I wish I had known…
Have you ever found yourself uttering those words? I have. I suspect that my story is similar to many other people. Several years ago my Grandfather passed away unexpectedly. After the shock wore off the moment of “now what?” occurred. You see, my Grandfather was physically strong. He took care of my Grandmother in many simple but critical ways. He was the” helping hands”. He buttoned buttons, tied shoes, opened jars, chopped vegetables and so much more. He was her husband, her friend, her partner. My Grandmother had very little use of her hands. Simple tasks that we all take for granted were impossible. One thing was clear after the dust settled. My Grandmother could not live alone. What a blow.
My Grandmother was an independent woman. Smart, full of hopes and dreams, a lover of life and of her home. My Grandmother had difficult choices to make. She could have had her kind, generous daughters care for her but she said no. She was the mother and it was so important to her that she stay that way. She felt like she had one option, leave. She moved into a nearby assisted living facility and did her best to look on the bright side. She was not unhappy there, she just wasn’t home.
Another loss in a series of many that I have come to learn is a part of the natural progression of aging. I mourn that loss more than the others because it is one that did not have to be. I wish I had known. Or maybe more accurate, I wish I was. You see, I did not own Visiting Angels Mid Maine at the time. I had never even heard of “homecare.” None of us had.
In order to make a true choice you have to know what your choices are. Homecare for my Grandmother never made it on the list. A few months after my Grandmother left her home; we said our final goodbye. Her life was in no way shortened by her move to a facility but her life did not end at home where she wanted to be. A couple of years later, I was looking for opportunities to further my career as a Registered Nurse and capture my entrepreneur spirit. I heard a commercial for Visiting Angels Mid Maine's homecare and it all came together. An opportunity to serve a generation that had served me my entire life. An opportunity to offer not only a choice for people and their families caught between difficult and impossible but a solution.
Through Visiting Angels Mid Maine I am able to offer what my Grandmother had been looking for. An extra set of hands, someone to make the impossible, possible. Safe, reliable, compassionate care at the place you call home. It is with the utmost respect, dignity and compassion that I welcome the opportunity to offer the power of choice.
Read more about Visiting Angels Mid Maine's homecare experience on our About Us page. We'd love to hear your story and help you find the right homecare option for your loved one in Auburn, Bangor, or the surrounding area. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.