This past month, we said an emotional goodbye to our dear friend, Sylvia. Sylvia and her family have been with us from the very start of Our Family Home. During her time in our home, Sylvia helped us realize the importance of our mission to deliver compassionate care to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia; and, more importantly, that Our Family Home is home.
We talked with Sylvia’s daughter, Cindy, about her experience:
“It was her home. We tried three other larger, institutional facilities before coming to Our Family Home. The experience was very different with OFH. We could tell early on that this home was now my mom’s home.”
In fact, each Saturday, three generations would come together for visits with grandma. “Just like at home, the adults would sit on the patio outside and talk while the kids played ball in the backyard,” added Cindy.
“The staff was so welcoming. They always had my mom dressed and ready for us. My mom had six daughters. At times, I think my mom actually thought some of the staff were her children.”
The family also enjoyed spending holidays together. “We celebrated every holiday with my mom at Our Family Home. We had an Easter egg hunt at the house, grilled hamburgers outside over the Fourth of July and even brought the kids in their Halloween costumers with treats for the residents. At Christmas time, we had gifts for all of the staff as well. They were our family too.”
“When my niece got married my mom was unfortunately unable to attend the service. So my niece and her new husband put their wedding attire back on the next day and came to the house for pictures and to spend time with my mom.”
Caring about the people we have in our homes is as much about their physical and mental health as it is about their livelihood. “We can’t express how much we appreciate Our Family Home for taking loving care of our mother and grandmother. You were there every day for seven years. You were there for every meal. You were there every morning and every night. You tucked her into bed, combed her hair, bathed her, held her hand, dressed her, fed her, and most of all you made sure that she knew she mattered.”
“You made her feel like a person not a burden. You made her feel wanted and comfortable in her own home. This was her home and you were her family in all the ways that matter.”