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Do you remember when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon? Roy helped make possible live television broadcasts like the Apollo 11 landing.
Four years ago, Roy had a silent stroke.
Thanks to support of the Eskaton Foundation, Roy is safe, happy and healthy. Financial assistance from Eskaton Foundation allows him to come to Eskaton’s Adult Day Health Center three days per week. The help enables his daughters Colleen and Corinne to take care of him at home.
“One thing they really did for me that was great was remove the worry about his health. He sees the nurse here, and they coordinate with his doctor … he can’t tell you he’s in pain,” says Colleen. The respite also allows Colleen to attend to the housekeeping that comes with caring for a loved one with disabilities at home.
Roy’s health and living situation are stable now. But it wasn’t always that way. Back in fall 2011, it was not obvious that Roy had suffered a stroke. His life began falling apart and no one knew why.
His daughters would find him alone in his apartment, drunk. Neighbors and friends took advantage of him. He was self-medicating his short-term memory loss and dementia with alcohol.
“He wasn’t safe there,” recalls Colleen. Within two months, she and Corinne moved their dad into their home. They were overwhelmed. After two years, Colleen had to leave her job as a corporate trainer to care for her father.
Corinne stayed in her job at U.S. Bank to support the family. Taking care of her father fulltime took a toll on both Colleen and Roy. “We struggled in this way for over a year, both of us tired, frustrated and depressed,” said Colleen. Last year, they found their way to the Adult Day Health Center.
“It has made a huge difference. Dad is happier, he has friends at the center and is more social and mobile. He has regained his balance through the physical therapy he gets there and even participates in their talent shows and singing,” says Colleen.
Eskaton Foundation launched Adult Day Health Cares, a financial assistance program, in 2014 with pioneering support from Don Bromley. An Eskaton resident, Don wanted to help less fortunate families who are caring for their loved ones.
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