When I first visited Bright Side, I was extremely impressed with the goals and intentions of the administration and staff. The atmosphere was warm, homelike, and I could tell immediately that the residents were happy and well cared for. Before I committed to helping out at Bright Side, I spent time observing staff and speaking with residents. I learned that Bright Side was a facility where older adults could find housing, meals, services, and activities no matter what their income or recites were. Each resident was treated with kindness and dignity and persons from the community, like myself, were encouraged to become involved.
In my 10 years as a volunteer at Bright Side Manor, I have seen the facility grow from a rather run-down and dreary 50-bed residential health care facility into a beautiful, bright, and cheerful 65-bed assisted living facility. In the years I have been involved, I’ve witnessed almost no turnover in staff, giving a tremendous sense of stability to those living at Bright Side. I continue to observe a very high standard of care and a true sense of contentment and satisfaction among the residents. Daily activities, meals, and care are tailored to the unique needs of each resident, promoting their individuality and well-being.
Having been involved for many years with senior services and senior housing, I am well aware of the severe shortage of affordable assisted living options for low and middle income older adults. I applaud Bright Side Manor for addressing this need despite continued and—at times—overwhelming financial challenges.