The unfortunate reality of our industry is that our residents do not improve and get to return to their homes. But every so often we are lucky enough to witness something incredible; an exception to the rule. This was the case for Georgetown resident, Philip, affectionately known as “Doc.”
Doc was involved in a motorcycle accident in March 2016 and consequently suffered a traumatic brain injury. After a long hospital stay, Doc spent several months in rehabilitation where his doctors recommended a memory care community. We were delighted when Doc joined our Autumn Leaves of Georgetown community on August 4, 2016, although it was not expected that he would return home.
Doc arrived in a wheelchair and began receiving occupational and physical therapy from Encompass Home Health. But as the days passed, Doc began walking around the community and even joking with all the staff. He was improving, slowly but surely!
It has been a long journey for Doc and his wife, Sharon. Over the last few months, Sharon has taken him home on the weekends to see how he would do in a different environment. Every Friday, Doc has his bag packed, ready and waiting in the living room for Sharon’s arrival.
Recently it became clear that Doc was on a steady path to recovery and would no longer need to stay with us. And so, it was with great joy that April 28th was circled on the calendar – Doc’s homecoming! Something we rarely see in memory care, and a true blessing.
Of course, the staff at Autumn Leaves of Georgetown will miss Doc immensely. He will always remain special part of our family! We are deeply privileged and honored to care for Doc and see him regain his health. This is why we do what we do!