A Safe Home for a Loved One

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Mildred “Millie” Williams prided herself on being a homemaker for most of her married life. She was always active in her two children’s various organizations such as Girl Scouts and Little League.

Also highly involved in her church, in the choir and served as a secretary on the church’s board. She was also an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Another of Millie’s favorite pastimes was to play bridge.

Following the passing of her husband of 47 years, she decided on her own to sell the family home. She had applied to a retirement community with different levels of care, but there was a waiting list and Millie could not move in at the time she sold her house.

Eventually she moved to an independent living residence but after four years there, she started to become disoriented and weaker and discovered she had a bigeminal heartbeat and low blood pressure. “She also had the beginnings of dementia,” said Millie’s daughter, Carol Lewis. “My brother Michael and I talked with her and told her we felt she needed more care.”

When a home care service did not work, they moved her to an assisted living facility. Though there were available activities, she had a hard time adapting to change. With medication mix-ups and delays in responding to her calls, especially when Millie fell and broke her hip, Carol decided to look elsewhere.

“Most of our decisions were made jointly with our mother, but by the time she had broken her hip, we were playing a stronger role in that decision.”

After searching the available options, Carol found out about Labier Assisted Living, a small residential community located in Alexandria, Va., with eight residents and three fulltime caregivers.

“We visited six places, but we were very impressed by Pearlbea Labier’s thoroughness and knowledge of what’s required for geriatric care,” said Carol.

What was also appealing about the residential community was the 24-hour staff. This gave a great sense of security to her children. “My first concern was her safety and I felt like I had found the place where she would be safe,” said Carol.

As Millie enjoys musical therapy, holiday parties, artwork and socializing with her fellow residents, Carol notices her mother’s dementia has improved. She knows she can contact Pearlbea any day or night and that the staff will do their best to accommodate requests.

“My brother and I had to know that she was well taken care of and that goal has certainly been met,” said Carol. “We feel that in this small home, she receives more personal attention from dedicated caregivers who tend to her needs with love and respect.”

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