked up to the hostess stand, I gave them our name and party of two and she just handed us a number and went onto the next person in line behind us. Not really knowing what to do with the number, we walked into the bar and ordered a couple of beers. When the beer came, we had to ask the bartender what we were supposed to do with the number and he explained the system to us. The bartender provided good service.We were at the bar for about 8-10 minutes waiting for our table and noticed another party of two who came in after us were given a table before us, which bothered us a little bit.When we got to the table, our server, Jodi, didn't offer us any drinks. She automatically filled our glasses with water and left us to look at the menu. When we were ready to order she took my wife's order and asked if she wanted a salad and what type of potato, but when I ordered, she didn't ask me about either. I would have ordered a salad had it been offered. We also would have ordered an appetizer but that was never offered, and she again failed to offer drinks, so we were stuck with just our water.When the food came out, she set the plates in front of us, then said "wait, looks like they put the wrong ticket up" presumably meaning the cooks in the kitchen and then picked up the food she had set in front of us, took it to the next table over and set it in front of them. Then she realized it WAS our food after all and picked it back up and put it in front of us. Maybe I am just being picky, but I was kinda put off by the fact that my food had been put in front of someone else for them to breathe on and pass on any illnesses they may be dealing with.All in all, the food was only ok, the service was below average, and the atmosphere is dark and dreary. From our experience tonight, not really a place that I would recommend. There were a lot of other people in the place that seemed to be having a good time though, so maybe it was just us or just our server. Take it as you will, I guess.
I love the management here (Jason). He is very friendly and responsive to every request or issue I've ever had. The maintenance guys are also great. They are there to happily fix anything within a day and do the job well. They are also really good about removing snow; i have no idea why anyone complains. They plow even on days it hasnt snowed when there gets to be a lot of slush and build up. (when i live in menomonie and eau claire, we were lucky to have the snow removed by 4pm after a snow storm if it was done the same day at all, and if it snowed 2-3 inches they didnt plow at all so our lots were always a mess!)you can hear the neighbors easily if they are loud, but i havent had any issues with mine even though they have children. sometimes i feel like im the only one who lives here because i dont see or hear anyone that often. TONS of closet space btw! a lot of apartments skimp on closet space! i do see the cops around here fairly frequently as there are a few hood rats, but you will have that anywhere you live pretty much. it never seems to really be a huge issue, its not like theyre doing raids and stuff. id rather know that they are around and keeping the place safe than not at all. the only reason i am moving is because my rent is being increased and it is expensive to heat the place in winter and i can find a better rate.they allow pets and dont rob you of your money so you can have them either. the only issue is there are enough people who do not clean up after their dogs which is extremely disrespectful and is the reason why most apartment complexes don't allow dogs. overall a pretty quiet place to live and i havent noticed people speeding or it being "dangerous" for your kids to play. the people in my building and across the way have been very friendly also, but i know each building is different.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.