Though her mom, Jane, has advanced dementia, Kitty feels very fortunate that she is calm, kind, and in a state of grace. “A nurse by trade, my mom raised five children and helped my dad run the local pharmacy they owned. I remember that they would often deliver prescriptions to the area nursing homes. My mom would say, “I never want to be put in one of those homes. You’ll have to take me out in a pine box.” I made a pledge to keep her at home for as long as I possibly could. And that’s what I have done,” recalls Kitty.
“My mom lived with me for 13 grand years. She would walk my huskies and occasionally eat meals at the senior center in town. As her dementia progressed and her care needs became greater, we hired private aides to help her, all while I transitioned my position at work from full-time to part-time in order to be with her,” says Kitty.
Later, Kitty and her mom Jane turned to Medicaid and the Connecticut Home Care Program for help, and soon after, they met their CCC Care Management team who would help guide them through their next steps.
“She knows who I am, that we are a team, and that I'm not going anywhere. I'll be with her until her last breath.” - Kitty, Jane's Daughter
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