My husband and I have been married for over fifty years! And after all that time, you are no longer “husband and wife,” you are one. Partners. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, we knew we had a lot of quality years together ahead of us, and we were determined not to let this disease come between us. Honestly, we knew that if we had to exist without each other, we wouldn’t really have any type of “quality existence” at all. And so, as his disease progressed, I was there. I became the caretaker and we lived those quality days together that we were so determined to have.
But even the strongest determination can’t heal a broken bone. So, when I broke my arm in two places, we knew we needed help. Our children all have lives and expenses of their own, so we knew, as much as they wanted to become our caretakers, it just wasn’t the right course of action. We reached out for help and that’s when we met Janice. Wonderful Janice! Because of Janice, we discovered a broken arm wasn’t my only problem – a disorder that causes me to black out with no warning would effect me for the rest of my life. But Janice said, no problem, JEVS at Home is here for you and your husband.
I can’t tell you the fear – the utter terror – that took hold of my husband and me when we thought our only option was a nursing home for at least one of us. We knew in our hearts that being separated, being assigned to a bed, losing so much of our independence, would kill one if not both of us. While our body’s may be calling for help, our spirits and minds are strong – and we truly felt they would deteriorate under such circumstances.
JEVS at Home SAVED us in every sense of the word. Not only is the care stellar, but we… have… a… life! We have OUR life. We can visit with our children whenever we’d like. We are the ones who have the say as to when we do things, where we travel to, what we have for dinner and I can even cook it if I want to. And our grandchildren – well, we are enjoying watching them grow. I know we never would have had the opportunity to see them so much, and in family settings that nurture relationships, had we been in a nursing home. We have retained our independence, our dignity, our family – and, most importantly, we have retained each other.
JEVS at Home is a Godsend, there is no other word for it!