The family of Myra Whitman wishes to thank you for the care given to our mother even in the most difficult times. You all have a special gift from God to be able to do what you do. Also thank you for the caring way you dealt with the family at all times.

- Myra's Children on 12/12/2017

Dear Connie and all of the wonderful workers at The Homesteads, THANK YOU! Wow, that was quite an experience we went through together with our mom Gale, and I’m so thankful that you were all there to provide the time and care and support and the truly loving kindness that you all doing your work. From my family to all of yours, I am truly grateful.

- Dan Richardson on 12/12/2017

Dear Connie and all of the wonderful workers at The Homesteads, THANK YOU! Wow, that was quite an experience we went through together with our mom Gale, and I’m so thankful that you were all there to provide the time and care and support and the truly loving kindness that you all doing your work. From my family to all of yours, I am truly grateful.

- Dan Richardson on 12/12/2017

Connie and Homestead Staff, words cannot express how much gratitude, appreciation, and love we feel for you. You took such great care of Marie for years and we never thought she could receive any better care – until her final weeks. You not only took care of Marie but you looked after and cared for all of us too. It meant so much to see all of you at her Mass and our hearts warmed with the beautiful flowers you sent. You are very special people who will always have our support. Love and thanks.

- The Shaughnessy Family on 12/12/2017

Dear Connie, Michelle, Lynette, I have always been pleased with Aunt Dorothy’s care. I wanted to let you know that Devaney has taken her care beyond good. She shows that she truly loves her people! She does SO many special things that makes their life joyful. Her hair is always pretty. Her nails are always painted – spelling out ‘Merry Christmas’ this time! They have special snacks every afternoon. When a resident revived sad news, Devaney sat her down, spoke with her, and fed Riley as a pleasant distraction. Everything in the home is always neat, organized and decorated! Devaney is always cheerful and thoughtful. I cannot say enough good things about Devaney. I am sure you all know this, but I want you to know I notice!

- Bonnie Fay on 12/12/2017

My brothers and I grew up in a very loving and close knit family, but as our parents aged, it became obvious to us that they needed a level of care that they were unable to provide for themselves. For a while, we tried to provide that around the clock care by ourselves, and while we gave them our very best, we soon discovered that the time, expertise, and effort required was more than we could give. We began to search for an alternative. Nursing homes were always available, but our experience with the quality of personal care in those facilities was less than adequate. Besides, our parents didn't need skilled nursing care -they just needed some help coping with their every day lives. We very quickly came to the conclusion that The Homesteads, an FTHA, was the perfect solution, Through our exposure on the Emergency Squad of the Apalachin Fire Department, we knew that Connie Barton provided good care for the folks at her facility, although, initially, we didn't know just how good it really was. We made the difficult decision that this was our only acceptable option, and after talking to Mom and Dad about it, we helped them to move into the "Barton House". It soon became evident to us all as to just how good a decision this truly was. The meals that our parents received were excellent- they were far better than what they had been receiving; they had around the clock support; they lived in a pleasant, homey atmosphere; they had other people around them all of the time; there were even activities and outings that gave them a sense of worth. And the cost for this incredible level of care was far less than that for institutionalization. My brothers and their families live a considerable distance away (Maryland and North Carolina), and they have both expressed their appreciation and confidence in the care that this Home has provided our parents. My sister-in-law has commented on several occasions that Mom & Dad aren't just "warehoused" until they die- they were given a sense of worth and purpose. Mom was always one to be busy around the house, and there were a number of occasions that the staff would allow her to help with little tasks, such as setting the dinner table, or helping with the baking of cookies, or with folding her laundry (even though they might have to refold some of it!) The Homesteads not only care for the physical welfare of their charges, they also contribute mightily toward the emotional and intellectual health of all the residents. In addition to the loving care that was offered to them by the caregivers, there were children around the home every day. One of the caregivers brought her small children to "work" with her, and my Dad, even though he would never admit it, became very attached to the baby, and vice versa. They became best friends, and the children became surrogates for the grandchildren that Mom & Dad didn't get to see very often, due to the distance that separated them. The Family Type Home is absolutely that- a home, and that degree of comfort just cannot be equaled in skilled nursing institutions which are not "homes" by any stretch of the imagination! My Dad only lived at the Homestead for about 6-7 months before he passed away, but my Mom Jived there for an addition 6 years or so. My brothers and I were so impressed with the care that was given to our parents that we decided to sell their home to The Homesteads, even though it was for a price that was considerably less than we could have gotten on the open market. Why would we do that? Because we wanted to continue to be a part of this marvelous program, and to see it thrive in our community. When people ask me about The Homesteads and the quality of their service, I always tell them "These folks don't just care for the residents, they care about them." And if New York State cared half as much for the elderly of our region as the staff at The Homesteads do, they would begin to provide the degree of assistance to these facilities that will ensure their existence and service for many years to come. And I encourage you to do just that.

- Rev. William C. Prentice on 12/12/2017

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