Jim Roberts speaks first-hand about how much hospice care has helped his family.
“It has been a godsend,” he said from his home in Southern Pines, NC. “You don’t realize how much it can help until you start it.”
Jim Roberts said his wife Norma has been suffering from what doctors described as a hardening of the brain cells, and her condition had not improved. By September, the family knew there was little else they could do except to try to make her more comfortable.
A friend had recommended Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services to Jim, to help provide the care that Norma needed, and assist Jim and his son Mark in her care. Jim Roberts made the call a few weeks later, and said it didn’t take long to see a difference.
“The next day I got a call from Liberty, and they had someone here by that Monday,” he said. “The nurses came out and really helped. They help Norma with her medication and bathing, and set up a comfortable bed for her.”
That provided Jim with peace of mind. Liberty’s nurses check on Norma at least once a week, and check her vital signs and help with pain management. When they first started hospice care, Norma’s condition had worsened to the point where she needed assistance getting in and out of a regular bed, but the hospital bed provided by Liberty gives Jim the chance to monitor her every night and check to see if she needs to go to the bathroom or has any other discomfort.
“That means so much,” said Jim, who has been married to Norma for 56 years. “I don’t have to worry about her. I know I can take care of her while she sleeps, and that she will be O.K. at night.”
Observing his wife – and the changes in her health – hasn’t been easy. Jim said that because of her condition, Norma sometimes forgets where she is, and doesn’t always recognize family members. Jim understands that those kinds of changes are to be expected, but said it is still difficult. He said the hospice care Liberty provides has allowed him time to himself, and to reflect on everything and prepare for what’s ahead.
“We have been so gratified with her care,” Jim said. “I don’t know what I would have done without it.”