“Dementia ran in my wife’s family, and as a physician, I could see the early signs of dementia developing. It was really hard on both of us. Initially I was able to care for Fran. Then, I started asking our kids to watch their mom while I was at work. As the disease developed, we finally reached a point where I realized she was never going to come back home.” – Edward Hall, M.D.
In late 2017, Ed Hall realized he could no longer provide the necessary 24-hour care that his wife, Fran, needed. Even with the help of his kids, they couldn’t fully attend to her needs. After being admitted into a memory disease unit at a nearby hospital, they realized Fran needed full-time care. They discussed in-home care, but ultimately decided that a care center would be better.
Ed, a physician himself, and his daughter, a nurse, worked with the hospital to gather a list local facilities and began setting up appointments. They were surprised by what they found – or really what they couldn’t find.
The centers were nice, even offering aroma therapy sessions and video games geared toward seniors with memory diseases. However, the majority of amenities weren’t suitable for Fran – or anyone whose disease has progressed or might progress quickly.
“It felt like they weren’t keyed into what Fran needed or might need. They were looking for less dependent residents, who could more easily navigate the center. Fran had lost her sense of smell a few years before and wouldn’t be able to follow a video game.”
Ed knew she needed more attentive care. Fran had also shown signs of belligerence, common for individuals with dementia, during the initial evaluations. Some of the centers identified this as a red flag for them and even declined to accept her.
After multiple dead ends, Ed and his daughter were referred to Our Family Home.
“We knew immediately this was the right place and they’ve been a godsend ever since. From the very first discussion, we could tell they had a different approach to caring for individuals with memory disease. They were cued into her needs and were equipped to manage her care, even as the disease progressed.”
According to Ed, most of the centers they looked at had a ratio of 1 caregiver: 8 residents during the day and 1 caregiver: 16 residents at night. They were surprised to learn that Our Family Home has 2 caregivers: 5 residents during the day and 1 caregiver: 5 residents at night. This was unprecedented to them.
“Honestly, I believe that if Fran didn’t have the level of care she’s been receiving from Our Family Home, she probably wouldn’t be with us today. The staff is great. They bond with the residents and show a genuine concern about their care. I still see Fran nearly every day, but I have no worries that when I’m not there that her care is any different. I can’t say enough good things about them.”