Testimonials | Comfort to the end is priceless.

testimonial-5Have you ever stood outside a hospital emergency room and made promises to the Lord about a loved one who is critically ill? Most families have, and ours is no exception. In 1999 our dad, Adolph Landry, suffered a massive stroke. The doctors told us that the stroke should have taken his life, but Dad hung in and fought. At the time, he was the primary caregiver for our mother, Odelia Landry. We all strongly believe that his will to take care of her was the reason he clung to life.

As my sister and I made those dreaded phone calls to family members, we also made a promise that neither Mom nor Dad would ever see the inside of a nursing home if at all possible. Amazingly, Dad survived though he was left paralyzed on the right side of his body and unable to speak. After months of therapy, Mom and Dad made their new home with me and my family. With the help of a brother and three sisters, we were able to make them feel loved and at home in our home.

A few years later Mom also suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side. I am not going to say that taking care of them was easy, but it was certainly worth it. They both became diabetic, and as time passed both developed other complications. In September 2006, Mother’s health started to decline, and that was our first experience with Hospice of Shreveport-Bossier.

How blessed we were to have these loving and caring people come into our lives. The comfort of knowing they were just a phone call away 24 hours a day, 7 days a week took a huge
burden off us while we were still caring for Dad. They made everything easy for us to keep Dad there for Mom. He was able to be by her side when she died.

In November 2006, my mother-in-law Katheryn Fuller, who was 90 years old, fell and broke her right arm and knee. After surgery, she also came to live with us. Having her there provided company for Dad, and gave him a reason to feel needed again after losing Mom. In early January 2007 my mother-in-law developed a blood clot. Hospice of Shreveport-Bossier was called in to help once more.

Again, we could not have asked for better care. The compassion was second to none. My mother-in-law’s wish had always been to leave the world surrounded by her family while being at home. Thanks to Hospice, we were able to grant that wish to her.

In June 2007, Dad suffered another stroke, and Hospice of Shreveport-Bossier was by our side once again. I cannot put into words what these Angels of Mercy do for families and their loved ones. We are so very grateful and thankful to them. This period was the worst nine months of my life but yet the best. To be able to be with your loved ones in their last days, to be able to say and show them how much you love them in a home environment is very comforting. To make it easy for the family to come in and out to visit them provides a sense of peace. To know that your loved ones are as comfortable as possible and at home with loved ones is reassuring. To be able to hold them in your arms as they leave this world, giving them comfort to the end is priceless. That is what Hospice will do for you and your loved ones. Hospice gives both the caretaker and the patient the assurance that everything possible is being done to care for them in a loving, respectable manner. In the end, the reassurance that your loved one is surrounded by love is the most important care you can give.