January 21, 2010
Dear Betty & the Wonderful Staff at In Home Primary Care,
Thank you for your condolences on the passing of my beloved Pop, Harry Mellich.
The care you provided for him and the support you provided for me made it possible for
him to continue living in his home for the last year of his long, wonderful life. There is
not a doubt in my mind that he would have either died much sooner or had to leave the
comfort of his home and move into a care center if we’d never met you. The time we had
together during his last year was a gift that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Words cannot express how much I appreciated and came to depend on Betty’s
knowledge and understanding of what our elders need to stay comfortable and safe.
Her expertise in fine tuning meds made a huge difference almost immediately in Pop’s
life. He went from having no appetite and wanting to lay in bed all day to eating a hearty
breakfast, snacking and spending most of the day up and about.
Dementia is an extremely frightening disease for the patient as well as their family.
Betty’s attitude and sense of humor made coping with Pop’s short term memory loss and
occasional delusions much easier to deal with. Her help made it easier for me to talk to
Pop about things and eased both our fears.
Whenever I had a question, it was so comforting to know someone was only a phone
call away. If Betty wasn’t able to answer her cell phone when I called, I knew she’d get
back to me quickly. If she was out of town, someone was always available at the office
to answer a question. Very refreshing since I was accustomed to having to wait for hours
(sometimes until the next day) to hear back from his doctor’s office if I had a question or
problem that needed addressing.
When Pop’s time here was nearing it’s end, Betty made sure he was comfortable, made
sure I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed and got the ball rolling with Hospice to come in when I
felt like I needed help.
Having to say goodbye to my Dad is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But, it’s comforting
to know that because of the help we received from In Home Primary Care it was
possible for him to leave on his terms. In the company of those he loved, peacefully and
comfortably in his own bed.
Our world would be a better place if more people shared your opinion that our elders are
living treasures and deserve to be treated as such.