Wow! did Mom ever balk at the thought of “some stranger” “coming to my house” especially on a regular basis. The conversation went something like this ” I’m perfectly fine on my own. I don’t need someone else coming around. I’m tired of all those people coming here and asking me questions and doing things.” Fast forward to the visit from Katrina. Our mother is not particularly outgoing and already had her mind set that she didn’t need someone else “coming around” but from the moment Katrina arrived and they began to chat and get to know each other we knew we had a winner. When Kat left that first day, they hugged each other and when she left mom said “oh, I like her” and so did we. Katrina has been “visiting” for want of a better word, since the beginning of February. The two of them do jigsaw puzzles, play scrabble, make visits to local sites (cheese farm for example), drink tea, play music, pick up pill packs and generally just have a good time doing whatever the day brings. A perfect fit. I don’t mean to sound “hokey” but our mom just loves her.I hope that when any of us need this kind of “service” that Katrina is still around.
The Whent and Haigh families
Katrina and her Brighter Days Elderly Services business has brought joy to both myself and to the life of my father! I can’t get there every day to see him but when Katrina’s there I know he’s having a great day! Her kindness and caring shines through and my father enjoys her visits immensely!!!
Brighter Days is aptly named because my mothers days have certainly been happier since we have employed Katrina Sutherland of Brighter Days Elderly Services. My mother is legally blind and has mobility issues since suffering a stroke. Mom lives at Grandview Lodge and looks forward to Katrina’s visits three times weekly. Katrina had designed programs to keep mom stimulated. Sometimes they go for a walk in the park or play trivia. Those are just two examples of the many activities that they enjoy together. Katrina is a breath of fresh air with her happy go lucky personality.
Seven months after losing my Father, My Mother suffered a significant cerebral hemorrhage, leaving her with virtually no use of her left arm and minimal use of her left leg, but thankfully cognitively intact. Her subsequent physical limitations left her struggling with loneliness and isolation and we as family, were always trying to find ways to improve her quality of life.
We discovered Brighter Days Elderly Services and we were thrilled with the services Katrina offered, She discovers her clients interests and aptitudes and tailors her visits to match her client’s needs. Katrina is a very engaging, happy individual who is exceptionally well suited to providing senior’s services. Katrina visits mom three times a week and she can’t wait to see her from one visit to the next!
Mom is an author and enjoys intellectual stimulation, so Katrina finds challenging games for the two of them to play regularly and even practices Spanish with Mom!! She takes her for walks and has taken her out for coffee and excursions to the Marina for ice cream, and to a local nursery for a visit with friends.
I couldn’t be happier with the stimulation and companionship she has provided for my mother, who is now finding her days to be definitely “brighter”, thanks to Katrina!