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11/8/2012 10:39:00 AM
The other side of the story

To the editor:

I would like to introduce you all to my dad. He is an 88-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran who willingly and proudly served his country. He grew up in the depression and was the oldest of ten children. He was walking behind a plow horse at the age of seven, helping his father run the farm. He hunted, fished and trapped to help provide food for his brothers and sisters. His hard-work ethic continued into his adult life because he wanted to provide his wife and children with a wonderful life. He started working at Minneapolis Moline sweeping the floors, eventually working his way into a supervisory position and became the owner's right-hand man. He was also a blacksmith, a game warden, and in later years a construction worker. He gave everything he had for us.

The staff at The View, past and present, consists of the most loving, incredible and amazing people I have ever encountered. Because my dad suffers from Lewy Body dementia, he can be extremely difficult to work with, and I do not say that lightly. His caregivers love him and have such incredible patience with him! They know him well enough to help him through the difficult times. Most importantly, they love him as a person and treat him with kindness, dignity and respect. And that doesn't stop with my dad...they have also loved my family and me and have always treated us with kindness, dignity and respect. The Hansons and the staff at The View have helped my family through some very sad and difficult times.

The View provides a unique living alternative, especially for someone like my dad who has been afflicted with one of the worst-case scenarios of Lewy Body dementia. He has thrived there because of the peaceful, home-like environment, the flexibility for him to be on his own eating and sleeping schedule, and the loving and individual and constant one-on-one attention he receives daily.

My dad is more than a story about "facts," and I wanted to tell the other side of the story.

Jennifer Griffith

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