Mary was a diabetic amputee who had been in a skilled nursing facility for three months. In her 70s, Mary feared she’d be living there permanently. That’s what her family felt was best for her.
Mary’s wish: In Home Care
She wanted to go home. Normally a cheerful person in spite of her health challenges, Mary felt despondent at the thought of living out her life in a nursing home. She craved for in home care.
Could this be the solution?
One day she came upon a brochure from Sequoia Senior Solutions, an in home care provider for seniors.
What she read seemed very promising. In fact, it was the first hopeful bit of information she’d had since what she privately thought of as her incarceration. She prevailed upon her family to secure a caregiver. Her son and his wife had serious health issues of their own, and weren’t able to provide any care themselves. But they bowed to Mary’s insistence and called Sequoia Senior Solutions. After an assessment visit, the eldercare specialist felt confident that Sequoia could help Mary and that she would thrive at home. Their caregivers are thoroughly trained when hired and are required to take continuing education classes.
Mary’s family learned that Sequoia caregivers provide caring companionship, meal planning and preparation, incidental transportation, running errands, light housekeeping, medication reminders, assistance with bathing and grooming, and help with pet care.
On a beautiful, sunny day in June, Mary finally got to go home. It was the first time she’d been out of the nursing home in three months. She felt buoyed by the crystal clear day and the thought of being in her own home again. She went slowly through the rooms, fingering her precious mementos, happy to be there, physical limitations and all.
The first thing Mary asked for was pasta, which her senior care provider promptly cooked. Mary was ecstatic. She hadn’t had homemade pasta for a long time. Mary was also able to quickly reconnect with her dog, Coco, whom a neighbor had been caring for. Coco remembered Mary and was wildly excited to see her.
Janice, her caregiver, took Mary on frequent outings. They made repeated trips to the Petaluma antique shops, where Mary loved to browse and occasionally make a purchase; to all the local farmers’ markets; and even to the beautiful Armstrong Redwoods, with Mary in her wheelchair. She was thrilled to be out and about, an active participant in life again.
In-home care turned out to be the perfect solution for Mary. She certainly needed help, but wasn’t ready for an institution. Sequoia senior care providers gave her compassionate one-on-one care, allowing her to live happily in her own home for what turned out to be the last year of her life.
When Stan Lawson, Sequoia Senior Solutions co-owner, conducted a follow-up visit, something Sequoia does regularly, he asked, “How are things, Mary?”
A beaming Mary responded, “Life has never been better.”