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Letters to the Editor

Loving care

January 26, 2007

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To the editor:

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a very difficult decision. It is a painful realization that one cannot provide adequately for the needs of one for whom one cares so deeply.

I am writing because of the positive experience that our family had at a Lawrence nursing facility. My mother spent 2 1/2 years in their nursing care unit. She received the love and care that we could not provide her. They also became a second family to me as I visited her regularly and they gave me support as we approached her loss.

I cannot adequately express my appreciation for each and every one who participated in her care, who lovingly made her last years as positive as possible. Her mind was not what it once was, but her smile was intact largely due to the love and care she received.

Thank you, each and every one who made our last 2 1/2 years joyful.

Nancy Bonner,

Lawrence

Comments

stephbetz 7 years, 11 months ago

As someone who takes care of elderly people, who usually are not of sound and mine (but also have smiles intact); I know what it is to give love and care to those individuals. It takes a certain kind of person to do this job. It takes a loving, patient, opened hearted person. I am often saddened by the lack of family members who don't visit their loved ones. Family members like you are a breath of fresh air to us. Even we, who take care of these people each day and spend hours with them, cannot give them the kind of love their family can. So, thank YOU for that.

tweetybird2 7 years, 11 months ago

I also would like to know the name. We might have to make some decisions for my mothers care. It might help if we knew of a good facility.

nbonner 7 years, 11 months ago

Thank you stephbetz for your response. As to the name of the facility, the paper requires that the name not be used because it then becomes an advertisement. Our experience at Presbyterian Manor was wonderful but I know of others who could have written a similar letter about other facilities. The key is to stay very connected and to open your heart to your loved ones caregivers. They do their very best and are special people who only want to join you in caring for your family.

mstpeter 7 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for the kind words and expressions of appreciation for the people who cared for your loved one in a nursing facility. I wish more people would have your positive insight into this area of healthcare. Those of us who have made a career of caring for the elderly appreciate families like yourself who feel the best way to make our elders feel loved and appreicated is to work together as a team to make their home environment the best it can be. Again, thank you. You made my day and I am certain you made many others feel appreciated.

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