This story is from a young woman.
My father was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 58. He moved in with me in July 2008 and his medical decline was quite visible and emotionally very difficult to process. In front of my eyes my father changed and there was nothing I could do about it. At first he just wanted to die and he begged God to take him away, but later he seemed to move out of the depression and accepted this life changing event and tried his best to cope, but he would never be the same again. My proud, can-fix-and-do-anything-father was gone, left with loneliness and the devastating knowledge of losing his words, becoming more and more isolated….
I am so thankful for Gilda’s vision of The Living Cornerstone. I’m thankful for a person who heard God’s voice and said ‘Here I am, send me..’
When Gilda first shared her vision with me some years ago, I immediately knew that my father needed to be a resident there and only there. To hear Gilda speak of her passion and to see The Cornerstone through her eyes automatically gave my family peace of mind. The best of all is that I do not see The Living Cornerstone as an Old Age Home, where I knew my father would have withered away, but rather a place of Love where he will be encouraged to Live Life and to interact with people, nature and animals. The whole idea of him being encouraged to partake in everything from gardening, help in the kitchen, fixing odd things, playing putt-putt, sitting in the sun reading a book and have people to talk to... This is my dream for him as well.
I needed to find a place where he will feel needed and useful again - We know with a certainty that this is where he will find peace and happiness.
That WAS Gawie's story. Gawie started with The Living Cornerstone as a day care resident in May 2013 and has been in 24hr care since July 2013. (He was the first resident in The Living Cornerstone.)
Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success. For those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles.