An elderly woman has spent the past week volunteering at the nursing home where her husband died after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The 64-year-old, who has dementia, said she was “proud” to help care for her son, who died of the disease in August.
“We’re here to support our community,” said the nursing facility’s manager, who asked not to be named out of concern for her safety.
“I have a very good heart.
My husband was a great man and loved me dearly.
It’s hard to see a loss like this, and I’m proud to be part of that support.”
The couple is one of several elderly patients at the facility who said they were overwhelmed by the response.
“I don’t know how to describe how sad I am,” said Nancy, who lives in the Southside section of Houston.
The outpouring of love has been incredible.”
She said her husband, who was hospitalized in June and died at age 65, had lived for decades, but the cancer took its toll.
“He was a good man.
He was always happy,” Nancy said.
“He was one of the nicest people I know.
He would always say, ‘I love you.
You can go to sleep.'””
He loved his family and he would say things like, ‘We’re going to be fine.
You can go to sleep.'”
The couple said they’ve been overwhelmed by volunteers from around the country, who’ve donated their time to assist the nursing staff, with help from other elderly residents, who have been volunteering for months.
“People are coming in and saying, ‘My son or daughter, please come help me, I’m dying,'” Nancy said, adding that her husband was an excellent nurse, but had trouble communicating.
The nursing facility is staffed by people who’ve spent time in nursing homes around the world, including the American Red Cross.
“The nursing home is a very unique situation,” said Elizabeth, who is from Texas.
“There are very few facilities that can provide the care of elderly patients, and it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of.”
For many elderly patients who are in dire need of care, nursing homes can provide a lifeline, with services such as social worker and day care, which can also provide respite care.
Elizabeth said she and her husband were able to find support through social media, which was helping the couple connect with other elderly patients.
“It was wonderful to see people come to the nursing center,” she said.
The elderly patient who died at the Houston nursing facility was the third in a four-month long trend of elderly deaths.
In May, a 77-year, single mother died at a nursing home in San Antonio.
That month, a 61-year old man from Virginia died of a brain tumor in a nursing facility in Pennsylvania.
The last two elderly deaths were of people in their 80s.
Elizabeth said that despite the growing number of elderly people in nursing facilities across the country and in nursing home facilities across Texas, the elderly patients are always there.
“They are our family,” she added.
“The staff are our best friends, and we love them dearly.”
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Texas Memorial Hospital in Houston.