Donor Impact » Linda's Story: Restoring Hope
Linda Richards will forever feel indebted to Catholic Health’s Home Care team. “They are just the kindest people,” Linda said, reflecting on the support they provided to her father, Robert. He received dialysis, suffered from spinal stenosis and was involved in a car accident. As a result, Robert developed chronic non-healing wounds on both of his heels. When he returned home from sub-acute and rehab care, Catholic Health’s Home Care was there to see that he continued to receive the care he needed. “He loved the staff coming in,” Linda shared.
Robert, a tough, retired Marine and volunteer firefighter for 50 years with the Reserve Hose Company in West Seneca, was determined to help himself despite his challenges. “They ensured that the healing that began in the sub-acute continued and made sure he kept moving,” Linda recalled.
By the summer of 2012, Robert was back on his feet. “We’re blessed that he was able to be at my son’s wedding,” Linda added. “He was up and walking. Last summer was his best in at least eight years. He was exercising and happy.”
Linda decided to honor her father’s life by making a gift to the Continuing & Home Care Foundation. “I think it’s important to give back,” said Linda. “The Home Care team enjoyed working with him. I really think that giving back and showing appreciation through a donation is an important way to enable other people to have that same advantage, and show you care.”
“It gave me comfort to know that someone was looking out for him,” Linda said. “They gave my father so much.”