“Just before 4 am this morning, I received a call from my Mom’s assisted living home; My mother, Arlene Brooks, had quietly passed away.
We knew she didn’t have much time left. I was told two or three days, tops, earlier in the day. I spent the evening next to her, leaving after 11 to get a few hours sleep expecting to be back at the home in the morning.
She lived to be 91 with 90 very healthy years. She had battled dementia for a number of years, but she still seemed to find joy in life. The incredible team from Hospice and Palliative Care of North Ottawa Community joined her care team, and they really worked hard to make her final months comfortable, peaceful, and relatively pain-free.
Less than a month ago, she took a turn; she wasn’t interested in eating, she spent much more time in bed — she was obviously declining. But all of a sudden the pain that had been plaguing her was gone. Her final days were very peaceful and completely pain-free.
I can not say enough good things about the fine folks at Robbinswood Assisted Living Northcrest Campus and Hospice of North Ottawa. They treated Mom like a member of their family. She had around the clock care, and more importantly, the team was warm, engaged, and seemed to truly enjoy their vital role in the resident’s lives.