Touching Lives Stories
Doris’s Story: Feeling at Home
Doris has lived at Heritage Woods in Dwight for nearly a year.
Before moving to the States, she was born on the island of Guam. Being from Guam, she grew up speaking the Chamorro language fluently. “My parents spoke both English and Chamorro. Chamorro mostly when they didn’t want others to know what they were saying,” she giggled.
When asking Doris what brought her to Illinois, she boomed, “My husband of course! I worked in the Navy and followed him to Marseilles, IL.” Doris had her own home in Marseilles. She admitted, “My home was very big after my children and husband left. Much too big for just me.”
Doris’s daughter reached out to Heritage Woods due to her not being able to do daily things for herself any longer. “I did my laundry in the basement, but to get to the basement, you had to go up and down a winding staircase. I love exercise, but it began to be too much.”
One of the things that Doris loves most about Heritage Woods in Dwight is the services. She thinks it’s great that Heritage Woods takes care of things as simple as laundry for the residents. “The aids do all my laundry when I need it; they are very helpful. My laundry is always clean, and I don’t have to go up and down a winding staircase to get clean clothes any longer.”
It has really touched her life to be able to get services such as these and have more energy to walk around the facility, especially outside to enjoy the weather. “Heritage has such a beautiful back yard with a pond. I go outside every day. They also have a wonderful exercise program that I try to do when I can.”
Doris shared that being from Guam and knowing a different language fluently, that she has always been very shy and a “to herself” kind of person. While moving to Heritage Woods in Dwight, she assured, “They got me out of my bubble, and I made lots of acquaintances here.” She is comforted by the results that, once again, she is surrounded by friends and people who care for her. Not only physical needs, but her emotional and spiritual needs as well.
She ends with saying, “I feel at home here and have no complaints.” This is exactly what the staff of Heritage Woods in Dwight strives to achieve for all of the residents living in the facility.