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A circle of care that keeps on giving

A circle of care that keeps on giving

Taking care of a loved one during their time of need is never easy, but necessary. Fortunately, Carefor is there to help.

Vivian Guilbeault

When Vivian Guilbeault was diagnosed with dementia several years ago, her children did everything in their power to ensure her health and safety. But as Vivian’s dementia began to rapidly decline and she suffered a fall in January 2020, they were left with an important decision: let their mom receive care in the hospital or keep their family together at home. 

“With news of COVID-19, we knew she would be safer at home,” says her son Shane.

While Vivian felt nervous to have people come to her home, Carefor’s caring team of personal support workers and nurses helped make her life easier and provided much-needed respite for the family: “Once mom got used to having Carefor staff come in a few times her anxiety levels calmed. She even began to look forward to their visits.”

Vivian’s routine didn’t only involve quality home care services, but also a chance to see a team of staff that became her friends.

“The personal support workers would blow-dry her hair like she was at a salon every day. It was just the little things, but they were very important to her,” remembers Shane. “They provided her a lot of dignity.”

Shane and his family feel grateful for Carefor’s in-home care support that gave them the opportunity to stay together in the safety and comfort of their home, especially during these uncertain times. “Between us and Carefor, we were able to keep mom at home right until the end. She wouldn’t have been able to stay home with us if Carefor wasn’t there to help.”

Special thanks to Carefor staff Tandara, Ruth, Neriz, Gertrude, Nelida, Hiwot, Halima and Hodane for making a true difference. 

 

Thanks to donors like the Guilbeault family, and you, we can continue providing necessary and personalized home care and support services, today and into the future. We thank all our donors for your continued support. We couldn’t have done it without you. If you’d like to share the story on why you give, please contact mhaidari@carefor.ca.