Choosing assisted living for your aging parent can be a difficult decision. No one knows that better than Mary Ann who was the primary caregiver for her father, John, until he came to live at Westwood Commons, a DePaul Senior Living Community, in 2008.
John, 90, is a widower and was a popular barber in downtown Rochester
for nearly 60 years, who cut the hair of local legends and visiting
celebrities such as Jimmy Durante, George Gobel and members of Lawrence
Welk's band. A native of Italy, he lived independently in his own home
until age 85 when he began needing support from his daughter and her
family due to health issues.
"Westwood has been a blessing for all of us," said Mary Ann.
"Instead of a nurse, cook and housekeeper, I can be a daughter again! It
was so hard for me to let go but everyone at Westwood made it easy for
me. I know he's always safe and everyone is so kind to him. I know
what a caregiver does. The people at Westwood do it with patience and
compassion, taking it all off my shoulders."
Now John has the opportunity to socialize and participate in
activities. His room is filled with family photos and mementos of days
gone by including a beautiful album illustrating his days as a Navy
Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. Mary Ann and her
family are always at Westwood visiting John, taking him out to lunch, or
bringing him home for dinner. "When my dad returns to Westwood after
an outing, he always says, 'It's so nice to be home.'"