To the editor:
Recently, I have read a story and letter in your paper about Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation. The story concerned a very sad and tragic accident at the facility; the letter detailed a woman's opinion about her mother's care not being up to par.
My own mother passed away last August. At the time, I wanted to write a letter of recommendation and gratitude to all the staff and nurses on the third-floor Alzheimer's ward.
My mother was a resident at Hunt for more than three years. I can't say enough about the care and guardianship we both received through the many stages of this degenerative illness.
From her calling and begging me to come and bring her home, and numerous calls and meetings about care, medication changes, mood changes, physical therapy, bruises, minor cuts, food, and appetite, well, I could go on and on.
I am self-employed and have a flexible schedule, so I often visited at odd hours. I never found anything amiss.
On the contrary, I would come and take her out as often as I could, and every time they would have her dressed and ready. She was always clean and well-clothed.
Toward the end when she didn't know me anymore, they counseled me. When Compassionate Care Hospice got involved, they worked with me, my family and the staff.
I got that last phone call from the head nurse letting me know she would probably not make the end of the shift, and I thought: Do I really want to watch my mother pass? The answer was yes!
I am so grateful for that decision. My mother died peacefully in my arms.
God bless the nurses and staff at Hunt. I do not know what I would have done with out them. Three of the nurses, activities personnel and staff attended the wake.