My dad wanted to pass away at home when he found out he had cancer. It was a difficult situation because we were all a big family and it just dropped a whole bomb on us. My mom was with him together, so we needed help. I researched a lot. We are a family that has never looked for outside help; we're all in this together. My parents took care of themselves with a little bit of help from us here and there, but then, when that was my dad's request, I started to look around and I just wasn't finding a fit. We were interviewing as a family because they were going to come into our home and take care of our parents. We finally met Maria. She was about the fourth agency and she's from Two Girls Home. She came to our home and she explained everything. She was not pushy. She was very heartwarming. We like her because she came to our home, she wanted to see the situation and she thought of who could be a good fit for our family. That's one of the things that we like about them.
Maria sent us two different women, one at night when we couldn't help out, and one during the day. They were so caring. Even after my dad passed away, they came to see my mom. They came, they brought her flowers and they brought her a card. They gave her a hug. We just had the best experience with them. I'm going to use them next year when I have my knee surgery because I'm going to need help.
They were so caring. They immediately put their purse down. I had a sign in sheet and they signed in and signed out because a lot of times, I wasn't there. I had a little tablet and I asked them all to do a summary of how the day went, so when the next caregiver came, she would see that and they could continue. I told them to call me anytime. It just worked all the way around.
They helped with a little bit of light house work like throwing the trash out for my mom, and they warmed up a meal for them. I can't say enough. Also Maria would call me once a week and say, 'If there's anything you need, I want to know how everything is going' or 'If they're not a good fit, please let me know.' Everybody was involved. She even came to the house just to check on my dad, and because she wanted to hear from my mom. They were very hands-on. It sure was a good fit because we had a wonderful experience.
My dad loved those two women. He would ask for them. One of them was there when my dad passed away and she held my parents' hands. They took very good care of him, both of those women. We had a hard time trusting anybody. I'm the oldest of the family and I just really had a hard time. I looked, searched, and interviewed. I found somebody. I was able to breathe and let go because I trusted these two women. They were wonderful and so was Maria. My dad loved them. We let these two women take very good care of him and they did. We were relieved that I could leave the house and do what I have to do and know they were taken care of and trusting them.