Your generosity gives Kathy and Richard strength
“One of the sad things about this disease, as a spouse, is that you are married, but you don’t have a partner ... especially when you have always done everything together ... Even when you are together in the evening, you are alone.”
For six years, Richard*, 83, had been deteriorating. Four years ago, he and his wife Kathy received the diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia. By that time, he could not follow conversations. His muscles had become rigid. He was shuffling. He could not get out of a chair on his own.
Then Kathy found Eskaton Adult Day Health Center. Richard began participating three days a week in physical, occupational and recreational therapies. “It really made a difference with how we managed at home,” Kathy noted.
Last spring, when Kathy was recovering from surgery, Richard’s health deteriorated to the point that he needed more days of care, but they could not afford them.
THANKS TO DONORS LIKE YOU, Eskaton Foundation was able to fund extra care. Richard now receives the physical care and mental stimulation that he needs five days a week.
Kathy’s love and commitment never waver. At home, she puts her nursing knowledge into caring for Richard.
When they met 45 years ago, Richard, an architect, was athletic with an irresistible sense of humor. A young registered nurse, Kathy could match him on the tennis court. They soon married, had two daughters, and settled into family life.
Every night at bedtime, Richard tells Kathy, “I’m sorry ... and thank you for taking care of me.” Read more.
*Name changed for anonymity
Because of you, “Babe” is clean and healthy
Patricia’s back pain is so severe that she can barely walk the 88 steps from her apartment to the lobby. She uses a mobility scooter and is unable to stand for long.
Patricia was forced to retire due to severe back pain and high blood pressure. She also suffers from shoulder pain and will need surgery soon.
BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROSITY, Patricia receives four hours of non-medical home care a week from the Resident Care Fund, allowing her to continue living independently.
Her doctor prescribed a companion dog, Babe, to provide company and comfort. Her caregiver helps her with heavy duty cleaning, laundry and vacuuming. She also gives Babe a bath.
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