Here’s a great story about a woman whose strong belief that our country can “do better” in taking care of its senior population is becoming an in-home care activist in her home State of Maine.
At 67, Claire has thought a lot about aging. When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Claire and her siblings were determined that she would stay at home. After her aunt fell and needed 24-hour care, Claire watched how quickly she deteriorated living away in a nursing home.
“Home is the best,” Claire said in an interview with Beacon.
“I think we just all felt that the quality of [my mother’s] care would be much greater if she was in her own home,” she continued. “For one thing, her needs were recognized immediately and she could get what she needed immediately. For instance, if she had to use the bathroom, it was like, ‘Yep, okay, let’s get you to the bathroom.’ If she was hungry, we were right there to give her a snack. If she felt sad about something, we were there to put an arm around her and comfort her. If we noticed that she wasn’t feeling well, we right there and alert.”