Dorothy Bunch, Dogwood Manor Long-Term Care
Our family’s medical adventure began in 2006 when my husband, Chuck, entered a local health care facility. When the facility was closing for good, panic set in for our family.
We knew The Orchard had a good reputation and prayed for an opening. One day, our prayers were answered. Chuck moved in 2008 and adjusted rather nicely. He was treated like a king by the nurses and staff. Our family was with him every day, and we became very close to the staff and some of the residents. He passed away in 2010, but we continued to visit because our friends at The Orchard had become like extended family.
I, too, chose rehab at The Orchard after major surgeries for colon and pancreatic cancers. After the way they treated my husband, I knew I would receive the best care. I was treated with love and respect. The nurses, staff and physicians not only took care of me physically but were truly concerned about my overall well-being.
The day I left to go home was very emotional; we all hugged and cried. My daughter said you would have thought Queen Elizabeth had just left.
Fast forward to July 2016 when I fell and the resulting health issues required qualified medical attention and 24-hour care for the rest of my life. There was no decision to make. The Orchard would become my home. Once again, I was welcomed back as if I had never left.
As with all hospitals and medical facilities, there will be issues from time to time. We must work together in these environments for the good of everyone. Attitude is what it’s all about. This is how I live my life: This is the day that the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!
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