Thankful for the kindness of St. Antoine’s staff

Thankful for the kindness of St. Antoine’s staff

I would like to take this opportunity to commend and thank the staff at St. Antoine’s Residence, specifically the Special Care / Alzheimer’s dementia unit. My mother lived on this unit the last 18 months of her life. She was treated with the utmost respect, dignity, and love I can ever imagine possible.

Alzheimer’s is a very tricky illness, manifesting itself in different ways in different patients. An executive secretary her entire life, my mother loved to organize. The staff on St. Antoine’s SCU recognized this trait and gave her many “jobs.” From folding towels to wiping down tables after meals, the staff knew my mother needed to keep busy and feel she was helping. Not only did they give her these tasks, they went out of their way to make her feel appreciated and that was key to making her happy. The SCU staff take the time to learn about each resident and see what makes that person tick. They also have an immense amount of patience because what makes a resident tick today may not be what makes them tick tomorrow.

Religion was a huge part of my mother’s upbringing and having such an amazing facility, so devoted to the Catholic faith, was a blessing for her. But religion is not forced upon the residents. If they want to partake, there are numerous opportunities. If they do not, that is absolutely their choice, there are many other activities available as well. If you have a family member with dementia who can no longer live at home, I can attest to the above-and-beyond care St. Antoine’s provides their residents. The SCU was by far the best place for my mother and I am so grateful we found it.

Thank you again to all of St Antoine’s SCU nurses, aides, and staff. You treated my mother so wonderfully and I can never repay your kindness. She thought of many of you as her daughters, and I am fine with that because I will always think of you as my sisters.

Maura Mitchell Beck

Smithfield

Daughter of Victoria B. Mitchell