Memory Care America - January/February 2021

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The Stone Family Finds Safety and Peace at Memory Care of Naples

Prior to finding Memory Care of Naples, Heather Stone had only one way to describe the past five years of her mother’s dementia diagnosis. “It’s been five years of hell … pure hell,” Heather explains. “Dealing with dementia and trying to get help for a patient is hell.” Heather’s mom, Sunny Stone, was diagnosed with dementia more than half a decade ago, and to add to the difficulty, Sunny became aggressive. This is common for those with dementia because they are more prone to becoming physically, mentally, and emotionally uncomfortable and can lash out in anger. It wasn’t always this way for Sunny. Growing up near Chicago, Sunny attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and originally worked in real estate. But Sunny wanted to help others and make a difference. So, she went on to teach fourth grade in Chicago’s inner- city schools. After they retired, Sunny and her husband moved to Springfield, Illinois, where they would spend lazy, laughter-filled days on Lake Springfield with their grandchildren.

Heather, who lives across the country from her mother, tried a multitude of options for her mom’s care, such as independent senior living and assisted living centers. Time and time again, Sunny would be asked to leave due to aggressive behavior, leaving Heather scrambling to get care for her mother.

Sunny Stone and her husband spent many of their retirement days on the lake with their grandchildren.

Heather lived in a constant state of fear for her mom.

care for her. After recovering, Sunny was sent home. A few days later, Sunny was found on the floor, still in her robe from the hospital, without food or her medication, clinging to life — again. Finally, Heather found Memory Care of Naples. The community agreed to house Sunny and help the Stone family out of this endless loop. Heather’s daughter, who lives in Florida, frequently checks in on her grandma and reports back to her mom that Sunny is doing much better and loves the food. Best of all, Heather says, she knows her mom is safe. “She’s been really good,” Heather says. “She says once in a while that she’s going to leave and go back to her condo, and they keep redirecting her. She’s made some friends here, and it’s just funny because they’re just very good. She seems happy there.” Don’t keep our work a secret; referrals are the best compliment you can give us! If you would like to be featured in our newsletter or if you know a family that could benefit from our services, please call 833.MEM.CARE (636.2273) or visit

With seemingly no other options, Heather tried to let Sunny live on her own. After Sunny had a particularly bad fall, Heather was told that her mother was close to death, but Heather wasn’t provided with any options or help in finding additional


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