“I Got Mom Back”
A daughter struggling through the complications of elder care management of her Mom with advanced Alzheimer’s Disease is thankful for Adultcare Assistance Homecare. Hospice helped with the medical needs but this family needed much more. Because in-home hospice does not typically cover 24 hour care, our caregivers filled the void helping reduce family tension with much needed respite care.
One day, while listening to good ole Country Western Music, Mom began tapping her foot. Familiar music can often be comforting to seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease. Continuing to be moved by the music, Mom started dancing with the daughter. Mom was more like herself than she had been in a long time. This was a joyous time for the family that was videotaped by the caregiver. That evening, Mom slipped into a coma and never woke.
The daughter is thankful for this last dance. She thanked us saying,”I got my Mom back. She was herself again”. Moments like this fuel the caregivers at Adultcare Assistance Homecare to make a difference in the lives of others.
Discovering our limitations is tough. My family knows firsthand. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer we experienced sadness, exhaustion and stress. My commitments to work and family stretched beyond my capability. As others joined beside me, we pulled together as a team. More important to my respite, my husband was able to thrive at home. This is vital as living at home empowers independence, recovers dignity and grants familiarity leading to a healthier life.
Through my experience, I learned that home care in Arizona is different than in most of the country. Arizona permits the use of independent contractors and does not require criminal background clearance for caregivers. The lack of regulation in Arizona places citizens at risk. The more I have learned, the more I have become involved in protecting seniors and their families. This has led to Adultcare Assistance Homecare maintaining the highest standards for caregiver selection and training. My desire to protect Arizona seniors extends beyond my company with my appointment as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the Home Care Association of America.