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Madeleine and Marie

Success Stories

Madeline and Marie

Madeline, a devoted mother, sister, and daughter, now at age 65, has taken on an honorable challenge many adults her age face. Her sister Joan, who lives with Vascular Dementia, and mother Marie, diagnosed with old-age dementia, depend on Madeline for their total care. Although Madeline grew up in a large family of three brothers and eight sisters, she now is the pair’s sole caregiver. Her story can be told over and over again as more people face similar situations.

As a mother working outside her home, learning how to juggle time and energy, Madeline understands the true importance of respite. Madeline’s part-time job as a Home Health Aid with the Visiting Nurses Association gave her the wisdom and courage to seek help. After research and finding the right support, Madeline’s responsibility is made easier through Lifesteps’ Adult Day Health Services.

"My mother and sister do so well at Lifesteps’ Adult Day Health Services," Madeline said. "I know they are getting a good meal and encouragement to socialize and participate in activities. This has made my decision to enroll them into a program an easier one."

The program responds to the realities of aging through a safe, home-like, medically-monitored day program for seniors and medically fragile and/or socially isolated adults age 18 and older. In addition to healthcare, the program promotes well-being, encourages socialization, and provides companionship.

Joan began attending Lifesteps’ Adult Day Health Services in October of 2009 and her mother Marie, who will be turning 98, joined her in March 2010. Joan and Marie attend Lifesteps’ program together five days a week. "The staff are excellent," Madeline said. "Even on the weekends, my mom asks if we are going to Lifesteps."

In a Daughter's Words...

"[ADHS] permitted my mom to move in with me and allow me to continue to work full time."