A Daughter’s Lesson: Assisted Living
As a homemaker, wife, and mother, Elizabeth Firth spent her entire life caring for others, but after her husband’s death several years ago her daughter, Lynn Jenkins, realized that it was time to take care of her mother. She decided to have her mother move from her lifelong home in North Carolina to Maryland to live with her and her husband: “I didn’t want my mother to remain in North Carolina because of the distance, and she didn’t want to be alone; however, it was sometimes difficult for all of us with her living in our small, mobile home. Her mobility was limited because of space restrictions and the lack of wheelchair access, and we were all denied the privacy we needed.”
More importantly, Lynn relates that after four years she was no longer able to provide the care Elizabeth needed and deserved because she is not a health care professional: “I later learned that there were actually things I was unknowingly doing incorrectly while caring for my mother.”
After calling countless state and federal agencies and receiving little assistance, Lynn finally received a call back from Dr. Jeffery Katz of Physicians’ House Calls. He was able to visit her mother in her home, since her mother could no longer make it to the doctor’s office. Dr. Katz and his staff were able to monitor her mother’s medications and medical tests and to stabilize her health, all through in-home visits. Since these physicians are on call 24 hours a day, they “were always there and always great,” declares Lynn.
With her mother happy and healthy, Lynn and her husband decided to schedule a much needed and deserved vacation to visit with family and friends. She consulted Dr. Katz about having her mother stay for a month in his newly opened assisted living facility, Beaverbrook Corner Assisted Living. The transition to the facility was smooth, according to Lynn: “They came in their van and transported my mother. After we returned from vacation, we visited Mom a couple of times and she seemed so contented and comfortable. Finally, I asked her if she really wanted to come back home with me. My mother’s answer was ‘No, not really.'” Elizabeth is still pleased with her new home; she is surrounded by people her own age, and she participates in trivia games and bingo games frequently. After just four months, she is truly prospering in her new environment.
Meanwhile, Lynn relates that her life has changed for the better as well, and she cannot do enough to sing the praises of Beaverbrook: “The staff is kind to mother; she likes them, and they like her. I have even visited unannounced, and the care she is receiving is always impeccable. The facility offers my mother everything she needs to meet her physical, social and mental needs, and the staff is truly caring and attentive; they have a genuine love for the elderly. Lynn happily relates that her “life is gorgeous now. I am mentally relieved knowing that my mother is always taken care of.”