Her Social Calendar is Packed
Once a month, Louise Parker meets with her Canasta Club for a friendly game and a lot of fellowship. The women have been playing together for the past 55 years. Mrs. Parker is also a member of several bridge clubs and the Woman’s Club of Falls Church. Her philanthropic activities include work for Goodwill and the Virginia State Society-the organization that sponsors the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Columbia Baptist Church has also been an integral part of her life; she has been a member for the past 55 years.
Active members of the Falls Church community for over 50 years, Mrs. Parker and her husband found the time to remain involved while raising three children. When her husband passed away seven years ago, she decided to remain in their home-knowing that with her extended network of friends she would never be lonely. Her daughter, Juliana Smith, notes, “My mother was so active and independent. She dealt with all of her own business concerns and had a full social schedule.”
That all changed in an instant. Mrs. Parker was experiencing stomach problems and was admitted to the hospital, but the doctors did not think it was serious. Confident that her mother was recovering comfortably, Juliana returned home to spend Memorial Day with her husband and children. “When the hospital called to say that my mom was in intensive care, I actually explained to the person on the phone that she was on the 2nd floor and there must have been some mix-up. When he explained that my mother had a heart event, I was so shocked,” recalls Juliana.
Following emergency surgery, Mrs. Parker went to The Virginian, a continuing care retirement community in Fairfax, for short-term rehabilitation. During a meeting with the nurses and therapists from The Virginian, Mrs. Parker and her family faced the reality that she would no longer be able to drive or live alone.
“We discussed all the options together, and my mom really wanted to stay at home. She fully realized that she would need live-in care, but it was important to her to stay in her own home,” Juliana says. The family began looking for home care and went through a few home care agencies and caregivers before they found the right fit.
When the family Care Plus Home Health, Inc.,they quickly realized that it was a “top-quality, very professional organization.” Care Plus will celebrate its ten year anniversary next year. During the past decade, they have honed their commitment to quality care and customer service.
Juliana confirms, “Care Plus has outstanding service, and they are very kind and understanding of the needs of older people.” Mrs. Parker has been thrilled with her caregiver, Nabidou, who has become a part of the family. Nabi provides the personal, loving care that Mrs. Parker needs. This “individualized care” is important because, “It has helped my mom to have a much higher quality of life at this stage than she otherwise might have,” says Juliana. In addition to assistance with the activities of daily living, Nabi has become Mrs. Parker’s literal connection to the outside world. She drives Mrs. Parker to luncheons, meetings, and clubs.
Both Juliana and Mrs. Parker continue to be impressed by the high quality of service provided by the Care Plus caregivers and staff. “They are so customer service orientated,” Juliana says. “Even during off hours, if I have a question, I can push a certain extension, and the owner will get on the phone and help.” While Juliana is busy supervising the caregiver and completing insurance paperwork, it is nice to know that her mother is receiving the care she needs. Juliana is quick to point out that “it is all worth it” because of her love for her mother, who “continues to be a blessing to us all.” Mrs. Parker has certainly benefited from the conscientious and loving care.