This was the absolute best care for my mother before she had to have skilled nursing in a nursing home – the staff is friendly, kind, caring, HONEST and they provide excellent care. My mother was a resident there for 2 years + and both she and I loved it there. A nice family type atmosphere, very clean, spacious; visitors are allowed to visit anytime. I might also mention that it is MUCH more reasonable than most retirement or nursing homes in the area, such as Brookdale, and they provide the same services
I recommend this ALF to anyone looking for excellent, HONEST care at a decent cost.
If your loved one with dementia is in need of an Assisted Living Facility, I can’t imagine that you could find a better location in DeLand, or even in West Volusia County. My father spent the last 13 months of his life at the Good Shepard West, and I wish he would have been able to come to live there earlier. The staff is highly trained and very sensitive to every resident’s needs (there are never more than 11). The food is terrific! My father had been losing weight for years and gained 5 (much needed) pounds within three months of his arrival. The directors, Ramon, and Gina Gutierrez, exercise gentle and creative supervision of the beautiful home (once owned by one of the richest merchants in DeLand). Ramon suggested that they throw a party for my father’s 91st birthday, and made all the arrangements themselves, including a musician and a caterer! It was a wonderful moment, for which I’ll always be grateful.
I cannot say enough about Good Shepherds of Deland. My mother who is in end-stage Alzheimer’s has been a resident for a year and we could not be happier with her care. The Director and staff are caring and compassionate. The staff to resident ratio allows each individual special care and attention. It is very much a “home” setting which is a nice change from many larger facilities. It is private pay, but every penny worth it — all-inclusive and no a la carte services. I have never been asked to fork over a dollar more than the contracted fee. Meals are prepared on-site and very tasty. Family is encouraged to share mealtime with their loved one. The director is easily accessible and provides updates consistently. I know my mom is happy there; anytime one of the staff approaches her she lights up and smiles. I highly recommend!