Garden Spot Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Garden Spot Communities has evolved into a community that thrives on purpose, opportunity and living life to its fullest. As a result, 22% of the people coming into the community are 50 and 60 Somethings. People say it’s because there’s a different mindset at Garden Spot Communities. While others in our market space talk about seniors and retirement, here we talk about people and opportunity. Our heritage, mission and core values play a fundamental role as they ground us in the present and shape our future. Garden Spot Communities opened in 1996 as a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that is committed to Christian values and principles. Home to residents of many faiths and backgrounds, we are affiliated with the Lancaster Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church; the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA; Mennonite Health Services; LeadingAge PA and LeadingAge.

A former Certified Nursing Assistant shares the experience of working at Garden Spot Communities: ¨IMHO This community needs better leadership and requires better treatment of staff. More staffing required so PTO may be used instead of requests being declined.¨


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Certified Nursing Assistant (Former Employee) says

"IMHO This community needs better leadership and requires better treatment of staff. More staffing required so PTO may be used instead of requests being declined. Cons: salary... very high stress... mistreatment of staff"

CNA (Former Employee) says

"I would love to say this is a great place to work but right now I can’t. Staffing shortages are a huge issue and full time staff are constantly bothered on days off by the Scheduler and Don asking to come into work or asking if you can pick up shifts on other days. PTO time is earned but denied when wanting to use it because of the staff shortage. The pay rate is a lot lower then other LTCF’s in the area making it harder to acquire more staff. The administration and management of this company is horrible. Instead of leading by example and stepping up to help they stay in their offices and pretend everything is great. Teamwork among the CNA staff is nonexistent. Everyone is out for themselves and in this type of work you need help with certain things. Bottom line is you don’t feel appreciated by anyone. We are all doing the best we can to work under these circumstances and it just feels like all management doesn’t care. This is a stressful time to work in healthcare, it’s mentally, physically and emotionally draining. Showing appreciation goes a long way right now. Cons: Low pay rate, can’t use PTO, short staff, unappreciated"

Dietary Aide (Former Employee) says

"They care more about bettering themselves then listening to employees and resident demands . I liked it but major favoritism in the work place tons of clicks wouldn't recommend to anyone."

HVAC Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) says

"Good place to learn the basics of hvac. The management tends to only look out for themselves and not the interest of their employees."

Resident Assistant (RA) says

"My typical day at work is spent caring for residents assisting them with everything from getting dressed to prepping meals, helping them participate in daily activities, preparing snack. As a homemaker I am responsible for preparing two meals a day breakfast and lunch I am also responsible for making sure the kitchen is stocked properly an putting in orders for more stock when needed. The hardest part of my job is working with residents who have dementia they can be very challenging at times sometimes even combative. The most enjoyable part of my job is interacting with the residents they love to talk about their past an really enjoy playing board games and helping bake cookies. Cons: short breaks, and no oppurtunity for advancement"

Director (Former Employee) says

"My responsibilities included supervision of all home care staffing and transportation services.The hardest part for me was the culture. I just did not feel like it was the right fit for me."


"I have been working at Garden Spot Village Cons: Pay sucks. Little to no hours. You put in more work than pay. At part time you get a maximum of 16 hours a week. They're managed by a corporation sedexo and they have no clue of what they're doing."

Former Employee - Coordinator, International Sales says

"I worked at Garden Spot Village full-time Cons: You would have to ignore the racism from staff members who don’t like any who are not Caucasian or Lancastrian."


"I have been working at Garden Spot Village Cons: Very strict, people stab you in the back"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Garden Spot Village full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Management no better than anywhere else."

Jackie Lozowski says

"I have ordered from Bluestone Perennials for years with no problems. This year for spring planting I ordered 45 plants and spent over $800!!! Out of the 45 plants 16 did not survive, at all. The other 29 are still alive, but have never really flourished. Very disappointed and will not be ordering from Bluestone, again. Jacquelyne Lozowski Cranston, Rhode Island Zone 6"

Madelaine Adler says

"I placed the order for the plants I wanted very early in the year to avoid being sold out. The order came very late after temperatures were high. Worse yet is the performance of these plants. The Hibiscus Azurri is less than 10 inches tall and has had one bloom. The two Wisteria lane butterfly bushes - are a pitiful sight. one is bigger than the other, and again not very healthy plants and just a few blooms on larger plant. The only thing that did well was the two Cerastium Olympia. I will not buy again or recommend anyone does so. I spent almost 100 dollars on this order. I got a load of 50/50 soil -compost which had a soil test done and it is very good growing soil. I also used mulch and watered regulary and used a root stimulator. The other plants in this new bed have grown great but not the ones from this nursery"

Derek Schmidt says

"I ordered 20 ornamental grasses; I was extremely disappointed with the size and condition of the plants -- I had ordered the same varietal from another online nursery that had sold out -- the plants from Bluestone were less than half the size of the ones from that place (Wayside Gardens) -- the container was comparable, but the grasses had been trimmed almost completely with little greenery remaining. Of the 20, I felt six were unlikely to survive -- I emailed requesting a refund or reshipment of six plants. Over a week later, I have received no reply -- despite their prominent display of their 100% unconditional guarantee."

Cindy Ryan says

"I placed an order in early April for 10 plants. During Covid delays I realized shipping would take more time. By mid-May I tried calling but only got a message saying there were many delays in shipping. I waited a couple of weeks then emailed asking for status and no response followed. After about a week or so I received one shipment with 4 very dehydrated plants. Two of the plants are still trying to survive. One (a geranium) was so young it barely had 3 leaves on it. I expected much better quality from Bluestone and with a guarantee I expected much better customer service. If your business was overwhelmed, you should not have taken my order and my money. Be honest with your customers, we will understand. I was refunded for the plants I did not receive, but nothing was done about the two almost dead plants I still have. Additionally, I was charged for shipping of all 10 plants, so my refund was shorted. I will never order from Bluestone again. I chose your store over so many others and I am greatly disappointed."

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