Home Hospice Care | February 23, 2023
Elara Caring Hospice Patient Celebrates Milestone 100th Birthday
Illinois home hospice patient Edwina had many reasons to celebrate on February 17, 2023. She had 100, to be exact.
Elara Caring and the staff of Terra Vista Oakbrook Terrace organized a beautiful 100th birthday party at the facility, complete with decorations, Edwina’s favorite music performed by Elara Caring Music Therapist Natalie and, of course, delicious cake.
“The team brainstormed this. No one wanted to let her 100th birthday be just another day,” Deborah, Edwina’s hospice RN, said. “In the end, we all stepped up to make it a remarkable day for Edwina and her family.”
According to Edwina’s daughter, Sandy, Edwina has always loved a good party.
“Mom loved parties,” Sandy said. “Growing up we had many. My father grew up with ten siblings. My mom grew up with five brothers. The families celebrated every birthday and every special occasion.”
Edwina was a stay-at-home mom until her oldest child was in the sixth grade, and then she had a career at Stanley Spring. After retirement, Edwina remained active in her community. She belonged to many local senior organizations and was president of the senior club at St. Thecla’s church for many years. She organized her grammar school reunions all the way up until their 65th get-together, and she even received an award from her local police department after participating in one of their classes.
Sandy told us that Edwina “really enjoyed life”, and they were so happy to see her celebrate her centenarian birthday.
“It is not with sadness we are going through this current disease, but with joy that we celebrate Mom’s 100th birthday,” Sandy said. “And we don’t have to worry about her as she is under excellent care at Terra Vista and with Elara Caring.”
In addition to Edwina’s family and her friends and caregivers at Terra Vista Oakbrook Terrace, members of her in-home hospice team including Deborah (RN case manager), Megan (social worker), Natalie (music therapist), Kasey (volunteer coordinator) and Lisa (account executive) were there to celebrate her special day.
It was a great party for a remarkable woman. The Elara Caring team was honored to help commemorate Edwina’s milestone, right where she calls home.
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