I am the grandmother and retired nurse of two grandsons in the Caribou Rehab and Nursing Home. My grandsons are eighteen and fourteen years of age. Both boys weigh about one hundred and seventy pounds; they do not walk, and cannot feed themselves. Their vocabulary is around ten words spoken clearly, but do not think they are helpless. It may be a guessing game for a while but in the end the words click, heads nod, and grins are seen and everyone is happy.
Three years ago my daughter and her husband made the heartbreaking decision to place them in their second home. I helped wheel their chairs into the nursing. I believe it was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I would have given anything to trade places, but it wasn't in God's plan.
My grandson's room is decorated with cars, posters, pictures and a 42" TV. The room is equipped with an overhead lift system for the safety of the boys and staff. Right from the start the staff was the key to help us accept and be at peace with this decision. They explained what, who, and when to us, not at us. Even though the door closed on one part of their lives, a new life opened to smiling and friendly faces. There are daily activities, bed checks every two hours and staff coming and going constantly. Even though three years have passed I can sit here and cry about things that are hard to accept and things that will never be. The only reason I can sleep at night is because I know the boys are in excellent care.
I feel as if I haven't thanked the Administrator, Director of Nursing, and Staff enough. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to management and staff of the Caribou Rehab and Nursing Center. May God bless all of them. In the closing I would highly recommend this home and Rehab Center to anyone needing their services.