Mary is the type of woman who likes to hold your hand and tell you you are loved. When she was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she began attending St. Joseph’s adult day care four days a week. She loved all the day trips she took with the group as well as the painting and dancing. After her Alzheimer’s progressed to the point where it was no longer safe for her to live at home, she came to live full-time at St. Joe’s.
Her daughter Diane loves the kindness and tenderness of the staff. Knowing how much her mother enjoys folding things, the staff put together a basket of baby clothes and towels for Mary to fold each day. Mary continues to go on day trips with the staff and is taken to get her hair done once a week.
She also loves music and dancing. The addition of a piano to the unit has made it easier for the residents to enjoy live music. Diane says, “I don’t know who thought of it, but it was very wise. Having the piano on the unit allows everyone to hear the music. Everyone loves it and they all respond to the music being played.”
Diane likes to go see her mother midday so she can have her noon meal with her. When the weather is nice, they go out to the garden and look at the flowers and squirrels. “My mother loves her sweets, and I like to bring her treats and watermelon to enjoy. The kitchen does a great job fixing her flavorful food she can eat.
“Best of all,” Diane says, “is that my mother has such a good quality of life. My parents were very good parents to me, and I do this all out of love for her. At St. Joseph’s, I know she has is happy, well-cared for, and safe.”