I am so very Grateful for having met Noreen Padilla. I will remain forever Grateful to her. I live in California. My mother was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. At various times in her life she also lived in California, but she had spent about the last two decades of her life back in Hawaii. I would visit her frequently. On one such visit, I wanted to find options for senior living for my mother realizing that she won’t be able to continue to live by herself for more than a couple of years, if that. I wanted to know what was available in Hawaii that she could afford. And honestly, she didn’t have much. However, when I arrived in Hawaii, I soon learned that due to a health event my mother had, I needed to find her a new home right away. This of course, was overwhelming. Naturally neither she nor I wanted her to just live anywhere. It was important to both of us that she would be happy, well taken care of, not abused, neglected or taken advantage of. I needed to find a good place for her so that I could have peace of mind that she was well. After visiting some places which we either didn’t care for or was financially out of our reach, a cousin of mine mentioned a newly opened senior living facility that was actually very close to my mother’s apartment. I called and spoke with Noreen making an appointment with her right away.
Noreen is just a genuinely kind, warm and caring person. She gave me a tour of the facility and was just so compassionate and reassuring that as a resident, my mother would be very well taken care of. After going over the costs, I felt I found my mother’s new home. I was so relieved that I cried right then and there in her office not realizing just how stressed I was. I very much felt that I could trust my mother in the care of Noreen’s hands and have complete peace of mind every night. Noreen was so kind and really wanted to help us financially as well and tried the best she could. I was so very Grateful for all her help. Her husband E also worked at the senior living facility and the two of them together made the facility feel like a home to the senior residents not just a senior living facility away from home. They wanted the residents to feel at home and they did. Of course, my mother was very scared and nervous about leaving her apartment and just felt like she wanted to cry. But upon getting to know Noreen, she too, just loved Noreen as all the residents did. Thankfully, my mother was very happy in her new home. The quality of her life improved! However, my mother was so sad when Noreen had to move out of state for familial reasons. All the residents were and sorely missed Noreen and her husband.
When time permits and Noreen is able to return to Hawaii, she likes to go back to the senior living facility and visit with the residents who miss her very much. The place just isn't the same without her and they often tell her. Unfortunately, my mother passed after living in her new home for just a little over a year due to an unexpected medical event. However, Noreen and I have become friends and remain in touch with each other.
To anyone who is seeking help for an aging parent or relative, I just want to say, you are in good hands with Noreen. She is a very loving and compassionate person who truly cares about helping the elderly. It is her passion. I know she will do her best to be resourceful to get your loved one’s needs met. You have been Blessed to have crossed paths with Noreen Padilla. Best of luck to you and your family.