Dear Rita, Julie, and all the Buckingham South Staff,

As I go through the year telling everyone how wonderful the people at Buckingham are, I realize that you aren’t there to hear me give all these compliments. And it occurs to me that this time of year is a good time for me to share these comments with you.

My father has simply blossomed at Buckingham. You all started out by making him a place “at the lively dinner table” so that he could make friends and have entertaining dinner companions. You encourage my dad to attend Exercise Class and compliment him on answering the History and Geography trivia questions correctly. You call and remind him about class if he’s late. Everyone makes sure he knows about all the offerings you have, and, stunningly, he attends many! And I am blessedly confident that you are checking to see that he eats his meals, that his room is clean, his clothes and sheets/towels are washed and dried and that his a/c filters are changed…and so on and so on. It would be impossible to enumerate all that you do and all of your work shows in his enjoyment of life. He is not only reading books and newspapers again, he even has people to discuss them with. He is relaxed and comfortable for the first time in years.

My mother has the safe environment that I wanted for her. The first time we called for assistance and two of your caregivers arrived, I almost cried with relief. Your staff, who know her so well and treat her with such kindness, were there to be the familiar face that let her relax and accept help when she needed it. For all this, I thank you for the life you have returned to me and the comfort you offer my mother. To know that my mother will attend any activities such as sing-along or ice cream socials is astonishing. There were four years when her only activity was to get her hair done once a week. She refused all other attempts, and yet you have succeeded where we failed.

I extend my thanks, my love, and my gratitude to you all you have not only improved the lives of my parents, but also my life. I wish for all of you to have the happiest and healthiest of new years.

With love, B. W.


In my 25 years of podiatry I have seen many, many homes for the elderly. I have however never seen a “facility” like this. I used quotation marks because you have built a palace for our senior citizens. I am very proud of you and congratulate this achievement.

Best, Dr. Fred Spector

Dear Rita,

I want you to know that my mother, E.F., will be leaving Buckingham South and returning to her home.

I am so grateful to your staff, especially the caregivers, who have assisted her so compassionately in her everyday routines. She has become stronger and better able to help herself than was the case when in mid-May she came to Buckingham from Memorial Rehabilitation Center. As I have been here with Mom almost every day that she has been here, sometimes into the evening, I have observed first had the care of thoughtful people around her.

I especially thank you and Cathy for your sensitive oversight.

To Rita and everyone on the Buckingham South staff;

All of us want to thank all of you for the wonderful care you provided to Mother. Although we thought we were, we were not prepared to help Mother during this stage of her life. You relieved us of much of the burden. We and Mother are very fortunate to have learned about Buckingham South.

~ W.B., J.B., S.K., N.B., R.B.

Dear Rita,

Just a note to say hello and to thank you, your staff, and all the residents for being just wonderful to me and to my wife. All of you are doing a great service and you all are very much appreciated.

Always the best to all of you! ~ J.S.

Dear Friends at Buckingham South,

It’s hard to thank people like all of you – you were so kind and thoughtful to my brother. I know he appreciated your friendship very much and so do I.

Much love, M.S.


Thank you for your kind words and more for the loving care you and your staff showed Mom at Buckingham. She loved all of you and knew she had a second family around her. Indeed, she had a wonderful home in Savannah!

Love, Karen & Tom

Rita dear,

Just a note to thank you so much for your care and concern for all of the S family. You are, indeed, an angel who has put us back together physically and also emotionally. Dr. G is wonderful and thanks for bringing him into our lives.

Thanks again and lots of love, Betsy

Dear Rita,

I want to thank you again for the excellent care that you and your staff provided to my father. I cannot imagine a more thoughtful and professional organization than the one you have at Buckingham South. I am so happy that my father was able to enjoy the last few months of his life in your care. May G-d go with you always.

