Health Care Center there in time of need
To the Editor:
Once upon a time when we were young, the thought of someday needing a facility to care for us never crossed our minds. We had things to do and places to see. But time seemed to evaporate, and soon we were senior citizens. Enter Alzheimer’s disease.
It cast a shadow over my husband’s mind and try as we did, we could not stop that growing shadow. We turned to Marcia McDonald and her incredible staff at Portage County Health Care Center. The caregivers on his wing treated him with such personal dignity and kindness. It was amazing to see. They helped me understand his illness as it progressed. I wish I could name each one, but I will never forget them.
The activity staff kept him involved socially as long as they could. He loved music, and they were sure he was present at all their programs. They were good about stopping by his room to turn on his CD player, a small gesture, but so important. They seemed to know when I needed a hug, too.
When the time came for hospice, they gently prepared me for that. Ministry Hospice was extremely helpful in easing his last months of life. They worked well with the staff.
Baby Boomers, you are reaching that senior citizen status. Don’t let this excellent facility close. Portage County needs it. Wouldn’t it be sad if the day came that its doors were closed to your needs?