Staying Surrounded by Their Family and Belongings

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For WWII Veterans Claire and Charlie Zampino, serving their country with honor was always the right thing to. Today, however, they are the ones being served in a different way with Right at Home, a home healthcare provider.

Charlie is a highly decorated veteran as exemplified by his wall of medals that includes the bronze star and a purple heart. After the war, his passion for clothing design led him to train with family in the Italian tailoring business and to eventually design for Calvin Klein and Saks Fifth Avenue.

A draftsman in the Signal Corps, Claire used her love of art to create sketches of tanks and planes so that U.S. soldiers could recognize enemies. Following her service, she continued her studies in fashion and art, and that is how she met Charlie, her instructor. The rest, they say, is history as they have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

While raising their son, Claire continued painting landscapes and creating amazing mosaics out of glass as Charlie continued his impressive designs.

The couple’s faith has always been a high priority in their lives. While they read the Bible everyday, she has taught through their church in Frederick County. The Zampinos have been able to attend mass and worship regularly after settling into a beautiful home in Union Bridge located on the property of their son, Episcopal Bishop Phillip Zampino’s church. After their passing, their wish is that their home will be donated to the church.

Though it was difficult for the veterans to admit they needed help, their mind was soon changed after meeting with Carole Luber, the owner of Right at Home.

Now each of their needs including personal care, hygiene, housekeeping, meals and gardening are taken care of.

“Having someone to take me shopping has been wonderful,” says Claire, who loves that she is still able to make her own choices. “My caregiver, Nicky, takes me to the grocery store to help me read the food labels and prices that I can’t see so easily anymore.”

The couple wants others to know just how beneficial getting in-home care is. “This is the best thing for seniors — to be able to enjoy living in your own environment with your memories and treasures,” says Claire.

She loves how the caregivers really seem to enjoy coming to their home and that they have even stayed after hours to help her prepare meals. “Their company makes an effort to find employees who have a good heart and compassion for their work,” said Claire. “It’s nice to have caregivers become part of your family.”

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