Sincerely, Marilyn

Dear Rita,

Your kindness and friendship that you provided to my mother and myself over the last year will never be forgotten. Mother felt very safe and well cared for which was our main objective. However, we felt that you and your staff provided much more than good care.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for all of your attention and concern that you gave mother. I always knew that you enjoyed Mother and wanted only the best for her. She was a very special lady and I miss her terribly, but I know that she was ready to leave us. Like most things in her life, she did it her way and tried as best she could not to be a burden. She was so brave and patient, always kind and thoughtful. I would like to think that I could follow in her footsteps.

I feel blessed to have had you as a part of Mother’s last year of life. I know that she felt the same. I want to come by and have a visit with you and all of your wonderful staff. I hope that I can do this soon, but I am not ready yet. In the meantime, know that I think of you often and appreciate everything you have done for Mother and myself.

Fondly – Lucy

Dear Rita

Please accept my deepest appreciation to you and your numerous staff members for the service and caring assistance you gave to my Mother. She had lived alone for a very long time, and it was not an easy change for her. But you and your staff went out of your way and gave special efforts in helping her to feel welcome and comforted.

It is truly a blessing to have Buckingham South in our community.

My mind and heart travel each day with all of you and the wonderful residents.

Bruce and I do thank you and send many good wishes for your continued gentle and loving service to our seniors.

Love and blessings, Judy

I am so grateful for the kind, compassionate, and professional treatment I received during my recent visit at your fine facility.

Your staff, the food, the friendly services must be the best in your industry, and most assuredly reflect your top notch leadership and ability to attract first rate associates

May G-d’s blessings surround you every day. ~ Allison

Dear Rita,

You have a very warm and congenial personnel and the atmosphere is compassionate and considerate. This was the best thing that could have happened to my sister, moving from the other place, as she was slowly dwindling away. Here, she is around lots of people and activity.

Sincerely, Antoinette

Dear Rita, Julie, Frank & Staff,

My heartfelt thanks for all the compassion and caring you provided to my dad and to our family over the last several months. You truly made a painful situation not only bearable, but pleasant through your kindness and understanding. Your attentiveness and responsiveness to both little details as well as larger medical issues were with professionalism with southern hospitality. Buckingham South was the perfect place for my dad if he could no longer live at home.

My thanks to all your staff; particularly to Frank for his kindness and actions, to John for always being there to transport Dad wherever he needed to go, and to Vicki for her help with everything from getting a motorized chair to keeping all the medicine orders squared away.

Rita, thank you, for your compassion and patience you show to everyone. We are very grateful

~ Debbie, Jeanette, Richard & families


I want to thank you for your patience, support and concern during the hard time for our family. We are fortunate to have found a warm, welcoming home for Mother. ~B

My dear Rita,

It was both a pleasant and inspiring experience to enjoy your many attentions and to watch your amazing work and management ethic in action.

Your positive attitude was contagious and helped me greatly.

Savannah is fortunate to have the Slatus family based in our city.

Cordially ~ John

Thank you Rita for all the kindness you showed Naomi during her stay at Buckingham. She was so happy there.

The greatest thing of all you did for her was taking “Oreo.”

Naomi died with peace.

Thank you ~Dewayne

Dear Rita,

I wanted to write and thank you, Julie, Wanda and all the staff at Buckingham South for everything you did for my Dad.

You all were so good to him there and I know he was happy in his short time there. It made all of us feel better knowing he was in a caring environment I wish he had a chance to come back and really settle in but that is not always meant to be.

From the time you took him in that Sunday morning in April, when he needed a place right through his hospital stay, you were there. I can’t tell you how much that meant to Elizabeth, Harriet, and I. Again, thank you for everything

Sincerely, Becky

Dear Mrs. Slatus,

I’m one of Ida’s granddaughters, and I want to thank you soooo much for being such a special friend to my Grandmother and to all who make Buckingham their home. My Grandma has been telling me about your kindness since that first time you called her in Atlanta. I can feel her lighting up when she talks about you. And she looks so forward to your Saturday study class.

When I visited everyone with Buckingham was so friendly. I was excited with all of the activities and how someone informs Grandma each time to attend them. Allison Beasley is amazing! I joined in with her aerobics class and she should make a video – I know it would be very popular.

