Home Instead caregivers
were a literal lifeline in the care of my parents in the last 5 years of
their lives. My sister and I live far from Saskatoon (in New York City
and Vancouver) with jobs that made it difficult to spend extended time
with our parents. We first engaged them in the months before our father
entered long-term care as a help and support for our mother as his life
at home became more and more difficult. This continued through his move
to the nursing home and then through our mother's move from their
apartment to her own care home. During this time Home Instead caregivers
provided help not only with household chores, shopping, transportation
and the like but were an immense support to my parents in terms of
nurturing and companionship.
were in separate care homes for nearly 4 years before they passed away
in early 2016. Home Instead continued to provide companionship to both
of them, facilitated visits between the two homes 3-4 times per week,
took them on outings, for birthday lunches, medical appointments,
etc., all of which increased their quality of life immeasurably.
is also impossible to express how much my sister and I depended on and
are grateful for the Home Instead caregivers who were involved with our
family. Living at a distance during this time in my parents' lives was
at many points unbelievably hard but we knew that we could call on Home
Instead at any time and they would be there and, most importantly, we
knew that our parents were cared for and not alone.
only did they provide practical services but they were always available
to communicate with my sister and me regarding our parents, how they
were doing, what they needed, etc. For me the most important aspect of
Home Instead is how nurturing, supportive and caring they are,
completely devoted to their clients well being and to making their
lives, and consequently the lives of their children, easier and
My sister and I cannot
recommend Karen and Greg Charyna and their group of caregivers at Home
Instead highly enough. The difference they made in all of our lives is
one for which we will always be grateful and we treasure each and every
one of them.
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