When a Home Turns into Family

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All of her life Nina Johnson’s mother, Ruth Colpo took care of others. A full-time homemaker, Ruth was devoted to caring for her siblings, as well as her loving husband and three children.

“It was love at first sight with my parents.they enjoyed dancing and swimming” said Nina. “Mom was a fabulous cook and liked to sew and do crochet.”

Following in her footsteps, Nina, and her sister, took on the role of caring for Ruth after the passing of their father. But as their mother’s rheumatoid arthritis worsened, they wanted to find a home that could serve as an ideal supportive environment for her.

While at first she was in large assisted living homes, Nina felt as if her mother was just a ‘number’ there. “She was more mobile when she was there as she participated in a lot of activities and trivia games that stimulated her mind,” said Nina. “But she got to the point where she couldn’t stand up on her own and she experienced a major personality change.”

She then looked into a smaller setting for her mother. And it was not long before they found the perfect family for Ruth at The Angels Garden, a residential assisted living home in Rockville, MD. Here, Ruth was not only cared for by others, but she had returned to her old self looking after her fellow residents.

“She was a mother there,” said Nina. “There were five people she just kept checking on, and she would find help if something was wrong.”

But as she watched over others, Ruth had still not recovered from the pain of losing her husband and she passed away in March. “Her heart was very strong, but I think both of their prayers were heard as she was in a lot of pain,” said Nina.

Although she greatly misses her mother, she will always be grateful for the care Ruth received at The Angels Garden.

“The staff always had a smile on their faces,” said Nina, “They were always so careful and were the most wonderful people.”

For Nina, who has been experiencing back problems, it was a relief knowing her mother was in such good hands. She would pick Ruth up for doctor’s appointments as the staff helped her into the car, even escorting her on occasion.

While Nina understands her mother is in a better place, she is thankful for the great place in which her mother spent her final months.

“I can’t give them enough credit,” she said.

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