Heartfelt thank you for showing care and comfort

I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to you for the care your gave to my dearest Aunt during the short time she spent at Gulf Shore Care Center.  My aunt was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met – and she was a shell of herself at the facility in Gainesville.  The change I saw in her – almost immediately after we got her to St. Pete – was remarkable and it was due entirely to the care and attention she received at Gulf Shore.

I’m especially grateful to the staff for listening – and really hearing me – when I made requests for her care.  I noticed within the first two months that her whole demeanor – including the tremors she had when she arrived – turned around completely.  She was kept comfortable right until the very end.

I’m so grateful to the staff who cared for her and who took the time to talk to her – and notice how her face just brightened up completely when she smiled.  I’m so heartened by the fact that she was in a good place and surrounded by people who truly cared for her. It made being so far away from her so much easier.

I’ll share with you that this past weekend at mass, the music minister happened to end services with the same hymn that I was singing to her at her bedside before she passed – and the lights in the church flickered after the hymn was finished.  I know it was my aunt blowing kisses goodbye on her way to heaven to join her beloved sister (my mom), her brother Jack and life partner Diana.

I hope you will share this with the appropriate staff who cared for her.

– To Louise Merrick, administrator, and the staff of Gulf Shore Care Center in Pinellas Park