Category: Family Stories

Why I chose memory care and my mom didn’t have Alzheimer’s disease

“My mom was never officially diagnosed with memory disease. I believe her memory loss was more a factor of age and a head injury from previous falls versus a disease,” shared Gene Utz, whose mom, Gertrude, was a resident at our Bramblewood house in Cincinnati. Gene recently shared his story with us, including why he […]

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Five Ways to Build Trust with your Out of State Memory Care Team

When Lisa Barco’s father finally realized that he could no longer care for his wife,  who had been living with Parkinson’s dementia, they first explored in home care. “At first, we tried having someone come to the house during the day while my father was at work, but soon my mom started wandering during the […]

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Forever Friends: The Story of Esther and Dottie

“It’s important to remember that Alzheimer’s and dementia affect the short-term memory first, so as soon as they saw each other their faces lit up. They recognized each other immediately,”  said Mary Carol. Mary Carol’s mom, Dorothy, was a resident of Our Family Home when a family member noticed Dorothy’s cousin, Esther, in a photo posted […]

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Family Notes

Receiving notes like these makes it all worthwhile. Thank you to Jeff and the entire Bierbower family for trusting us to care for your mom. Our hearts are with you all. -Evan   “Just a note to say thank you to you and the staff for the outstanding care provided to my mom while she […]

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Our Home with Fred and Jolynn

The most important advice I can give someone looking for care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia is to do your homework. Investigate each place carefully. Visit more than once, ask a lot of questions, and look around while you’re there. How does the staff engage with the residents? How many staff members […]

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Saturdays with Grandma

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, […]

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