Bettie

 “Mom had been staying in a nursing home. Because of difficulties with her breathing, she was hospitalized.  When the doctor said it was probably time for hospice care for Mom, she suggested Casey House as a way to help manage her symptoms. I talked to the Montgomery Hospice social worker at the hospital who provided information and literature about the excellent care at Montgomery Hospice and Casey House.  Once I made the decision, I immediately felt a sense of calm and support.  The transition to Casey House went very quickly and smoothly.

As mom was settled into her room, I noticed all the staff treated her as though she was present, whether or not she responded. They greeted her, introduced themselves to her, and explained everything they were going to do before they did it. They made me feel welcome, too.   I could tell the care at Casey House is very professional and personal, so I knew immediately she would be well cared for. At Casey House I always felt welcomed and supported.  

I found it very comforting to be a caregiver at Casey House. The staff and volunteers would frequently check in with me to see if I needed anything, to listen, and to encourage me to take care of myself. The volunteers at tea time seemed very knowledgeable and well-trained. Often I enjoyed interacting with other family members at tea time.  Even when we were of different cultures, we all had a particular purpose in common which made it easier to talk with and comfort each other. Being at Casey House seemed to help us develop an inner strength.  One family talked about how Casey House was helping to manage their loved one’s pain, so he could return to his home to die. They said that they no longer felt helpless and that they no longer wanted to cry every time they were with him. 

Casey House is very peaceful and homey. The grounds are beautiful and the meditation room has good things to read. The TV and video games provide great activities for kids. The cook is very caring and even simple meals become delicious food.  I like the way the building is organized. The big table in the common area provides a wonderful place to eat and talk and the fireplace helps to make Casey House warm and cozy while providing space for more private conversations. The different sections are very pleasant and I liked picking out places to sit.

The team at Casey House did a great job of helping my mom. Casey House and Montgomery Hospice can help people who are facing the death of a loved one have that same kind of experience.”

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