Home for the Holidays

This time of year is a busy and highly emotional time for everyone at The INN Between.  We spend a lot of time listening to and working through people’s conflicted emotions about the holiday season.  Historically, the terminally ill try to make it through Christmas, so we see an increase in deaths around the holidays.  This year was no exception. On Christmas Eve, we lost one of our long term residents. He had been living with us independently up until a week ago, when he suffered a respiratory crisis.  After several days in the hospital, he returned to our assisted living wing unable to care for himself and just a few days later he passed. He was lucky to be surrounded by so much support from family during his final days.  In addition to his wife living with him in our home and continuing to help care for him, he also received visits from estranged children, brothers, and sisters. His wife found it difficult to remain by his side in those final moments, so she said her goodbyes and 15 minutes later he passed away.  She left his favorite outfit to change him into and he took his final trip out of The INN Between.

There was a little relief knowing I could switch gears and get home to my family to celebrate the holiday but Christmas morning started early for the staff at The INN Between. We were just finishing up opening gifts at home when I received a call from our house manager that another resident had passed away. This man had been in the hospital for quite some time and had nowhere to go. When he arrived at The INN Between last week, he was in terrible shape. We quickly got him cleaned up and into a freshly made up room.  He remained there until he died just one short week later. As I prepared this man for his family to come say goodbye to him, it made me glad that his mom wasn’t going to receive a call from the police department or a motel manager saying that he had died alone on Christmas morning.

We at The INN Between are honored to serve those that need us and we are forever grateful for those that support us. We want to thank our neighbors, volunteers, supporters and especially our families that see the value of what we do and willingly give their time with us so we can serve those in their greatest time of need.

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