My family’s story is not unique. Unfortunately, far too many people are familiar with it from their own experiences. Our particular story started in 1995 and ended in 2005. The pain we shared is still with me.
Let me start at the beginning, in 1995. My mother, suffering from leukemia, told me that she felt sorry for my wife and me. She said that she was seeing my father’s memory slip, and she was sad that the burden of helping him would fall on my wife and me. She passed away not long after that, and we began taking care of my father, first because of his grief and later because of his memory problems.
Money, at least, was not a problem. We were fortunate that my father had the financial means to afford care. No, the greatest problem we faced was the unknown — the uncertainty of what to do, where to go for help and assistance, and how to decide what was best for him.
After much trial and error, we were able to give him the care and support that he needed. I think we made the last years of his life the best that we could. My wife worked endless hours, making sure we could provide for him, while other aspects of her life, like being a full-time mother to our three boys, suffered. Yet neither of us regrets our efforts and the time we had with my father.
Now, having learned about the services and information that Gloria’s Way can provide, I realize how valuable it would have been to us in caring for my dad. Using the search engine function, for example, would have made it so much easier and less time consuming to find the resources we needed for him.
Searching for the best doctor specializing in Alzheimer’s, finding a service to help care for him, comparing the various options for care facilities, locating valuable legal assistance — all of this would have been so much easier if we could have made use of Gloria’s Way back then. Our lives could have been less stressed, and my wife and I could have enjoyed more quality time with my father and our kids.
All of this would have been so much easier if we could have made use of Gloria’s Way back then. Our lives could have been less stressed, and my wife and I could have enjoyed more quality time with my father and our kids.
I will never regret the time spent helping my father in his last years. He was my best friend. But I do wish that I’d had easy access to the resources that we needed, resources that caregivers can now find with Gloria’s Way.
No, our family’s story is not unique. I hope that sharing it will help caregivers today. I know the road you travel. Gloria’s Way can help you travel it.
About the Author: Tom Bonda is an attorney and marketing professional, is Program Director of LaunchNET at John Carroll University and an Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship. Tom has been at John Carroll for seven years and was the 2017 recipient of the Curtis W. Miles Faculty Community Service Award. Tom was co-founder of Salls/Bonda, a full service marketing and advertising agency that was one of the pioneers of special event marketing. Tom’s other business interests include: being on the board and management team of North Coast Cable, Cleveland’s cable franchise; being president of King Cola, Inc., an international soft drink company; and, working with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help launch the Lake Erie Monsters, their AHL franchise.