When Jacqueline Biegel’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she had to make a very difficult and emotional decision.
“I realized that we wouldn’t be able to have her home forever,” Mrs. Biegel says. “I wanted to make sure she would live in the best possible residence for her. I started going to as many Alzheimer’s disease meetings that I could. The leaders of each group suggested that I visit different facilities, so I did. And I talked to people, including an elder-law attorney. Whenever I mentioned Christian Health Care Center, people would say, ‘That’s the best.’ “
Mrs. Biegel’s mother first moved to the Courtyard, a home for individuals in the early stages of memory impairment at The Longview Assisted Living Residence. Two years later, she moved to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, before passing away a couple of years ago.
“Everyone at the Center is so compassionate. No matter where I walked with my mother, everyone knew her name. I find that so amazing. I honestly feel that the people who work at the Center are called to work there,” Mrs. Biegel says. “The staff treats every resident with such respect, no matter what stage of illness the person is in. I’ve never seen any aide be curt or short with a resident, or ignore a resident.
“One aide, Maxine Campell, CNA, became very close with my mother over the years. She always got my mother to eat. She always got her to smile. My mother seemed to react to her all the time. She was in late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, so to see her react that way was amazing.”
As a sign of gratitude, Mrs. Biegel and her siblings decided to recognize the Center and its staff by making a donation.
“I feel that my sister, brother, and I have done well in life, and I believe that you do have to give back,” Mrs. Biegel says. “What better place to support than the place that kept our mother in such good health. That is why we decided we wanted our charitable dollars to go to Christian Health Care Center.”