Mr. Allen Horton
Courtyard & Natchitoches Assisted Living Resident
Born in Eunice, Louisiana, Allen Horton raised his children in New Iberia where he lived for more than 50 years and taught school. His wife, Betty Millspaugh Horton, was a native of Natchitoches, and although his wife passed away more than 20 years ago, Allen’s visits to see extended family in Natchitoches continued. He also has a son, Steve Horton, who lives in Natchitoches with his family. When Allen discussed with his children his need for long-term nursing care, everyone agreed that Natchitoches would be a good place to look. That’s when they chose The Courtyard of Natchitoches for Allen’s care.
“When I got to The Courtyard, I was going downhill fast, and I knew it. I needed help. I could barely get around. I just had no strength left. At the Courtyard, I was well cared for. Everyone was so kind to me. They saw to it that I had everything I needed to get stronger. From food to physical therapy to managing my medicines and bringing doctors and nurses to me, my health started to improve,” Allen explained.
“It took a year, but I started to feel pretty good — good enough that I no longer needed all The Courtyard’s services including skilled nursing care, Allen explained. “Still I did not want to live alone again or move back to New Iberia. That’s when I decided to become a resident at Natchitoches Assisted Living. (NAL), and it’s been wonderful.”
“The NAL director, Angie Ingram, is fantastic. She has a whole team of people who work there. They do everything from running errands, to helping me stay organized. They make sure I’m taking my medicines correctly and getting to my doctors appointments. They do laundry, cooking, and housekeeping. I really have a loafer’s life. Anything I need, they help me get it.’’ Allen explained. “With their assistance and having my efficiency apartment which is just perfect for me, I get along pretty well. I can be as private or as social as I want to be, and the other residents have become good friends,” he explained. “There is always something going on and things to do. I truly live independently, but the assistance is there if I need it. There are different levels of care provided depending on what the residents need. We don’t have skilled nursing care, but I don’t need it. That’s why I’m here,” he said.
Being a resident of Natchitoches Assisted Living has done something else for me, too. Over the years, when my wife and I would visit, everyone knew me as Betty’s husband. Then later on when I came here to visit my son and his family, I was Steve’s dad. But now that I have made my own way here at The Courtyard and now at the Assisted Living Center, people know me as just Allen Horton. I have arrived,” he laughed. “I could not be happier about how all this worked out.”