Hattie had always been active. She went for long runs years before jogging was popular. She had even hiked part of the Rockies. And she still chased her toddler grandson around the living room whenever her daughter and son-in-law were in town. But Hattie started to have hip pain that worsened with time. Her doctor suggested a hip replacement. Hattie didn’t hesitate. However, there was no one within driving distance who was able to help Hattie keep up with the house during her recovery. Hattie and her daughter consulted with Right at Home, deciding to have a caregiver come to the house for the first three weeks after Hattie’s surgery. The procedure went off without a hitch and after a few weeks, Hattie was back on her feet and felt decades younger.
While she was recovering, Right at Home provided numerous companionship and housekeeping services to Hattie, including:
- Bringing in newspaper/mail
- Light housekeeping
- Grocery shopping
- Washing dishes
- Laundry services
- Running errands
- Range of motion exercises
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My first client was 89-years-old, and I ended up staying with her 24/7 until she passed away at the age of 92. I used to read the Bible to her, and we sang songs together because she used to be a choir director at her church. She wanted me to sing her favorite song – 'The Old Rugged Cross' – at her funeral. I did. I was with her when she took her last breath. It was such a sacred moment. I’ll never forget it. It just cemented this whole career for me and made me realize this was what I wanted to do.
Karen Stevens, 2009 RightCare Winner
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