The idea of Healthy at Home started several years ago. My mother, affectionately known as Daw, moved in with our family in 2008.
She had her own living space but shared the kitchen with us. Daw lived independently at home with her dog Leo. She cooked many of her own meals, walked the neighbourhood, shopped at the local mall and played bridge with her friends. As her health started to decline, she moved to a senior home and finally to hospice. Daw passed peacefully on September 23, 2014 surrounded by her family and friends.
Mom loved everyone and everyone loved her. She appreciated life and her family. With her dog by her side, she would watch Young and the Restless, Dr. Oz and CNN (she had secret crushes on Anderson Cooper and Victor Newman). Taking care of Mom, especially in the last few years, required all of my medical knowledge as a veterinarian, diplomacy and lots of patience. I spent a great deal of time asking questions, talking with nurses, doctors and caregivers, searching the internet and calling Interior Health. I was often confused, anxious and frustrated. Unfortunately, there isn’t a good manual for navigating the challenges of your loved one growing old. Families are unique and each situation is different.