She recalls, “When Bill’s doctor tested him it was clear that he was experiencing the changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s type dementia.”
For the past five years, Diane has cared for her husband while working full time in Liberty’s fiscal department.
“It was a constant worry. I was lucky to have the flexibility I did at work.”
In October, Bill’s condition changed dramatically. Following a fall and hospitalization it became clear that Bill and Diane needed more support.
“Things changed so quickly. I’ll never forget how Dana O’Donnell, Director of Liberty at Home, immediately responded – she knew that the best option for us was Hospice.”
At Artman, the Hospice team focused on the needs for both Bill and Diane.
“Because of Hospice I was able to turn the care-giving needs over to the staff and be his wife. I can’t begin to thank this wonderful group of staff for all they did for both of us.”
Since Bill’s death Diane has received bereavement support, a service offered by Hospice for 13 months following a death.
“The bereavement counselor has been very helpful. He’s helped me understand that my emotions are normal – it’s part of the process,” says Diane.
Diane has generously contributed $5,000 in memory of her husband Bill. “It’s a small token of my deep appreciation for their phenomenal care. I can’t say enough.”
To honor or remember a loved one please call the Liberty Lutheran Advancement Office at 267-464-7720.
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