A Family Story Recognizing our Health Care Heroes
I made a promise to myself as mom grew older and her daily needs required a little more attention each day that I would never put her in a nursing home. Little did I know when mom was admitted to SWGH how sick she was and how difficult the recovery was going to be. After a few weeks, while mom was being treated for severe septic shock and it was evident that in order for mom to regain any sense of independence this would require several weeks of physical therapy. My first and only choice was the Altenheim. Mom was transferred from SWGH to your physical therapy unit. Because of the Covid Virus and the restrictions placed on nursing homes that only allowed window visits, I wanted mom to have a companion during the day to be with her. Audrey was her companion from the very first day until her passing this Tuesday past on October 20th. Audrey was an angel and grew very close to mom over the last 34 days, praying with her, watching mom’s favorite game shows, cleaning her, feeding her, attending to her every need. I could not have asked for anyone better to be with mom.
On September 23rd mom’s condition took a drastic turn and we called our family priest. Since that time we were able to spend time with mom during the day, afternoon, and evenings and words cannot express how thankful we are for that generous and kind gesture. Mom stayed in the physical therapy unit until October 9th, and it became evident to me that mom needed to be transferred to the long-term care unit. I want to recognize and thank all of the nurses, aids, therapist that took care of mom while at Altenheim. There were many and I do not recall everyone’s name but I would be remiss not to mention the following:
- Beth, the acting Director of Nursing that provided frank and honest information on mom’s condition and difficult road ahead. Beth was the first to do this since mom was admitted to SWGH on September 4th, and appreciated and respected her opinion. Beth followed through with every request be it bloodwork results, vitals, and changed conditions.
- Katrina, mom’s nurse in unit 6. Katrina provided us updates on mom in person or would take the time to call us at the house. She is dedicated and compassionate.
- Veronica and Dan the nurses in the long-term care unit 4 were diligent in mom’s medication changing her dressings as her condition worsened and again very dedicated compassionate employees that provide the assurance to family that mom was kept comfortable.
- There were several aids that watched over mom during her stay at Altenheim keeping her clean with fresh sheets, gowns and blankets and I want to thank each of them for passionate care that they provided mom. A special thank you to Laura who was mom’s aid in unit 4.
I noticed that the first of your Core Values is treat everyone like family. Words cannot describe how difficult it was to not have mom home during this time, we live on the family homestead that I was born and raised next to mom and tended to her needs over the last several years. Every morning , afternoon, and evening I would visit with mom, talked to her every day. The last 46 days have been extremely difficult but because mom was at Altenheim knowing the care and attention that she was receiving was on less thing to worry about. Please thank all of those that watched over mom.