When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease the patient and family begin the difficult journey of the "long goodbye". Through this tortuous process the family and patient all too often are met with negative reactions to the patient's behaviors, which are beyond their control, by some acquaintances and care givers. Because of such hurtful experiences it was a huge relief and blessing when the Clare Bridge Dementia/Alzheimer's Facility at Brookdale opened their doors.
From the day I moved my wife, Emily Marchi Crinklaw, to Clare Bridge they provided kind, compassionate and loving care to her. The knowledge of the staff, in how to provide care, for these special patients gave my family and me assurance that my wife would be safe and properly looked after. I cannot thank the entire staff of the unit enough for the positive interactions, activities and concern they showed my wife during her stay.
In particular I appreciate the hard work of Mrs. Kathy King, RN for steering a new dementia facility through State approval and assembling and training a staff that functions and works together for the good of the residents. I am also gratified for all the hugs, kind words of encouragement and support that Mrs. Sue Moniak, RN Executive Director Brookdale gave me the past seven months. Finally, thank you to Mr. Steve Burdette, RN from Hospice for his care and support during my wife's final days.
Douglas L. Crinklaw
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