Also, I want to thank you for offering to help me many years ago. I’m sure you wouldn’t remember this, but I do. You felt that I needed someone to talk to and you let me know that you were there for me. Well you were right and I didn’t have the courage to admit it, but it meant so MUCH to me that you cared…thus you also helped in this way.

Anyway, I just want to thank you for all that you do. It truly shows that you love what you do. You are a much needed inspiration!

To the Staff of Buckingham South,

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank you all for the wonderful care you gave my mother during her stay with you. Everyone was so very helpful and caring, whether for “official” duties or for the “extras” that were so appreciated. Knowing Mother as I did, the personal care she was given made her feel special, and not so afraid of being away from her home. I have no doubt that the care and concern exhibited by all of you made her last months more bearable.

With my sincere appreciation and gratitude, Lee

Dear Rita & Staff,

On behalf of the S family, I would like to thank all of you for taking such great care of Dorothy She thinks the world of all of you. Your kindness and consideration are much appreciated during this crucial time in Mother’s life.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely, Amy

Thank you all for the many acts of kindness shown to our mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, Dora. She was very fond of you all and we have many good memories of her time at Buckingham South. Sincerely ~ Catherine

Dear Rita,

I have meant to do this since the first day we spoke. I was both impressed and very moved by your caring and knowledge of the residents. They were not “room so-and-so,” they had histories and families (or not), and individual situations, you were intimately aware of each. That is so very rare in our “modern” world. It is good to see human beings who care for and about others, especially in dealing with elders.

Indians have two terms for those who care: “Strong hearts” are those who make it their responsibility to look out for those in difficulty, and the other is the term “Cante Ista” (pronounced like Shanta ieshta) meaning to see with the single eye of the heart. We honor those who show these traits. Please know that the good you do for the good old ones is honored and truly admired.

Sincerely, She speaks for peace ~ Shari

Dear Ann,

The last few times I was in to visit Mrs. Wolf you were in the room caring for her. Your ready smile and gentle handling of this fragile old woman impressed me. It is good to know respected elders are being cared for with joyful hearts and compassionate hands.

It must be very hard to sit in a room day after day with only total strangers for occasional companions. Human touch must be a wonderful, precious thing to these lonely individuals. How comforting that their families can trust you to do the 1,001 things you do for them every day to ease their days. I’m sure you hold a special place in their hearts, and much gratitude is owed you. I just wanted you to know someone did know and notice and is grateful for all you do –

Sincerely, She speaks for peace ~ Shari

Dear Julie and Staff,

I wanted to write and express my deepest thanks to all of you who have their warmth, tenderness and unselfish devotion while caring for my mom while she lived at Buckingham.

I always felt she was in the loving hands of people who had a genuine concern for her and with my being so far away, that meant so much to me as her daughter.

Thank you for being the surrogate family and giving her final days meaning by the dignity and devotion you gave.

G-d should bless you with good health and strength to carry on the work you do.

Fondly ~ Rosalyn

Dear Rita,

Thank you for the time and personal attention you gave me and my Mother at Buckingham South on Sunday. The beautiful surroundings, program, and your personal knowledge of and interest in the residents make me think that mom will be happy ad safe at Buckingham South!

Sincerely ~ Greta

Dearest Rita,

It is so hard to write notes like these – how does one thank someone properly who has gone above and beyond the necessary limits and did so without hesitation and unselfish means?

You have been wonderful to mommy in all the ways you’ve cared for her. No place can substitute for your own home, but Buckingham was a wonderful substitute for what we couldn’t give her ourselves.

I certainly don’t need to take space here to rave about the elegant and homelike atmosphere Buckingham provided. Mommy was treated with dignity and respect and when her needs exceeded the normal limits, you met them with love and a sincere desire to give her a quality of life one can only hope they have in their last days.

Thank you for all you’ve given to my mother and my family and may G-d bless you with strength to continue the blessed work you do.

With sincere gratitude and love, Rosy