Feb. 19, 2019—When her husband, Bob, had a serious stroke in August 2016 at age 79, Catherine McDaniel was devastated.
“It was a very bad stroke,” Catherine says. “His whole left side and his cognitive abilities were affected.” It was the first major health problem he had ever had, she recalls.
After he was treated and began rehabilitation at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Bob was discharged to Chandler Hall in Newtown to continue his rehabilitation and receive skilled nursing care. Chandler Hall is a Kendal-affiliated community.
“The care partners there grew to love Bob. They were kind and caring,” Catherine says.
When his health began to fail in March 2018, Bob received palliative care while being rehabilitated in Chandler Hall’s nursing home. When Bob and his family and were ready, he switched to Chandler Hall’s Hospice at Home care. During the last week of his life, Bob was in the Heacock Hospice Pavilion, where Catherine could stay with him overnight until he passed March 19.
Chandler Hall’s Hospice and Palliative Care programs provide support and care for patients nearing the end of life and for those dealing with advanced illnesses—including congestive heart failure, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, COPD, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
“We are able to help patients who desire different treatments to keep them comfortable longer, both here at Chandler Hall and in their homes,” says Patty Bevlock, Senior Director of Hospice and Palliative Care. “Decisions on care are patient-focused.”
Catherine McDaniel wanted her husband to be cared for at Chandler Hall, she said, because her father, George Giampetro, had done so well when he moved in 2011 to an apartment there at age 95. He was able to do most things for himself, including his own laundry, up until three months before his death at 97. That’s when George moved to Chandler Hall’s Heacock Hospice Pavilion.
Before he died, George said he wanted to be in “My Place” again, so he moved back to his apartment at Chandler Hall, where he received Hospice at Home care. Hospice care allows a terminal illness to take its course while providing the patient with dignity, respect and freedom from pain.
Since her husband died last March, Catherine has found solace and companionship through one of Chandler Hall’s bereavement support groups. “I came to them shortly after Bob died, and about 10 of us still meet twice a month,” Catherine says. “This wonderful group helps me because we’re all in the same situation.”