Scott Graham’s Story
I am a nurse, raised and trained in Manitoba, but currently living in BC.
My mother’s health is not the best, but as a retired RN herself, she has an amazing stubborn quality. Prior to my father passing away, my mother (who still lives in Manitoba) always spoke of moving into assisted living or a seniors home. However, when the time came, the stubborn side spoke up and there was no way she was leaving her home.
Daily phone calls, friends checking in on her, just didn’t give me any real peace as she was at home alone with declining health. I tried several times suggesting Lifeline all with little success. As I have worked in the emergency rooms, I am familiar with the Lifeline service. I finally decided that if it was going to happen, I just needed to order it and remain as stubborn as she was. “I will never use it” was her response to any conversation about Lifeline. But finally she said yes.
Well use it she did. It was the Wednesday evening prior to her birthday in July. The phone rang, it was Lifeline calling me. Your mother has pushed her button, we are sending her an ambulance was the message I received. The caller was calm, I was silently starting to freak out a bit, but went on to tell me they are still on the phone with her, and that my aunt was with her. That was all they could tell me. Long story short, if she had been alone, this letter would never have been written. Instead of a birthday celebration, we were gathered by her bed in ICU. Happily she recovered, and is back at home. And now she is very happy to talk about her Lifeline!
So being so far from home, Lifeline gives me some peace of mind that even though she is home alone, she is not really alone. One push of the button and she can get the assistance she needs.
I just wanted to say thank you…you’re all amazing guardian angels in my books!