Just Down the Street But One Step From Heaven: Nursing and Rehabilitation

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retired woman in nursing homeTo say that Mildred Boyer’s family is close-knit does not do them justice. Her three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild all live close by. Their family gatherings are frequent; they eat together; they laugh together; and they even cook together-at Westbrook Market, the meat market and deli owned by her son, Paul. Paul and his two sisters, Sue and Margaret Mary, all work at the Market. Several of the grandchildren work there too. Mildred even donned an apron to help out the family business, creating some of Westbrook’s patrons’ favorite recipes.

When Mildred started to experience some health problems, she moved in with Sue. Margaret Mary and Paul visited often to help Sue care for their mother. After a hospital stay, Mildred was admitted to a rehabilitation facility. While she recovered, her family began to consider care options for her. The staff at the rehabilitation center helped them review their options and suggested that they take a look at Little Flower Manor, a Catholic Nursing Home in Darby, PA.

Mildred recalls, “This was our first choice because it is so close and convenient for all my children.” Little Flower Manor has always been just a few miles away, but it was not until she visited the community that Sue realized how much it had to offer. She says, “As soon as I walked in the front door, I saw this beautiful chapel, and I knew it was the perfect place for Mom.” Interacting with the friendly staff only confirmed for Sue that her mother would be happy in her new home.

A devout Catholic, Mildred loves the community chapel and enjoys attending Mass everyday. The wide range of events and activities available at the community appeals to her as well. “Every waking minute, there is something to do. Yesterday, we had a show on Ireland that was so fascinating. There are singing and dancing groups that come in to play for us, and they really get everyone dancing,” Mildred relates. A regular at the beauty shop on site, Mildred has discovered a new way to pamper herself: “In 74 years, I had never had a manicure, but they are just wonderful.”

Little Flower Manor was always their first choice, and the entire family feels very lucky that everything has worked out so well. The high level of care offered at the community has given all of Mildred’s children enormous peace of mind. Sue points out, “Our Mother looks marvelous. She has only been here for a few weeks, but she is so well cared for.” Although the decision was difficult for the entire family, they are relieved that their mother is receiving quality care. “You go through a lot of emotions when you realize that your loved one needs more care, but to find a place where they are treated just as well as they would be by family is wonderful,” continues Sue.

Mildred has settled in quickly and is happy to be “just Mildred” to the staff members and her fellow residents. “Everyone here is so personable; I’m never Mrs. Boyer, always Mildred, which is nice. After all, Mrs. Boyer was my mother-in-law.” Little Flower Manor may be just down the street from the family business and all her children’s homes, but for Mildred it is a whole new world-one that she attests is “just one step from heaven.”

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