Mother entered Piper Shores in (corrected year and age) 2007 at the age of 91. She lived in her own apartment for over 8 years. There's even a photo of her on the Independent Living web page. Mother didn't realize this was there until I told her when I visited in January for her 100th birthday party.
Mother is now at the point of needing full time nursing care. My sister Alice and her husband and my brother Martin and I met with the Holbrook staff on Monday, November 11th to decide if mother should stay in the Holbrook or move back to her apartment with round the clock attendants. We all agreed she should stay at the Holbrook.
She has a very comfortable room there. It is larger than the typical hospital room with a window at one end that keeps it bright and sunny during the day. Mother has lost most of her eyesight to macular degeneration, but she can make out light and dark and shapes. This portion of the Holbrook is staffed with trained attendants round the clock, and mother has her own personal attendants who take care of her during the day.
When I was visiting she had to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes. She's able to use a walker to go to the oversized bathroom in her hospital suite, but needs help using the toilet. She's on a bland diet with soft or blended food. She doesn't like the taste of it and didn't eat much when I was there, but her weight is 160 so at least she isn't fading away.
I asked my brother if he though mother would make it to her 101 birthday in January, but he said she has congestive heart failure and he didn't think she would. So it was good I was able to visit her with my brother on Monday and Tuesday. She couldn't see me, but she did know I was there. Her mind is still good but her body doesn't work well anymore. William Shakespeare summarized it the best as the Seven Ages of Man from "As You Like It," whose heroine is also named Rosalind.
Shakespeare's poem is specific to men in Elizabethan England. I found a variation on the theme by Julia Sneden, which is much more appropriate for 20th Century American women.