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Hey... A Place for Mom... I need you to add a SIXTH star for Grace Garden because 5 stars is just not enough for Grace Garden ALF... Where do I begin. I had the privilige of meeting Mrs. Eleonore Mensah-Mamfo this morning and feel that I have truly met an ANGEL ! Mrs. Mamfo IS Grace Garden and Grace Garden IS Mrs. Mamfo ! What do I mean by this, well not only IS Grace Garden her worplace, but it may as well ALSO be her home ! I have known about Grace Garden ever since I got to 'know' Doug Apple from WAVE 94 FM Doug Apple is the general manager of WAVE 94 FM ([removed] for those not from Tallahassee. I will never forget the on air interview/ADVERTISEMENT that Doug did with Eleonore that I heard a very long time ago. As a result of this interview I have had the name 'Grace Garden' on the front of my mind if/when I was in need of ALF services. What I did NOT know until today was that this IS the place that I would LOVE for my mom and dad to stay if/when they need these services, and would also be THE place that I would choose to live if I were in my parents position right now. Grace Garden ALF gives PERSONAL attention a whole new meaning ! Seriously folks ! If you were to 'rent' a MASTER SUITE at Grace Garden ALF you would be taking about 20-25% of the total capacity of this facility. What I mean by that is that a MASTER SUITE that Eleonore showed (which is currently available) is literealy a typical MASTER BEDROOM that you would find in any 'handicap appropriate' home this room/suite is currently available, and if my parents don't take it I just might take it for myself ! although the rent might be out of my current budget because the room comes with all the personal attention and care I don't currently need for myself. Eleonore is married to Dr. SAMUEL MENSAH-MAMFO, owner of Lake Ella Pharmacy in Tallahassee. You can see now why I said that Eleonore gives new meaning to the term PERSONAL CARE and PERSONAL ATTENTION ! I asked Eleonore all the same 'Tough Questions' that I would ask anyone that I interview as a potential health care provider. Her answers were not exactly what I expected to hear, mainly because there are not dozens of 'patients' in the facility that would all demand 'equal treatment'. For Example, on the 'activities' board the listed activities were very generic, well that is because she does not yet KNOW my parents, and when/if she does get the pleasure to meet them and when/if my parents decide to reside in Grace Garden these listed activities would actually be what MOM and DAD want to do, not just what is 'scheduled' to meet the needs of dozens of residents. Another example would be the MENU, yes the menu is posted, prepared by a licenced dietician and meets all nurtitional requirements, the truth of the matter is the ACTUAL meals would actually be what MOM and DAD want including access to the KITCHEN ! Eating at the table is no different than eating at the table at home! In fact Eleonore and I actually sat at THE kitchen table to have our discussion. So at this point in my journey I have looked at just 2 places. Sterling House retains the FIVE star rating that I gave it, however I place Grace Garden at the top of the list with 5.5 stars the extra .5 is due to the fact that Grace Garden is so SMALL that no other facility can get that (Bonus .5) simply due to the logistics required to meet the needs of so many residents. Well done Eleonore, save me a room, I might be moving in myself (in about 30 years) Lord Willing of course!