True Tales from Bridges
My Mother was in three places before she came to the Bridges. It was only after that transfer that my brother and I and my Mom were happy. We were confident in the care and attention and individual time she was given there.
It took a great burden off of our family.
She had a lovely room and her bed was right by the window where they provided a bird feeder for her so that she could watch the birds she loved so much. The communication we received via the staff was great. We were made to feel it was a home and we were all family.
It certainly did make her last year so much more peaceful.
Virginia K., Rochester, NY
One of our 99 year old residents, who still did needlecraft work wanted to make her family and friends some special holiday gifts. We took a trip to the craft store, purchased her supplies and helped her with the “finishing” of her lovely samplers. Last christmas, she suprised many people with her lovely work. She even blessed us with a beautiful gift that still hangs at Bridges.
One of our residents who had recently moved into Bridges, was missing her family farm. Her son, who now owns and operates the farm was a very busy man and unable to visit often. We made sure that she made a regular visit to see her son and sit in her pasture. We even packed a basket lunch for them to share while visiting. She stayed with us until her death. When she became bedbound and very ill we brought her dog to stay with her until she passed away.
A lovely lady who chose to stay in her home with Bridges Homecare was unable to drive to her monthly ladies group. Our caregivers made certain that she got her hair and nails done, made a dish to share (which included a bottle of her favorite wine) and transported her, every month to her group. She never missed a month.
One of our elderly clients who lived at home and could no longer drive, was driven everyday by her Bridges’ caregiver to see her husband who lived at Bridges of Mendon. She would visit with her husband and then join us all for lunch.
One of our Bridges residents was missing her herb garden. We took a ride to a local greenhouse and picked out her favorite herbs. We turned a small flower garden into her special herb garden. The caregivers assisted her in the planting of her special friends. She is now sharing her recipes from 50 years ago (using her herbs,of course) with our staff and even assisting in the kitchen. Her daughter and Son-in-law joined us for one of her dinners. It was a special evening.
We made arrangements for a 92-year-old Bridges resident to spend an afternoon at his favorite “fishing hole” two counties away.
One of our 87 year old clients was particularly fond of Beefeaters gin, we discoved that he was missing his evening cocktail. With permission from his doctor, he had his cocktail (complete with 3 olives) at 5pm sharp, everyday.
A lovely couple who still live in their home, decided that they had enough energy for daily activities but were not interested in cooking any longer. They had been eating frozen meals for several years. Our caregivers now visit them for 4 hours per day and cook 2 meals per day for them in their home. They even bake their favorite cookies.
At Bridges, we truly listen to our residents to learn what might make them happy and do our best to accomplish it. We could tell you more stories, but we think by now you�ll see the nature of the relationships � the friendships � that develop between Bridges residents and staff members. We look forward to the possibility of developing a friendship with you and adding your stories to the Bridges family scrapbook.
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