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."

Carroll gets help from a counselor here, as well. "She comes in a couple times a week to see how I'm doing, mentally. She helps me understand what's going on and gives me encouragement." And he has a massage therapist for the physical side. "It helps a lot."

Though he requires constant care, Carroll is still involved in his own treatment. "They try to make you feel independent. I have my choices and they will honor them." He says Bailey-Boushay House is the best place he could be, under the circumstances. "They're good people here. It's a good facility."

Note: Mr. Carroll passed away on April 10, 2007.

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