All of us at A Place for Mom are grateful for your partnership and your support as we help seniors and their families with difficult life decisions. Families are grateful for our partners who go the extra mile when caring for their loved ones. A Place for Mom regularly receives letters from thankful families and we’d like to share a few gratitudes from 2017:
This story is from a series of emails between one of our SLAs and CRAs discussing the incredible job that staff from Holiday Retirement’s Harbor Place did in helping a couple who was displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
I spoke with the daughter of a couple from Rockport who went through a horrible situation. The husband is 89 and on hospice, his wife is 67 and caring for him. They were evacuated to Live Oaks Elementary but there was no Evacuation Coordinator there when they arrived. The generators eventually failed and they sent the evacuees to the jail, which only had one bathroom. Since George is on Hospice they then took him to Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi. He cannot stay there because he is on Hospice, so the daughter who lives in Washington State got the call to move them out of hospital.
They moved into Harbor Place 24 hours later and have home care set up to help them as the husband is on hospice. Harbor Place and the home care company together:
- Brought a bed from one of the staff’s homes for the wife to sleep in
- Brought a comforter from one of their homes for her to use
- Found clothing for them immediately as they had no clothing (they brought a suit case with important papers only)– all the husband was wearing was a diaper when he got evacuated and throughout the entire ordeal because he was on hospice and in a bed all the time
- They are taking the wife to Walmart today on a separate trip for her to purchase items that they need
This was the first time the wife had slept in a bed in 5 days! She was so exhausted. Their home is a total loss as the roof was completely ripped off and everything is soaked.
Staff at Atria Walnut Creek transformed this resident’s life:
Again I want to thank you. I agree my mom is wonderful and I could not have imagined this kind of transformation. For eight years my mom has lived alone after the passing of my father. She spent her time reading hours and hours every day with the TV on in the background and napping intermittently.
Bringing my mom to California was a huge endeavor and risk. But she is taking a beautiful turn calling often about the fun she is having, the new person she met, her pride in being an ambassador, the classes she is taking. It’s amazing. My mother has always been a social person but her community grew small. This is what we do in life – We recognize that the people in our lives become our community, the people we say hello to and good morning to become our world. This is what happened for my mom. She has at 85 years old created her new world. We are thrilled.
We recently received this email from a Silverado Senior Living community letting us know how much one of our referrals loves his new home.
I just wanted to take a moment to share with you how Bob has been doing in our Silverado community. As you know he moved in on September 9th of this year. Bob is VERY social and we have found out that he is an incredible karaoke singer and a great dancer. We have nominated him the “Dancing King”!
He is here playing Bingo in this photo.
Other than that, he has enjoyed going bowling, to the movies, and recently to the pumpkin patch. My favorite memory was driving back from lunch on our bus and when he noticed we were pulling into the community, he said, ”Home Sweet Home.” It was a great moment that I was so blessed to have witnessed. He truly feels at home here and we are so happy that he is part of our family.
Thanks so much for your continual support of Silverado. I will promise to share more successes of your referrals to us moving forward. Please feel free to share Bob’s story with your team!
A Place for Mom could not fulfill our mission of enhancing the lives of seniors and supporting the noble mission of senior living without the support of our wonderful partners. Thank you for all you do.