Stories of Caring: Angelina

VNA patient AngelinaDespite suffering from chronic illness and undergoing dialysis treatment for twelve years, Angelina M. remained living in the warmth of her own home. Coping with the responsibilities of ensuring adequate care for their elderly mother, her children found welcome assistance through our Respite Care and Private Pay programs. For over five years, Angelina received several personal care visits a week from VNA certified home health aide, Consuelo Jimenez.

When circumstances changed, her family turned to the familiar faces of the VNA to provide hospice care. Our hospice team – including Consuelo, Jennifer Cuff, RN, and social worker Mary Lou Daley – was honored to provide comfort and support to Angelina and her family during her final days. While Consuelo’s main focus during the years of respite care was assisting with daily activities, she enjoyed spending time getting to know Angelina and better understand her needs. “Angelina was a special, caring lady who always worried about others. Her life was filled with a lot of love, especially with her children and grandchildren,” she reminisced. We were touched to receive this lovely note from Angelina’s son:

“On behalf of my entire family I want to express my most sincere appreciation for the care and services your organization provided to my mother. The assistance the VNA hospice team provided was a blessing for Mom and all of us. In particular, we would like to thank Mom’s nurse, Jennifer and care giver Consuelo, whose personal and tender care will never be forgotten. I don’t know what we would have done without them. I may add, Consuelo had been caring for Mom for many years prior to her hospice duties through the VNA Respite Care Program, and helped us care for Mom all those years with kindness and compassion as well as the highest professional care. We will always keep you all in our prayers and forever be grateful.” Michael M.