Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Check out options for seniors

I found the story "For seniors, future can be uncertain" (Nov. 18) to be of great interest. As attorney-in-fact for my mother, I was dedicated to keeping her in her home. As I now know, for dementia-type diseases such as the one my mother had, this option is rarely successful. I kept asking myself, how can I keep her safe and not take away her independence and spirit? My mother couldn't recognize many foods, couldn't remember if she had eaten or taken her medications, yet still loved to take walks and make frequent visits to the public library.

Whether you are looking for care or wanting to see a way in which you might provide home care for people like my mother, Iris House in Twin Falls might be of interest to you. Companionship, independence and providing the least restrictive setting possible are central to the care that Jordana Bryan and her caregivers provide residents. Life is enjoyed in the moment, with outings to the public library or local coffee shop, car rides in the country and hanging out at the farm, enjoying the birds and farm animals. My mother used to ask me, "How did you ever find such a place?" She was safe and content, spending her days the way she wished. I was able to enjoy quality time and experiences with my mother, and my heart didn't break when I returned to Sun Valley after my time with her.

Find out more on this option of care by exploring This website is thorough, answers numerous questions and is designed to illustrate how residents, caregivers and family members are all winners at Iris House. Please consider how you might provide this much-needed alternative-care setting in Blaine County.

Sandy Bowman

Sun Valley

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