In the Fall of 2015, my parents Donna and Gene Taylor told me, my sister and my brother that they planned to move to a retirement community. They chose MRC The Crossings in League City, Texas. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief. Together, my parents made the decision to move to a retirement community rather than a situation occurring and it would have to be made for them. This was and still is the best decision THEY made; not only for them, but for their adult children too.
MRC The Crossings has exceeded all our expectations!
My parents don’t have to worry about the daily life responsibilities that keep many of us so busy. They can enjoy the food prepared in the bistro or in the dining room. Or, dad can cook up one of his signature pasta dishes in their own kitchen. As well as, mom can put together one of their favorite homemade soups. My parents can have a quiet meal together in their apartment or have a livelier meal with friends and family in the dining room. The choice is theirs to make.
There are so many activities and resident-initiated committees available at MRC The Crossings. Every holiday is celebrated. There is live entertainment, pool parties, church service and bible studies, bridge and card games, puzzle areas, libraries, a media center, woodworking shop, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a gardening area where you can have your own plot of earth to grow whatever you want. And let’s not leave out water aerobics – and the list goes on…
Life changed during COVID
Or should I say, COVID only made everyone at MRC The Crossings change up the way they did things. Everyone got creative with many amazing outside-the-box ideas to keep all resident elders engaged, while still keeping safety protocols in place.
I want to express my gratitude to all the associates for all they do. They perform their responsibilities exhibiting such respect for each other and the resident elders. It truly feels like a family when one walks into the community! This is all led by the Executive Director, Greg Rossi, who has a fantastic administration who can be called on at any time. They make sure the community is a family.
All levels of living under one roof
MRC The Crossings is one of those rare retirement communities that has 4 neighborhood arrangements.
· Woodland Creek, independent living where my parents live
· The Forest, assisted living
· The Garden, memory care
· The Haven, rehabilitation and long-term skilled care
A few years ago, my mother had surgery and then needed rehabilitation in The Haven neighborhood. What a blessing for dad! All he did to see mother every day was walk down the hall, and turn a couple of corners to be with her.
My personal journey at MRC The Crossings
I have been blessed to be able to volunteer at The Crossings for the past three years. I have gotten to know so many associates and resident elders throughout the community. If the time came that one of my parents needed to go to another neighborhood within the community, I have no reservations about the quality of care they would receive with that move.
MRC follows the ICARE value mission of Integrity-Compassion-Accountability-Respect-Excellence. All associates take great care in exhibiting all these qualities.
Growing with the Eden Alternative
As parents age, sometimes tough questions need to be addressed. Housing, safety, security, and medical issues are just some of the concerns.
MRC The Crossings follows the program and belief of the Eden Alternative which addresses Loneliness, Boredom, and Helplessness. All these aspects of my parent’s lives are addressed, including ICARE, which has given them, my siblings and me peace of mind.
Donna and Gene Taylor frequently speak about their move to The Crossings as one of the best decisions THEY ever made. All of us are so grateful THEY made this decision in 2015.
-Debbie Jackson, Leading Age 2021 Volunteer of The Year