Honouring What’s Important to Mom – Patricia and Sheri’s story
Patricia Beaupre led an active life: she raised three busy children, cared for her loving husband Ron, frequently participated in church, always kept her neighbours and friends close, and above all worked hard to empower her son Shawn who has special needs. “My mom had always taken time to take care of herself inside and out. She believed if she was strong, healthy and fit she could give us the best of herself,” said Patricia’s daughter Sheri.
Patricia began to experience symptoms of dementia in 2011 and a short while later she was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a form of the dementia disease that affects the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain. Patricia continued to live an active lifestyle, coping with her new reality, until the passing of her beloved husband, Ron in 2012. “His passing was really a turning point for her. I think the shock really escalated the situation,” explained her daughter Sheri. After her diagnosis and following Ron’s passing, Patricia’s children and close family became her main caregivers and they worked hard to support Pat in the best way they could. As Pat’s symptoms progressed, they soon discovered that Pat needed more than the family could provide so they called on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN to supply additional supports. “We got an amazing care coordinator,” Sheri said. “It made my mom’s life much better at home, but eventually it became clear it was time for her to go into long-term care.” Patricia's family and care coordinator began the process of choosing a facility that would provide their mother with everything she needed. When they finally found the right place, Sheri was amazed at the quality of her care her mom received. “What struck me the most was the dedication, passion and commitment of the frontline caregivers in the long-term care villages where [my] Mom was a resident.”
Now that Patricia was settled in a long-term care facility and was receiving the care she needed, her daughter Sheri could focus on the things that were important to her mom such as her hair, makeup and clothing. At first, Sheri experienced problems in getting her mother dressed. It became a source of anxiety for her mother and it was physically draining on Sheri and the personal support workers (PSWs) caring for her mother. Sheri began looking for clothing that was easy to put on but still stylish and comfortable for her mother. “I definitely experienced challenges when it came to finding comfortable and easy-wear clothing that maintained her sense of fashion and style,” Sheri said. “Shopping for Mom often resulted in alterations, trying to adapt the piece myself, which was often frustrating and costly.”
Sheri embarked on a mission to find clothing that would make dressing her mother easier and make her mother comfortable and happy. “Making it easier to change a resident’s top after lunch without it being an overwhelming, painful experience can make all the difference for the resident and the caregiver,” Sheri said.
Unfortunately, Patricia passed away before Sheri was successful in finding the right brand; however, Sheri’s determination to find the right clothing for her mother led her to Monarch Clothing, a patented and innovative clothing solution designed so that dressing is comfortable, easy and fashionable.
Through her work with MonarchClothing, Sheri says that she feels she is honouring her mom’s spirit by sharing the brand with others so that they too can feel more comfortable and confident. “Whether it is the resident or caregiver, this clothing just makes it a little bit easier for everyone.
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