The Careable Blog
May 2014 my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and given 4 months to live. It was very important for me his wife and two adult daughters that he was cared for in a loving manner in our home.
I was speaking with a dear friend of mine, Jenny Hirsch and explained my situation. Without hesitation she referred me to Carol Edwards at Careable Care Management Inc. She suggested I check out the website and a result it appeared that this agency would meet my needs. I called Carol immediately, after a brief conversation outlining my situation, Carol made a few phone calls and a plan was set in place at once. Within 12 hours the first nurse arrived.
Carol set up a meeting with us in our home, as a result she was able to meet my Husband, identify the situation first hand. Carol handpicked the nursing staff, this was to ensure that we had a compatible nursing team, experienced in Palliative care and would blend well into our home situation. We started with daily care which very soon went to 24/7.
My husband was often admitted to overnight Emergency hospital care, the nurses stayed with him at all times. This gave me a feeling of great comfort. Carol provided me with solutions before I knew what I needed one… She directed me to a private taxi handicap service to transport my husband to his daily appointments at Princess Margaret hospital… Carol would even attend certain hospital meetings with Doctors to ensure appropriate care, questions and answers given to us. This is very important because as the primary caregiver you are not always thinking of what you need to ask or even understand the answer… A daily log was set in place with the nurses to ensure all proper medications where given in the prescribed amount and timely. With shift changes the nurses where able to track and monitor any issues using this log. There was always a cross over to discuss details of each nurse’s shift.
Carol also arranged for us to meet the Palliative Care Doctors, they made themselves available for weekly meetings and a 24 hour call number. They connected us with the agency to deliver the proper hospital bed. I was referred to a pharmacy that provides medical equipment to deal with his specific care… he was now on a morphine drip.
It was very comforting for me to know that he was comfortable, pain free and was in the best possible care all in our home. The team of nurses provided the most loving, compassionate and gentle care possible… They treated us with the most respect and treated my husband like a King… we referred to them as Gerald’s Angels.
I was dealing with some health issues as well… having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and undergoing treatment, the situation was very stressful. Carol and her team made our lives so much easier. Even after my husband died in July … Carol called a few times to follow up with me and check in…
I would recommend Careable Care Management Inc. without hesitation…. Thank you Carol, your team of Angels made this very difficult time a little more bearable…