Betty had hip surgery a month ago and was just discharged from rehabilitation. But at 82, a widow and with no family in the area, she wasn’t strong enough to manage on her own and her children were worried about what to do next.
I met with Betty in her apartment two weeks ago. We talked about what she would need to make sure that she was safe and comfortable. I assured her I was there to help her get stronger and to remain independent. I arranged for Premier Homecare aides to come in a few hours a day to help her bathe, get dressed and prepare meals.
I coordinated with our escorted medical transportation folks to pick her up and bring her home from her doctor’s appointments and I spoke to our volunteer coordinator about scheduling a friendly visitor to come once a week. I just spoke to Betty this morning. She told me that she was feeling much better and that for the first time in weeks she had slept through the night. I could “hear” her smile over the phone and I hope she “heard” mine.