A Difficult Situation Becomes a Positive Experience with Home Healthcare

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For Elizabeth Thompson, there was nothing more fulfilling than reaching out to her greater community, whether it was through her teaching or involvement in charitable organizations. 

Having received her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia, she taught elementary-age children for several years.  Elizabeth said she enjoyed interacting with the young minds and playing a role in the development of their sense of self.  Aside from teaching, she was involved with Habitat for Humanity and could often be seen working at food distribution centers for the less fortunate.  

In her 40 years of marriage, Elizabeth had three children. While pursuing her career and raising her family, the avid pastel and oil painter managed to attend and participate in many art shows.  “Art was a passion and in my years after retirement, I enjoyed painting almost daily,” she said.

As time passed, the grandmother of two found herself needing some assistance in order to remain in her home.  “The best solution was to find a way to maintain a similar quality of life standard within my own home environment,” said Elizabeth.  “Security and help with everyday chores, laundry, meal preparation, etc. was also paramount.”

When her children stepped in to help, they looked online to compare different home care companies and ultimately chose Lighthouse Healthcare, Inc. 

“We chose them because they are locally owned and operated,” said Elizabeth’s son, Dan.  Also important for the family was the fact that the company was not advertising ‘on the job training.’ 

“The Director of Private Duty Services, Tracey Domzalski could not have been more accommodating,” said Dan.  “Her sincerity and understanding of what our family was dealing with was very important.”

The entire family has agreed the care Elizabeth receives has been excellent.  According to Dan, her caregiver is compassionate, cooperative and thorough.

“Without the assistance of Lighthouse, we are not certain what options would have been available,” he said.  “Independence has been maintained and it has allowed my mom to stay in her home.”

For Dan and the rest of the family, this care has provided them peace of mind as their worries about falls and nutrition have been eliminated.  Most importantly, he said Elizabeth has found a companion with whom she has a mutual trust and respect. 

“They have made a difficult situation a tolerable, positive experience,” he said.

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