My wife was diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative brain disorder in 2014. Her condition gradually worsened over the years, from a little trouble with word-finding to frank dementia, and my role as caregiver correspondingly increased. By early 2019 my resources of time, energy and patience were wearing thin – and then I discovered Scotland House. The staff at Scotland House welcomed my wife – and myself – into their family, and the two days a week she spent in their care gave me time and space to rebalance my life.
At the same time, my wife profited from socialization with other participants and with visitors ranging from pre-schoolers to Gracie the golden retriever. Her involvement in crafts, music, and other activities meant that she always left Scotland House with a smile on her face. And her year at Scotland House also made her recent move into a memory care facility somewhat easier for both of us to handle.
I cannot speak too highly of the staff and volunteers at Scotland House. They cared for both of us – and are always smiling; I don’t know how they do it. They are understanding and compassionate, capable and resourceful – and everlastingly patient. Scotland House is a resource this community desperately needs – let us do all we can to make it flourish.
– Phillip Bell (Caregiver, March 2020)
“Its so much more than what happens during the day here. It is how it makes you feel the rest of the week.” – Katy D. Participant
“A caregiver is a person who is not just looking for time off! Complex needs for both care giver and loved ones present themselves, and often solutions are not available. But, there is hope with the wonderful Scotland House, a warm and open place that gently invites and cares for people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. I am happy to know that my partner is accepted, loved, and provided for. This peace of mind is worth gold, and makes my time off worthwhile. ” – Reenie H. (Caregiver)
“As a caregiver, I’m pulled in all directions. When he’s at Scotland House, I can do errands, take care of the house, or have some much needed downtime, all the while knowing he’s safe. I couldn’t ask for a better place” – Terri P. (Caregiver)