Tom’s Story

shschesterfieldcountyva 04 Jun 2019

Playing dominoes on a light background . The concept of the game of dominoes. Close up.Tom and his wife were in good health and doing well until a stroke changed everything for them. With a loss in Tom’s speech and mobility and no family in the area, his wife faced the task of caring for him and managing their household on her own. Since their son lived in the Richmond area, they moved to Chesterfield to have the support and companionship of nearby family in May 2017. Tom and his wife enjoy a community with other seniors and love what the area has to offer.

Tom and Seniors Helping Seniors

Even with family closer, Tom’s wife needed a little additional help some days. They learned about Seniors Helping Seniors through the Internet and decided to contact them. It’s not safe for Tom to stay at home alone, so SHS provides a caregiver to come once a week. This provides his wife an opportunity to run errands, get her hair done, attend appointments, or anything else she may need to do. They have had several caregivers, each of whom has bonded with Tom. He enjoys their companionship and particularly enjoys playing dominoes with them.

Here’s what Tom’s family has to say about SHS:

It is important for us to know that my dad is happy and safe when my mom is not around. He has been spoiled by the exceptional care that my mom gives him, but they both deserve a little time apart once in a while. My mom would not leave him in the hands of anyone that she did not feel comfortable with. She is pleased with the caregivers, so we know he must be in good hands.

I think it is important for families to know that they have options when a loved one needs additional care. SHS offers support which can make a big difference for an aging loved one as well as the family. When my mom first met Lurene she immediately had the right feeling that this was the company for them. Lurene arranged for them to meet the caregivers prior to the start of service to make sure that it was a match. And it was!

We are so thankful that Tom is part of the Seniors Helping Seniors family!

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