Foulk Living is the Home of the Greater Gallagher Family Moms

May 30, 2023 | News | Reading Time 3:00 Minutes

Extended Family Is Happy Together

Image shown, from left-to-right: Couch-Mary Caputo, Ellen Gallagher, Mary Gallagher, Carolyn Moffa, Jean Phillips. Back row-Kathleen Curran, Marcy Caputo, Christine Massey

She chose Foulk Living primarily because of the location but found there were so many more reasons to make the community her parents’ new home. Furthermore, it became not just her parent’s home but also the home of other loved ones.

Carolyn Moffa of Newark was looking for a senior living community for her parents. Her father, James (Jim) Gallagher, was experiencing cognitive decline, and her mother, Mary, was having health issues.

Carolyn decided on Foulk Living, where her father was admitted into memory care, and her mother, after discharge from the hospital, was admitted to assisted living.

“My mom did so well in assisted living that she ‘graduated’ into independent living. You don’t often see that happen,” said Carolyn, a nurse practitioner with a discriminating eye for excellent health care.

Different Levels of Care Just Steps Apart

She said one of the best aspects of Foulk Living was that her parents could still spend their days together. “They could do activities and go to social events together. They’d visit two or three times each day,” Carolyn said. Her father’s dementia increased, and he was moved from memory care to Foulk Livings health care center. “My mom loved the fact that my dad was just down the hall and being well cared for. She has always loved being close to my dad, but also has the social interaction she needs and wants.”

All the Moms Together

In 2019, Carolyn’s mother-in-law moved to Foulk Living as well. “She’d been at a different community, but it made sense for our moms to be together, and we knew the care at Foulk was excellent,” said Carolyn, adding that her mother-in-law moved to assisted living. Next, Carolyn said, one of her sisters’ mothers-in-law moved in as well. “It’s such a good experience. We wouldn’t have everyone there if we weren’t very pleased with the care.”

The staff, she said, is ‘great. They make it a point to get to know the residents and their families. They’re friendly, outgoing, and very respectful.” Carolyn added, “My mom calls Chef Renee ‘my very good friend.’ She comes and hugs my mom and makes a fuss over her. The activities staff hug her too; everyone is just very warm and considerate.”

Carolyn’s mom stays very busy and engaged in activities, including ball drumming, Zumba, putt-putt golf, arts and crafts, and more.

When asked if Foulk Living has met her expectations, Carolyn responded, “We have seen the personalization and how the staff gets to know not only the residents but also their families; it has felt like it has gone beyond my expectations.”