When Beverly S. suffered a stroke on April 1, 2016, her husband Herbert knew she was going to need a new place to call home.
“After being hospitalized, she required rehabilitation and continuing therapy to help her regain strength and balance,” he said. “We knew two couples from our church who had spent time at Lincoln Hills for short-term rehab, and they had many positive things to say about the community and how nice they were treated there.”
Pleased with the cozy environment and the high quality of care from the staff, Herbert helped Beverly get established with her nursing and therapy teams at Lincoln Hills, visiting her every day and joining her for meals.
Once she completed her therapy, it was clear Beverly would transition into long-term care at Lincoln Hills. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and now requires more care on a daily basis and assistance with bathing, dressing and other daily living activities. She gets that care — and more — at Lincoln Hills.
“I come in every day in the morning, at lunchtime, and come back for the evening meal,” he said. “The food is really quite good. Beverly likes it at Lincoln Hills, and I spend as much time with her as I can.”
“Beverly is so appreciative of the skilled nursing staff, providing such great care and helping her experience the best possible quality of life she can have,” Herbert said. “Her state of mind is always cheerful, and while it’s getting more difficult, I still try to take her out every once in a while. I take her to church occasionally, and we go out to eat when we have family in town.”
Married almost 63 years, Herbert and Beverly have two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They met while in the Navy as court reporters. They loved camping, hiking, fishing and anything involving the outdoors. And they have traveled the country together — exploring everything from the glaciers in Montana to Niagara Falls in New York.
And while Herbert is traveling much shorter distances now, to and from Lincoln Hills and his home in Georgetown 10 miles away, it’s a trip he will continue to make. Every day.
“I want to keep our relationship going; I want to keep her knowing who I am, and the best way to do that is to see her as much as I can,” he said. “She’s always been there and taken care of me over the years, and now it’s my turn to take care of her.”
It helps that Lincoln Hills feels like home, and the staff feels like family.
“Beverly likes it here. And so do I.”