Letters: Thank you for your care

LAST August our father Horace Preston passed away and through the letters’ page we were able to express our gratitude to those who helped him in the last few months of his life.

Sadly our mother Margaret has now passed away and once again we would like to have the opportunity to thank everyone concerned who made our mother’s last few months of her life as comfortable as it could be.

Royal Blackburn Hospital, especially ward 22C, was excellent. Their care for mum was second-to-none, and the way they swung into action to get mum home so she could pass away peacefully at her daughter’s home with her family by her side was brilliant.

The nurse who organised it all said it usually takes at least 24 hours, but she could see mum deteriorating by the second, and from start to finish she managed to get her home the same day.

In fact it took less than 10 hours. It isn’t simply ordering an ambulance. There had to be medication ordered, special bed with air mattress delivered to where she was going, district nurses, carers and her own doctor informed. We couldn’t have asked for more.

The district nurses who attended our mother when she got home were very caring and explained fully what they were doing and why they were doing it. It is a profession to be proud of.

Lastly the care home mum was in, Towneley House on Todmorden Road where she lived for nearly three years, was brilliant. Our mother suffered from Alzheimer’s and finding a home which you hope is suitable is a very stressful time for all concerned.

We needn’t have worried; from first day to last mum’s stay at Towneley House was as comfortable as being in her own home and the caring and respect shown to her by all the staff took a lot of worry off us.

The management at the home were always on hand to talk or advise us on mum’s welfare, but the carers who looked after mum and the other residents as though they are their own family are something special.

This job must be one of the hardest professions to be in; looking after elderly is hard enough but residents with Alzheimer’s? They deserve a medal.

So once again all of those with loved ones in care homes lets give them a big THANK YOU and appreciate their dedication and professionalism to a very difficult and highly demanding job. Especially the staff at Towneley House.

Thanks from our mother and father and a very grateful family.