A Former Nurse Receives the Care she Needs

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Through her career and family life, Mona Lampe has seemed to devote a great deal of her time to helping others.

As a registered nurse, she was in the NAVY Nurse Corps when she met her future husband, a Marine helicopter pilot. After starting a family, Mona stayed at home with their three children while getting involved with their girl/boy scout troops as well as the homeowners association. When they were all grown, however, she knew she wanted to reenter the workforce and continue with a similar career path.

Mona took a refresher course for nine months and started working for a home care company. “I worked there for 18 years making home visits, working in the office as well as occasionally doing intakes, and I loved it,” she said.

In 2000, Mona left for Nebraska to be with her mother in her final days. It was upon her return that she decided to retire, but it would not be long before Mona was looking after her husband. A falling accident at home had caused him to suffer from traumatic brain injury for which he was in intensive care for six weeks and a coma for three.

When he came to, it was decided that rehabilitation was the best option, and Mona knew exactly where she wanted him to be. “We had asked for National Lutheran Home & Village because I had done some temporary nursing there in my working days and I really liked what I saw,” said Mona.

Although initially there was no room available for him at the community located in Rockville, they were extremely happy when the opportunity arose. “Everybody at National Lutheran was wonderful during the two years he was there before he passed,” said Mona.

She also experienced the care first-hand when she stayed there for a few weeks following surgery. “I did physical therapy twice a day and I did get stronger,” said Mona. “They were great and I would certainly recommend them and their therapies to anybody.”

As a spouse and patient, Mona cannot speak highly enough of the treatment she received at the nursing and rehabilitation center that she knows she can turn to for the best care and advice.

“They treat you like family and you just feel like you belong there,” she said. “They care about you and do everything they can to accommodate you.”

Even those who have cared for others throughout their lives may need that care in return at some point, and Mona will always be grateful for the compassion she found for her husband and herself.

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