Many heroes unmentioned
The lead story in the Peace Arch News on Oct. 19 was touching (Son continues to share his hero’s gift). However, it was unfortunate that other residents, some of whom have been in care for several years, were not included.
There is also a handful of forgotten heroes who are seldom recognized. They spend many hours each day attending their loved ones and have done so for years.
Husbands, wives, sons, daughters and siblings have quietly put their lives on hold to dedicate time to those they love.
In addition, they keep a watchful eye on other residents and alert staff to any problems or distress they may notice, and provide assistance where they can.
Many participate in family council in order to help enhance the quality of residents’ lives.
There are many stories, and each day there are individual and personal replays of The Notebook on every floor of Weatherby and Dr. Al Hogg pavilions. Family members give up their time to make things better for all while they struggle with the sad reality of seeing those they care for deteriorate millimeter by millimeter, as time passes.
Consider the sons of a resident who comes in each evening to help Mum walk the hallways in an attempt to keep her active. Reflect on the man whose wife has dementia who may not recognize him, even though he is with her constantly on a daily basis to provide comfort.
Please do not forget the other residents and dedicated heroes who attend so many hours each day without acknowledgement or recognition, and who expect nothing but the opportunity to help.
Roger Turner, White Rock