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Read about the writer, Ellie David.

Finding a Home Away from Home

Just before he turned 30, Robbi learned he was HIV-positive. “I was scared,” he says. “Terrified.”

Depression set in. During the next nine months he was hospitalized twice after suicide attempts. He lost his job, his boyfriend, his housing, his cat.

Keesha Bailey
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Committing to a Chosen Family

Keesha Bailey found a family, a best friend and acceptance as a transgender woman when she came to Bailey-Boushay House in 1999.

Charles Carroll

Charles Carroll started coming to Adult Day Health several years ago, but is now a full-time patient in Residential Care, as he has become too ill to take care of himself. It's not a situation anyone wants to be in, but according to Carroll, it's "much better than a regular hospital or nursing home."

The amount of personal attention he receives is what he appreciates most. "They are very responsive," he says of the nursing staff. "I get lots of attention. It's the little things, like getting me ice cream if I want, that make the difference. I appreciate the kindness." Carroll gets around in a power chair, which the staff helps him in and out of, whenever he needs. "It makes it easier for me to do what I want to do. I can go downstairs to socialize, or just get out of my room for a while."

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Doing the Hard Work to Get Better

When Andy came to Bailey-Boushay House in 1994, he was HIV-positive, chronically depressed, addicted to street drugs and alcohol, living hand to mouth, and miserable.

Stephen Ward
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Stephen Ward died in April, 1995, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Stephen Ward did not want to come to Bailey-Boushay House in 1995. He knew that moving into residential care meant he was going to die and he was angry about dying young.

Dennis Kennedy
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Becoming a Profile in Courage

Dennis was curious about everything. He loved talking and got energy from being around other people. He was the ultimate people person,” says John Gentry, his friend of 30 years. “He enjoyed people, and people enjoyed him.”
Diane Benson
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Taking Care of the People She Loved

Diane Benson died Nov. 8, 2009, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Diane Benson and Kevin Daly reconnected through the Internet in 2008 after a 40-year separation. Each had married, raised kids, and divorced since their first teen romance. In 18 months, they fell in love all over again.

Ann Carson
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Finding Friends at Every Turn

Ann Carson died July 12, 2010, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Ann Carson remembered everyone she'd ever met. If only she knew how many people at Bailey-Boushay House remember her.

David Roodhouse
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The Embrace of Community

David Roodhouse died on Dec. 22, 2004, at Bailey-Boushay House.

David Roodhouse moved into Bailey-Boushay House in spring 2004 for what's informally called a "tune-up" (nursing care to recover after a health crisis). Instead, Bailey-Boushay became David's last home.

Roy Gaffke
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Safe Haven for a Young Family

To honor the 20th anniversary of Roy Gaffke’s death, his daughter, Katie, made a movie on her laptop. Her 17-minute tribute uses Roy’s favorite music as the sound track for dozens of family photos.

Sandy Perry
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Crossing Another Border

Sandy Perry kept her passport handy at all times, ready for the next adventure. She traveled the world in the same spirit she lived everyday life: She lived with irrepressible curiosity, a writer’s keen eye and a playful sense of humor.

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Don Brown died Nov. 14, 2011, at Bailey-Boushay House.

Don Brown surprised a lot of people at Bailey-Boushay House — including himself.

He entered outpatient care in 1999 with a feeling of doom. He had no family. He'd lost his longtime partner Reggie to HIV/AIDS. And HIV-related blackouts forced Don to give up working.

Lorraine Cooper
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Living for Today at 95

Lorraine had her 95th birthday party on May 15, 2012, at Bailey-Boushay House.

She was delighted to be having another birthday and she was surprised to have something new to celebrate.

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Free to Be Exactly Who You Are

Died on Jan. 21, 1995 at Bailey-Boushay House

Seattle artist Gus "was a painter his whole life," says his sister, Theodora Geokezas. He was also a lifelong and likable nonconformist.

David Ravenscroft
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Dave died at Bailey-Boushay House on Oct. 12, 2011.

The Best 10,000 Days

Dave Ravenscroft needed and loved people. He could make any occasion into a party. He even enjoyed his own wake.

Teri Dascher
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Teri Dascher has seen a lot in her forty-some years of life, including the face of death. A heroin and cocaine user for decades, Dascher had shrunk to under 100 pounds and had legs so swollen from infection that she could barely walk. "If it weren't for Bailey-Boushay, I don't think I'd be here today."

She was given a clean room, medication, healthy food, and positive support. "Everything is given to you with heart," she says. "They taught me how to take my HIV medications and stressed the importance of taking them on a regular schedule. The nurses are great. They respect you and encourage you." In addition to saving lives, sometimes it's the little things nurses do that really stand out, like telling a person to stand up straight. "I was walking hunched over. I have terrible posture. This nurse said, 'put your shoulders up higher.' I like...

Vance Miller
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"Learning about Bailey-Boushay House was a godsend," says Vance Miller, a patient temporarily in Residential Care, being treated for a serious bout of illness brought on by AIDS and cancer. "I don't think I would've recovered if I hadn't come here."

Miller says he appreciates the atmosphere and independence of Bailey-Boushay. "I have more privacy here. The rooms are nice and relaxing, and the nursing staff really seems to care about my health."

For years, Miller has benefited from the Adult Day Health services as well. When he's back on his feet, he will come in for medication management, physical therapy, meals, and social activities. "I have a hard time remembering when to take my medication-all the HIV cocktails. They tell me when, and that helps a lot."

Before discovering Bailey-Boushay, Miller suffered from major depression. But the combination of a caring staff, professional medical attention, and...


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