Margie’s Personal Story
One evening in the fall of 2002, a good samaritan found an elderly woman wandering through the streets of a city, two miles away from her home.
Her son was notified and the woman was brought home to safety. The woman stated she was going to the senior center that she goes to every day.
She thought the bus forgot to pick her up...
The woman was Margaret C. Grider; I was named after her. She's my grandmom and she has Alzheimer's disease. After this situation, our family decided that my grandmom could no longer live alone. I had been a registered nurse for 12 years and was a single mother with four small children when my grandmom came to live with me. Although assisted living facilities are a necessity for some, I knew that it was not the place for my grandmom. I wanted her to keep as much dignity and independence as possible. With the help of family and professional caregivers, Grandmom was home with us for close to three years. She was there for holidays, family functions and vacations. When it was too difficult to take her with us, we had respite care available, and she was able to be comfortable in her own surroundings.
Eventually, we had to make the difficult decision to put Grandmom on hospice care. However, she was still able to live at home thanks to the resources that were available.
Early in the morning of June 30, 2005, Grandmom passed away, in her own bed, as I held her hand. I understand the heart-wrenching decisions that families need to make regarding the care of loved ones, and I promise to treat everyone with the same dignity and compassion that my Grandmom enjoyed. Email Margie Skibinski directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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