Eddie O’Brien’s Family Finds Peace of Mind at Memory Care of Naples Sharing Your Stories
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When Edward “Eddie” O’Brien was a young man, his father died, leaving Eddie to care of his younger siblings with a limited education backing him up. “He’s really a great brother,” says Eddie’s younger brother, Dan O’Brien. “He would always try to take care of the family.” Eddie later became a firefighter in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a lifelong bachelor who enjoyed his independence and remained close with his family, even when retirement called him to Florida. But for the past decade, Dan says the family noticed their once strong, capable brother deteriorating. “It’s very painful to see that happen and not have the medical experience to recognize the root causes of these changes,” Dan says. “He still sounds like your brother, but he's not in there.”
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Later diagnosed with dementia, memory loss, and paranoia, Eddie’s family knew it was time to find him a home where he could live in peace with the protection of care. Since most of the family was snowbirding along the west coast of Florida, Dan says they searched that region with the help of a third-party agency.
The first company the organization pointed to was Memory Care of Naples. “[...] We kind of fell in love with its location. We fell in love with the people,” Dan recalls. “They had a friendly look about them. […] We had a feeling that they really cared about patients.” It was actually Memory Care of Naples’ marketing director, Ellen Reilly, who sold Eddie’s family on this community. “We didn’t really want to leave; she was so good,” Dan says. “She had a really good way about her, and she made it a lot easier for us to have Eddie placed in a facility down there.” During the summer and fall, much of Eddie’s family remains in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. But in the two months that Eddie has been at Memory Care of Naples, Dan says he no longer has to worry about his brother’s well-being and happiness. Ellen even got Eddie involved in a walking program, which Dan believes is one of Eddie’s favorite parts of his new home. “Coming to Memory Care [of Naples], we saw this interaction between the patients and the staff,” Dan says. “They gave them a purpose; they gave them a new family.” You don’t have to keep our work a secret; referrals are the best compliments 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 MemoryCareAmerica.com.
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