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Cared for like family

Jack and Alveretta would often say they had no close family, but that neighbours and friends were their family. As world travellers and retired teachers, time spent with them always included an interesting story from their past. The care team at Rotary Hospice were recipients of those stories too.

Together for over 60 years of marriage, Jack and Alveretta supported each other through years of cancer, back injuries, and more.

Determined to remain on Jack’s family farm after retiring from their teaching careers, they operated a Bed & Breakfast on the property for 35 years. However, when Jack was diagnosed with terminal cancer, they both realized caring for him at home was more than they could manage. With much trepidation they sought further care and were introduced to Rotary Hospice. Jack was very content at the hospice knowing his and Alveretta’s needs were addressed. When Alveretta decided to stay overnight with her husband, we knew they felt the love and care of the hospice staff.

One year later, at the age of 97, Alveretta moved into Rotary Hospice where she spent her final days. She too appreciated the kindness, care and love she was given by the staff. Covid restricted indoor visits so staff graciously rolled Alveretta’s bed outdoors, allowing her to visit with the many friends and neighbours wishing to say their goodbyes. Her insistence of a sizable donation to Rotary Hospice indicated her appreciation for the many merits of hospice.

As neighbours, Jack and Alveretta thought of us as family. It comforts us to know that the team at Rotary Hospice cared for them like family too.

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