A Homelike Atmosphere: Finding the Right Assisted Living Home

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elder woman in assisted living homeFor some individuals, finding a home with the necessary care and amenities is of the utmost importance. In the case of Helen Irene Ogle and her loved ones, they sought a place that would offer these necessities yet also provide a comfortable familial atmosphere that would allow the 101 year-old’s passion for the arts to thrive.

Helen was born in Ithaca, NY on Feb. 14, 1908 and eventually moved to Washington, D.C. at age nine. She is the daughter of Robert Harold Ogle, one of the founders of the Alpha Phi Alpha organization which began at Cornell University in the same year as her birth.

Over the years, Helen and her sister were raised by her father and grandmothers after her mother had passed away when she was an infant.

Helen, who graduated from Dunbar High School, the Miner Normal School for colored Girls (now part of the University of the District of Columbia), and Howard University, has always been a warm, friendly and outgoing person with a love for poetry.

After 37 years of teaching in the Washington D.C. public school system, Helen retired to utilize her passion and skills to write poetry and children stories. Always wanting to enjoy life to the fullest, she also started a poetry club while traveling to various locations and working feverously in her church.

When arthritis eventually took its toll, she decided it was time to make the transition to an assisted living home. She was looking for a place with a home-like atmosphere in a family setting. With a little research, Helen and her loved ones found the perfect fit at Gentle Steps Assisted Living located in Riverdale, Md.

Here, she is genuinely loved and cared for. She and her family are superbly pleased with the high level of warm professional care that she receives from the staff as well as the cleanliness and ambiance of the facility. “The food is good and I have some friends here to keep me company,” she says.

Another aspect that makes Helen extremely happy is the security in knowing that the owner is a registered nurse who is very visible.

Most importantly, the warm and friendly environment the community provides has allowed and encouraged Helen to recite from memory the hundreds of poems she loves and cherishes.

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