Touching Lives Stories
Administrator’s Story: Always a Helping Hand
One of our new residents is fighting cancer. During application process we recommended palliative care for symptom management. Prior to moving in, resident required hospitalization for blood transfusion and appeared to decline quickly afterward. Family moved resident in and she was placed on hospice. Family and hospice were fully expecting patient was transitioning due to a marked decline. Resident moved in on Friday and had a rough first 24 hours. Administrator provided educational and emotional support to son throughout the weekend. On Monday resident was walking, talking, eating and smiling. Son sent a text to Administrator stating:
Oh my God my Mom is doing so much better. It’s like night and day. Had her eat some yogurt today and took her down to the cafeteria and everything. Truly feel everyone there is doing good for her.
This made my heart happy; knowing that we can make such an impact on the quality of life for our residents and their families is so rewarding.
Jim’s Story: Always Have A Sense of Humor
Jim F. moved into Heritage Woods on January 21, 2020. Jim has a service dog named Fray. Jim rescued Fray from the humane society about 7 years ago. Fray is an Australian Healer. The name Fray means Viking Goddess of Love. Fray is a great companion and has a calm disposition. Shortly after moving into Heritage Woods of Gurnee, Jim was inducted into the Illinois Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in the Coaches’ Category. He is very proud of the time he spent coaching young boys and girls. Jim made a difference in many young peoples lives, both on and off the ice. Now he is well known in our community, and Fray is very popular as well. Jim always has a kind word and smile for everyone. He lives by his motto “You have to have a sense of humor”.
Ed, Peggy, & Penny’s Story: Three’s Company
Ed and Peggy, along with their King Charles spaniel (Penny) moved to Heritage Woods of Gurnee in Mid-November 2020. They have been married for 48 years. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Ed and Peggy meet 50 years ago, while both working for Chrysler Corporation in North Lake. Peggy worked for Ed’s boss. Peggy laughed and stated it took Ed long enough to ask her out. They dated for two years before getting married. They have enjoyed living in Chicago suburbs; such as River Grove, Hillside, Fox Lake, and Lombard. Ed enjoys carpentry and doing handyman type activities. Peggy enjoys gardening. They have had their dog Penny for the past couple years. Adopting her from their son and daughter in law, when they started having children. Ed and Peggy are grateful to have found Heritage Woods of Gurnee. They stated, they didn’t realize how much they needed assistance with daily chores. They are truly happy that they can be together and safe in their new home. Now they can enjoy each other’s company, and have assistance as needed. They attribute their long successful marriage to their faith in God, and their mutual respect for each other; along with their willingness to see it through, through thick or thin. With faith that things will work out.