To the Editor,
Although it has been eight months since my husband Jackson T. King, passed from this world, I have increasingly reflected upon the wonderful knowledge and understanding of my caregivers for Jack, both part-time and full-time.
Bright Star from Fairfield, Connecticut, provided a caregiver, Joseph Sterling. Besides giving Jack excellent twenty-four hour care, Joe would watch sports with Jack and joke about the “plays,” which always put a smile on Jack’s face.
The Orange Visiting Nurse Association provided nurses for special needs, always cheerful, evaluating, and excellent in their service. One of the nurses from the Orange VNA, Maria Biondi, is very experienced in helping the home caregiver and family members with their questions and concerns about Alzheimer’s Disease. She was able to walk our family through our feelings and our needs for direction and planning with end of life issues. Our family is grateful for her compassion and support.
The third organization is Vitas. I can’t imagine any human beings that work together in a more kind and informative way. The caregivers from Vitas were exceptional in their service not only to Jack, but also to our entire family.
These agencies working in the home kept our family together during Jack’s illness. Our caregivers inhabit a special department of life from which we can all find new meaning. We are so grateful to them.
Mrs. Nancy King