June 8, 2017
CARING FOR HUSBAND
I sometimes have trouble expressing my feelings on paper, but I will do my best. I am writing to tell you how much One Source means to me.
My husband Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007. At that time he lived alone in Mesa , Arizona. Bill and I are actually legally separated and have been since 1984. But since we had always kept in touch with each other I began to notice that he was having problems. So I was able to persuade him to move here to Grass Valley and stay with me. He has progressively deteriorated and became more of a problem. Our children do not live close enough to us to help out on a regular basis . I gave up many of my activities to keep an eye on him. I was finally able to get some help from the VA. They gave me 8 hours a month in 4 hour increments but I had to pay a co pay of $15.00 for each visit. While this wasn’t a total hardship it wasn’t always easy to come up with.
I read about One Source in the Union and looked forward to it becoming a reality. As it soon did. I signed up immediately and was interviewed by you as well as two lovely nurses.. I felt so welcomed . Bill was not to thrilled to have a stranger come into our home and his rejoinder was that he didn’t need a “babysitter“. However he is very unsteady on his feet and naturally doesn’t always use his best judgment before doing something so it as indeed a life saver for me.
I first used One Source in March of 2017 when I went into the hospital for knee surgery. The lovely lady that was sent to us is Sue Flynn and to my amazement I realized that I knew her from working at the fairgrounds. What a pleasant surprise. So she and Bill got acquainted and when I got home from the hospital he was happy because as it turns out, Sue had been a Seabee some years ago and since Bill had been in the navy he felt right at home with her. Now when I leave him he asks if “the Sailor ” is going to sit with him.
I really don’t know what I would do without this wonderful service. It is so nice to go somewhere and know that he is well cared for. Although I have many friends here in the Grass Valley, I have none who can sit with him with any kind of regularity. I am in a Support Group for Alhzheimers caregivers so I always let new people to the group know of this wonderful service provided to the many caregivers in Nevada County. I also have attended some classes given by Dignity Hospital for caregivers and again I talk up
One Source. Thank you for caring so much for we caregivers who sometimes have a very difficult time caring for our loved ones. You have indeed provided a well needed service and you are very much appreciated.
Diane A Davis
Grass Valley, CA