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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Family Comforter

In December of 07, I began flying to Florida every other month to help my step-dad care for my mom who had Alzheimers/Dementia. She needed constant care so we contacted the hospice agency where they lived in Port Richey, FL. They evaluated mom and a social worker was assigned to visit my parents. They received meals on wheels every week and hospice nurses would come to their house twice a week and check moms vital signs, weight and how she responded to different nurses talking to her. They also sent over a wonderful person to bathe and shampoo mom and helped her dress and I just can't say enough good things about the care mom was receiving.

One night in April of '08, mom got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and she had a moderate heart attack, fell and fractured her left hip. She was taken to the hospital and after a week of mainly confort care (operating on her hip was not possible because of her age, heart condition) she was moved to the Hernando/Pasco County Hospice Facility. I slept there almost every night, they made sure that mom was in no pain. One of the first things that stuck in my mind was the room. Every room was like home. A sleep sofa, recliner, bathroom w/shower, TV, alarm clock and french doors that open to a terrace area with rocking chairs. It was so comfy and the facility also had it's own dining area where family and friends staying with patients could go to eat for free! Everyone who works in that facility was so great they really cared for their patients and family members. When patients go there, crocheted or knitted afghans were on each bed making the appearance of a more homey touch!. That's one of the projects I decided to donate because of the wonderful care my mother received...I thought I would make someone elses comfort a little more home like. I know it's not much but in my mind, it helped our family be more at ease and comfortable.

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