Bill and Bernice have been married for 61 years, most of them action-packed, traveling and enjoying the Minnesota outdoors. But when Bill suffered a stroke in 2003 that left him paralyzed on his left side, the couple quickly discovered they needed more help to continue living on their own. They eventually moved into the upper level of their son Steve’s home in 2005. Steve and Bernice served as Bill’s primary caregivers until 2012, when a bad hip sidelined Bernice and reduced her ability to manage the tasks and care she once accomplished with ease.
Wanting to stay in the comfort of their home, close to Steve, the couple sought help from SYNERGY Homecare.
“I’m sure I had reservations about bringing in help,” said Bernice. “But any nervousness I felt disappeared the moment I met Vicki, SYNERGY’s owner, and the caregiver. Words can’t express how good they’ve been.”
Now, two years later, SYNERGY caregiver Brittany visits Bill and Bernice Monday through Friday for six hours a day, and on Saturday for one hour. Brittany helps Bill with personal care needs, does the laundry, shops for groceries, and prepares breakfast and lunch. The couple defrays part of the cost of their care using Bill’s Veterans benefit, for which SYNERGY HomeCare helped him apply.
Vicki and Brittany consider Bill and Bernice to be like a second set of parents. And Bill and Bernice love them both as daughters.
“We’ve received the best care from SYNERGY HomeCare,” said Bernice. “It’s meant the world to us to be able to continue live on our own and experience life the way we want to. We trust Vicki and Brittany unconditionally, like family. We are so grateful for their help, energy and kindness every day.”
Bernice went on to say that they’ve never questioned their decision to continue living at home, where they get along so well with Brittany.
“Sometimes I get in the car with my son Steve to go on an outing and we exchange a look that says, ‘We made the right choice.’ A nursing home wouldn’t have been good for Bill and me. Brittany and everyone at SYNERGY are God-sends.”
"I have recommended others. SYNERGY HomeCare has provided care when I have needed it. They are a great agency. They are available for clients that need help in the home. I use the caregivers as companions for my husband while I'm out of the house." – Wyman Spoors
"Wanda will call my wife dear and sweetheart and will be willing to help out with anything that I ask of her." – Mary Grover
"The caregiver is understanding. She is willing to help me work through my problems. My husband feels like he can talk with her." – Ken Twito