Standing on the porch of Dorothy Johnson’s longtime home in Sherman are her daughter, Judy Krell, son, Jim Johnson, and hospice nurse, Shelley Gray.
In June 2011, Dorothy Johnson and her family received startling and sad news. Dorothy, 91, had advanced lung cancer – it was so advanced that her oncologist immediately suggested home hospice care.
Dorothy, a mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six, lived by herself in Sherman in the house her father had built when she was 6 years old.
“She always said she was never going to leave Sherman,” said her daughter, Judy Krell.
Thanks to Memorial’s Home Hospice program, she didn’t have to. Dorothy stayed at her home through the summer and fall with the help of several members of the Hospice team, including Shelley Gray, hospice staff nurse; Prairie Eigenmann, hospice volunteer; and Naomi Meister, home health aide. In addition to caring for Dorothy’s medical needs, Gray would sit outside with Dorothy on her front porch — which long had been a gathering place for Dorothy and her nearby family — to visit, and Eigenmann, who had grown up in the area, would as well. With Dorothy at home, it was easy for others in the area to stop by and reminisce in the comfort of home. Read the rest of this entry »