Marti B. became a lovely addition to our family near the end of our Mother's life. We were not able to spend alot of time with Marti, but the time that we did spend was incredibly special. Marti showed up like an angel from Heaven, in the nick of time to support us as we were facing our Mom's rapid decline. She became an instant beloved addition to our family. Marti was with me when our Mother passed away. She was able to share this special, tough transition in a truly tender and caring fashion, without invading any space, she was a rock, there to lend support, compassion, love and kindness. She pitched right in the second she was at the door, knowing instinctively where she might do us all the most good. I have recommended Marti to everyone I know who has a beloved family member in need of Marti's very, very special touch.
We love Marti, and know that any family would benefit from her gracious presence.
Marti quickly became my mother's primary caregiver. While others came and went, Marti was there for Anna whenever needed and beyond. Her interest in Anna was that of a long-time friend, always patient, always sensitive, always giving of herself. She took on many tasks, both practical and personal, to see that Anna was well fed, happy, clean, and nicely dressed. Especially important to Anna were the many outings, including to Marti's own home. She was invaluable to Anna and to me, providing what I could not manage myself as Anna's needs grew, even though I lived close at hand. My mother passed away in March of 2011, after 8 months in a small care facility. She was moved there only when she lost her sight completely and needed 24-hour attention. Without Marti, she could not have remained in her own "nest" nearly so long. And that nest made her so very happy. We remain grateful for Marti's loving care.
I am so happy to write a letter of recommendation for you. My mother Betsy met you when you were caring for her friend, and she immediately felt close to you. When Betsy herself needed a caregiver it took several weeks for her to ask you to care for her, because she felt awkward entering an employment relationship with someone she felt was a true friend. But the fit was so natural, she got over that concern almost immediately.
You now have been caring for Betsy for a year and a half. She talks about you with the same kind of confidence and happiness with which she talks about her children. Her face lights up when she sees you. She relaxes when she knows you are coming over. She goes places with you that would be challenging for me to take her. She brags to me about the delicious, healthy food you prepare. She describes time with you in companionable terms, not "Marti took me," but "Marti and I went."
When I visit Betsy, there is never enough time to do all the things for her that I want to do. I leave these visits with to-do lists in my mind. When I return, these things have almost always been taken care of by you, although I did not communicate them: de-clutter a counter, find a more suitable mattress, groom her feet, get her a cozy or pretty something to wear, plant flowers in the flowerbox.
You have been very respectful of Betsy's dignity and privacy, while offering personal care to her. You have been very willing to provide unpleasant or awkward help to her.
You have assumed tasks that seem far outside your duties, but help her so much: gathering documentation for her personal affairs, communicating and helping coordinate visits by others caring for her, offering to pick me up at the airport or to bring Betsy to Denver, having her at your home, and more.
I cannot imagine not having you to help care for Betsy. I cannot fully express the depth of peace and joy that I feel and I know Betsy feels, because you are caring for her.
People, Plants & Paperwork is an in-home care provider serving Basalt, CO and the surrounding area. People, Plants & Paperwork offers non-medical services in the home, such as meal preparation, housekeeping, and transportation. Contact the provider for more details on home care services and rates.