"I have had wonderful improvements since I moved here in July of 2016! The staff and residents at Parsons House Austin have been so friendly, loving, and helpful here. I enjoy going to bible study and communion on the Sundays that I can. Among the activities I’ve enjoyed are Bingo, an occasional movie, making dog biscuits, and tea time. I enjoy volunteering to make hats and scarves for Ronald McDonald House and Del’s Children’s Hospital. That is my favorite volunteer activity. Also, I enjoy helping in the Country Store once a week. There are a lot of exercise activities that are fun, too! Amongst them are chair exercises, stretching, beach ball exercises, and walking. Once a week, Parsons Bus takes us on a store trip. That is very helpful and fun, too!!! I also enjoy being a part of the beginner’s knitting group. They also have fun craft activities. The different music programs are great too. They have a variety of musical talent visit and perform for us. Because I’ve been so busy, I have been much less depressed and much happier! No longer lonely!!! The staff has been very helpful and friendly. I enjoy my linens being washed each week, and for the help with housework.
Also, I have made some special friends here. It is so nice to share my life with other people. I moved from Suquamish, Washington to Austin, Texas three years ago to be closer to my adult girls and my grandson. It was one of the best decisions for a better life that I have ever made!
Thank you, Parsons House for making my life much happier and special. I especially enjoy seeing my girls, Geneva and Kirsten, and my grandson, Warren. Also, Nathan, Kirsten’s boyfriend. Sometimes they participate in a special activity, or I take care of my grandson here. Another blessing is my cat, Daisy. I am so thankful that Daisy is able to live with me here, too!!!
Thank you everyone for being a special part of my life." – Catherine and Daisy Sorenson (Resident)
"I am writing to thank you for your help and compassion during the final illness and death of our mother, Thelma. Mom lived much longer (age 96) than the Doctors expected, and I attribute this to the services provided by your retirement apartments. The maid service, van transportation, and medical services took so much work out of her daily life that (in her words) she could “coast.” No more cooking, shopping, washing dishes, leftovers, or vacuuming, etc. This literally saved her life, and she still lived in her own apartment with her own things. The planned activities, socials, entertainment, and the many friendships she made at Parsons House gave her an enjoyable life for the last 13 years. All of this despite three heart attacks and a stroke.
In contrast, within hours of returning to Tulsa after Mom’s funeral, I learned of the passing of my sister-in-law at the age of 75, which is 21 years younger than Mother. My sister-in-law lived alone for the last several years, with irregular meals, a poor diet, and very little socialization. The isolation and unhealthy lifestyle no doubt contributed to an early death. I wish she could have had as good a situation as my Mother.
I feel so strongly about this that I wanted to give you this testimonial which you may publish as you desire. I wish everyone could finish out their years with the services and happy life of a Parsons House." - Myron R. Anderson (Resident’s Son)
"I want to express my appreciation to all the staff of Parsons House for the openness and willingness to listen and to act in positive ways to the needs and concerns of the residents in our community.
I still read the Parsons House mission statement in the elevators. The staff consistently mirror, through your actions, all the components of that mission statement. That’s not always the case in other places I am familiar with. Most of all, you listen.
I love living here with my Mom who just celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday! Thanks to each of you for all the things you guys do to make life a pleasure each day!" - Weldon Wicker (Resident)
"When the day came when I knew I had to find a suitable place for my mother to live, I had no idea where the search would take me, but I kept coming back to the cozy feeling I felt while visiting Parsons House. I brought my mother along with me on my second visit to Parsons and a selection of other facilities as well. I let her make her own decision and when she chose Parsons I smiled because I knew she had made the best decision. My mother has been here 14 months and I'm even more convinced it was the best choice. The staff is wonderful and they genuinely care and it shows every day. I'm fortunate I get to come visit her several times a week and I feel just as welcome today as I did the first day so I know my mom is in good hands. She loves the staff and enjoys socializing as I knew that was an important component to her happiness. I appreciate all the activities Parsons House provides and though my mom is not an active participant most of the time, she enjoys watching. The competency of the staff cannot be understated. She loves the administrative staff and of course loves Rosie and loves hearing Craig laugh. Parsons House for me and my mother has been a blessing. Thank you for all you do." - David Ramon (Resident's Son)
"The best Christmas gift I'm getting this year is the peace of mind knowing my 90 year-old aunt is at Parsons House Austin. She has found a lovely, safe place to live and make new friends. Parsons House provides all the 'checklist items' families search for when looking for retirement communities. But more than that, the staff couldn't be more professional, attentive, kind and friendly. I feel like not only has my aunt made new friends but I have as well. My aunt recently told me she wishes she had known about Parsons House four year ago when she was changing apartments. I do too!" - Janet Cramer (Resident's Niece)
"Parsons House staff is warm, friendly and responsive to the needs of each person living here. We have been very happy with the care my mother has been receiving." - Marion Damen (Resident's Daughter)
"Our Mother came to Parsons House in May 2010 and we have been very satisfied with the staff and the facilities... Our Mother doesn't express herself well, but every indication is that she appreciates the staff. She once pointed to one of her caregivers and said, ""That's my friend." - The Pritchett Family
"When it became apparent that our mother needed assistance in her daily life, we began to look around the Austin area for a nice place for her to live. She wanted to remain active and it was important that she have room for her own furniture and memorabilia. Parsons House stood out in our search for many reasons which included friendliness of the staff, comfort of the living area, quality of the meals, activities, maintenance of the facilities, the abundance of caregivers and the availability of medical assistance. We were happy with the choice and pleased that Parsons House became home to Mom" - Kathy Jones (Resident's Daughter)
"Our experience with Parsons House has been wonderful. We truly feel blessed with the many excellent caretakers. It’s also warming to see how the other residents treat Mom so tenderly since she is more advanced in age than many. They all see what’s coming and live with appreciation of those that are there. At first I thought that mixing independent living with assisted was depressing to see those who could to do so well. How quickly we go from one stage to another toward the end of life and what the mixture does is give everyone a chance to give and help where they can; and know others may be there for them too. I love the blended community now and always try to spread the love when I go! I play the piano for a song or two before lunch sometimes and everyone breaks into applause. I feel famous." - Charla Hathaway (Resident’s Daughter)
"I moved into Parsons House in 1992. It is home to me. It is a friendly, clean, safe place and I love it here!" - Leroy P. Kappler (Resident)
"Moving a parent or loved one to assisted living is never easy, but if you are in that position, I highly recommend Parsons House. The management and staff are as professional as they are caring, and it has made a huge difference in my mom's heath and sense of security. I also appreciate that they work hard to make it affordable for a diverse array of residents, and are commited to helping everyone there age with as much dignity and grace as possible." - Mary Fridley (Resident's Daughter)