We are so blessed to have had our sweet 92-year-old Grammy live with us for almost three months. After voicing her strong desire to live with our family for months prior, she moved in with us and was so happy! She loved having us girls take care of her every day. Her strength drastically improved as physical therapists and the guys in the family worked with her daily on exercises. She was excited to be working towards more independence, as she was starting to be able to do more things on her own. Her favorite place was on the couch in the kitchen, where she could look out the window at all our animals, especially our little black kitten, her favorite.
Although she let everyone—people here and in her family—know about her desire to live with us, and not at the nursing home, unfortunately a probate court in Michigan ordered her back into the Michigan assisted living facility anyway—against her will—for guardianship proceedings that began after she moved in with us. It is so sad to see the voices of vulnerable elderly people, who have worked hard their whole lives, ignored in their later years. Many leaders and officials in our county and state of South Carolina are furious at the injustice our grandmother faced, and they wonder how something like this could even happen in America. Grammy asked, “Why doesn’t anyone care what I have to say about it?” She also said, “How could this happen? This is America!”
We would appreciate your prayers for our family and for Grammy to have strength, peace, and comfort as she is away from what she called “Home, Sweet Home.” We counted it a privilege to have taken care of Grammy entirely out of our own money, without spending a penny of hers, and we would continue to care for her ourselves if given the chance. We love her very much and thank God for the sweet time we were able to spend with her!