- January 17th, 2012
A letter from the daughter of a senior client at the Dawson Creek CASI project:
To Whom It May Concern,
Last summer my parents became unable to care for themselves in the same ways they always had. My father suffered from a heart attack and was unable to be the sole caregiver of my Mother any longer. My Mother suffers from Parkinson’s disease and also has developed Lewy Body Dementia. It wasn’t until we arrived to help my parents that we were fully aware of how my Mother’s condition had deteriorated. My parent’s doctor was very helpful and we were able to have Mom placed in the hospital as she needed 24 hour care and my Father needed to be able to heal.
We learned of many helpful organizations and were able to get help immediately. When I realized that many of the things my Father needed would not be offered by Northern Health, I knew that we needed extra help so that he would be able to live in his home. I was told about CASI by the Northern Health and made an appointment to visit their office.
I was so relieved to meet with Linda Studley. She listened to what was needed and was very positive about being able to help. She arranged for an interview and assessment for Dad very quickly. The interview went very well and Muriel was a great comfort to Dad. She had so much information and knowledge of what areas he could receive assistance. Within a very short period of time a housekeeper began to visit biweekly. She quickly and efficiently washes the floors, vacuums the house and cleans the washroom. What a great help she is!
Since I’ve left Dawson Creek there have been times when I have been unable to get answers to questions and I called Linda in desperation one day. She was not only able to quickly assess the question but was able to give some information immediately that I found very useful.
I am very impressed with the amount of services offered for seniors. I know that without the help from the wonderful people at CASI, my father would have to leave his home.
CASI comes in where all the other organizations can’t. The volunteers and the staff efficiently and kindly give people relief and support.
I am truly grateful for their services.
About the CASI project:
The Community Action for Seniors’ Independence (CASI) project is partnership between the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport and United Way of the Lower Mainland. CASI is a three-year project focused on the community-driven design and delivery of independence supports for seniors.
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