Dear Dita and Jennifer:
Thank you so much for all of your efforts on my behalf this past year. I recall my apprehension about how many caregivers my mother would need before finding an acceptable fit. It didn't take but a few before she found her “dream team” in Dora U. and Judith H.. Although their styles and personalities are very different, they both demonstrated the same qualities of genuine caring, attention to detail, anticipation of needs and humor. These skills helped preserve my mother's dignity and made her feel safe.
I am not certain that my mother fully understood the gift my father had given her by providing enough to allow her to stay in her own home with such special care. While her health did not allow the quality of life she desired, she was surrounded by the home she knew and loved and her friends and family came and went as always. She was never neglected for a moment. It is tough to put a fair price on that.
I so immensely respect the work these caregivers do and although I often question why they would want to do such a difficult job, I am nonetheless eternally grateful that they sign up for the task.
I am enclosing the sincere letters of recommendation I have given to each of them and will do whatever I can to raise awareness of the value of and need for this service within the realm of healthcare and palliative care. Mankind deserves this option. It should not have to be a luxury. Thank you both for the extremely important part you play in fulfilling this most essential societal need.